Collective and the FRITZ Gallery are pleased to present HOLDING PATTERN, an exhibition featuring printmaking and embroidery
work by Christina Humphreys, Sammi McLean, and Ashley Ortiz-Diaz.
HOLDING PATTERN navigates the various circuitous
routes we take from one destination to another. Converging on suspended
activity in these transitional environments, this body of work includes embroidery,
printmaking and installation. Each artist wavers between traditional imagery, and
experimental processes that expose the making of itself. Christina Humphreys painstakingly
embroiders abstract digital images that resemble known surfaces; Sammi McLean
treats layered fabrics with repeating text as a communication device; Ashley
Ortiz-Diaz uses ephemeral printmaking techniques to contemplate mortality via
known geometric forms. Trapped in the in-between of these routes, each artist
is seeking permission to advance in HOLDING
opening night will take place on Friday, August 3, from 6-9pm. The Fritz
Gallery is located upstairs at 1608 S. Dixie Hwy in West Palm Beach. There will
a $5 donation at the door. For more information, please feel free to email
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (561) 352-1925. For a private viewing,
please email email@example.com.
THE ARTISTS ||
Christina Humphreys (b. 1990, San
Francisco, CA) is an
interdisciplinary artist originally from Florida. Working in a variety of
media, her work employs textile arts, painting, and digital media to
investigate contemporary anxieties surrounding technology and gender. Utilizing
seemingly mundane materials, images and words, she simultaneously evokes the
sentimental and technological to reflect on themes of perception in the digital
age. She is currently living and working in San Francisco, CA. She received her
BFA in Studio Art from University of South Florida in 2013.
Sammi McLean (b.
1989, Lake Worth, FL) was born and raised in South Florida. She is a hybridized
maker, working with sculpture and new technology through the lens of
printmaking. Assuming there is some
hidden pattern or code to unmask in our experiences, Mclean's work makes
connections by forging a path to a piece that is missing, or by creating some
semblance of intimacy with familial objects and imagery. Embracing chance, her
imagery is fragmented and layered to create misrepresentations of information
that oscillates between memories and documented experiences. McLean
received her MFA from Florida Atlantic University in Printmaking and has been awarded the Lynn Travis Stendor Women
in the Visual Arts Scholarship, Rothenberger Fellowship and the Friedland
Ashley Ortiz-Diaz (b. 1991,
Gainesville, FL) is a printmaker focusing on visual methods that address
mortality. Using geometric forms that resemble places of rest, her work is a
meditation on eternal place. The point, the line and the plane are the
foundation of Euclidean geometry and how we’ve come to understand abstract
space. Ashley Ortiz-Diaz is a current MFA candidate at University of Florida in
Gainesville. Ortiz-Diaz’s driving force in creating work in this vein is to
take the taboo out of open conversations about death and dying.
2018 – JULY 27, 2018
RYAN DIGHT+ SURREALUX SEBASTIAN
ISILDAK CRISTINA KOLOZSVARY-KISS KATELYN
The H/OURS Collective, a newly
formed collaborative of emerging artists, opens their first exhibition, FLAT, on Friday, July 20, 2018, from 6
to 10 PM, at the Fritz Gallery in West Palm Beach. The inaugural exhibit
features work by Michael Bucuzzo and Surrealex (a New York based artist
collective), Sebastian Bruno-Harris, Michael Dillow, Ates Isildak, Cristina
Kolozsvary-Kiss, Katelyn Spinelli, and Amber Tutwiler.
FLAT is a video-based exhibition that
ranges from traditional narrative to moving image installation. Each artist in
the exhibition presents work that harnesses the avant-garde spirit of new
media. Video art emerged as a legitimate medium in the 1960’s and has been
popularized by available high and low technologies. As television and video
have become the most widespread means of communication, artists have
challenged, embraced, and repurposed the functions and forms of moving images.
While some videos consider the invasive nature of the transmitted moving image
in society’s psyche, others explore the medium’s potential to capture temporal,
surreal imagery other artistic media cannot. FLAT is concerned with both the confines and capacities of new
media; in the flatness of the walls, a depth is excavated, creating the
capacity for experience and transportation.
Of a few
samples of what to expect, Fringe Dream(2016), bySebastian Bruno-Harris, confronts
the viewer with a hard, metallic moving surface that slowly begins to melt. The
solid door-like shape evaporates and progresses into an empty purple-hued and,
potentially infinite, space. Katelyn Spinelli in Single Use, You (2018) uses the ground as a site of projection,
while sharing the sentiment, “I'm sorry. I didn't mean for it to come out like
this, it wasn't meant to come out like this, it's coming out like this.”
Michael Bucuzzo, functioning as an extension of the artist collective
Surrealux, will be partnering with Cristina Kolozsvary-Kiss to create an
immersive video installation that requires viewer participation.
FLAT will be on view at
the Fritz Gallery in West Palm Beach from July 20 to July 27. The exhibition’s
opening on Friday, July 20 runs from 6 to 10pm. There will a $5 donation at the
door. The Fritz Gallery is located upstairs at 1608 S. Dixie Hwy in West Palm
Beach. For more information, please feel free to visit www.hourscollective.org,
email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (561) 352-1925.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Bruno-Harris (b. 1991,
San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a visual artist born in Puerto Rico and raised in
Buenos Aires. He studied at Florida Atlantic University, earning his BFA in
sculpture in 2016. Through a practice in sculpture and drawing, his work
explores a phenomenological inquiry of space and perception. Sebastian has
exhibited at the FAU Theater Lab, as well as the 2016 Juried Student Exhibition
at the Ritter Art Gallery.
Michael Dillow (b. 1988, Philadelphia, PA) earned his BA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University (2010) and
is currently a pursuing an MFA in Visual Arts at Florida Atlantic University
(2019). Dillow’s work examines the transient landscape of South Florida, which aims
to develop a conversation about humanity’s complex relationship to place, to
community, and to the spaces we occupy. Most recently his work was exhibited at
the Center for Fine Art Photography, in group exhibition titled, Photography
as Response, and was interviewed as a featuredartist in Fisheye
Magazine, a photography publication based in Paris, France.
Ates Isildak (b. 1984, West Palm Beach, FL) is an
emerging artist from South Florida. His work is often collagelike, blending
digital video, stop-motion photography, graphic design and sketches into
disorienting narratives that challenge the male gaze. Focusing on the local art
scene, he has participated in many venues on downtown Clematis. His work has
been featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, and the Lake Worth
(Tina) Kolozsvary-Kiss(b. 1987, Miami, FL) was raised on the exotic sands of South Florida. An
indefatigable dreamer, she learned early that making films was a salubrious way
to live in a world of pure fantasy. She works in the industry producing and
directing corporate and commercial video for clients such as Violette Fr, Este
Lauder, Nylon Mag and Rimmel Cosmetics. Cristina has exhibited her works
internationally and has received the Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Jacob
Burns Film Center, and the Princess Grace Honoraria Award.
Spinelli (b. 1987,
West Palm Beach, FL) is a South Florida born artist. Spinelli received her BFA
from Rhode Island School of Design in 2009, and her MFA in Graphic Design at
Yale School of Art (2018).
Ryan Dight + Surrealux (New York City, NY) is a
collective of artists who work with mediums of documentation — still and moving
images captured on film, digital and analog technologies. Collaborating on
projects and working individually on personal projects, the members of
Surrealux have exhibited across the United States and Europe.
Tutwiler (b. 1988,
West Palm Beach, FL) is an interdisciplinary artist who works across oil
painting, sculpture/installation, audio, and video. Her work is a meditation on
interface and embodiment in technology. She has won various awards, including
the Women in Visual Arts Scholarship and the Williamsburg Painting Award. She
was accepted into the Women Cinemaker’s 2018 Biennale, and will be published in
the next edition of Independent Women’s Cinema Magazine in Berlin.
JUNE 16 –
JULY 14, 2018
Gallery is pleased to present IN SIGHT, an exhibition featuring Michael
Dillow and Jason LeVan. Dillow and LeVan both share a preoccupation with modes
of perception. Through a phenomenological inquiry into objects, space and
place, the artists’ in this exhibition exploit our perception of the ordinary.
Dillow uses analog photography to intervene with landscape and community,
invoking anxiety, longing, and displacement. LeVan uses sculpture to challenge
how we interact with and around utilitarian objects, creating physical
incongruity with otherwise banal objects. With the intention to interrogate the
conventional function of what is around us, the work invokes a tangible
ambiguity, forcing us to reconcile our site of perception.
DILLOW (b. 1988) is a photographer born from Philadelphia, PA. He earned his BA
in Film and Media Arts from Temple University (2010) and is currently a
pursuing an MFA in Visual Arts at Florida Atlantic University (2019). Dillow’s
work examines the transient landscape of South Florida. Through a survey of surrounding
facades, his photographic work aims to develop a conversation about humanity’s
complex relationship to place, to community, and to the spaces we occupy. In
these sites, the landscape serves as a vehicle for expressing concepts of
displacement, longing, and shifting identities. Most recently his work was
exhibited at the Center for Fine Art Photography, in group exhibition titled, Photography
as Response, and was interviewed as a featured artist in Fisheye Magazine,
a photography publication based in Paris, France.
LEVAN (b. 1984) a visual artist and sculptor originally from Philadelphia, PA.
He earned his BFA in Studio Arts from West Chester University of Pennsylvania
(2010) and is currently a pursuing an MFA in Visual Arts at Florida Atlantic
University (2020). LeVan’s work questions the non-tangible, meta-qualities of
materials related to the perceived functionality that his objects encompass.
Left open to interpretation, his work remains intentionally ambiguous.
Working in the tradition of bricolage, his studio practice merges the
rigors of conceptual art with techniques of high-craft. Most recently, LeVan
was a recipient of the Rothenberger Scholarship and was nominated for the
International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary
SIGHT will open on
Saturday, June 16, from 6pm-9pm. The Fritz Gallery is located upstairs at 1608
S. Dixie Hwy in West Palm Beach. For gallery hours, a private appointment, or
further information, please feel free to email email@example.com.
MAY 18 –
MAY 19, 2018
The Fritz Gallery is pleased to
present WELCOME, a collaborative dance
and performance by director of Ballet Florida, Lauren Carey, and emerging
artist, Amber Tutwiler. WELCOME is a
performance that belongs in a whole new category; taking an interdisciplinary
approach, it incorporates dance, theatre, poetry, installation, and sound to
create an immersive environment for guests to enter. Transforming the gallery
into a stage, this performance reflects
on intimacy, tension, ritual, and psychological release – all within the parameters
of what we call home. Each dancer is representative of one facet of an individual,
asking the question about what home means: is it simply a place, or perhaps a
relationship with oneself? As guests enter, they will each be given a unique
experience, as dancers may choose to interact with the viewer.
LAUREN CAREY (b. 1989) is a native
of West Palm Beach Florida. She studied at Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of
the Arts (2007), The Academy of Ballet Florida, Miami City Ballet, Pacific
Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theater, The School of American Ballet, and
The Paul Taylor Dance Company. She graduated from Juilliard School with a
BFA (2011), and later received her MA from New York University majoring in
"Teaching Dance in the Professions.” Now the Artistic Director of Ballet
Florida, she is dedicated to enriching the community through her work.
AMBER TUTWILER (b. 1988) is an emerging
artist originally from South Florida. She attended Alexander W. Dreyfoos School
of the Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Miami, and
most recently received her MFA in Visual Art from Florida Atlantic University
(2017). Currently, she is an artist in residence at the Armory Art Center in
West Palm Beach, and is an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University and
Palm Beach State College. She has won various awards, including the Women in
Visual Arts scholarship and the Williamsburg Painting Award.
PRODUCTION LAUREN CAREY: Co-Creative Director, Choreography AMBER TUTWILER: Co-Creative Director, Narration and Set Design KYLE KRAKOW: Sound Design DANCERS: Lauren Carey, Jin Lee Hanley, Nicholas Garlo, Emily Chu, Melinda Rawlinson PHOTO CREDITS: David Hamzik, Ryan Dight
The Fritz Gallery is pleased to
present INTERFACE, a solo exhibition
by emerging artist Amber Tutwiler. Tutwiler is an interdisciplinary artist who
works across oil painting, sculpture/installation, audio, and video. Her work
is a meditation on interface; specifically, it is concerned with the interface
between our physical, corporeal world and the heterotopic spaces arising from
the world – what Foucault described as “placeless places” in his essay, Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias(1984). These places are so assimilated that our bodies have become symbiotic
with them, becoming invisibly dependent on visibility.
Tutwiler asks how the body becomes integrated
into this voyeuristic digital melting pot, oriented as landscapes that are not
concise in their place, time, or consent. Though the viewer is inclined to
believe there is something real about
what is seen (at least at some point), the method to which this information is
delivered is very un-real. Translucent color, warped planes, optical portages,
and fringe interference patterns intersect the body; consequentially, there is
a tension between what feels like a moment of intimacy between the viewer and
the subject, and the reality of the subject’s digital infidelity. This transaction
moves as quickly forward as it does away, revealing nothing but an interface: a
surface which mediates multiple points of contact. Ultimately, Tutwiler’s work
traps this transaction, bringing body, space, time into suspension.