August 7 – August 25
The LAB / MFA
A collaborative project by Rosemarie Romero & Heather K. Wilson-Miller
Reception: Saturday, August 18, 7-9pm
Locust Projects is pleased to announce Female Hu$tle, a collaborative project by Rosemarie Romero & Heather K. Wilson-Miller for the LAB (Locust Art Builders) / MFA exhibition program. Miller and Romero, both current MFA students at the University of Florida, Gainsville, present a project engaging ideas of third wave feminism and explore a complex and contradictory dialogue about objectification and identity.
Situated in the front gallery and storefront windows facing North Miami Avenue, Female Hu$tle consists of Miller’s human-scaled sculptural-photographic work Gold/Mirror, a serial representation of the female body painted gold with the face omitted and replaced by a mirror. Romero’s video and participatory work Porn Nails is a nomadic nail salon providing custom design manicures for women in exchange for conversations in relation to love, sex, and work specific to the geographic region of South Florida. 2012 marks the third year of the LAB program which provides exhibition opportunities to high school students in South Florida. In conjunction with Locust Projects’ 15 year anniversary, for the first time the program was extended to Florida- based MFA students. Miller and Romero were selected through an open call by a committee of local arts professionals.
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. Locust Projects’ exhibitions and programming are made possible with the support from: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Galt & Skye Mikesell; Hannibal Cox Jr. Foundation; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.