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Exhibition Openings

THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF INFINITY ON ITS SIDE (O DISSIPATION)

The 181: THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF INFINITY ON ITS SIDE (O DISSIPATION)

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 18, 7-9pm

On view Wed-Sat 11am-5pm

Artist collective the 181 (Brandon Boan, Abby Donovan, Tom Hughes, Jason Rhodes) will activate a series of circumstantial compositions considering time-based obstruction, including: the ancient Mud Lake Canal, Reserve-Capacity wave maneuvers, attempts to spot the endangered snail kite, shadow-telling trails from Mabel Cody, and other anomalous successions. Joined by artists Cose Cosmiche (Milan, IT), Emile Milgrim (Miami, FL), Rat Bastard (Miami, FL) and various passers-by, they take as their starting point the translation of something Franz Liszt is said to have written about a house concert by Frédéric Chopin: “…all idea of limit was lost, so that there seemed no boundary save the darkness of space.”

The 181 consists of: Brandon Boan, Abby Donovan, Tom Hughes, Jason Rhodes

Exhibition Openings

If the Source is Open (Megamix)

Sonic Insurgency Research Group (SIRG): If the Source is Open (Megamix)

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 18, 7-9pm

On view Wed-Sat 11am-5pm

SIRG’s If the Source is Open (Megamix) continues the collective’s explorations of how sound and noise play an integral role in the structuring of life, particularly as ideas about what constitutes sound and what constitutes noise are leveraged in the struggle over cultural consensus, social power, and public space. The installation reflects upon sound norms and regulation as a form of politics by other means allows cultural criticism and historical analysis to listen, balancing overly visual articulations of social life. Additionally, the role sound plays (in the form of the protest song or call-and-response political chant, for example) is integral to the foundation of communities of practice and opposition.

Exhibition Openings

PLAY†PREY

Leila Weefur: PLAY†PREY

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 18, 7-9pm

On view Wed-Sat 11am-5pm

PLAYPREY is a gospel presented as a multi-channel film experience, that recounts a relationship between God, the Church, and a queer Black child. The four-part film, and its accompanying architectural display, explore the playful impulses, innocence, and underlying violence implicated in the experience of queer Black children in the Christian Church. Beginning with an overture to the story of queer Biblical reclamation, this film builds a spiritual narrative that contemplates the structures and rules imposed on pleasure, play, and sexuality under the rigidity of Black Christianity. The narrative takes inspiration from four lyrical sermons from James Weldon Johnson’s God’s Trombone: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. The film features an original soundtrack in collaboration with KYN (Josh Casey & Yari Bundy) and Vocals from Sandra Lawson-Ndu.

Exhibition Openings

Poet in Residence: Arsimmer McCoy

Arsimmer McCoy: Poet in Residence: Arsimmer McCoy

Arsimmer McCoy’s large photo mural visible along the windows on North Miami Avenue is presented as part of an initiative to invite local artists and organizations to activate Locust Projects’ Mobile Storefront Studio. The image is a still from a film by McCoy created in collaboration with filmmaker Terence Price II and an excerpt from a poem written by McCoy and artist Reginald O'Neal

The project amplifies the importance of Black health and wellness—this year's theme for Black History month. Through this project McCoy seeks to “give honor to people of color in this city that push every day to be better for themselves, their communities, and above all, their children. My health and wellness come from my heritage, my child, and creation. My black child standing tall and strong is a message to all that see it, that we are here and will continue to persevere for generations to come.”

happenings

SIRG Closing Program: A Higher Power hosted by Arsimmer McCoy

SIRG Closing Program: A Higher Power hosted by Arsimmer McCoy

Location:

Locust Projects
3852 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

A Higher Power is a live performance, audio, & visual homage to Miami’s sovereign storyteller Will “Da Real One '' Bell.

Bell transformed the Spoken Word plane by cultivating spaces of belonging, through creation, space, and practice. Bell’s voice of resilience, through hard-won experience, resounds as the familial anchor for Black and brown communities across the city of Miami and beyond. Will Bell is the embodiment of Miami’s culture and artistic innovation. Bell honored the vulnerability of a people, seeking rooms that embraced expression, liberation to silenced hearts, and rest to the anxious and exhausted.  Will “Da Real One” Bell was murdered in front of the Literary Cafe on May 29th, 2011. The Cafe was one of the collective hubs Bell purchased for poetry events, workshops, and education.

Delving into the revolutionary intricacies of sound, this celebration closes the series of programs on the SIRG platform.

happenings

Meet the Artists Opening Reception: Jia-Jen Lin, R. Eric McMaster, and Video Exhibition Guest Curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff

Meet the Artists Opening Reception: Jia-Jen Lin, R. Eric McMaster, and Video Exhibition Guest Curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff

Location:

Locust Projects
3852 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

Join Locust Projects in celebrating the opening of three new exhibitions on view April 22 - June 18.

Featuring a new immersive installation by Taiwanese-American artist Jia-Jen Lin; a two-channel video installation by Austin-based artist R. Eric McMaster; and a video series guest curated by Italian-born, Miami-based curator and climate activist Ombretta Agró Andruff. Together, all relate to adaptation, climate change, sea-level rise, the ocean, and our relationship to Mother Earth - no better day to celebrate the opening than on Earth Day 2022!

Treading on Thin Ice contemplates human conditions under progressive catastrophes resulting from social issues and climate change. By employing the concept of landscape as traces of human history as a battleground and an extension of the human body, Jia-Jen Lin presents a post-landscape where nature, human activities, and materiality intersect. 

Drift is a two-channel video installation featuring two musicians playing an original, reactive composition as they are set adrift in the ocean on separate, custom-built rafts. As the musicians physically drift away from one another, their ability to hear each other diminishes causing the duet to slowly fall apart.

The Sea was walking the earth with a heavy heel is the fifth in a series of guest curated video exhibitions in Locust Projects’ Screening Room that launched in fall 2019. Guest curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff, ARTSail Residency and Research Initiative, the exhibition features videos by Ursula Biemann, Atul Bhalla, Tania Candiani, Shezad Dawood, and Miguel Sbastida. Water, in all its beauty, might, and potential menace, is what connects the five videos presented in the exhibition.  

Exhibition Openings

Treading on Thin Ice

Jia-Jen Lin: Treading on Thin Ice

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 22 | 7-9pm

Treading on Thin Ice presents a post-landscape theme that contemplates human conditions under progressive catastrophes resulting from social issues and climate change. By employing the concept of landscape as traces of human history, a battleground, and an extension of the human body, the artist presents a post-landscape where nature, human activities, and materiality intersect. By utilizing body imagery as a receiver and reflector, they explore the possibilities of using our physical bodies as vehicles for reconstructing the events and environment to which we have directly or indirectly been exposed. This project integrates sculptures, video projections, and sound elements into a large, site-specific installation.

Exhibition Openings

Drift

R. Eric McMaster: Drift

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 22 | 7-9pm

“Drift serves to highlight the poetics of separation and loss, the beauty of the inevitable, and the awe of nature in all of its complexity.” — R. Eric McMaster

Drift is a two-channel video installation featuring two musicians playing an original, reactive composition as they are set adrift in the ocean on separate, custom-built rafts. As the musicians physically drift away from one another, their ability to hear each other diminishes causing the duet to slowly fall apart.

Exhibition Openings

The Sea was walking the earth with a heavy heel

Group Exhibition: The Sea was walking the earth with a heavy heel

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 22 | 7-9pm

Guest curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff, ARTSail Residency and Research Initiative, featuring Ursula Biemann, Atul Bhalla, Tania Candiani, Shezad Dawood, and Miguel Sbastida.

The title of this screening program is borrowed from the seminal 1937 novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neil Houston, describing the havoc brought to Central and South Florida by the September 1926 hurricane.  It serves as a bridge connecting us to the present day, here in South Florida, where the consequences of sea-level rise, increased hurricane intensity and overall temperature are particularly relevant.

Water, in all its beauty, might and potential menace, is what connects the five videos presented in this exhibition.

talks

Humberto Moro

Humberto Moro

Join Locust Projects and Oolite Arts for a conversation with Humberto Moro, Deputy Director of Program at Dia Art Foundation.

Fundraisers

Pop-Up Art Sale

Pop-Up Art Sale

88 NE 39th Street

Location:

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POP-UP ART SALE! Featuring commissioned editions and donated original works by past and upcoming exhibiting artists including an installation by We Are Nice’n Easy–consisting of an interactive, physical lounge space performing as a simulacrum of a swimming pool, which hosts a collection of pool float soft sculptures and their corresponding NFTs—recent photographic editions by Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Juana Valdes, Elizabeth Withstandley, and Antonia Wright, as well as prints by Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Adler Guerrier, Simón Vega, and more!

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Proceeds from the Pop-Up Art Sale benefit Locust Art Builders (LAB): Summer Art Intensive for Teens, now in its 13th year providing full scholarships to 30 Miami teens to collaboratively build an exhibition from scratch at Locust Projects.

Note: Featured artists have received commissions or will receive a percentage of the sales. 

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