|101/Exhibit Announces four openings week of Art Basel|
|Photographer Jordan Doner Creates Interactive "Performative" Installation; Painter David Michael Bowers Gets (Sur)real; Brazilian Street Artist Claudio Ethos Gives a New Perspective on Urban Renewal; Doner Returns with an "Explosive" Exhibition |
MIAMI - (Nov. 5, 2009) - 101/exhibit, a year-old gallery in the heart of the Design District, cranks up the volume during Art Basel Miami Beach week this year with four provocative, back-to-back art openings Tues., Dec. 1 through Fri., Dec. 4, featuring a one-night-only interactive, "performative" installation by celebrated photographer Jordan Doner, followed by an exhibition of his newest photography; Brazilian street artist Claudio Ethos, who will transform the gallery's west-facing exterior wall into a magnificent piece of high-concept street art as well as showcase his new work; and the imaginative, thought-provoking paintings of David Michael Bowers.
"Land," One Night Only -- Tues., Dec. 1, Media & Invitation-only at 7 p.m.; installation open to the public at 9 p.m.
New Photography Exhibition -- Fri., Dec. 4 to Sat., Jan. 9, 2010
Opening Reception with the Artist - Fri, Dec. 4, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., open to the public
Typically, a piece of art has only two points of view - that of the artist and that of the person looking at the art. In photographer Jordan Doner's "omni-cultural" interactive installation "Land," which begins with the observer signing a standard model release form, that standard relationship is turned upside down. The audience becomes the artist's muse, and is transformed into what Doner calls a "consumer of a counterfeit peak moment."
"Land" begins with an interior space with backlit cavernous, billowy parachute silk, hard sections of infinity mirrors, and Videos by Doug Aitken and others coordinated by Haley Mellin. In the mix is a cast-of-characters dressed in architecturally cut nude bodysuits created by NYC-based avant-garde fashion label threeASFOUR (fresh from their well-received collaboration with Yoko Ono at New York Fashion Week), styled by Natasha Royt and Ashley Javier of Art + Commerce, and screen-printed with Doner's photos of idealized nudes. These male and female bodysuits will be worn by high-fashion models; characters who fall outside the realm of conventional beauty; and cross-gendered characters - males and females wearing opposite gendered images.
From here the observer passes through a narrow slit into a stylized, landscaped "Back Chamber" to be transformed into the subject of Doner's photographic work, surrounded by the models and characters in the bodysuits. At the right moment, Doner will capture the image on his camera, forever memorializing the moment - one that is entirely staged, but for which there is now eternal visual proof.
Doner returns on Fri., Dec. 4, when he will unveil new photography and mixed-media imagery, including a large-scale photographic diptych of exploding artist-edition luxury handbags, "Louis Vuitton, Murakami Cerises" and "Louis Vuitton, Richard Prince Jokes," and "Edition of 1," 15 unique photographic sculptures featuring luxury goods explosions, idealized and uninhibited nudes, and landscapes abstracted from the ethereal spaces of the earlier performance installation. Each "Edition of 1" framed 16" x 20" photograph will be fused with materials from the now-deconstructed antechamber environment - nylon from the bodysuits, silk-screens of the explosions and nudes over nylon or Plexiglas, and bits of debris from the detonated luxury goods. Signed 4" x 5" archival ink-jet prints from the interactive installation earlier in the week will also be on display. The show continues through Jan. 9, 2010.
David Michael Bowers
Exhibition of New Works -- Wed., Dec. 2 to Wed., Jan. 20, 2010
Opening Reception with the Artist -- Wed., Dec. 2, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., open to the public
From a blank surface painstakingly prepared with rabbit skin glue, chalk and white zinc, acclaimed painter David Michael Bowers delves into a world that has been described as "surrealistic," "contemporary fantastic" and "illusionary," as he blends modern themes and whimsical ideas with the techniques of the great masters. Bowers' technique is, indeed, reminiscent of an era gone by. His paintings are alive with color, light, texture and space, an effect created through meticulous layering upon layering of rich-hued oil paints, glazes and varnishes, sanded smooth with pumice stones between layers.
There are, however, implications behind this aesthetic. Bowers' portraitures incorporate modern themes, ideas and commentary into haunting glances and intricate backdrops. Symbolism is a main ingredient in his work and his pieces require study and thoughtful deliberation. Regarded widely for his small-scale masterworks, the 101/exhibit exhibition will be a first for Bowers as the new works on display will measure as large as 38" x 38." The exhibit is on view through Jan. 20, 2010.
Installation on Exterior Wall - Begins Dec. 1 through Dec. 6
Exhibition of New Works -- Thur., Dec. 3, to Wed., Jan. 20, 2010
Opening Reception with the Artist -- Thurs., Dec. 3, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., open to the public
Art transitions from a traditional stretch canvas to a non-traditional stucco wall when Claudio Ethos, Brazilian wunderkind of the high-concept urban street art movement, installs a multi-dimensional illustration on the exterior wall of 101/exhibit, located at 101 NE 40th Street, Miami, followed by an exhibition of his new work.
Raised in the poverty-stricken neighborhoods of his native Sao Paolo, Brazil, Ethos became deeply influenced by the calligraphic atmosphere and graffiti art on the streets around him. He decided he, too, would become a "graffiteiro," or urban painter. But he quickly saw more potential in the art form than merely "tagging" every non-moving flat surface obtainable, and as a result, has emerged as a visionary in the street art movement, creating characters who emote struggle, hopelessness and anxiety, rather than characters that distort typography. His work has been described as "formulated within a mind that rarely rests," where "surrealistic creatures exist in a perpetual state of struggle."
Ethos' exhibition at 101/exhibit is the first time the artist will be showcased in South Florida. His show runs through Jan. 20, 2010.
About the Gallery:
101/exhibit, a unique space dedicated to showcasing provocative art. By pushing boundaries and dissecting the predictable, the gallery is quickly gathering a strong following of contemporary art vanguards. Owned and operated by Jerome Shaw, Sloan Schaffer and Adam Wolfson, 101/exhibit strives to provide a dynamic gathering place unrestricted by era, locale, or convention. The gallery is located at 101 NE 40th Street, in the heart of Miami's Design District. For more information, call (305) 573- 2101 or visit www.101exhibit.com.
Editor's Note: Hi-res images of the artist's work are available at: