Art and Culture Center of Hollywood | 6th All-Media Juried Biennial
As I stood alone in the main Gallery of the Hollywood Art and Culture Center’s 6th All-Media Juried Biennial, I tried to make some sense of the assembled works in the room. Just nights before at the opening reception, the room was so packed with the local art crowd that viewing the work was all but impossible.
Now, standing alone, I felt a physical presence of solitude in this social space. Objects seemed to have been stolen from their original source only to be rescued and made into new objects waiting to be found.
Jurors Hunter Braithwaite and Gean Moreno culled through over 700 jpegs submissions from Florida artists, to select 109 works from 73 exhibiting artists for this 6th Biennial.
“The works on display reveal a population cut off from the movements of the past century, but central to those of the coming years. Craft is gnawed through, concept ignored or crosshatched to opacity” Hunter Braithwaite, Gean Moreno
In their joint jurors statement Braithwaite and Moreno revealed their thought process in selecting works, through correlations to J.G. Ballard,s 1969 short story “The Summer Cannibals”. The jurors confess that this story was only encountered after they made their choices but in an uncanny twist of fate they found similitude in Ballard’s text.
This years edition of the Biennial highlights a new crop of artists along with some of South Florida’s more established artists. If there is any zeitgeist apparent in this exhibition it in is the diversity of Florida artists.
Many of the works on display reveal conceptual and aesthetic choices related to personal and diaspora experiences. Sometimes the message is so simply stated that it whispers and other times the artist seeks visceral reactions to tease out the seriousness.
In this exhibition Jurors Braithwaite and Moreno express their points of view on the various currents of contemporary art being produced in Florida today.
The 6th All-Media Juried Biennial runs through May 26, 2013 at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. Admission $7.00
Also on View
Elaine Defibaugh | Illuminated Collage
Joshua Silver Banks | Making His Mark