by Eddie Arroyo

History is steeped with artists who have taken the initiative to exhibit in alternative spaces, Marcel Duchamp being one of the most memorable one and Anthony Spinello the most recent one to gain local notoriety.

The Nightclub is a yearlong project which has been blessed by DACRA and launched by artists Angela Valella and Odalis Valdivieso. A series of site specific exhibitions within Miami tethered under the guise of our city’s cultural nightlife. The Restage exhibition is raw in nature. Its informal presentation is reinforced taking place one night and work is placed sporadically at times and appropriately at others.  Restage is based from a 1956 concrete painting titled “Untitled-Contruction” by Lolo Soldevilla which was on loan from a collector for the exhibition.

Valella stated,

“Each of the fourteen participating artists were made aware of the painting as the exhibition’s origin at the inception of the curatorial process. The relevance of the dialogue and how it may affect the present rather than how it has affected the past is at stake. By overcoming the tension between process-based production and by asking artists to respond to a specific work in a conditioned manner Restage proposes to relate art practices as a form of social dynamics.”

Walking around the show I saw “Jigsaw Puzzle, A hidden massive star cluster awash with red supergiants” by Misael Soto which invites interaction. People are encouraged to help the artist to put this overtly challenging puzzle together during the duration of the show. A small box sits on the side illustrating what the image outcome should be which is a cluster stars, the cosmos. It is an exercise to figure it out within an allotted time.

Essentially, four gods sitting on a table reconstructing the universe.

A couple of steps over the festive work of A.G. Viva’s “Eclipsed” was set at the back room of the store. The mirror ball would spin and as the lights would spin around, a projection of a small figure would move along one side of the wall. It seemed to celebrate the moment in some ritual long forgotten and unknown.

Bhakti Baxter’s “Untitled, Crash 305” is a nice constructivist sculpture focusing on each of the parts that make up the whole. It’s made up of a ludwig cymbal, concrete, an hat. I was tempted to hit the cymbal but stopped myself due to a lack of courage. Other artist included were, Loriel Beltrán, Consuelo Castañeda, Christopher Culver, Adler Guerrier, Stephanie Lupu, Alonso Mateo, Ernesto Oroza, Carlos Rigau, Adrián Soca, Loló Soldevilla, Gladys Triana, and Marcos Valella.

Next month promises another event at the Nightclub and look forward to be there with a drink in one hand.

A.G. Viva | Eclipsed
video projection, mirror ball, dolly, mirrored acrylic
dimensions variable
2012

Misael Soto | Jigsaw Puzzle | A hidden massive star cluster awash with red supergiants
participatory performance and installation
dimensions variable
2012

Stephanie Lupu | Failing Upwards
mixed media
36 x 24 inches
2012

Chris Culver | Untitled
canvas, streatcher and oil
36 x 30 inches
2012

Stephanie Lupu | Failing Upwards
mixed media
36 x 24 inches
2012
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Ernesto Oroza | Untitled | table, benches, and domino from “40%”
dimension variable
2012

Gladys Triana | Entrapped
c-print
2012

Marcos Valella | Untitled
oil on canvas
20×24 inches
2012

Alfonso Mateo | Pintura
fabric and buttons
23×27 inches
2012

Ernesto Oroza | Untitled | research image from “40%”
dimension variable
2012

Consuelo Castaneda | Shelf 05 and 06
mixed media on paper
2012

Adrian Soca | Untitled | From the Velcrorealism Series
Velcro (hook and lood) on canvas
30 x 40 inches
2012

Bhakti Baxter | Untitled | Crash 305
ludwig cymbal, concrete, hat
dimensions variable
2012