Árbol semiótico (Semiotic Tree)


Árbol semiótico (Semiotic Tree) | Jorge Wellesley
Opening Reception | Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 7-10pm
ArtCenter’s 924 Vitrine | 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

On view through March 6, 2016

Árbol semiótico (Semiotic Tree) is a work by Cuban-born artist Jorge Wellesley. His work is based on three basic concepts—Truth, Reality and Language—and the sometimes antagonistic relationship between them. Language is a convention, an agreement or consensus to establish order. However, language cannot always capture reality. Language is an arbitrary structure and becomes abstract because text is an abstract graphic.

In this work, Wellesley started looking for the concept “Verdad” (Truth) in a dictionary of synonyms and antonyms thinking he would reach some logical outcome, or somewhat explain the whole universe of meanings that could be behind this powerful word. This idea started as an experiment, but after two days expanding the network of meanings, the words were taking him in an opposite direction. He discovered the word “Mentira” (Lie) while looking for synonyms and thus the work was born. He utilized the visual of a genealogical tree using generations and descendants. This is the ideal metaphor to present the relationship and the cyclical sense of things.



Jorge Wellesley | Havana, Cuba, 1979 | Lives and works in Miami
Jorge Wellesley graduated from the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy, Havana, in 1998 and from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in 2004. He conducted painting workshops at the ISA for five years. He was a founding member of the Department of Public Interventions project (DIP, in its Spanish acronym) and the five-artist project Espacio 08. Wellesley’s work embraces many genres and supports, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and video. It has been shown in museums in Cuba, Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Canada, such as the Queens Museum, NY, USA; the Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY, USA; the Musée National d´art Moderne et Contemporain Algiers (MAMA), Algeria; NHHC Art Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA; and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba. His most recent exhibitions include: “Mobility and its Discontents”, The 8th Floor, NY, USA; “The Spaces Between: Contemporary Art From Havana”, Bildmuseet, Umeå University, Sweden; “Games and Challenges”, Rainhart Gallery, Brussels, Belgium; “Estrictamente Impersonal” and Espacio 08, XI Havana Biennial.

The Totem at the VIP Terrace at UNTITLED Art Fair


ArtCenter/South Florida (Miami Beach) and PARTICIPANT INC (New York) present a series of performances at The Totem at the VIP Terrace at UNTITLED Art Fair.

VIP & Press Preview – Tuesday, December 1st
Featuring DJ Dale Dale (ArtCenter/South Florida)
7pm – Glendalys Medina + T De Long (Participant Inc)

Wednesday, December 2nd
6pm – DJ Dale Dale (ArtCenter/South Florida)

Thursday, December 3rd
5pm – needle/Sony Mao as part of The Inertials
(ArtCenter/South Florida)

Friday, December 4th
6pm – Narcissister (Participant Inc)

Saturday, December 5th
6pm – TM Sisters in collaboration with sleeper
(ArtCenter/South Florida)

Sunday, December 6th
12pm – Dale Dale (ArtCenter/South Florida)

Totem to Helios by AMLgMATD/ Laz Ojalde & Natalie Zlamalova (ArtCenter/South Florida)
AMLgMATD is the collaborative team of artists/designers Laz Ojalde and Natalie Zlamalova. AMLgMATD combines Zlamalova’s geometric abstract forms and Ojalde’s functional and aesthetic ideals. Ojalde is a mixed media artist whose inspiration comes from the love of the everyday object; the mundane, the functional, the gimmicky to the refined. Zlamalova is a mixed media artist who explores the crossroads between the states of being asleep and awake—the hypnagogic state. Her ink washes are illogical and coincidental and contrast her hand-constructed geometric lines and patterns—the logical and the premeditated.

About ArtCenter/South Florida – artcentersf.org
ArtCenter/South Florida was founded by Ellie Schneiderman in the spring of 1984 on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach as an organization to address the community’s cultural needs. Today, ArtCenter is credited as being the catalyst for the revitalization of Lincoln Road and its surrounding areas, having provided studio residencies and exhibition opportunities to more than 1,000 visual artists, while also offering art classes and outreach programs to the community. ArtCenter prides itself in being one of the few institutions in South Florida that grants free admission to all of its exhibitions and other public programming in an effort to make the arts accessible to all. ArtCenter is located at 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, with a temporary exhibition space, ArtCenter [Little River Edition] in the Little River District at 7252 NW Miami Ct., Miami.

About PARTICIPANT INC – participantinc.org
Founded in December 2001 as an educational corporation and not-for-profit alternative space, PARTICIPANT INC seeks to provide a venue in which artists, curators, and writers can develop, realize, and present ambitious projects within a context that recognizes the social and cultural value of artistic experimentation. The mission of PARTICIPANT INC is to serve artists through in-depth consideration, presentation, and the publishing of critical writing; and to introduce this work into public contexts through exhibitions, screenings, performances, and educational programs. Our mission builds upon alternative space methodologies, particularly a commitment to interdisciplinary, intergenerational exhibition making, and an insistence upon placing together, in one space, work from various mediums — encouraging the coexistence of visual and time-based art. The programming priorities of PARTICIPANT INC reflect the premise that artists produce significant work through a deep relationship with an organization whose focus is its committed collaborations with them. By encouraging experimentation and project-based exhibitions for artists at many different stages of their careers, PARTICIPANT INC strives to address the changing context of alternative arts presenting and to respond responsibly to the diverse practices of artists.

Lick It










Photo by Silvia Ros

Windows@Walgreens | 6700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141

On view through February 14, 2016

The mediums used in Frances Goodman’s work are the materials and labor of the beauty industry. Goodman deftly deploys fake nails, false eyelashes, earrings, pearls, and sequins, among many other items found in the beauty aisle, to create works that are simultaneously seductive and appalling.  The repetitive and meticulous gestures used to create Lick It mimic the repetitive and meticulous labors of nail salons and beauty maintenance regimes. By employing these materials and efforts, Goodman’s work draws attention to popular assumptions that narrow the possibilities of female identity to extremes of consumption, aspiration, obsession, desire, and anxiety. Though Goodman’s work references a society in which objects can define and burden people, it also celebrates the use of these materials as symbols of empowerment.  – Jennie Lamensdorf, Art in Buildings

Lick It was created during Goodman’s residency at Fountainhead Residency in Miami.

Frances Goodman | Johannesburg, South Africa, 1975 |
Lives and works in Johannesburg
Goodman is fast becoming known as one of South Africa’s strongest artistic voices of feminism and consumerism. Goodman studied Fine Arts at Wits University, Johannesburg. On completion of an MA at Goldsmiths College, London, UK, she lived in Antwerp, Belgium, where she was artist in residence at HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts). Goodman has had solo exhibitions at the Goodman Gallery in South Africa, Aeroplastics in Belgium, (Art)Amalgamated in New York and TM Projects in Geneva. She has participated in major international exhibitions such as The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists commencing at MMK Frankfurt and travelling to the Smithsonian and SCAD, Savannah, Lust and Vice: From Durer to Nauman at the Kunstmuseum Bern, Spheres, at Le Moulin, France and Beauty and Pleasure, The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway. Her work has been shown at the Armory, ArtBasel and ArtBasel in Miami Beach. She has been invited to participate in a number of residencies, including Art Omi, New York; ISCP, New York; The Foundation GegenwART, Berne, Switzerland; Recollets International Accommodation and Exchange Centre, Paris; Artist’s Work Program, Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin, Ireland; and most recently Fountainhead Residency in Miami.



Attitudes in Latitudes: The Northern Wild Explores the Tropics

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Attitudes in Latitudes: The Northern Wild Explores the Tropics

Curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff

Evin Collis | Aganetha & Richard Dyck | Erin Josephson-Laidlaw | Heather Komus |
Lucinda Linderman | Anja Marais | Ana Méndez | Andrew Nigon |
Christina Pettersson | Dominique Rey | Diana Thorneycroft | Antonia Wright

ON VIEW  March 14 – April 26, 2015
PREVIEW & ARTIST TALK  Saturday, March 14 | 7pm
OPENING RECEPTION  Wednesday, March 18 | 7-10pm
CURATOR WALKTHROUGH  Wednesday, April 8 | 7pm

Attitudes in Latitudes which spans over both the Richard Shack Gallery and Project 924 is the result of the curator’s research trip to Winnipeg. The exhibition that features six artists from the Canadian microcosm and six from Miami explores their strong, and yet sometimes peculiar connection to the landscape that surrounds them as well as the creatures, either real or invented, that inhabit it. Attitudes in Latitudes shows us how artists can teach us all to pay more attention to the majestic nature that surrounds us.

Ana Méndez will perform during the opening reception and curator walkthrough.

Beauty Box


Beauty Box
Cat Del Buono/ ReFemme

Wednesday-Sunday, December 3–7, 2014 | 4-8pm
Saturday, December 6 | 9am-12pm

ArtCenter alumna Cat Del Buono and her ReFemme team invite you to a free consultation in their Beauty Box, an interactive experience specifically for the Miami area. It comes with a prescription for your beauty needs. Stationed in front of ArtCenter’s 924 building, Beauty Box will be open Wednesday-Saturday, December 3-6, 2014, 4-8pm with additional hours on Saturday, December 6th during ArtCenter’s VIP Breakfast Reception 9am-12pm and ArtCenter’s Studio Crawl 7-10pm. Beauty Box is supported in part by the Awesome Foundation.

Cat Del Buono
Meriden, Connecticut, 1970 | Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Del Buono received a BA from Boston College, MFA from School of Visual Arts New York, and attended NYU’s graduate film program. Trained as a photographer and filmmaker, Del Buono now focuses on creating video installations and public happenings that focus on gender issues. Her works have shown in galleries and museums worldwide, including Fountain Art Fair, Fonlad Digtial Arts Festival Portugal, 5th Base Gallery London, 6th Street Container Miami, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in Serbia and the Mordes Collection. Awards include Winner of the Baang & Burne New Works Grant, Awesome Foundation Grant, NYFA Strategic Stipend, Miami Masterminds Honorable Mention and SVA Alumni Association award. Recently, Del Buono was accepted into the 2015 Bronx Museum AIM program.

ReFemme was formed in Miami this past year by Cat Del Buono, Gina Margillo, Vivian Marthell and Natalia Panetta. Their ongoing “social interruptions” bring attention to practices in our society that are problematic and unequal for women. In the same vein as Guerilla Girls or Banksy, ReFemme use performances, happenings, and humor to get people to question the status quo. Miami, which seems to be the center of beauty obsession and plastic surgery, is the perfect place for these happenings.



Goddesses | Deming Harriman
Presented in partnership with O Cinema

ON VIEW  July 3 – August 31, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, July 10, 2014 | 6-8pm

CLOSING RECEPTION Sunday, August 31, 2014 | 11am

Deming Harriman uses found paper, books, photographs, and other collected and created material to produce her collage based artwork. Her work explores fantasy themes while she creates her own mythology of empowered goddesses, spirits, and other mystical beings.

Deming Harriman | Boston, 1990 | Lives and works in Miami Beach
Harriman is a Miami Beach raised artist, and graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Illustration and a concentration in Book Arts. Her work focuses on a mixture of romanticism and surreal mysticism themes when creating her unique collages. Deming is currently a resident artist at ArtCenter/South Florida on Lincoln Road. She is also a creator and featured artist for Create Collect.

O Cinema Wynwood | 90 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127




Flight: Aloft in the Everglades
Presented in partnership with AIRIE

Wendy Call | Lisa Elmaleh | Naomi Fisher | Gustavo Matamoros | Adam Nadel | Trong Nguyen | Rebecca Reeve | Nathaniel Sandler | Susan Silas | Curated by Deborah Mitchell

ON VIEW  May 3 – July 6, 2014
CONVERSATION  Wednesday, June 18 | 7pm

STUDIO CRAWL  Saturday, July 5 | 7-10pm

is an exhibition of new work created by artists who participated in the AIRIE residency at Everglades National Park. The artists in the exhibition each spent a month living and working in the park, immersed in the ecological and cultural concerns of the River of Grass. Their works explore many facets of our cultural experience of nature in this World Heritage Site. In Flight, the Everglades are considered through aerial views of suburban encroachment, birds taking wing, the ethereal nature of wind, and even the stark contrast of nuclear missiles housed deep in the wilderness.

ArtCenter’s Richard Shack Gallery | 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Gallery Hours | Mon-Thu 12pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm


Eros Erased, Eros Collaged


Eros Erased, Eros Collaged:
Reading Queer Creative Writing Workshop as part of LitCrawl
Presented by Reading Queer and O, Miami Poetry Festival

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 8-10pm
ArtCenter’s Richard Shack Gallery | 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Reading Queer & O, Miami Poetry Festival present “Eros Erased, Eros
Collaged,” a collage and erasure poetry workshop at ArtCenter’s Richard Shack Gallery on Friday, April 25th from 8– 10pm. “Eros Erased, Eros Collaged” is an official stop for the first-ever LitCrawl Miami.

Using vintage queer erotica, Neil de la Flor (RQ Executive Director) and
José Villar-Portela (RQ Program Director) will lead a free-form(less)
generative workshop on erasure & collage writing techniques. Participants
will have the opportunity to produce their own visual poems using found
erotic texts and arts & crafts supplied by the ArtCenter & Reading Queer.
The workshop will culminate with a spontaneous orchestral group reading
lead by a conductor (TBA).

After the reading, the poems will be pinned to the gallery wall and will
remain on display for the duration of “Pinning the Line,” an exhibition
that invites poets and artists who use words in their work to take part in
a living installation. You are invited to push pin a poem or visual art
work that has poetry or words no larger than 15 x 15 to the walls of the


Choreopoetry: Unnoted Notes

Choreopoetry: Unnoted Notes
Presented in partnership with O, Miami Poetry Festival
Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 6pm
ArtCenter’s Richard Shack Gallery | 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Presented in partnership with O, Miami Poetry Festival, Unnoted Notes is a performance of a choreopoem about the unspoken by Stockholm-based artist Paula Urbano. The monotone inflection utilizes the choreopoetry in an attempt to engage the audience and performer(s) that seem not to be listening–or perhaps internalizing the voice as much as she is. The text is set to an ambient soundscape by collaborator, Thomas Watkiss who wrote a special piece for this performance to build emotional timbre of the inner voice speaking aloud.

Paul Urbano | Stockholm, 1980 | Lives and works in Stockholm
Paula Urbano observes with an intersubjective perspective in her investigative narrative work about contemporary or fictive persons or places. With an interest in postcolonial theory and philosophy, her art concerns themes of identity in relation to migration and location. Starting from a subjective perspective, Urbano uses photography, video and installation to delineate a state of mind in times when the sole existence has become political. Urbano places her interrogations in the piece for the world to ponder over the eventual discrepancy between perception and representation for the individual, not only in relation to the collective, but also to a memory, to a location or to “the other.” Urbano has exhibited her work in Buenos Aires, Miami, Stockholm and Santiago de Chile. Her films have been screened at both film festivals as Oberhausen Shortfilmfestival and Göteborgs International Filmfestival as well as museums and galleries. Urbano holds an MFA in Fine Arts from Konstfack, the University of Arts, Crafts & Design.

Thomas Watkiss | Jeanette, Pennsylvania, 1979 |
Lives and works in New York City

Watkiss is a visual artist and experimental musician who constructs sound works from a careful mix of guitars, six string bass and organic field recordings to create dense ambient atmospheres shadowed with heavy metal distortion. He publishes limited edition records and has performed across the United States, Scandinavia, Continental Europe and completed residencies in Bergen, Norway and Gothenburg Sweden. He earned an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Konstfack in Stockholm as well as a dual BA in Art and Art History from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also an active member of ASCAP.



Zlamalova-Intersections-website.jpegIntersections | Natalie Zlamalova
Presented in partnership with O Cinema

ON VIEW  April 3, 2014 – May 4, 2014
CLOSING RECEPTION  Thursday, May 1, 2014 | 7-10pm

Zlamalova’s ink drippings are illogical and coincidental contrasting her hand-constructed geometric lines and patterns—the logical and the premeditated. She explores the crossroads between the states of being asleep and awake—the hypnagogic state. She uses dreams, instinct and graphic design elements in her mixed media works that are developed through coincidence, chance and strict repetition through a process that in the end becomes more important than the result


Natalie Zlamalova |  Czech Republic, 1988 |
Lives and works in Miami, Florida
Zlamalova was born in Czech Republic and moved to Los Angeles in 2005. She graduated from Otis College of Art & Design in 2012. Zlamalova has exhibited in Los Angeles and Miami. She currently lives and works in Miami and is  a resident artist at ArtCenter/South Florida.

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