Sarah Crowner in collaboration with Sari Carel, and Exile Books. Crowner will create her largest work to date a playfully immersive installation that doubles as a theatrical stage. Miguel Rodriguez Sepulveda conducts field research to identify symbols of pre-Columbian graphics.
Sarah Crowner in collaboration with Sari Carel, and EXILE Books
Sunday in the Park
Locust Projects is pleased to present Sunday in the Park, New York-based artist Sarah Crowner’s first exhibition in Miami. Crowner is known for her abstract paintings, which she creates by sewing together panels of raw and painted canvas. In the main exhibition space, Crowner will create her largest work to date a playfully immersive installation that doubles as a theatrical stage. Hung with colorful voile curtains and painted backdrops alluding to park-like landscapes, the installation takes its cues from stage design. While the title refers to a fictional work of theater, Crowner’s work focuses on the material aspects of stagecraft rather than performance itself.
The installation builds on Crowner’s tendency to incorporate aspects of 20th century design history into her work. For Sunday in the Park, she mines the midcentury French journal Art Enfantin, with its contributions by Jean Dubuffet and Jean Cocteau, for graphic imagery, which in turn inspired the design of her poster (doubling as a playbill), painted stage and backdrops. Facsimile copies of issues of Art Enfantin will be available for review during the exhibition.
Crowner has assembled a group of collaborators who will contribute to the theatricality of the installation, including a group of children who will paint the floor of the stage. Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Sari Carel will create a surround sound collage that will occupy center stage in place of actors, and artist Amanda Keeley will collaborate on a set of experimental prints akin to playbills. Keeley’s new pop-up artist’s book store EXILE Books will set up shop in Locust Projects’ storefront for the duration of the exhibition. The Peter London Global Dance Company will perform a site-responsive piece on October 9 at a closing reception.
Sunday in the Park was made possible with support from the Funding Arts Network.
Special thanks: Michelle & Jeffrey Eisenberg and Laura Depasquale & Ceasar Basurto
The artist has produced a limited edition silkscreen poster with EXILE Books in celebration of her exhibition at Locust Projects.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sarah Crowner (b. 1974, Philadelphia) currently lives and works in New York City. Selected exhibitions include Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Nicelle Beauchene Gallery; Catherine Bastide, Brussels, and Whitney Museum of Art, New York. She has also created sets and back-drops for an interpretation of a Robert Ashley opera, Vidas Perfectas, directed by Alex Waterman, which traveled to The Serpentine Gallery in London in 2012 and Ballroom Marfa in 2014, among other venues.
Sari Carel (b.1975, Israel) is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York. She works primarily with video and sound, focusing on theinterplay between the visual and the auditory. Carel’s work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as Artists Space, Dumbo Arts Festival, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York; LAX Art and Young Projects in Los Angeles; and Tavi Dresdner, Contemporary by Golconda, and the Heder Gallery in Tel Aviv.
Amanda Keeley (b.1973, Connecticut) is a Miami-based visual artist who will premier her project EXILE Books at Locust Projects. Keeley has partnered with Printed Matter, Inc., to create a mobile artist's bookstore installation, which will migrate throughout several locations in Miami and will feature a large selection of local and international artist's books and related publications. The mission of EXILE books is to educate the public about print culture and to serve as a platform for exchange, grounded in the spirit of collaboration. Keeley recently completed her Artist-in-Residence at Kala Art Institute in California, was the recipient of the 2013 Blackburn Printmaking SIP fellowship, and has exhibited in galleries and art fairs worldwide.
Peter London Global Dance Company is currently in residence at Little Haiti Cultural Center. A native of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Peter London is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Peter London Global Dance Company. Regarded by the Miami Herald as “a revered and beloved dance teacher,” London is an honors graduate of The Julliard School and serves as a professor of dance at Miami-Dade College / New World School of the Arts. He is also an active mentor to some of the biggest stars in professional dance such as principal dancer Jamar Roberts of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lloyd Knight and Mariya Dashkina Maddux of the historic Martha Graham Dance Company, and La Michael Leonard of New York City’s Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company.
Miguel Rodríguez Sepúlveda
Locust Projects is pleased to present Emergía Miami, the United States premiere of an ongoing project by Mexico City-based artist Miguel Rodríguez Sepúlveda. For the project, which has been presented in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Caracas and Sao Paolo, the artist searches for clues to a shared cultural experience in each city. He conducts field research to identify symbols that hold a particular potency in the minds of residents from political figures to pop icons to pre-Columbian graphics. These symbols play a central role in the project: they are painted on participants’ backs with watercolor paste, and then washed away with sweat as the wearer exerts continued physical activity. Rendered liquid by the wearer’s perspiration, the image is then transferred as a monoprint onto cotton paper. These prints, along with photographs and videos from previous iterations, will be included in the exhibition. For the first time, Sepúlveda will be the sole performer in his project, at once identifying, adopting, transforming and realizing the symbols he identifies in his investigation of the collective Latin American imagination. Emergía is especially relevant in Miami, a city that many people from South and Central America have chosen to call home.
ABOUT MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ SEPÚLVEDA
Born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico in 1971, Miguel Rodríguez Sepúlveda studied architecture and photography in Monterrey, where he began his artistic career. His work has been exhibited internationally at Museo Experimental EL ECO and Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, White Box in New York, and venues in Buenos Aires, Havana, La Paz, Quito, and Paris.
Locust Projects is a not-for-profit exhibition space founded by three Miami artists in order to provide contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas and methods without the limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work, and Locust Projects offers them a vibrant Miami experience to develop their ideas. Locust Projects is committed to offering an approachable and inviting venue for the Miami and international art community to experience the work and meet the artists.
Image: Sunday in the Park
Opening reception: September 13, 7pm
Conversation with the artist moderated by Maria Elena Ortiz, followed by the opening reception.
Closing reception and site specific performance by the Peter London Global Dance Company: Thursday, October 9, 7-10PM
3852 North Miami Avenue Miami, Florida 33127
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm