Friday, March 18, 2011

Frost Art Museum Presents "2011 Aesthetics & Values Exhibition" - An Art Exhibition Curated by FIU Honor's College Students

Writing done with fly pigment, ping pong balls in the shape of clouds and paper shapes that seem to go on forever are just a few of the objects that bridge the line between the real and surreal, the natural and manmade and the figurative and abstract works in the next installation of Aesthetics & Values Fine Art Exhibition (A&V) at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University (FIU).

Daniel Arsham, Pixel Cloud (Miami),  2010,
Plastique, peinture / Plastic, paint,
21 1/4 x 27 1/2 x 31 inches.
Courtesy of Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
Sixty-four FIU Honors College students worked with 10 of Miami's most notable artists at the sixth annual A&V exhibition. This event, which is free and open to the public, runs from through April 17. The opening reception is March 23 during Target Wednesday After Hours from 6-9 pm at The Frost Art Museum, 10975 S.W. 17 St., Miami.

A&V will provide student-run tours of the exhibition on March 22, from 3:30-4:45 pm at the Frost Art Museum.

"This collaboration has proven to be quite successful," said Carol Damian, Director and Chief Curator of The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. "Now in its second year at the museum, this is a unique experience for students to learn the intricacies of curating an exhibition within the confines of a true operational museum."

Each of these works will have visitors challenging the concept of reality. The A&V 2011 exhibition will feature the works of Daniel Arsham, José Bedia, Ivan Toth Depeña, Jacin Giordano, Fabian Peña, Karen Rifas, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, John Sanchez, Jen Stark and Antonia Wright. Several of the artists have created works specifically for this year's exhibition.

"Most of my recent pieces are made with insect parts in a process where I transform these repulsive creatures into other anatomies. I re-context these organic elements into significant objects that address existential matters. The questioning of the artwork as a cultural product happens through an image of death and resurrection. The viewer's perception is relocated; it is a "re-awakening" to place the spectator in an ambiguous perceptual trap. The artwork becomes both a map and a detour," says artist Fabian Peña, whose work for the exhibition is a phrase written with fly pigment across the windows on the first floor of The Frost Art Museum.

Target Wednesday After Hours is intended to supplement The Frost Art Museum's exhibitions and grant visitors the opportunity to meet contemporary artists and connect with thought-provoking art of all mediums, live music, dance, films and talks.

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