Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Banners out to the street.

Last week our workshop participants finally put their banners on the walls in the vicinity of Girl Power. With each piece placed
on the walls of the empty spaces, in wire fences, in abandoned buildings our students claimed an space for pride and creativity in this neighborhood of Miami.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Opportunity for Miami HS students

Opportunity: The LAB (Locust Arts Builders)

Dates: Weekdays, June 22 - July 8, 2011
Public Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9th, 7-10pm.

Deadline: April 1, 2011 - applications must be received by 5pm

Opportunity Description: Locust Projects is pleased to announce an open call to South Florida high school students for a chance to participate in a collaborative exhibition at the organization's 2,700 square foot exhibition space in Miami's Design District.

Locust Projects is alternative, not for profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces.

In furtherance of the organization's thirteen-year commitment to providing an approachable arts venue for the South Florida community, for the second year, Locust Projects will offer an exciting program in which a select group of local high school students are given the opportunity to create a collaborative exhibition in a public venue.

Through this open call to artists currently enrolled in local high schools, Locust Projects' Director, a Miami-based artist, and a local art professional will select fifteen students to participate in this unique initiative.

Students will collaborate in conceiving and executing an original artwork and/or installation under the professional advisement of contemporary artist, Monica Lopez de Victoria of the TM Sisters collaborative. The project will be developed and exhibited in Locust Projects' 2,700 square foot space in Miami's Design District, and include a public opening reception to celebrate this important program. The goal is to promote contemporary art and project based learning as a means to encourage creativity, critical analysis, and problem solving, while building communication skills.

This invaluable opportunity will allow young artists to learn the practical and exciting aspects of creating a public exhibition in collaboration with their peers.

To view the 2010 LAB program visit:
Courtesy Wet Heat Project

The LAB (Locust Arts Builders) Application Instructions:

1 Express your interest in The LAB and explain why you would be a good fit for this opportunity. (Half page maximum)

2 Submit a list of relevant art classes, projects and/or exhibitions in which you have participated.

3 Images: 5-10 images of completed artworks or projects. Submit images on CD in jpg format. Each file should be labeled with artist's surname and image number to correspond with an image list. Image size should be under 2MB each. Please do not submit original artwork.

Applicants who do not submit all the required items may be eliminated from the review process. Materials will not be returned to the artist.

Applications must be received before 5pm on April 1, 2011

Send / deliver materials to:
Locust Projects
Attention: The LAB
155 NE 38th Street #100
Miami, FL 33137

For further information contact or 305.576.8570

About Locust Projects: Founded in 1998, Locust Projects is alternative, not for profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or 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 artist.

About the artist: Monica Lopez De Victoria is a Miami-based artist that works in collaboration with Tasha Lopez De Victoria under the name TM Sisters. Together the sisters work in the mediums of video, digital video performance, VJing, collage, social experiments, zines, clothing, installations, and interactive video. The TM Sisters' 2009 exhibition, WHIRL CRASH GO! at Locust Projects was featured in The Miami Herald. Their work has been featured in publications including L'Officiel magazine, The Guardian, STEP Inside Design, the New York Times, Vogue Italia, and on the cover of ARTnews. The sisters' work has been included in the international traveling exhibition Uncertain States of America; the Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art; and PERFORMA 07 in New York.

The LAB (Locust Arts Builders) is made possible with major support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

GP Banners Hit the Street in Liberty CIty!

We installed our banners in different public environments and photographed them. The idea was to insert our work and messages in the public space and to beautify areas in the neighborhood. The pictures on the banners seemed to tell different stories when we installed them in varying orders and in different contexts.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

String Theory!

Mater Academy students assembled their works in a trial installation. Their architecture included box structures, string webs, and tape glyphs on the wall. They made drawings in their journals - that resembled hurricanes of stuff. We talked about chaos and anarchy, but it was all pretty integrated.

box theory

Mater Academy got a lot of mileage out of the boxes we constructed. Here are a few drawings from their journals.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Outdoor presentation

Inspired by Miami artist Purvis Young's Good Bread Alley, the students from Mater Academy presented their works on the facade of a colonial style building. The students incorporated tape and other materials to transform the built environment and used drawing to observe their surroundings. The work was hung outside where it was presented to the public and we held a small critique.

WASTED - an exhibition made from recycled

Andrew Sribyatta and crew from PIE Studios in Miami and NY created this incredible installation - interior architecture made from milk bottles, paper covered dry cleaner's hangers, and more. Inspiring, right?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Augmented City by Keiichi Matsuda

Matsuda is an architect and filmmaker. He says, "The architecture of the contemporary city is no longer simply about the physical space of buildings and landscape, more and more it is about the synthetic spaces created by the digital information that we collect, consume and organise; an immersive interface may become as much part of the world we inhabit as the buildings around us."

He says we must "re-evaluate the city as an immersive human-computer interface."

What do you think?

What is your experience of moving around the city while connecting to information and communication networks?

Augmented City 3D from Keiichi Matsuda on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

check out this look at our hyperactive, hyper-connected future domestic space

pencil animation

In preparation for creating animations using our photos and drawings, we started working today at Mater with pencil, a free software that lets us draw frame by frame animation. Pamela made these frames.