PROJECTS Miami beach 2016
PROJECTS is committed to the presentation and promotion of audience-engaging large-scale sculptures, installations and performances.
PRoJECTS SPECIAL COMMISSION: Anne Spalter's "miami marbles"
In 2016, PULSE debuted its first PROJECTS Special Commission featuring digital artist, Anne Spalter and the installation of her Miami Marbles. Using photographs and video replicas of last year’s Miami Art Week, Spalter digitally alters and distills images of the city’s atmosphere, architecture and foliage to create contemporary landscapes. By abstracting Miami’s topography, Spalter encapsulates the vibrancy of the city within each of her expansive spheres. An augmented reality component will allow guests to engage with the orbs through an interactive interface. Viewers will be able to explore kaleidoscopic moving videos on the spheres and discover virtual orbs around the fair through the custom Marbles app. An extension of Anne Spalter's PROJECTS Special Commission will also be on view at the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach Hotel.
About Anne Spalter Digital mixed-media artist Anne Spalter is an academic pioneer who founded the original digital fine arts programs at Brown University and The Rhode Island School of Design. Spalter, who studued mathematics as a Brown undergraduate before receiving an MFA in painting from RISDI, has a longstanding goal of integrating art and technology. Her work is housed in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK); The Albright-Knox Museum (Buffalo, NY); the RISD Museum (Providence, RI); among others. Spalter is currently part of the 2015/2016 Lumen Prize Global Exhibition Tour and sits on the board of the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Following the sun and waves, curator Sasha Okshteyn brings her heralded performance series Beach Sessions from New York's Rockaway Beach to Miami Beach. Beach Sessions is a pioneering performance series supporting the presentation of site-responsive work by innovative choreographers. The mission of Beach Sessions is to create a sustained investment in the natural beauty of our shorelines. At PULSE Miami Beach, Beach Sessions will present performances by BOOMERANG and Loni Landon. BOOMERANG's performance For the Toward features performers who strain against crushing weight. They coax, ride, and hurl steel sculptures that are the immediate result of relentless labor, attempting to create a bearable environment in which to mutually exhale and endeavor. Using idiosyncratic movement invention, unpredictable phrasing, and a commitment to full on embodied motion, BOOMERANG creates intense explorations of how human histories might be sensitively layered, distorted, and recontextualized. Loni Landon's Fast Love, a work which dissects the idea of connection as informed by our contemporaneously socialized selves, will be reimagined and intertwined with new material for an intimate duet set against the backdrop of the beach. Landon is known for creating lush, innovative movement full of subtle detail and sophistication, and maintaining a highly charged emotional current throughout. Upholding to the integrity of the movement itself, Landon’s works search for honest reaction and expression while shedding the performance persona. On Thursday December 1 and Friday, December 2, BOOMERANG will perform at 11am, 3pm and 6pm. On Saturday, December 3, BOOMERANG will perform at 11am, 3pm and 6pm and Loni Landon will perform at 1pm and 5pm. On Sunday, December 4, BOOMERANG will perform at 11am and 3pm and Loni Landon will perform at 12pm and 4pm.
Erica Prince's "The transformational makeover salon"
First of all, you deserve this. Give yourself this time to be. / I will be there too, but this is really about you. / We can’t deny our physical selves, so let’s experiment shall we? PULSE presents Erica Prince’s Transformational Makeover Salon, a relational project and installation. On December 1, the opening day of the fair, Prince will be taking appointments in the salon, inviting participants to undergo Transformational Makeovers. The Transformational Makeover projects (ongoing since 2014) are about experimenting with physical appearance in an effort to gain perspective on one's everyday self. They are not about beauty, but focus instead on the liberating opportunity to become something else for a moment. Performances will occur during the Private Preview Brunch and the Young Collectors Cocktails.
Erica Prince is a New York based artist whose drawings, sculpture and relational projects explore a multiplicity of lifestyle design choices- none better or truer than another. She is interested in how these choices reflect our states of being, our essential and constructed identities and our hopes and dreams for the future. Visit www.erica-prince.com for more information. You may hate your transformed self and that is ok. / Perhaps your disgust will give you perspective on your “old” self. / You may love the transformation and see yourself in a new light. / Either way, you will have gained perspective.
peter london global dance company
The Peter London Global Dance Company is South Florida's premiere multicultural contemporary dance company. For PULSE Miami Beach, PLGDC will present SOKAISO, a work of pure beauty and joy that encapsulates the joie de vivre of life expressed in the Carnival festivities of the Caribbean and South America during the Young Collectors Cocktails.
Zoe Buckman's "champ"
From the series "Mostly It’s Just Uncomfortable," Champ, is part of Zoë Buckman's response to the attack on Planned Parenthood in the United States, the consequent deprivation of access to free sexual health care for underserved women, as well as the attempted curtailing of a woman’s right to make choices concerning her own body.
Examining the cold and harsh material quality of gynecological instruments, Buckman finds a way of reversing her negative perception of these objects, turning them into playful, more tactile sculptural entities through the process of Powder Coating. This in-progress series of sculptures examines the physical discomfort women have to endure via these necessary and sometimes life-saving instruments. Also working with boxing iconography, Buckman has cast her own boxing gloves, hand wraps, and mouth guard in glass and metal, further marrying the stereotypically masculine to the feminine, and the fragile to the resilient. This dialogue between polarized materials is typical of Buckman’s work, yet the combat pieces speak to a new and more confrontational discourse in the artist’s process.
Jason hackenwerth's "pupa"
Jason Hackenwerth's Pupa is symbol of metamorphosis. Floating overhead and rotating ever-so-slowly, Pupa rises ten feet from the bottom to its curved top where the larva-like form opens and fans outward and down to form a woven web-like dome filled with thousands of translucent latex balloons that will illuminate this floating biomorphic cupola. The larval portion is intended to represent human kind’s lower nature, guided by fear, greed, and desire. As the form ascends and opens into the more delicate translucent shroud, it suggests the potential for transcendence, or the realization of the subtle body, which is believed to accompany our physical form and carry on beyond our mortal existence. Pupa is a symbol of the precipice upon which mankind begins to wake from the dream of delusion and deep unconsciousness. A liminal space from which the future cannot be seen but the behavior of past is no longer a viable mode of existence.
jinie park's "painting installation"
Jinie Park creates ethereal works on canvas with thinly layered, translucent washes of paint. Through her abstraction she investigates and engages with the history and conventions of painting, applying paint on all sides of her canvas. Her physical involvement with, and manipulation of the work renders the painting a sculptural quality. What becomes evident upon viewing is that Park's unconventional painting methods and installations provide the viewer with a particular spatial and perceptual experience. She examines not only the transcendent beauty of the object, but the space it consumes. Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1987, Park received a BFA in Painting at Seoul National University (Seoul, South Korea) in 2011 and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD) in 2015. Her work has been shown in 2014 at the Louisiana Biennial Juried Exhibition, School of Design at Louisiana Tech University (Ruston, LA) and in 2010 in a juried exhibition at Weiser Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA). Park was awarded the Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship in 2015 and the LeRoy E. Hoffberger Scholarship from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. In 2009 she was awarded the Choi Wook-Kyung Prize from Seoul National University.
andrew Schoultz's "optical vortex (spinning eyes)"
A former professional skateboarder and internationally celebrated muralist, Andrew Schoultz is well known for his densely packed and meticulously rendered works that reflect the turmoil of the contemporary world. Schoultz interweaves visually dazzling imagery with intense visions of a planet threatened by over-crowding and over-consumption, and societies under siege by governments that are ostensibly there to protect them. This mural, like all of Schoultz’s work, is rooted in history and its cyclical, repetitive nature—a repetition also echoed stylistically. The all-seeing-eye, a symbol of capitalism taken from the back of the one-dollar bill, is a common motif in Schoultz’s work. It speaks to the idea of trying to gain clarity and parse out the truth in confusing and troubling times, in which an overwhelming amount of public information is not necessarily providing us with a more accurate sense of what is going on in our society. The eye also refers to an age in which we are relentlessly surveilled and recorded by cameras, phones, computers, and social media; it serves as an emblem of the quasi-security state we’ve become. Though Schoultz’s work alludes to conspiracy theories, the concealed occult, false flag operations, the futility of war, and the degradation of our environment, his primary goal is not didactic. Instead, he seeks to express the chaotic, disconcerting state of the world today.
ben skinner's "no future plans"
Ben Skinner’s No Future Plans presents contrasting concepts of participation, camouflage, and design. Showcasing the fascination with materiality and linguistic nuance that runs through his work, Skinner’s No Future Plans merges wordplay with considered material application. The large 3D letters are surfaced with a decorative marbling technique, at once evocative of traditional book arts and design as well as natural forms. The ornamental treatment hints at the mute dialogue of end pages in books, or even an absurd attempt at disguise. Skinner's disclosure manifests a societal ennui, questioning the dual roles of participation and memory while simultaneously hinting at reckless intent.
Amelia toelke, "Dragon fruit"
Dragon fruit is a wild looking food grown throughout Southeast Asia. It is the fruit of a particular species of cactus and has a thick magenta skin with flame-like unfurling petals that makes it look completely foreboding and inedible. When you cut it open an even more intense fuchsia pulp lies inside. You would expect that all this show would lead to the most delicious, sweet flesh but instead, the flavor is mild, even tasteless. As with the fruit, Dragonfruit is all show. Inspired by the artist’s two years living abroad in Northern Thailand, Dragonfruit echos the rich and lustrous surfaces that ornament Thai Buddhist temples and integrates the history of adornment, decoration, and material culture. Dragonfruit presents the shapes and symbols of signage and badges but reveals only a shiny reflection that saturates the space with light and color. Despite visual cues that indicate information, celebration, and commemoration, you are left with just yourself and your image.