MATTHEW ANGELO HARRISON: BKGD: BROUWN
With an ambitious exhibition deadline looming, the artist works from piece to piece, sharing thoughts on his technical approach to cultural and social mythologies, some of which are vividly embodied in teeming clusters of artifacts and materials. "I don't really care if people think my work is racial or not," the artist tells us during installation at the new ICA Miami building's inaugural show, "that's already always going to be a part of my life. It's important for me to transcend those things."
SONIC INSURGENCY RESEARCH GROUP:
If the Source is Open (Megamix)
The collective known as Sound Insurgency Research Group brings their most ambitious exhibition into the liberating venue of Miami’s Locust Projects main gallery. The artists’ expansive hands- and feet-on installation engages visitors with aural, spatial, tactile, and far-reaching socio-political stimuli. Their exhibition’s information, energy, and shape all foster thinking about the cultural behaviors deemed allowable in your community, and in every community; the question is, allowed by whom? Who is being restricted, and why?
REVERSE ALCHEMY ON THE GOLD COAST
Soon after the occasion of water joining gold on the futures market as a rare commodity, the artist dissolved Imperial minted gold in an Aqua Regia solution and diluted it with water to nourish a living flora landscape in Locust Project's main gallery.
FOUNTAIN FOR A DARK FUTURE
Investing the project room with socio-political power structures once amplified by– and now dissected by– artistic expression, the artist harkens back to the embrace of Mussolini by the Futurists as a foretelling echo of unambiguously authoritarian ideologies cheered on in the present day. Produced for Locust Projects, Miami.
TOMÁS ESSON: THE GOAT
The indefatigable painter and muralist brought his force of nature to a comprehensive ICA Miami solo show, including the creation of special backgrounds and a multi-gallery mural to envelop his historical and recent paintings. The grotesque characters, dramatic scenes, and erotic symbology boldly reach out from one era to the next, but always, "The line is the protagonist."
CHARLES GAINES: STAIRWAY
At his studio in Los Angeles, the artist describes his exploration of layered seriality with images derived from Central Park trees, the results of which are installed in a unique vertical composition activating ICA Miami’s central stairwell,
GUADALUPE MARAVILLA: PORTALS
The most personal innermost and outermost aspects of the artist's narrative– including childhood overland migration, and surviving cancer as an adult– are fearlessly explored in the preparation and installation of his ICA Miami exhibition Portals.
DONALD JUDD: PAINTINGS
On the occasion of the first major exhibition presenting pre-sculpture paintings of Donald Judd outside of Marfa, the artist's son Flavin narrates the "backstory" of how Judd's early works destined for walls found their way to the floor. Filmed at Judd Foundation properties in Marfa, Texas, and as the exhibition was mounted and premiered at ICA Miami.
ONE DAY ON SUCCESS STREET
From a seemingly ad-hoc garden at his country studio near Frankfurt, Germany, to the delivery of a giant Madonna skeleton along the streets of Miami, the venerated artist observes how everything is part of an omnipresent tapestry, micro to macro. Filmed for the artist's large-scale survey exhibition at ICA Miami.
LONI JOHNSON: REMNANTS
The social activist, educator, and installation artist integrates art into needlessly disparate communities, coalescing the idea of citizenry into purposeful activations at the city's premier alternative art space, Locust Projects.