Over the last few years, Leyla Cárdenas has developed a series of works that investigate the layers that compose architectural spaces and directly relate to the physicality of the space as a point of departure. Using materials and detritus extracted from the spaces she works in and dissecting the accumulated layers of history, she explores the profound trail of experiences left within each one. The convergence of the Miami artist-run exhibition space, Dimensions Variable (DV), and its new home in downtown Miami will provide the inspiration for the artist’s newest site-specific project, Vice Versa-Leyla Cárdenas. The project will be on view at Dimensions Variable from February 4 – March 31, 2017.

Cárdenas works in a sculptural way without making sculptural objects, using destruction as a means to build her new narratives, and allowing a new engagement with the same place. In Vice Versa, she will use remnants from the demolition of walls from Dimensions Variable’s recent renovation to examine the history of the space.

The new DV is located in what was once the former Centre Gallery at Miami Dade College’s downtown Miami Wolfson Campus. For more than 30 years, Centre Gallery hosted exhibitions with numerous influential artists and played a key role in the development of Miami’s arts community. Cárdenas’s project will pay homage to this storied past and bring attention to Miami’s art and cultural history. With a city largely focused on the latest and the new, the project echoes the sentiments of DV’s founders and co-directors, Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, who hope

“Leyla’s work invigorates a passion for peeling back the layers and understanding where we come from.”


Leyla Cárdenas was born in 1975 in Bogota, Colombia where she currently lives and works. She received her MFA in sculpture from the University of California Los Angeles. She has exhibited internationally at venues including the Palais de Tokyo-Paris, Galería Max Estrella-Madrid, freiraumQ21 Museums Quartier-Wien, Museo de Arte de Zapopán-México, CAM-Raleigh, Institute of Contemporary Art-SanJose (SJICA), Museo de Arte Moderno-Medellín, Maison de l´Amérique Latine-Paris, Apexart-New York, Galería Casas Riegner-Bogotá. Her work is included in the public collections of the Museum of Latin American Art- Long Beach, CA; FUGA-Bogotá, Asiacity Trust-Singapore; and West Collection-Philadelphia, PA.


Dimensions Variable is an exhibition space committed to the presentation and support of contemporary art. Through a collaborative exchange with artists and institutions, Dimensions Variable develops an exhibition program that engages the community and promotes new and experimental ideas. Dimensions Variable was founded in 2009 by artists Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, who currently collaborate and co-direct the project space.

At the end of 2015, Dimensions Variable and Miami Dade College formed an innovative partnership that paired the non-profit artist-run space with the largest and most diverse college in the nation, and in December 2016, DV opened its 3,000 square-foot gallery on the Wolfson Campus of Miami-Dade College. With space donated rent-free by the college, the partnership enables Dimensions Variable to continue presenting contemporary art exhibitions and public programs in addition to providing enhanced educational and community activities to the downtown Miami area. Dimensions Variable is made possible through a partnership with Miami Dade College.

Support for Dimensions Variable is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and by Cannonball through its WaveMaker Grants program, which is part of the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Regional Re-granting Program. WaveMaker Grants is supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. Addition support for Dimensions Variable is provided by The Design District, MDC Live Arts and direct individual contributions from the community.

This exhibition would not be possible without the support of Locust Projects. Thank you!

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