Participating artists include Cara Despain, AdrienneRose Gionta, Jessie Laino, Tara Long, Ana Mendez,
Nun (Jessica Martin and Deon Rubi), Jamilah Sabur, Reed Van Brunschot, Juana Valdes, and Clara Varas.
Salt Lake City, Utah, 1983
Cara Despain is an artist working in film and video, sculpture, drawing, and installation. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and currently lives and works in Miami, Florida. Despain holds a B.F.A. from the University of Utah (2006). In 2012, she was selected for the Salt Lake City Mayor's Award in the Visual Arts. She has shown in galleries and institutions across the country and has participated in recent exhibitions such as Auto Body—an independent exhibition during Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 with Spinello Projects, Optic Nerve 14 at MoCA North Miami, and recently had a solo exhibition at Emerson Dorsch--Cast Set. Her creative process is very informed by other work she does in the contemporary art field and beyond. She was the Art Director and Associate Producer for the feature length film The Strongest Man premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. She is a founding board member of the Davey Foundation, a grant-giving foundation that gives grants to emerging filmmakers and playwrights. She has also initiated curatorial projects, and from 2009-11 she founded and operated GARFO Art Center in Salt Lake City in an abandoned schoolhouse. Despain is an art writer who has been published in various magazines, and contributes regularly to The Miami Rail.
Brooklyn, New York, 1982
AdrienneRose Gionta is an independent artist and curator from Brooklyn, NY residing in South Florida. Gionta graduated from Florida International University with a Master of Fine Arts in Time-Based Media and Photography (2014) on full scholarship with a teaching assistantship and has taught courses in Digital Media, Video and Electronic Art at FIU. She has earned a BFA in Sculpture along with a minor in Psychology (2008) from FAU. Recent solo exhibitions include MOIST, Jacqueline Falcone Bed & Breakfast, Miami (2015), ARG/ rīziNG/, Red Cube, Miami (2015) and Everything’s Coming Up AdrienneRoses, The Frost Art Museum, Miami (2014). She has shown in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Miami, FL; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL; 6th Street Container, Miami, FL; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Girls’ Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; 18 Rabbit, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL; Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach; Showtel, West Palm Beach & 10x10, Lake Worth, FL. Her work has been written about in publications such as the Miami Herald, Wall Street Journal, Artsy, and ARTNews. Gionta has been the recipient of several awards such as the Art & Architecture Fellow, Department of Architecture at FIU; Women in the Visual Arts Scholarship; The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Art Educators Fellowship; the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Friedland Project Grant; & The National League of American Pen Women Marion Kofman Scholarship.
Miami, Florida, 1986
Jessie Laino attended Kansas City Art Institute and received her Bachelors in Fine Arts from New World School of the Arts in 2011, with a focus in sculpture. Recent group exhibitions include: International Friendship Exhibition, Primary Projects, Miami, FL (2014), Emerge Art Fair, Julian Navarro Projects, Washington, DC (2013), TEDxKC, The Guild KC, Performance/Installation, Kansas City, MO (2013), NADA Hudson, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, New York, NY (2012), The Armory Show, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, New York, NY (2012). She has been featured in publications such as The Miami Herald, ArtSlant, Wet Heat Project, and Art21. Laino lives and works in Miami FL.
Tara Long (a.k.a. POORGRRRL)
Miami, Florida, 1984
Tara Long graduated with a BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City. She has exhibited and performed internationally and digitally including International Noise Conference, Miami, FL; Primary Projects, Miami, FL; Melange Gallery, Cologne, GE; NRM Gallery, New York, NY; Stephen Kellen Gallery, New York, NY; and MOMA PS1 New York, NY. In 2015, Long performed as her alter ego poorgrrrl at iii Points Music Festival in Miami, FL. She lives and works in Miami.
Miami, Florida, 1981
Ana Mendez, born in Miami and a graduate from the University of Illinois, is a professional dancer and performance artist. She has been commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center through Miami Light Projects’ Here and Now Festival, the de la Cruz Collection, Miami Art Museum, ArtCenter/South Florida, the Bass Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. She is an artist fellow for the Artist in Residence in the Everglades Program. Mendez was commissioned last year to present her first ever sculptural installation Fortress at Bas Fisher Invitational. She was also selected to perform in the highly acclaimed Auto Body group exhibition and platform in Miami Beach during Art Basel 2014, where it eventually traveled to Faena Art Center Buenos Aires in 2015. Mendez has also performed for Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Natasha Tsakos, Octavio Campos, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, and Circ X. She is currently a visiting performance artist at Spinello Projects.
Nun (Jessica Martin and Deon Rubi)
Santa Clara, Cuba, 1993,
Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1986
Nun is a creative duo composed of Jessica Martin and Deon Rubi. Their work focuses on design, including objects, furniture, ambience, and sound. Deon Rubi studied Communication in Visual Arts at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires, Argentina and later became self disciplined in the applied and fine arts. Her work has been shown in Scope Art Fair (2014), JUNE BASEL at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2014), Design Pub (2015), Central Fine Gallery (2015), and a solo show at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design (2015). Her jewelry designs have been a feature of the Perez Art Museum Miami Shop since its opening in 2013. Jessica Martin studied painting at New World School, working on a BFA in fine art, with a background in physical chemistry. Her work has been shown in Objects of Desire, Guccivuitton (2015) and White on White, Design Pub (2015).
Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica, 1987
Jamilah Sabur received her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009 and completed her MFA in Visual Arts at University of California San Diego in 2014. She has recently exhibited and performed at Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; and Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL. Sabur is a multi-media and performance artist interested in the lonely isolated American social landscape and the ineffable. Her fractured-narratives, rooted in movement, explore the unconscious mind. Sabur lives and works in Miami, FL.
Pinar del Rio, Cuba 1963
Juana Valdes holds a M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Parsons School of Design in 1991 and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1995. Past solo exhibitions include SENSEI Gallery at Untitled Art Fair, “Remnants-What Remains” at the Thomas Hunter Project Space CUNY, and “Mettre Noir Sur Blanc” at Guttenberg Arts in New Jersey. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions at prestigious institutions including MoCA North Miami, Bronx River Art Center, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, El Museo del Barrio, Lower East Side Print Shop, Hudson River Museum, Art in General, White Box Gallery, Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, and Nohra Haime Gallery.
Valdes has been an active participant in national and international residencies that include: VAN Artist-in-Residency (2014), the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands (2012), the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (2009), the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2008), the Artist Residency at the Center for Book Arts (2007), the Lower East Side Print Shop (2005), the Smack Mellon Studio Program (2004), and the P.S.1 International Studio Residency Program (1998). She was a finalist for the 2011-2012 CINTAS Fellowship Finalist Exhibition in Visual Arts, Miami Dade College Freedom Tower in Miami.
Reed Van Brunschot
Lima, Peru, 1981
Reed van Brunschot is a visual artist based in Miami and Los Angeles, working primarily with sculpture, performance, and installation. She received a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2011 and since then has exhibited and performed internationally. Most notably she has exhibited in "It's like the River De Nile" with the Temporary Contemporary Program for the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach; Primary Projects' "International Friendship Exhibition" in Miami; Galeria Logo's "Fonte" Exhibition in Porto Alegre, Brazil; and "The Living Room,” a solo exhibition with Milk Gallerie in Amsterdam. She has participated with Locust Projects at NADA Miami and exhibited large scale public artwork in Downtown Miami for Fringe Projects in 2013. van Brunschot is an Artist in Residence Fellow with AIRIE Everglades Program, was Artist in Residence at Cannonball Miami in 2013, and recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium 2015 Artist Fellowship.
Havana, Cuba, 1972
Clara Varas was born in Havana, Cuba and migrated to the United States at the age of seven. Varas’ work explores personal ties to earth, land, and commonplace items associated with the concept of home. Ms. Varas’ compositions use the language of abstraction and unconventional materials such as yarn, plastic, furniture, masking tape and other detritus found in the artist’s immediate surroundings to blur lines between painting, sculpture, and installation. She is a recent finalist of the Cintas Foundation Fellowship Program and First Place Winner at the Seventh Annual All-Media Juried Biennial at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL. Clara Varas is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She currently lives and works in Miami, Florida.