“We’ll Weather the Storm Well”
April 9th - May 21st 2017
by appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 9th, 2017 4-7PM
Closing Reception: Sunday, May 21st, 2017 4-7PM
Under the Bridge is pleased to present “We’ll Weather the Storm Well,” an exhibition of new paintings and collages by Michael Vasquez.
In “We’ll Weather the Storm Well,” Vasquez directs a cast of characters through a cross section of properties within an imagined neighborhood landscape. A looming storm fills the sky with the tension of what it may or may not bring. Boarded up properties, gas jugs, and beer kegs allude to the possibility of a hurricane level storm, and exhibit both a preparedness and a disregard.
Non linear in narration, an ambiguity flows through the timeline of events, identities, and beliefs of the subjects and imagery. In “Calm Before the Storm (Doublethink)” a lull sets in and the deserted nature of the pre-hurricane landscape is prime for mischief. Influenced and governed by their own set of values and streetwise social codes, a group is put to the task of stealing a gargoyle to ward off the storm. However, the act of successfully stealing the gargoyle disproves the belief in the objects ability to protect. Have they been duped, or do they understand the true architectural function of a grotesque?
In “Beyond the Pale (Party Wall),” the subjects’ thoughts are primed by their environment. This also holds true for the viewer, as their thoughts about the work are informed by their own experiences. Vasquez plays into this throughout the exhibition through the metaphorical use of a ‘storm,’ coupled with the viewers disposition of living in America amidst current times of uncertainty, underscoring long standing themes in Vasquez’s work including identity, community, territory, affiliation, and boundaries.
Pulling from his own printed 4 x 6” photography, Vasquez has reimagined and reassembled his imagery to create collages that depict this invented context and reality. For “We’ll Weather the Storm Well,” Vasquez has chosen to exhibit some of these collages, and also utilize others for reference images for the paintings, - ultimately becoming dramatic compositions that are energized through a language of mark making that transcends representational likeness and describes the attitude and energy of the subjects and setting.
Michael Vasquez was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is an only child and was raised by his single mother. He graduated from New World School of the Arts with a BFA in 2005 and currently lives and works in Miami. Vasquez’s work has been exhibited in numerous institutions, recently including the Americas Society, New York City; The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.; and in Florida at the MDC Museum of Art + Design; Frost Art Museum; MOCA North Miami; and The Orlando Museum of Art.
Under The Bridge Art Space
12425 NE 13th Ave. #4
North Miami, FL 33161
“We’ll Weather the Storm Well”
Michael Vasquez : "Neighborhood Reclamation"
Director's Preview : Thursday, May 28th, 2015 : 6-8 PM
Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Museum of Art + Design (MOA+D) presents its latest swing/SPACE/miami project with an exhibition by Miami-based artist Michael Vasquez. Vasquez, an alumni of New World School of the Arts, presents his new painting based installation "Neighborhood Reclamation." The figurative artist presents the (stereo) typical trappings of an underserved community through interspersed canvases that range in form and size.
In his portraiture work of neighborhood street gangs and (sub) culture, Vasquez is known for using scale and collage to assert his presence in the creative dialogue. "Neighborhood Reclamation" presents an alternate, deconstructed and optimistic environment for the protagonists that have traditionally been at the center of his practice. Homes, yards, clothing lines, garbage, and the rubble of broken walls and fences are depicted in the work – but without people. Walking through galleries, where freestanding works are arranged to create a winding path, viewers find themselves to be this community’s pedestrians, which in all its dilapidation, also shows intentional signs of renovation and progress.
"Neighborhood Reclamation" will be on view Friday, May 29th through July 12, 2015. A Director’s Preview will be held on Thursday, May 28th 2015 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at MOA+D located within the College’s Historic Freedom Tower. The preview is free and open to the public.
Additional public programs will be announced later this month. Please see museum website for information. Museum hours are Wednesday – Sunday, noon - 5 p.m. Admission is free and private tours are available.
About Michael Vasquez
Michael Vasquez received his BFA from New World School of the Arts in 2005. His work has been included in numerous institutional and museum exhibitions including The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; The University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN; The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama; Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL; Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ among others. Currently, Vasquez has seven works included in the exhibition "Portraiture Now: Staging the Self," which just closed at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C, and will now travel to the Americas Society in New York City, followed by the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Vasquez was also recently selected for the 2015 YoungArts Artist in Residence program in Miami, FL.
Providing a platform to honor former alumni who have excelled in their respective artistic careers, the swing/SPACE/miami project and exhibition series continues to foster opportunities for further engagement with the next generations of young and emerging artists. “Since its inception in September, 2013, MDC MOA+D has continued to present the work of outstanding MDC/NWSA visual arts alumni through its swing/SPACE/miami program and exhibition series. These two institutions have nurtured the talents of many accomplished alums who have graduated and who are currently producing work of the highest quality.” said Wanda Texon, Associate Curator, MDC MOA+D and swing/SPACE/miami Coordinator. “The aim of swing/SPACE/miami is to offer these Miami-bred artists a venue – off or on-site at MOA+D to show their work and to present them with the opportunity to reconnect or foster stronger ties to their Miami roots.”
About MDC Museum of Art + Design
MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) is Miami Dade College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. The mission of the Museum is to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art from within the College’s extensive permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Furthermore, the Museum presents year-round lectures, symposiums and art related events to expose, educate and engage the greater public through related creative processes.
MDC Museum of Art + Design
The Freedom Tower at MDC
600 Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL
For more information about the exhibition at MDC Museum of Art + Design, please contact the museum at 305-237-7702 or email@example.com.
On view daily December 4th - 7th 2014
Private Viewing : Wednesday, December 3rd 6-9PM
Opening Reception / Big Trouble In Little River Block Party : Saturday, December 6th 6-10PM
CURRENT STATE is the vision of Miami artist and curator Chris Oh, who has been at the forefront of the Miami arts and culture scene for the past two decades. Having been deeply entrenched in Miami’s rapidly-evolving cultural landscape, Oh and his contemporaries have set out to showcase the duality between the perceived support and prosperous culture of the arts in Miami and the true plight of the creative community. Presented in Little River // Miami, the group show will feature works by Miami-based artists Jim Drain, Nicolas Lobo, TYPOE and Michael Vazquez.The artists’ pieces will serve as a commentary on the current state of the Miami art scene as a whole, each depicting the extraordinary talent that shoulders the city’s creative core amongst a backdrop of one of the cities’ oldest yet often forgotten communities. Much like the show, the Little River neighborhood is an artistic gem that has yet to be fully uncovered. With many of the city’s well-known and respected artists having moved to Little River, CURRENT STATE will reveal today’s Miami and show signs of what is still yet to come.
International Friendship Exhibition | Opening Reception – Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | 5 PM
“For as opposed to it, identity is only the determination of the simple immediate, of dead Being; while contradiction is the root of all movement and life; only insofar as it has a contradiction in itself does anything move…” - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
(Miami, FL) October 2014 – Primary Projects (“PRIMARY”), in association with FAMILY, presents “International Friendship Exhibition,” a group show of 19 artists—including Autumn Casey, Jim Drain, Gavin Perry, Asif Farooq, Magnus Sodamin, Cole Sternberg, Cody Hudson, and Michael Vasquez—titled in reference to Kim Jong-il’s gift pavilion of the same name. On view during Art Basel Miami, with an opening reception on Wednesday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m., the exhibition pays homage to the nature of contradiction, a concept ironically exemplified in the aforementioned kitsch-and-propaganda-filled pavilion in North Korea.
While gifts from the Communist party and Michael Jordan-signed basketballs are hardly fair guise for North Korea’s complex history, the interplay of tawdry and fear is a testament to the power of contradiction itself—its own history has informed the very fabric of the universe, from mathematical equations to politics and philosophy. Presenting the concept of contradiction microcosmically and sometimes self-referentially, the works at PRIMARY’s “International Friendship Exhibition” instigate an open conversation about contradiction: both in meaning and for society’s ongoing need for it.
“While ‘International Friendship Exhibition’ is an examination of a complicated idea,” said Books Bischof, Primary Projects founder and curator, “it’s at its core a display of actual familial community, local artists and non-Miamians alike, learning from each other.”
Participants include :
Zachary Balber, Autumn Casey, Jim Drain, Asif Farooq, Andrew Horton, Cody Hudson, Jessie Laino, Beatriz Monteavaro, Andrew Nigon, O,Miami, Kenton Parker, Gavin Perry, Bayne Peterson, Magnus Sodamin, Karen Starosta-Gilinski, Cole Sternberg, Alex Sweet, Reed Van Brunschot, and Michael Vasquez.
“International Friendship Exhibition” is curated by Books Bischof, Typoe and Cristina Gonzalez of PRIMARY. Gallery hours during Art Basel are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, or by appointment with firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about Primary.
PRIMARY is a multidisciplinary project space in Downtown Miami that explores and promotes multiple forms of aesthetic expression from established and emerging artists. Utilizing extensive and wholly specific experience in producing public and private curatorial endeavors, the creative forces behind PRIMARY unite the commercial and critical efforts of artists, curators, critics, professionals, and patrons. The result is the vital presence of an intelligent, alternative arts environment with a bold urban sensibility delivered through a diverse range of media. For more information, please visit the website at www.thisisprimary.com.
More about Family
FAMILY is a home for artist development, dedicated to the support of emerging creators and cultural movements. For more information, please visit the website at familyartists.com