AIRIE Fellows Exhibit at Locust Projects - Opening Reception Saturday
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Locust Projects, in partnership with Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE), is pleased to present a site-specific installation by the New York-based collaborative duo Wade Kavanaugh & Stephen B. Nguyen. Known for undulating installations of twisted and gnarled paper that engulf spaces and surround the viewer, Kavanaugh and Nguyen will create an immersive three-dimensional drawing based on their impressions of the Everglades, where they are AIRIE artists in residence. Their practice focuses on the collaborative process itself, resulting in abstractions of the entangled mangrove roots, waving sawgrass, and muscular storm clouds of the Everglades waterscape.
Kavanaugh and Nguyen have collaborated since 2005. The artists regard the collaborative process as a platform to articulate the collective processing of what they see, and probe the visual foundations of perception and imagination. The resulting work is a conflation of the two artists' perception of the same phenomena.
Tagline for image attached:The Experience of Green, 2009, The Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY Copyright Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen, Courtesy of the artists
South Florida is home to the only subtropical wilderness area in the country, Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) is the only program bringing artists to the Everglades. Since 2001, AIRIE has brought over 100 artists, composers, writers and dancers to Everglades National Park for month-long residencies. AIRIE Fellows have the unique opportunity to get to know the ecology of the Everglades by being immersed in it, and then share their perspective through creative public programs.
ABOUT WADE KAVANAUGH AND STEPHEN NGUYEN
Wade Kavanaugh was born in Portland, ME and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his AB in Economics from Bowdoin College in 2001. Stephen B. Nguyen was born in Little Falls, MN and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. In 2002 he received his MFA in painting from the University of Victoria, British Columbia.
Kavanaugh and Nguyen's collaborative work has been exhibited at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA; The Dumbo Arts Center and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY; the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN; and The Maproom in Portland, ME among others. Both artists individually have been awarded grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York Foundation for the Arts and have been fellows at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH.
ABOUT LOCUST PROJECTS
2013 marks the 15th anniversary of Locust Projects, a not-for-profit exhibition space founded by three Miami artists in order to provide contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas and methods without the limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work, and Locust Projects offers them a vibrant Miami experience to develop their ideas. Locust Projects is committed to offering an approachable and inviting venue for the Miami and international art community to experience the work and meet the artists.
Did You Know?
Everglades National Park is home to over 1,000 species of plants. The Morning Glory pictured here is a native species. However, over 20% of the plants here are non-native. Researchers in the Park are working to remove those that cause the most problems.