Deering Estate presents "Intersections" contemporary art exhibition during the Festival of the Arts
On April 16, 2016, the Deering Estate presents Intersections - a thought-provoking exhibition of site-specific works by more than two dozen notable contemporary artists that bridge past and present, nature and the man-made.
Part of the Deering Estate's annual Festival of the Arts, Intersections offers visitors an opportunity to experience artworks inspired by crossroads, both physical and metaphorical, throughout the Estate's varied and expansive outdoor and indoor environments. On the opening day, the exhibition is free and open to the public from 3:30 p.m to 10:00 p.m. and begins with a National Water Dance performance on the main lawn, Curatorial and Artist-Led Tours, and a Literary Lounge with readings in the Stone House Library.
The combination of natural beauty and historicity that form the Estate's signature character provides an exquisite backdrop for works that ponder the theme of intersections.
"The nature of curiosity encourages us to move between boundaries, explore new materials and expand our knowledge base," said Deering Estate Cultural Arts Curator Kim Yantis. "Whether through structural creations, discoveries within a historical context or interdisciplinary interactions, the creatives in this exhibition investigate the act or fact of intersecting through a broad range of research, practice and materials."
John William Bailly, BYO-Lab (Chris Mejia, Noel Palacios, Andrea Perelli), Karla Caprali, Robert Chambers, Susan Lee-Chun, Carlos Domenech, Felice Grodin, Jason Hedges, Juraj Kojs, Don Lambert, Justin H. Long, Anja Marais, Ena Marrero, Suzanne Martinson, Laz Ojalde with Natalie Zlamalova, Jonathan Marc Rockford, Onajide Shabaka, Alette Simmons-Jimenez, Yomarie Silva-O'Neal, Skip Snow, and Juan Carlos "JC" Velazquez.
Scarred Flat: Artist Jason Hedges presents a 1:1-scale recreation of a damaged shallow seagrass flat, Featherbed Bank, located between Black Point Marina and Elliott Key. By mapping this damage on land for viewers to navigate, the artist hopes to encourage stewardship of these submerged environments.
Walking with Satellites: Artist-scientist Skip Snow, with 25 years of experience working in the National Park Service, presents digital images of artist-created walkable pathways in Palmetto Bay and beyond. Made as a celebration of the "shape of a walk," Snow enthusiastically shares his artist statement and community engagement strategy: "Walk. Be safe. Have fun. Get some exercise."
Sand Bridge: Artist Ena Marrero bridges water and land in an earthwork that addresses the ever-changing landscape of S. Florida as well as the historic obstacles of walking in uncharted natural environments and overcoming barriers through her representative man-made temporary bridge.
Oculus: This sculpture by artist-designer team Laz Ojalde and Natalie Zlamalova serves as a viewing portal, placing the participant in a key location to witness the sunrise on Biscayne Bay.
Tillandsia Neos: Artist Jonathan Marc Rockford created an array of self-lighted, knit sculptures that describe the spaces between water, land and sky. Suspended in trees along the site, these neon-colored works relate directly to the hues in S. Florida's vibrant sunsets.
Intersections will remain on display through June 4, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and is free with Estate admission.
Cultural Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.
About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.
The Deering Estate offers complementary exhibit viewing nights, highlighting a variety of contemporary, historic, and visiting exhibitions inside the Historic homes. Exhibit Evenings are free of charge and offer the public a chance to interact with artists and curators and to experience a variety of exhibit tours and talks. Exhibit Evenings are held 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on the third Wednesdays per annual schedule.
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