Spring 2021 Artists-in-Residence in partnership with Oolite Arts
We’re elated to continue our partnership with Oolite Arts, one of Miami’s largest support organizations for visual artists, and welcome 14 new residents in their “Home and Away” program this February. We are looking forward to getting to know them and seeing their artwork develop over the coming weeks!
Almaz Wilson is a multi-disciplinary artist committed to exploring intimacy, loss and resilience, and identity-in-flux through the possibilities of endlessness in place-making and shape-making. Wilson is interested in how the body translates visceral information within a space, and how a space can become an expression of a shared relationship. In 2018, Almaz received an MFA from University of Florida, and, in 2020, had a solo exhibit, “backroads,” at FiveMyles Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.
Amanda Season Keeley
Amanda Season Keeley is a visual artist and curator based in Miami. Her practice utilizes the language of printmaking, sculpture, and text-based works which often take the shape of community collaborations and multimedia interactive installations. She recently designed a suite of typography that is embedded into different surfaces to immerse the viewer with subliminal messages of empowerment.
Chire “VantaBlack” Regans
Chire “VantaBlack” Regans believes that her role as an artist is to allow pertinent societal concerns to inform her practice and to amplify the voices of those she engages with through her work. Over the past decade VantaBlack has become immersed in community advocacy and social narratives depicted without distortion, in a variety of mediums. As a Saint Louis native, the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement triggered a sense of urgency in her practice and it has continued to expand, allowing for a wider range of accessibility and scale. Locally, VantaBlack continues to pair her artistic practice with community led activism with a variety of goals including prioritizing the art of story-telling informed by unfiltered interactions amongst the community.
Edison Peñafiel is a South Florida based artist whose work examines experiences about those on the underside of the world’s major conflicts: the migrant, the laborer, the surveilled. Clashing ideologies and the repetitive cycles of history produce the human catastrophes that his multimedia installations speak to. He draws the eye to odd angles that our world often intersects at—using sculpture, photography, animation, video, and space to create disturbing reflections of the realities we participate in and witness every day. These unnerving views break us out of the desensitized lull that an ongoing crisis creates.
Freddy Rodriguez is an EMMY®, TELLY® and Promax/BDA award winning filmmaker with numerous award-winning short films, music videos, commercials, promos, and documentary shorts among his credits. He’s been writing, shooting, directing and editing creative video content for over twenty years. Freddy’s short film Malabar, which was co-produced by Filmgate-Miami, is an “Official Selection” of the 2019 Miami Film Festival, where Freddy was named “One of five Miami filmmakers to watch” by the Miami News Times. Malabar is also an “Official Selection” of the 2019 Orlando Film Festival, won the 2019 Jury and Audience Award at Filmgate- Miami’s “Best of NOLA” film competition, and won “La Bota Vaquera” best short film prize at the 2019 Chihuahua International Film Festival.
Gonzalo Fuenmayor (b. 1977, Barranquilla, Colombia) is a Miami-based artist working primarily with drawing. Fuenmayor has been concerned about the effects of modernization and progress not only on natural environments, but mostly on Latin American culture and its ways of being displayed internationally through stereotypes and common places. His aim seems to be not exclusively, to denounce banalization but also to understand its aesthetic mechanisms and cultural power.
Jayme Gershen is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker and a photographer based in Miami, FL. Her work uses universal experiences to shed a surprisingly relatable light on issues that at first glance may seem unfamiliar. Gershen premiered her short film, Six Degrees of Immigration, at the 2019 Miami International Film Festival, winning the Knight Foundation’s Made in MIA Best Short Award. The film found a home on New York Times OpDocs and PBS where it won a 2019 Emmy award. Gershen is currently working on a new documentary film, Birthright, which explores what it means to be a hyphenated American through the eyes of Miami’s own Cuban-American electro-funk sweethearts, Afrobeta. Gershen works around the globe directing documentaries and commercials, photographing history and manifesting her dreams.
Joshua Veasey is an interdisciplinary artist based in Miami, FL. Through his work, he attempts to understand the overall experience of the urban landscape and those who inhabit it. His recent work incorporates photography, fiber, and assemblage to produce works drawing from the radically transitional landscape of Miami; its unmonumental landmarks and casual ready-mades created by chance, utility and survival. Through the use of photographic documentation, he encounters and records objects, landmarks and people that become the framework for his process. He deconstructs, pieces, assembles, and fashions all of these materials together to explore politics of identity, authenticity, and temporality.
Nathalie Alfonso (b. 1987, Bogota, Colombia) currently lives and works in South Florida. Alfonso holds a Master Degree in Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX, and a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Florida International University, Miami FL. Alfonso has exhibited and performed her work in galleries, universities, and public spaces, such as NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Dimensions Variable, Spinello Projects, Art and Culture Center Hollywood, Miami Beach Urban Studios, The Projects – Fat Village, Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, Site131, Marymount University. Alfonso received the South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC) 19/20, she was awarded with the Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedez-Benz Financial Services prize in 2019, and she has received the Jones Fund and Zelle Fund Grant. Unseen work and the exercise of emotional control are central to Alfonso’s practice. The qualities of invisibility and visibility become the foundations from which she develops drawings, installations, performances, and videos.
Onajide Shabaka, is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner, and currently lives and works in Miami, Florida. Shabaka was awarded an MFA from Vermont College of the Fine Arts and he is represented by Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, Florida. Shabaka’s practice is connected through historical and biographical themes related to ethnobotany and geography that include African diaspora and Native American cultures. Onajide Shabaka has been artist in residence at Suriname Botanical Research Residency, DVCAI, Paramaribo, Suriname; AIRIE Everglades Artist Residency, Everglades National Park, FL; Project Row Houses, Visiting Artist, Houston, TX; and DVCAI Artist Residency, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Phillip Karp is an artist and photographer, born in New York City and currently based in Miami, Florida. His work explores a language between editorial photography and a personal praxis of image making. Karp has exhibited at Bakehouse Art Complex, the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, and Frost Art Museum.
Sue Montoya was born in Los Angeles, California and raised between Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Miami, Florida. She received a BFA from New World School of the Arts in Visual Arts in 2014. She received her MFA from the University of Florida in May 2018.
Terrell Villiers an illustrator based in Miami, Florida. In his work he creates a series of cartoon characters and fantasy worlds as a form of survival to transport himself to imaginary spaces unbound to any rule or order. Terrell states: “I see my illustrations as a visual manifesto, to open a portal that explores a neo-futuristic world where black queer life is protected and preserved. Where we remove the masks that society forces us to wear, and exercise freedom and autonomy over our bodies by shattering patriarchal societal ways.”
Khánh Nguyên H. Vũ is (now going by just: Vũ) is an artist that was born in, Biên Hòa, Việt Nam. Their practice has become a marriage of mediums ranging from paintings to installations, collectivizing a body of work that explores heritage, coming of age, and reclaiming knowledge that was once lost. By employing a poetic visual style, Vũ utilizes found images, found objects, and vivid lived experiences as the source material for haunting, ethereal paintings/creations. A strict Vietnamese Catholic upbringing informs their practice, and through it, they’re making use of the spiritual practices that they were exposed to as a starting point to explore their queer, nonbinary personhood, reclaiming and transmuting rituals that were once a burden. They view the works as a mirror, reflecting the present reality that we live in; each piece is a visual settings for meditations on memory, loss, and rebirth.
Spring 2020 Artists-In-Residence in partnership with Oolite Arts
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