March 11 - April 3 2017
Opening : Saturday March 11 | 7 - 10 PM
Performances : opening night only at 7:30 + 9:00 PM
Laundromat Art Space, 5900 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, 33127
curated by : Christin Paige Minnotte
with work by : Leah Brown, Christin Paige Minnotte, Christina Pettersson and Lisu Vega
Nature is still a symbol of the indecipherable, of a meaning greater than ourselves.
Wilderness the show seeks to explore this idea through the work of four artists, who examining spaces outside of “civilized" places, individually draw on different qualities of wilderness.
Opening night only, there will be a live sculptural performance combining footage from the Alaskan wilderness, sculptural garments by Lisu Vega, and dance by Marisa Turner.
about the show
Wilderness. What do you think of when you hear this word? It's definition is straightforward : "an area of natural land not used by people". It's meaning however, is complex. The etymology of the word “wilderness" indicates it was not in use until circa 1200. Humanity hadn't yet a reason to distinguish the idea of a wild place from a civilized place. 800 years later humanity has grown even further from the wild, from nature. Yet this “wild" still forms the building blocks of our world. From it comes our air, our very sustenance; and from its expanse often comes our solace. Modern life tends to seek peace from nature or the wild because in many ways humanity still does, and arguably should, equate aspects of the meaning of existence with the natural world. Science continues to explore its wonders for the rules of space and time, for energy to power modern life, for clues to the mystery of its boundless beauty. Why do we still seek meaning from the wilderness? Perhaps simply because we have yet to explain it; it still holds mystery. Humanity is ever seeking to expand its existential vocabulary. In some ways, "civilization" is what we have already learned put to creative practice. The wilderness as a whole, however, though science understands how some mechanical aspects of it work, still retains clues to the origin of the universe not yet understood by people. Nature is still a symbol of the indecipherable, of a meaning greater than ourselves. Perhaps the definition of “wilderness” should be "the natural world, not yet understood". Wilderness the show, seeks to explore this idea through the work of four artists examining spaces outside of “civilized" places which individually draw on different qualities of wilderness.
Christin Paige Minnotte will be showcasing a new body of work on mirror inspired by the Voices of the Wilderness residency she completed in the Alaskan wilderness in the summer of 2016, with United States Forest Service Rangers tasked specifically with the preservation of this wilderness. Her view of natural phenomena seeks to isolate the ephemeral, otherworldly beauty; to distill the essence of the indescribable in the wilderness landscapes of Alaska and Wyoming.
Leah Brown's landscape of dreams, seems to naturally draw from the wilderness as a building block for a continuing narrative oscillating between what we understand as real and unreal.
Christina Pettersson's lyrical graphite drawings precisely iterate the natural landscape, but with such delicacy and simplicity as to exceed the literal, and capture the soul of a wild or natural place.
Lisu Vega’s sculptural garments combine art, fashion and textile design to reflect the qualities and forms of the natural landscape in shape and texture.