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Gonzalo Fuenmayor / TROPICALYPSE November 28, 2017 – January 15, 2018. SAVE THE DATE

Dot Fiftyone Gallery is pleased to announce “Tropicalypse”, an exhibition of new work by Miami-based artist Gonzalo Fuenmayor. Born in Colombia, resident of the United States for over 20 years, Fuenmayor’s precise charcoal drawings continually explore themes of cultural hybridity, exoticism and identity politics. 

In “Tropicalypse” - a playful -yet macabre- word combination of “Tropical” and “Apocalypse”- Fuenmayor presents a challenging new body of work.  His recurrent opulent and decadent charcoal drawings have grown dramatically in scale and complexity with two monumental multi-panel charcoal drawings such as “Tropicalypse” and “The Seeds of Decadence”.  These massive works portray two seemingly disparate scenarios:  While the drawing “Tropicalypse” portrays an imaginary apocalyptic landscape of burning palmtrees; a gesture alluding to the palmtree as an archetype of “tropical culture” in America,  “The Seeds of Decadence” depicts a lavish and opulent Victorian room with inverted values.

Several oval shaped charcoal drawings complement these two massive works.  Among these, “The Taste of Omnipotence” which portrays a Toucan fossil petrified in a charcoal background, foreshadowing the demise of the bird as an exotic signifier.  Also, “Semantic Innocence”, a direct reference to Josephine Baker, which depicts the cropped body of the actress wearing a skirt made with bananas.  Fuenmayor is interested in translating pop culture imagery together with his own, and is constantly displacing their meaning through the act of drawing.  He is constantly questioning his role as a performer and spectator in the never ending dynamics of belonging.  One last example is the drawing “How would you like me to exoticize myself for you? Where the discourteous question rests in the surface of the drawing, juxtaposed with a decorative Dutch still life scene in the background.

Accompanying the drawings, Frenesí, a video installation will be also shown.  The three minutes long video depicts a ballroom dancer - cropped to the knees- attempting to gracefully dance to Charleston and tap dance rhythms using pineapples as shoes. The result is an eerie and nostalgic commentary to transculturation dynamics.

“Tropicalypse” will be open to the public, November 30th until January 15th, 2018

Gonzalo Fuenmayor was born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1977. He received an MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA in 2004, and a BFA in Fine Arts and Art Education from School of Visual Arts in 2000, where he was awarded a full tuition scholarship from the Keith Haring Foundation. He has been awarded numerous awards including a 2015 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists, Traveling Fellowship by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2014, first prize at the 6th Bidimensional Salon at Gilberto Alzate Avendaño Foundation in Bogotá, Colombia, 2013, and a Silas Rhodes Family Award in 2000.  Fuenmayor has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in USA, Latin America and Europe; his work was recently showcased in a solo exhibition “Tropical Mythologies” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2015, at the "Caribbean Crossroads" Exhibition at the Queens Museum, NY, "Florida Contemporary 2011" at the Naples Museum, as well as recent solo shows at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, CA and Gallery El Museo in Bogotá, Colombia in 2016.  He currently lives and works in Miami, FL and is represented by Dot Fiftyone Gallery, Miami and Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco.  This will be his third show at Dot Fiftyone Gallery.

An opening reception for the artist Gonzalo Fuenmayor will be held on Thursday, November 30th, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Dot Fiftyone Gallery is located at 7275 NE 4th Ave, Little River, Miami. The hours are Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday by appointment. For further information and visuals of the show, contact the gallery at 305-773-6537 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 19:23

Ignacio Goitia / THE UNPREDICTABILITY OF TIME

Ignacio Goitia  / THE UNPREDICTABILITY OF TIME  

Curated by Sofia Bastidas                                                                                

October 20 – November 20, 2017

Thursday, 26 October 2017 18:39

Judi Werthein / UNNAMED

Judi Werthein / UNNAMED

September 21 – October 18, 2017


Dot Fiftyone Gallery Is Proud to Present Judi Werthein’s 2017 Solo Exhibition in Miami

  “Unnamed” is a tribute to “women martyrs,” those who have been sentenced and executed in many societies, both ancient and modern, around the world. From accusations of witchcraft, superstition and heresy that plagued Central Europe at the beginning of the Modern Age — where it’s estimated that somewhere between 60,000 and 5 million women were burned at the stake for witchcraft and heresy — to the horrible modern-day feminicides in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, or Argentina, as well as the killings in Ethiopia and Rwanda. And that’s without taking into account many other countless references to “daily massacres,” such as domestic violence, trafficking of women, honor killings, or the practice of female genital mutilation in Africa. 

“Unnamed” consists of two pieces: in the main gallery, “Memorial for Witches and Bitches”  (a 1:1 scale model for a public monument); and, in the adjoining space, “Reading Room,” a library filled with publications by a variety of authors, with topics ranging from witchcraft to the discovery of the highest female pleasure.

The exhibition is a denunciation of the standardization of misogyny in the form of a “witch hunt” and of the extermination of women in general, a global disease with generalized mechanisms of impunity that has reached epidemic proportions.

Formal gestures taken from art history become a tribute to artists within Werthein’s frame of reference. The artist challenges us to discover those allusions that constitute a cross between the history of representation and the endless roster of extinguished lives. It’s the stage where the disintegration of the body is simultaneously juxtaposed to its sublimation, from the point of view of eroticism and beauty.

The works in this exhibition are an elegy to the absent body, to the omitted subject, to the abolished identity. Werthein invites us to delve into the millenary pyre where ancient female bodies and their respective histories have been reduced to ashes, with a disregard for their desires, their ambitions, and their lineage. It’s a pagan ritual where the “female entity” is celebrated and mourned from the point of view of sensuality, taking into account the erotic game as an alternate route toward violence.

In these works body is language: it is what the spectator has imagined; it is the myth behind the vacuum. The body is not a cause, but the effect; it’s subjectivity and consequence.

 


Wednesday, 12 July 2017 20:11

Painting, Summer Group Exhibition

Painting

Group Show June 29 – August 18, 2017


Six artists explore the poetic and emotional interpretations of the gestualism, abstractionism and expressionism.

Participating Artists: Celina Jure, Eduardo Capilla, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Hernan Cedola, Omar Barquet, Douglas Rodrigo Rada.

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 20:12

Judi Werthein

Judi Werthein focuses her artistic practice on the construction of the individual and collective subject, with a particular interest in the misunderstanding of identities. Understanding identities as flexible rather than static or fixed she articulates her interests through the language of mainstream culture, presenting the stereotypes of Western Culture from an uncanny perspective. 

 

Selection of her solo shows are: Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut; Art in General, New York; Kunstverein Ruhr, Germany; The Chianti Foundation, Marfa, Texas; The Bronx Museum, Bronx, New York; Philipp Von Rosen Galerie, Cologne, Germany; UIO University of Oslo, Norway. 

 

Her work has been exhibited by De Appel (Amsterdam, Netherlands); Tate Modern (London); MUSAC (Leon, Spain); Moderna Museet, (Stockholm); MOT, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokio (Japan); MALBA, Museo de arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Lent Space, LMCC (New York City); Musee d’art Contemporain de Montreal (Canada); CAAC, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo (Spain); Sala de Arte Público Siquieiros (Mexico City); Kunsthalle Freiburg, Berne, Switzerland; Station Museum Houston, (Texas); Vera List Center for the arts and politics (New York); Americas Society (New York); Museo del Barrio (New York); MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art (Miami); Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (Madrid); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, California); CAC, Center for Contemporary Art (Vilnius, Lithuania); Centrum Beeldende Kunst (Rotterdam, Netherlands); among many others.

 

She participated in The Lyon Biennial, 2011; 41 Salón Nacional de Artistas (Cali, Colombia); Manifesta 7 (Bolzano); Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, 2009 (Sweden); Plot ‘09, Creative Time (New York); Bucharest Biennale 4 (Romania); 29 Bienal de Pontevedra (Galicia, Spain), InSite_05 (San Diego/Tijuana); The 7th Biennial of Havana (Cuba) and more. 

 

Selected Institutional and Public Collections: 

 

Tate Modern, London, UK.

FNAC, Fond National d’art Contemporain, Paris, France.

Museé d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MuDAM), Luxembourg.

Guggenheim Museum New York, USA.

Collection of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, USA.

UIO, University of Oslo, Norway.

NAI, Netherlands Architectural Institute, Rotterdam.

The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, USA MCASD, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, USA.

MACRO, Museo de arte Contemporaneo de Rosario, Argentina.

MAMBA, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Awards, Grants and Residencies:

2010; Creative Time Global Residency;

Art matters Grant.

2009; IASPIS, International Artists Studio Program in Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden.

2006; Lambent Fellowship in the Arts, Tides Foundation, New York.

2006; RIAA, Residencia Internacional de Artistas en Argentina, Ostende, Argentina.

Het Wilde Wetten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 

2005; InSite_05, San Diego/Tijuana (residency, 2003-05)

2003; Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, USA.

2000; AIM: Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York, USA.

1995; Bienal Chandon, mención especial del jurado, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

 

Other Activities:

Judi Werthein is the Founder of El Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She directed the Center 2009/2013. Among other things also Visiting Artist at Cooper Union School of the Arts, New York, 2005; Visiting professor at École de Beaux Arts Perpignan, France; as well as lecturer in various academic institutions around the world.

 

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