When inanimate objects reflect cultural concerns, historical narratives, and playful humor, it becomes clear that artists project their impressions of history into figurative works to better understand contemporary society. The sculptures, puppets, and installations in Personify engage new audiences and ask for participation. Art-making activities will be available for gallery visitors and tour groups in an immersive installation by Jim Hammond, marionettes will be on view and engaged with for the opening of Pablo D. Cano’s work, and an installation about the life and inventions of Nikola Tesla by Jeanne Jaffe will hang delicately from the Immersive Gallery ceiling. Body textiles by Israeli artist, Gili Avissar reflect his time spent in Miami this past spring at The Fountainhead Residency. We will borrow a work by Jacolby Satterwhite from the artist, Pepe Mar. Aurora Molina will include figurative works that reference the idea of personification through inanimate objects.
As multi-disciplinary artist, born in Haifa in 1980, Gili Avissar currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. Avissar gained his B.F.A and M.F.A at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and since then has been creating large-scale textile installations and videos. Avissar is the recipient of The Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport Prize for Young Artists (2012); The Rabinovich Art Foundation Award (2012, 2010) and the Isracrard and Tel Aviv Museum Prize for Israeli Artist (2010).
After receiving his MA in Puppetry Design from The University of Connecticut, Jim created Sideshow Productions in 1996 designing puppets for such clients as Florida Grand Opera, New World Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and regional TV Producers.
Pablo Cano is a Cuban artist who was born in 1961. His work has featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. Pablo Cano has been featured in articles for “Miami Art Guide”, “Miami Herald” and “ArtDaily”. The most recent article is “Exhibit tracks artists — and Miami art scene” written by Anne Tschida for Miami Herald in July 2014.
Jeanne Jaffe is the recipient of fellowship grants from the Gottlieb Foundation, the Independence Foundation, Mino Artist Residency in Japan, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid Atlantic/NEA. the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, and was twice a sculpture discipline finalist for the Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Jaffe has had artist’s residencies fellowships at Yaddo Artists Colony, Rutgers’s Innovative Printmaking Workshop, New Jersey Printmaking Council, Schuylkill Center, Yellow Springs Institute, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is a Professor of Sculpture at the University of the Arts. She has also taught at Tyler School of Art and Swarthmore, as well as in a multi-disciplinary program at the Annenberg Center Arts in Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania.