ArtCenter/South Florida presents ‘Center of Attention,’ an artist-in-residence group show that spotlights local, professional talent during Art Basel Miami Beach. Providing a platform for artists to educate, create and exhibit their work in 40 studios across properties at 800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Road, the non-profit organization is an incubator for contemporary art and has served as a launch-pad for many thriving careers. On Friday, December 2, 2011 from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., ArtCenter’s VIP Basel Reception will take place at the main gallery (800 Lincoln Road at Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach). Sponsored by L’Chaim Vodka and SUSHISAMBA dromo, this special event is free and open to the public; the exhibit will be on view through January 1, 2011. For more information, please call 305.674.8278 or visit the website at www.artcentersf.org.
Artists include Lissette Schaeffler, a Cuban-born photographer who deals with the exploration of identity. Her work is an extension of her environment, and for the ‘Center of Attention’ exhibit, is grounded in Miami’s seedy milieu of pay-by-the-hour motels. Aptly dubbed ‘By the Hour,’ Schaeffler visits South Florida relics, examining rooms and the remnants thereof.
From underbelly to ‘Understory,’ Nina Surel takes visitors to a world of whimsy with layered photographs decorated with jewelry, porcelain birds, buttons, textiles and lace coated in resin. Rapidly gaining momentum in the industry with shows at the prestigious Praxis Gallery and at fairs in London, Buenos Aires, New York and Chicago, Surel’s process of layering literally addresses the multi-faceted and multi-dimensional lives of her subjects.
Damian Sarno, an ACSF artist-in-residence since 2004, is highly recognized for his larger-than-life portraits that use shadows pierced with warm colors to evoke shape, features and emotion. In ‘Center of Attention,’ Sarno leaps from figurative painting to mixed media and installation. Using refined techniques to share his past experiences, what transpires in his new body of work are feelings of containment and power, submission and dominance. ‘Medusa,’ a handmade costume of interwoven black rope and knots, will be displayed on a dressmaker’s mannequin at ArtCenter/South Florida. “Storytelling is the inspiration for my work,” said Sarno.
Participating artists-in residence: Adriana Carvalho, Alex Heria, Amanda Serrano, Anthony Ardavin, Antonia Wright, Babette Herschberger, Beatricia Sagar, Damian Sarno, David Leroi, David Zalben, Doris Rodriguez-Graber, Ena Marrero, Franca Valeska Laufer, Franklin Sinanan, George Goodridge, Gustavo Matamoros, Hugo Moro, J. Kevin Foltz, Jules Lusson, Katerina Friderici, Kathy Kissik, Lissette Schaeffler, Luis Garcia-Nerey, Matu Croney, Natasha Duwin, Nina Surel, Pablo Contrisciani, Peter Hammar, Ramon F. Bofill, Regina Jestrow, Rene Barge, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Russell Sharon, Steven Gagnon, Susan Feliciano, Tom Cocotos, Tony Chimento, Venessa Monokian, W. Andre Allen and Wendy Coad.
Established in 1984, ArtCenter/South Florida (located at 800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization that provides subsidized studio and exhibition space as well as teaching opportunities for emerging and career artists in their facilities at 800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. The mission of the ArtCenter is to advance the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture in South Florida while providing affordable programming and work-space for professional artists. ArtCenter/South Florida is open Tuesday through Thursday from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. For further information please call 305.674.8278 or visit the website at www.artcentersf.org.