Spinello Projects presents “You Make Me Sick: I Love You”, a solo exhibition by Miami-based artist Antonia Wright. The sweeping exhibition, featuring video, photography, and sculpture, encompasses the entire Spinello Projects space as well as neighboring Butter Gallery and Projektraum, residing within the Gesamtkunstwerk building. It is the first full-scale review of Wright’s work created over the course of a decade.
Rather than advance through the gallery spaces chronologically or typologically, Wright’s practice will be displayed according to theme-oriented bodies of work. Curatorial Advisor Tami Katz-Freiman considers this show as revolving around three main preoccupations – gender politics, bodily endurance and extreme emotion/action in the public sphere. According to Katz-Freiman, “Ms. Wright’s recurring interest in using her own body as her principal tool enables her to undermine the boundaries of gender politics, to challenge social conventions via an extreme physical or emotional action, and to test the endurance of her viewers”.
The sad, strange and beautiful vulnerabilities existing within the human condition are all deep considerations in Ms. Wright’s work.
Her performative approach explores the various politics and comic facets of human experience through a multifarious, process-oriented practice combining video, performance, photography, poetry, sound, sculpture and perception. The exhibition’s title takes its inspiration from Wright’s dedication to aggressive and logistically dangerous actions. The title also refers to the range of emotions that each piece deals with – from anger to love. Works such as You Make Me Sick, Suddenly We Jumped: Breaking the Glass Ceiling (first performed in Vizcaya during Art Basel Miami Beach 2013), Deep Water Horizon and Running Into You – further illuminate Wright’s corporeal commitment to poetic articulation and reflect the physical risks she is willing to take in her performative works.
Wright’s quietly piercing video works such as Be, Lick of the Eye and Are You OK? dwell on the opposite end of the scale, where Wright engages the imaginations of her viewers with subversive gestures and acts which evoke powerful visual metaphors and symbols that at times might appear ambivalent but are never obscure. Wright acknowledges the layers of societal taboos and barriers between her artistic choices, and pointedly pushes them into the public realm for the viewer to examine and assimilate.
Opening Reception: March 20th, 2014
Exhibition through May 3rd, 2014
Antonia Wright was born in Miami, Florida in 1979. She graduated from the New School University in New York City with an MFA in Poetry as well as at the International Center of Photography. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Luis de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles and Spinello Projects in Miami, Trading Places 2 at The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Perfect Lovers (a Frieze New York special project) at the White Box Gallery in New York and Areoplastics in Brussels, Belgium. Other venues in South Florida include The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, The Tampa Museum of Art with the Hadley Martin Fisher Collection, the Marty & Cricket Taplin Collection at the Sagamore Hotel, Art@Work at the Mosquera Collection, The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, The Frost Museum at Florida International University and The Cisneros-Fontanals Foundation (CIFO). In April 2012, she became the first artist-in-residence at the Lotus House Shelter for women and children in Overtown, Miami. Wright and her work have been presented in publications including Art In America, New York Magazine, Daily News, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, The Miami New Times, The Art Newspaper, The Sun-Sentinel, ArtSlant and Miami Art Guide.
Spinello Projects is a Miami-based contemporary art program founded in 2005 by Anthony Spinello. The gallery supports and promotes the work of artists with unorthodox and experimental practices. Its mission: to initiate fundamental changes in Miami’s visual landscape and to present new aesthetic challenges to a broader global viewership.
Gesamtkunstwerk is a multi-disciplinary creative initiative located west of the Wynwood Arts District in Miami, FL. The Gesamtkunstwerk project was designed to give a curated group of businesses and individuals, who were influential in the development of Wynwood as an arts community, with the long-term stability needed to continue their efforts. Opening in 2012, the building houses a diverse range of tenants that include Butter Gallery, Wynwood Radio, Product 81, Panther Coffee, and Spinello Projects.
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Spinello Projects is located at 2930 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33127