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“Tropic House”

“The myth of “Tropicality” is much more than parrots and banana trees: it is the consciousness of not being conditioned by established structures, hence highly revolutionary in its entirety. Any conformity, be it social, intellectual, or existential, is contrary to its principle idea.” – Hélio Oiticica

Los Angeles (February 18, 2016) – Primary extends an invitation to visit Tropic House, a group project showcasing artists of various disciplines whom live and work in Miami, FL and Los Angeles, CA.

For close to a decade, Primary has mounted numerous exhibitions without conformity. In an effort to expand our geographic scope, we have temporarily relocated our organization to Los Angeles in an effort to learn, search out inspiration, and forge new relationships.

Loosely inspired by “Florida Tropical House”, a private home designed by architect Robert Law Weed, which was included in the Century of Progress World’s Fair (1933), we view Tropic House as an opportunity to explore & engage with Los Angeles while exposing our tropic state of mind.

In the recent words of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster,
“The future will be tropical”.

Participants include:

Zachary Balber, Kelly Breez, Autumn Casey, Beatriz Monteavaro,
Kenton Parker, Gavin Perry, Bert Rodriguez, Magnus Sodamin,
Karen Starosta-Gilinski, Alex Sweet, & Michael Vasquez.

View Available Works on ARTSY

Tropic House Hours
Sunday – Saturday : by appointment
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, & Tea-Times Available | 954.296.1675


PRIMARY (@primaryprojects) is a multifaceted organization that explores and promotes multiple forms of aesthetic expression from both established and emerging artists. Operating both within a gallery context and in the expanded public realm, PRIMARY is an intelligent, alternative arts environment with a bold urban sensibility delivered through a diverse range of media.


Zachary Balber – (b.1984, Pittsburgh, PA) Graduate with a BFA from Univeristy of Florida / New World School of the Arts. Balber’s street photography is reminiscent of “The Americans” by Robert Frank, though it distinctly captures the cultural integration of 21st century America. Balber’s works can be found in select collections such as the Joseph M. Cohen Family Collection, the Schweitzer Collection, the Sagamore Collection, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Balber lives and works in Miami

Kelly Breez – (b. 1985, Lake Worth, FL) Graduate with a BFA from New World School of the Arts. In her current body of work, in which she combines her affinity for pop culture with her background in illustration and industrial fabrication techniques. Her art displays the simple power of line work and a sense of humor. Each piece serves as a missing link to a memory of a previously lived night out in the tropics. Breez lives and works in Miami, FL.

Autumn Casey (b. 1987, Dallas, TX) Graduate with a BFA from the New World School of the Arts, Casey draws on a variety of personal relics and pop-cultural ephemera, both abject and singular, to challenge and question her own subjectivity against the world at large. Her practice, which moves from sculpture to collage, as well as video performances, considers the history of the found object and assemblage—redeploying existing materials or moments in unexpected, idiosyncratic ways. The result is a body of work that vibrates along the tense cord between the personal and the vernacular. Her work is collected by the the Perez Art Museum Miami, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, and The collection of Beth Rudin Dewoody. Casey lives and works in Miami, FL.

Beatriz Monteavaro (b. 1971, Havana, Cuba) Graduate with a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. For several years, Monteavaro has been exploring ideas of alienation and hybridization. As a Cuban refugee, Monteavaro has lived in the marginal. Through the examination of the pulp culture of the 40s, 50s, and 60s, and the punk rock music scene of the late 70’s and 80’s, Beatriz has discovered a conduit through which to explore these ideas. Monteavaro has executed solo exhibitions at Locust Projects, Miami (2015), Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami (2014); Galerie Sultana, Paris, France (2011 and 2009); Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles (2010); Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami (2008 and 2005); and Derek Eller Gallery, New York (2006). A book of her work titled Quiet Village was published in 2009. Her work can be found in the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and the collection of Carlos and Rosa De La Cruz. Monteavaro lives and works in Miami, FL.

Kenton Parker (b. 1968, Grass Valley, CA) Graduate with a BFA from San Diego State University. Parker’s work addresses issues of self-improvement, beauty, and masculinity, expressing rebellion against societal pressures to be perfect or successful, while exploring the landscape as a metaphor for the body. Through careful observation of his surroundings and meticulous sourcing, Parker cultivates a perverse ethos, where viewers can get a glimpse into his crude, yet contemplative persona, whose intellect is matched by sexual deviation, marked by his personal experiences navigating the glorious and troubling Los Angeles landscape. Parker lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Gavin Perry (b. 1971 Philadelphia, PA) Graduate with a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. Perry’s exhibitions include Frederic Snitzer, Miami, Florida; Galerie Sultana, in Paris France; Art Basel, Basel, Swizerland; White Box, New York; and Buamet Sultana Gallerie in Mexico City and Paris, France.  Perry was awarded the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium which included an exhibition at the University Galleries of FAU.  His work has been reviewed by Flash Art, Art in America, Art Papers, and The Art Economist. Perry lives and works in Miami, FL. 

Bert Rodriguez (b. 1975 in Miami, FL) is an American visual artist and composer based in Los Angeles, California. He is most notable for his performance art but also works with a wide range of other media and genres including, installation, photography, sculpture, film, video and sound. Rodriguez uses various methods to translate his ideas which explore the relationship existing between art and audience. A winner of a Frieze Foundation Commission, his work has been displayed in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, in Berlin at Sassa Trülzsch and in Naples at Annarumma 404, among others.[1] Rodriguez has a BFA in Painting from New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida, and also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Rodriguez’s work can be found in select collections such as the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL, and Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO. Rodriguez lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Magnus Sodamin (b. 1987, Manhattan, NY) uses an expanded painting practice that is at once hallucinatory and precise, employing a variety of techniques to blur the frontier between abstraction and landscape painting. His singular installations often begin with painting the walls and floors of an exhibition space with vibrant splashes of color, and then installing the space with similarly emotive, yet complementary canvas or panel compositions. The result is entirely immersive. Sodamin attended the New World School of the Arts (BFA, 2012) as well as the Nansen Academy in Lillehammer, Norway. He has exhibited in Norway and the United States, showing work at the Cisneros-Fontanals art foundation (CIFO), the 2010 Lotus House Women’s Shelter Fundraiser at the Margulies Collection, and PRIMARY. He has been in residence at the Deering Estate (2014) and the Museums Quartier Residency, Vienna (2015). Sodamin lives and works in Miami.

Karen Starosta-Gilinski (b. 1982, St. Paul, MN) creates a variety of assemblages that are at once humorous and heartfelt. Made of found objects and altered materials—comforting objects such as mirrors and plush toys find equal footing alongside bits of rusted metal and garbage bags. Starosta-Gilinski’s work reminds the viewer of Surrealism’s more playfully sinister moments, while reflecting on the disposability of contemporary material culture. Raised in Caracas, She holds degrees from the Accademia Del Giglio in Florence, Italy, as well as Miami International University of Art & Design. She has had solo exhibitions at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 6th Street Container, and at Primary in 2015. A commissioned sculpture can be found in the collection of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum and in the private collection of Craig Robins. Starosta-Gilinski lives and works in Miami.

Alex Sweet (b. 1983, Hollywood, FL) uses unexpected materials to reflect upon the issues that structure contemporary society—gender, power, and class. Whether burning portraits of boxers into wooden panels, or carving intricate patterns into animal skulls, Sweet affects the physical makeup of his material, as opposed to simply relying on surface marks, to create an unflinching alliance of material and theme. He graduated with a BFA from the New World School of the Arts and since has executed solo exhibitions at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery and at the Arts and Culture Center of Hollywood. His works can be found in various collections world wide including the private collection of Charles Saatchi. Sweet lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Michael Vasquez (b. 1983, St. Petersburg, FL) Graduated Cum Laude with a BFA from New World School of the Arts. Through various solo exhibitions, Vasquez draws from his personal experience as an only child of a single parent mother, exploring the allure of neighborhood street gangs through the perspective of a boy growing up without a father figure. Vasquez presents the gang as an extended family, accompanied by it’s own set of values that seem to communicate and instill a level of masculinity beyond a mother’s capability. Vasquez has exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami in (2006, 2008); The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (2007); The University of Tennessee in Chattanooga (2010); Miami Art Museum (2010); the Bass Museum of Art (2011), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (2013); Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design (2015) National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian (2015); National Hispanic Cultural Center (2016); and forthcoming exhibits at the Orlando Museum of Art and the Frost Art Museum (2016). Vasquez lives and works in Miami, FL.

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