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Local Crit - Wed, Nov. 27th 2013

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Carol Prusa - "Optic Nerve" - 2013 

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Jessy Nite: The Overdose

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How did you get into incorporating pills into your work? 

most of my work is about my relationship with drugs and behaviors/people that surround them.  Whether they lean toward molly or prescriptions, pills speak to a certain kind of high and dependency that I like to play with.  They are the friendliest and most fun drug to use.  (in my art or real life haha)

You have a strong connection with graphic design, how much does it play into your art practice in the studio? 

I use it seamlessly throughout my process these days.  I use all of my own content throughout my pieces (all type styles are my creation and all illustration is done by

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hand to start off) so everything begins with my technical drawing skills.   My graphic design skills allow me to work on a larger scale and with variety of mediums, and influence my concepts and aesthetic.

Are you really into nightlife? Where are some places you like to hang out that may inspire your work? 

I've always been a party animal and was exposed to nightlife culture when I was young.  I work my ass of these days so I don't get out as much as I used to, but every now and then I love to get totally wasted and go to the mega clubs like LIV, Story or The Wall.  I love the whole show…the music, lights, performers and even the hilarity within the crowd.  Its such a bizzaro world with two very contrasting realities.  In-the-moment is one thing but the reality of it all is another.  That South Beach club world is really not my scene but its fun to visit for sure!!!  

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Tell us a little bit about your current show right now at the Hollywood Art and Culture Center. 

Behavioral Patterns is a group of new works that reflect a lot of personal experiences.  Its a survey of the bad behaviors that I continue to repeat and struggle with.  The stories are personal and reflect my feelings toward a very specific area of my life.  One piece reads "Tried & True" in one direction, and "Tired & Thru" in the other….that is about relationships and the kind of people I always choose to be with.  "Roll Model" is the duality of the party girl in-the-moment and after.   Although, those serious undertones are clouded by the sentimental nature of the sayings and the colorful and clean presentation.

Working on anything currently? 

This November is going to be so busy!  First up I am releasing a dope new print and a very limited edition of pill jewelry that matches my "Roll Model" piece, then a large installation going up in the Filling Station in Wynwood, a new building takeover on Calle Ocho, a giant rainbow vortex for a show in Ft Lauderdale, and perhaps a little surprise for Basel…I gotta keep you posted on that last one!

Lowest point in your art career was when? 

No low points…I keep it positive!

Highest point in your art career at this point has been? 

I get higher everyday...

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SO. Where were we? Ah yes... In my last post I was saying "YES" and venturing out into the world of the small business owner. And now, it's October, and many months have gone by since the paperwork was filed, and the fee's were paid, and now I find myself $3k in debt, to...uh...myself. 

There are various expenses incurred when starting your own business, even if you are doing virtually all the work alone. I even built my own garment rails to save money...(pictured below) and I STILL had to lay out 4K total just to get my little store off the ground.

I decided to sell at the the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea, and also online. Easy you say... buy some vintage clothing, pack up your car, set up shop and have a lovely old time. I said the same thing... And now I laugh in my own face.

Just to get going I needed garment rails, shopping bags, tents for shade. I pay $120 per month space rental, $120 per month uhaul rental, and at least $75 in lunch and gas. I needed labels, label guns ,tissue paper, office supplies, a book keeper and jewelry displays, and non of this actually includes the cost of stock for resale.

Let's talk about stock. Where do you think your vintage clothing comes from? We'd all like to think our one of a kind finds have been hanging in the back of some sweet old biddy's closet for the last 50 years, until one day she pops off and they emerge in a glory of lost treasure now found but... News flash: That is not the case. I buy my vintage wholesale from rag houses. Enormous warehouses in the unloved parts of Los Angeles that require a dust mask, a strong back, and an even stronger will. I spend the better part of a day knee deep in the ugliest clothing you have ever seen, desperateley hoping that under the hundreds of pounds of 80's shoulder pads there will be a miracle. One piece of vintage clothing that not only is beautiful enough to save, but somehow not stained, or torn, or shredded. The number of incredible damaged finds I have had to throw back into the vast ocean of vintage crap is devastating. The simple fact is, true chic vintage is rare, because it rarely makes it this far.

So we have our stock, our rails and our tents, we've loaded our truck for 4 hours on a Saturday afternoon, packed our lunch and picked our outfit for the following day (something that says "I'm cool so my taste in vintage must be" ) now what? Well, you hit the sack around 7pm on Saturday night. No more SNL for you. Wake up around 2:30 / 3am on Sunday morning, eat some breakfast, hit the shower, hit the road. You arrive at the rose bowl around 3:30am, where you're greeted with a line of trucks a mile long, all waiting to gain entry to the gates of second hand goods. In the veil of darkness, you find your way to your 18ft x 20ft space, and you join your fellow vendors. Your comrades. The only other people in the world who know what its like to have joined this circus, and you each make your little slice of home. In a few hours an empty lot becomes the valley of the lost and found, and for one day only, we are the people of the Rose Bowl Flea.
WE ARE STRANGE FOLK, all trying to get by without committing to the 9 - 5 lifestyle we just weren't made for, and you never tire of the stories and personalities behind the facade of the ever smiling vendor. My neighbor was making a sale last week when a gentleman asked him "Are you big?" to which he obviously was a little confused, until the afore mentioned gentleman went on to ask if he "gave good head". There are two ladies selling jewelry across from me who make for fascinating people watching, every week one of the ladies bosses the other around in the most patronizing way, scolding her for not performing some menial task to her high standards, and then a customer will stop by and she'll flip on a dime. There are a couple odd balls who walk around in white gloves and face masks, a lovely old fellow who turned his motorized assistance scooter into a steam train, sound effects and all, and wears the cap and scarf to match. There's one vendor who won't let you buy anything... never understood that one. But despite our quirks and strange little habits, we are a community. We are a family. If your engine dies somebody's ready with a jump lead. If your stock blows away, somebody gives chase and brings it home safely. If its 100 degrees and you can't quite hold up, somebody shares their water, and shares their shade. And when the sun starts setting and the crowd thins out, we all celebrate or commiserate the days takings together.

As much as I love the Rose Bowl Flea and all its quirks I'm afraid I'm on my way out. I never intended for this to be a profession, I always saw it as more of a hobby, and for me the benefits just don't out weigh the work. It's hard, It's really hard. And more than anything I miss being able to peruse the thousands of stalls myself. But, never one to give up lightly, I'm committed to staying in the game until I break even. 
So, If you find yourself Pasadena way on the second Sunday of the month, you might just see me, or, I might be already gone. Either way, I hope  the next time you buy anything from a flea, you don't bargain quite as hard as you did. The people of the Rose Bowl Flea kill themselves to be there, and they deserve every penny they get.

we are the people

Nuevas Fundaciones - Installation Photos

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In NUEVAS FUNDACIONES, artists Jel Martinez, Kiki Valdes, and Mariana Monteagudo each demonstrate degrees of creating physical embodiments of their own practices. Each communicates through their prime foundations of painting, sculpture, surface layering and color. Beyond various art making differences, there is an underlying aesthetic value each artist possesses that unifies their work in the white box.

Nuevas Fundaciones - Jel Martinez, Mariana Monteagudo, Kiki Valdes

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In NUEVAS FUNDACIONES, artists Jel Martinez, Kiki Valdes, and Mariana Monteagudo each demonstrate degrees of creating physical embodiments of their own practices. Each communicates through their prime foundations of painting, sculpture, surface layering and color. Beyond various art making differences, there is an underlying aesthetic value each artist possesses that unifies their work in the white box.


"My work first starts from documenting the removals through photographs I capture in the streets. I then become 3 different characters, the construction worker who creates the wall, the vandal who defaces the property and the city employee who removes the graffiti. My work consists of multiple layers which are a reenactment of what is happening in our surroundings and all have a story and memory behind it. I try to give the viewer the opportunity to visualize and understand a movement that previously went untold and unnoticed by the general public."
- Jel Martinez 
"I am using a general, non specific cartoon character...meaning it sort of looks like Goofy, Mickey Mouse or Ren and Stimpy. I use certain components of those identifiable images and make them into abstractions, or a somewhat still-life of what those shapes can do. I use certain qualities of the curves, exaggerated eyes and big mouths to emphasize the duality of those compositions. There is a battle between the graphic figuration that is very familiar to us and what is familiar in painting."
Miami Art Space - 6pm - 10pm 

244 NW 35th Street. 

Miami, FL. 33127 

SEPT. 28
- Kiki Valdes 
"It starts with an  inspiration, it can be virtually anything. I usually conceive a group of pieces as if it was a cast from a theater play; every character has a specific role in the story.  For instance, this time I have been obsessed with the classic images of the circus and the 1930’s Tod Browning’s film “Freaks”. A heartbreaking story of the human dramas within a traveling circus. So my new group is taking a lot from this story, and from the circus world. I begin with a theme, a starting point; then it evolves by itself, opening new windows to other reflections and sources of inspirations. "
- Mariana Monteagudo 
Mariana Monteagudo - Rag Family (2013) 
Kiki Valdes - Ibex (2013) 
Jel Martinez - Play the City (2011) 
MAS (MIAMI ART SPACE) is a contemporary and innovative art space located in the heart of the Wynwood Art District and just west of Miami’s Design District. Developed to be a mixed use venue, MAS’s ample interior and exterior spaces welcome events of all sizes and types, and is only limited by one’s imagination. Inside you’ll find large bright spaces with soaring ceilings and cool contemporary touches. Outside enjoy over 7,000 sq. ft. of private/walled courtyards surrounded by lush bamboo gardens. 
Opens: Saturday, Sept. 28th 2013
Miami Art Space 
6pm - 10pm 
244 NW 35th Street. 
Miami, FL. 33127 

For press contact and for appointments: 

Lilian Mustelier
Jel Martinez examines the buff, where different methods in which graffiti and tags are covered over imbue his paintings with everyday visual realities from the street. Working on wood panels in his studio he instinctively replicates what happens over the history of a public wall. The result is a figureless expressionism that communicates through a multilayered use of texture, color, and shape that both obscures and highlights his use of surfaces. 
Mariana Monteagudo’s dolls evoke images of childhood innocence and horror films, while channeling her obsessive vision through an intelligent use of color and meticulous detail. The illusionist landscape created by her dolls is one in which color moves us from one doll to another. In doing so, the viewer absorbs abstracted images of dolls, with colorful familiar bodies, topped by expressive and invitingly disturbing heads.
Kiki Valdes uses cartoon imagery as both a visual lure and guide, taking the viewer deeper into abstraction and communicating through overlapping colors and a transformative array of forms that reconcile recognizable popular imagery with post contemporary painting.

Aramis Gutierrez - Artist Interview

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Q: What has drawn you to painting dancers? I remember your past work being quite humorous. 

A: I guess I'd felt like I had been using humor as a crutch for too long and sometimes a joke looses its appeal, especially when you are expecting it. What attracted me was a tendency in dance to subvert narrative through form. Also, dance is performative and requires a great deal of rehearsal or skill to successfully suspend belief.  The type of painting that interests me shares an affinity to both of these qualities.  Besides, if you are familiar with me and my humor, the notion that I am making dance paintings is still pretty funny. 

Q: It's been a while since you have had a solo show. Tell us about your latest exhibit.
A: There are too many shows and too many artists showing things that are unremarkable. Collective attitudes on aesthetics don't really interest me and I found myself alone which isn't necessarily a bad thing.  After about a 3 year transition and two bodies of un-exhibited paintings, I decided I needed to achieve something formal that I had always wanted in my work. Like the Cocteau Twins, I had always wanted to achieve a contradictory place that is both violent and atmospheric, sexually charged yet androgynous.  Now that I happier with the results I'm sure you will be seeing more from me. 

Miami-based artist Aramis Gutierrez talks to us about his latest work and his new exhibit "End Game Aesthetics" happening at Spinello Projects. 
Q:What's GUCCIVUITTON? How did it happen?
A: GUCCIVUITTON is a gallery that Loriel Beltran, Domingo Castillo and I opened in Little River.  Initially it came from idea that commercial galleries in Miami needed to raise the bar... substantially.  We were loosing interest in even attending exhibitions, but we were still interested in seeing what certain Miami artists were doing.  Instead of endlessly complaining about this we decided to try putting our money where are mouths are.  Once the gallery was built out and we saw the tangible potential of the space we made, we decided to focus on, but not be limited to, regional aesthetics.  Unless we get behind what makes us unique, the Miami art scene will always be held hostage to the creative output of more established art centers (like NY or LA).  This is something all three of us believe in strongly.

Q:I remember many of your works being pretty monumental in size. Do you prefer working in a larger scale in general? 

A: Yes, but my present studio is only 107" tall. 
Q: Highest point in your art career to this point was when? 

A: I'll tell you later. 
To view more works by Aramis Gutierrez visit right here. 
Q: Lowest point in your art career was when? 

A: I'm always only as good as my next painting which makes it an elusive pursuit. 
"End Game Aesthetics" opens Sept. 14th at 
Spinello Projects  - 2930 NW 7th Ave. Miami, FL 33127

For his current body of work, Miami-based artist Aramis Gutierrez addresses the marriage of Cold War nuclear deterrence policies and recent cultural legacy visible through a visual aesthetic. Actively resisting a ‘fascist aesthetic’, where long-standing symbologies and stereotypes are inexorably linked to an artist’s medium or practice, Gutierrez reveals numerous (sometimes all) layers of a painter’s process to initiate an interactive dialogue between artist and viewer. A firm interest in dramaturgy and cutural myths induce creative polarities which Gutierrez explores in theaters of war and Classical dance.


Aramis Gutierrez was born in Pittsburgh in 1975. He received his BFA at The Cooper Union, New York. Gutierrez has exhibited widely across the US, having his work featured at venues in Philadelphia, New York and Miami as well as a special exhibition of South Florida contemporary artists held in Istanbul in 2007. He has held residency with The Deering Estate Invitational Studio Residency Program and his work has appeared in publications including The Miami Herald, 944 Miami, MAP Magazine, Ocean Drive, Oxford American: The Southern Magazine of Good Writing (No. 66, September 2009) and the 76th Volume of New American Paintings (2008). Gutierrez lives and works in Miami.