"FUTURESPECTIVE" Opening: Thursday, Feb. 14th 2013
Florencia Rodríguez Giles @marguliesagency
You are part of the upcoming group show “Futurespective.” What can you already tell us about the show and your work in it?
I think it’s something very different than what people are used to
see. I know a lot of the artists in the show and have worked with some
in the past. Most of them are locals, all talented. I believe people
will be arrested by the element of surprise behind every corner.
You incorporate found objects such as wood, newspapers and old
skateboards. Can you elaborate on why you use objects and make them part
of your art?
Yes. I do incorporate all sort of objects and re-claimed wood found
on the streets. It is after all our environment. I try to get objects
that are unusual, items you rarely see, work with them and assemble a
balanced composition with them until something starts to take shape. I
find that people relate to these items, which make an initial
connection, but then, I change their perspective by creating something
completely different and unexpected on top of each ensemble. It has
become a true definition of “one ugly item by itself, it’s just ugly –
one hundred ugly items, organized and systematically planned, become
You are from the Dominican Republic. How does your heritage inform your art?
In almost every way. First off: color. My island has a lot of color
and folklore. I try using my folklore to focus on my heritage, and hide
it within my work. I don’t like to scream my origin, but if someone
happens to see a symbol or a Dominican item like the “Limping Devil,”
guira or drums, then great! If not, no big deal. But the reality is that
a lot of ideas I have, have been brewing ever since I was a child in
that small island in the Caribbean. I just now posses the tools to do
it. My nationality does not dictate my art, but it shapes it. ---- Keep reading this interview right here
Works by: George Sanchez-Calderon Christopher Carter Nicola Costantino Johnny Robles Kiki Valdes Jel Martinez Constanza Piaggio David Marsh JeanPaul Mallozzi Ruben Ubiera Florencia Rodríguez Giles Presented by: The Rozenblum Foundation The Michael Margulies Artist Agency Curator: Kiki Valdes 8:00pm - 11:00pm ARTE CITY BUILDING 2155 Washington Court Suite 109 Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Across from Bass Museum) More Info: MarguliesAgency.com [email protected] 305.972.8962