The South Florida Cultural Consortium Two Thousand Ten award recipients Exhibition is now on view at the Frost Art Museum. The 12 artists chosen to receive direct grants of $7,500 to $15,000 and the opportunity to exhibit in a regional flagship visual arts institutions were chosen through a process of portfolio reviews by arts professionals at both the regional and national levels.
This exhibition gives us a microscopic view of the varied bodies of work being produced by artists residing in Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Dade and Monroe counties. The works on display are as diverse in materials as they are in concept, yet they are homogeneous in their reflections of current art making in South Florida.
Miami artist Bert Rodriguez reinforces the idea of this micro view in his selected conceptual work “Frost Museum” (detail) 2011, literally a magnifying glass mounted inches away from the wall of the museum hosting the exhibition.
Miami artist Michael Genovese decontextualized steel piping and chain link to confront you with an un-negotiable maze which stands in the center of the room. The accompanying video is an un-choreographed ensemble of maneuvers, manipulating the same pipes into different configurations reminding us of the multitude of decisions we are confronted with on a daily basis.
Broward County artist Tonietta Walters takes the viewer through a maze of another sort. She has created the virtual artist, working in a virtual world, maintaining a virtual studio, office and gallery in 2nd life. Spaces are created through the manipulations and compilation of digital photographs. The process based artwork is manifested both in virtual space and real world exhibitions.
Fort Lauderdale artist Nolan Haan sets contradictions into motion as he plays tricks of the mind with his trompe lʼoeil cinder blocks. The ethereal beauty of silk fabric is disguised by the pitted texture of concrete rendered with acrylic paint and mounted on shaped panels. Haan attempts to humanize these inanimate objects through stenciled text and colorful graffiti but the naked stack is oh so seductive.
The exhibition also includes drawings, paintings, photography, video, and installation. Some of the artists presenting work find new methods for traditional materials, Glexis Novoa renders an architectural study with graphite on a marble slab and Jonathan Rockford draws from the world of craft creating crocheted versions of everyday objects.
2010 Grant recipient works on view include: Cooper, Michael Genovese, Francie Bishop Good, Nolan Haan, Sibel Kocabasi, Beatriz Monteavaro, Glexis Novoa, Jonathan Rockford, Bert Rodriguez, FriendsWithYou, TM Sisters and Tonietta Walters.
Jami Nix Rahn 2011