Intuitive Art: Conservation. Exhibition. Artist Recognition
Intuitive Art: Conservation, Exhibition and Artist Recognition is a dynamic multi-pronged project that utilizes conservation and exhibition of works by a significant under-recognized Miami-based intuitive artist Michael Scott Addis. For over 20 years Mr. Addis has been self-exhibiting his work out-of-doors on random walls of public buildings and electric light poles in the Little River and Little Haiti areas.
John DeFaro, visual artist, will serve as curator. John has been photographing and safeguarding the street work of Michael Scott Addis for 15 years. Over 20 three-dimensional faces and artist sculptures will be assessed and conserved by art conservators Viviana Dominguez and Dimitra Pantoulia in preparation for exhibition. John will install the exhibition of the masks and sculpture. The event discussion group will focus on the artist who identifies as self- taught and Mr. DeFaro’s experience in socially engaged art. Both conservators will be in conversation with Mr. DeFaro and address general conservation practices and techniques, condition assessment, storage, archival papers and materials.
They will also share Michael Scott Addis’s medium and conservation challenges due to extreme constraints imposed by socioeconomic challenges and homelessness.
Intuitive Art: Conservation, Exhibition and Artist Recognition ventures into needed areas of attention, providing hands-on art conservation. It also brings to attention and understanding to under-recognized work in our community.
JOHN DEFARO, is a self-representing multidisciplinary artist and designer. John’s work as a visual artist was first influenced as a youth in an apprentice type of mode from his one-on-one connections with Larry Rivers, Nabil Nahas, Jane Wilson, among others, all artists who were neighbors in the Hamptons, NY. The natural landscape, homes and gardens, artist studios and access to NYC made an indelible impression on John.
From age 25-27 John worked as an assistant in Southampton for Henry Geldzahler, the noted curator, critic and public official whose enthusiastic advocacy of contemporary art made his name synonymous with the art scene in NYC for three decades, in the 60’s through the 80’s.
In recent years his work has moved into curating and new directions in installation, drawing and watercolor that return him to his initial impulses focused on the environment, nature and found materials.
Significant recent exhibits include the following: in 2015 John was selected by curator Carol Jazzar for the exhibit Into the Wild at Miami-Dade Kendall Campus Gallery, in 2014 a wall sculpture for the Boca Raton Museum 63rd Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition and in 2012 another wall sculpture Who is Nest, which received Artist Choice Award at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens Common Roots exhibit.
From 2015-2017 John served as the Executive Assistant for Tigertail Productions. He is also a recipient of two Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Artist Access grants. Most recently John became the part –time assistant to art conservator Viviana Dominguez, owner and founder of Art Conservators Lab in Miami and is the Café Manager and Artistic Director at Books and Books in Coconut Grove.
VIVIANA DOMINGUEZ, is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). Since 1983, she has conserved Fine Arts objects as well as Arts in Architecture for Museums and Art Institutions throughout the United States, Spain, Argentina, Peru, and the Caribbean. She was awarded or granted the Florida Trust Preservation Award and the Los Angeles Conservancy Award.
Contracted by the Smithsonian Institution she was the lead paintings conservator to rescue art after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. For the same institution, she teaches seminars on Preventive Conservation As Chief or Senior Conservator of Art Conservators Lab she provides conservation-restoration services in museums such as the Philips Collection in DC., the Lowe Art Museum, Wolfsonian-FIU, NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale and The Baker Museum among others.
DIMITRA PANTOULIA, is a conservator of antiquities and works of art. She studied in Athens, Greece and she began her carrier in the conservation field at the Library of the Hellenic Parliament, and later at the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens.
She moved to Miami in 2014, and ever since she is working in private practice, treating objects and sculptures, collaborating with artists, private collectors, galleries, and museums, such as the Norton Museum of Art, the Lowe Art Museum, the Ringling Museum of Art, and the Dali Museum.
Currently, Dimitra is also collaborating with the Art Conservators Lab, conducting conservation treatments, collection assessments, and annual maintenance services, for three-dimensional artworks, public art, and historic buildings.