“O.M.G” – In a Letter to Winston Churchill : Lord John Arbuthnot Fisher (1917) | “W.T.F” – Ramblings By J. Fields (1985)
Miami (September 10, 2016) – Primary (Books Bischof, Cristina Gonzalez and Typoe Gran) is pleased to announce our triumphant return to the Miami Design District with “OMGWTF”, a group exhibition showcasing new works from New York based artists Alejandro Guzmán & Kenny Rivero, Chicago based artist Cody Hudson, and Miami cultivated artists such as George Sanchez-Calderon, Beatriz Monteavaro, Gavin Perry, Kelly Breez, Autumn Casey &Magnus Sodamin.
OMGWTF is a contemporary cultural acronym that is utilized for its wide range of passionate responses. Often enough, decisions are based on the emotional side of an individuals character. Gut instincts, positive vibrations, and instant attractions are moments to be seized and celebrated without discount. Instinct, opposed to academics, is the preferred approach in the assembling of this project, encouraging viewers to simply trust intuition as their primary guide through the exhibition experience.
Alejandro Guzmán’s piece “Never Take it from Us: Creative Misunderstandings Series”, Guzmán creates a large scale performance sculpture covered in brightly colored handwoven textiles, a sculpture recently utilized in his solo project at the Brooklyn Museum. Guzmán’s work recontextualizes via ritual organization and performative gesture. Guzmán’s sculptures function as mobile sites of reflection, contemplation, and activation, moving both performances and viewers towards ecstatic catharsis and fellowship.
Kenny Rivero’s work often begins with explorations of color, texture, and with mark making. Most often there is a specific narrative within each work, a story layered with affiliations, loyalties, psycho-social histories, and personal as well as shared iconography. In Rivero’s “Dancer in the Dark”, he explores a relationship between Haitian and Afro-Dominican spiritual symbolism. On a journey through self reflection, this smaller in scale / darker in color painting utilizes mock symbols in search of energy and transition.
Miami based creative, Kelly Breez, harnesses her stylistic, hand painted, black and white type with calculated sarcasm. In “Fuck Your Neck Pillow”, Breez responds to the common “in flight” object of leisure with a Tourette like explosion of honest emotion and humor. Breez’s work centers on documenting the conventional, under recognized moments of every day life via high contrast, Pettibon-like illustrations.
OMGWTF is Primary’s continued celebration of risk, backed by years of developed instinct. We aim to highlight each artists individual, uncompromised practice parallel to Primary’s devotion to each other’s purpose, opinion, and best possible energy.
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 between Miami, FL & Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Alejandro Guzmán (b. 1978, Vega Baja, PR) Graduate with an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. Guzmán employs sculpture and installation as performance. These “performance sculptures,” generate creative exchanges in both the public realm and white cube. His work exceeds the boundaries of esoteric art and instead, embodies the caprice of unrestricted possibilities. Acknowledging the blend of Native American, African, Asian, and European influences that inform the Americas, the work explores cultural and historical references from indigenous folklore and the history of colonialism to post-modernism. Recent exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, NY, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, NY, and El Museo @ S.V.A School of Visual Arts, NY. Other venues include the Seattle Art Museum, WA, The Calder Foundation, NY, El Museo Del Barrio, NY, Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY. He has attended select residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, CA, New Roots Foundation, Antigua, Guatemala with additional education from Skowhegen School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME.
Cody Hudson (b. 1971, Kenosha, WI) Cody Hudson is a Chicago based artist, also known for his graphic design contributions under the name Struggle Inc. Known for the production of clean, multi-dimensional graphics, Cody’s design aesthetic is part urban modernism, and part organic visual deconstruction. His graphic work and paintings have been exhibited throughout the US, Europe and Japan including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), New Image Art (LA), Rocket Gallery (Tokyo), The Lazy Dog (Paris), & Andrew Rafacz (Chicago). In 2006 Cody was commissioned by the City of Chicago Public Art Program to create a permanent installation at the Sox/35th CTA station as part of the Arts in Transit Program. Hudson is also a partner in the Michelin Star rated Longman & Eagle restaurant and a founding partner in the Land and Sea Dept creative group.
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.
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.
Kenny Rivero (b. 1981, New York, NY) Graduate with a BFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and gained his MFA in painting and printmaking at the Yale University of Art in New Haven. Today, on top of continuing to produce thoughtfully layered narratives through the medium of art, he is a teaching artist at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and is adjunct faculty in the Visual and Critical Studies Department of the School of Visual Arts. Rivero has been a guest lecturer at El Museo del Barrio, Williams College, and the School of Visual Arts and a guest critic at The Cooper Union, The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and New York University. He is the recipient of a Doonesbury Award, The Robert Schoelkopf Memorial Travel Grant, and has been awarded a Visiting Scholar position at New York University. Residencies include the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program in New York City, the Roswell Artist in Residence Program, Roswell, NM and The Fountainhead Residency in Miami, FL.
George Sánchez-Calderón (b. 1967, New York, NY) Graduate with an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Florida International University. The son of Cuban exiles. His family re-located to Miami, Florida where he has chosen to live the majority of his life. His work has been described as being context-driven public installations and architectural re-interpretations that confront the viewer with social / political content. His work can be found in the permanent collection of the Miami Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Margulies Collection, Craig Robbins Collection and the Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz collection. Mr. Sánchez-Calderón is also the recipient of the Oscar B. Cintas Fellowship and the South Florida Cultural Consortium Award.
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) and Summit’s AIR Program, Eden, UTAH (2016). Sodamin lives and works in Miami.
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