Two new exhibitions at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios present work by FIU graduate Lorna Ruth Galloway ’16 (MFA) and students Hazel Gil ’17 (MFA) and Daniel Marosi ’17 (MFA). Both exhibitions are curated by Meg Kaplan-Noach, an FIU MFA in Visual Arts: Curatorial Practice Track candidate.
Lorna Ruth Galloway: Deadpan Realities
Lorna Ruth Galloway: Deadpan Realities features the work of the printmaker, who is currently celebrating her graduation from FIU’s Masters of Fine Arts program. Deadpan Realities follows quick-on-the-heels of her thesis exhibition and, by doing so, goes beyond her initial explorations of digitally-derived silkscreened images.
Deadpan Realities still engages the link between traditional printing systems and alternative materials. The exhibition continues Galloway’s mashup of today’s videogaming culture, historical Pop Art, and creative contemporary artmaking. Its foundation is the extremely popular video game Grand Theft Auto V. It was during gameplay that she became aware of the environments in the video. To her, many of the fantasy locations were very reminiscent of Pop Artist Ed Ruscha’s iconic 1962 book featuring photographs of twenty-six fueling stations.
Lorna’s halftones and color separations printed on transparencies inquire into as well as consider the multiple degrees of homage and appropriation, and reality and commodity. Interestingly, it also reclaims what she terms “the supposedly banal.” Although she commenced with humble cellphone-camera snapshots – used to capture the video game’s Ruscha–esque locales– what we nonetheless end up with are her exceptional explorations of mediation, materials, and image-making.
Flesh and Text: Investigations of the Figure and Words
Flesh and Text: Investigations of the Figure and Words shows Hazel Gil and Daniel Marosi’s individual interests in the human figure. On display are mostly new works that balance figuration with writings intended to redefine and re-contextualize the imagery.
Gil delves obsessively into the vivid and boundless possibilities of the body. She searches deeply held primal memories and archetypal conditions of the female spirit. She is aware of the unpredictability and confusion in exploring the mysteries of flesh and text within these structures.
Alternatively, Marosi’s work underscores a test of hardships that he and his family recently experienced. He questions how and why faith readily prepares us for joyful circumstances, but not necessarily for unforeseen difficulties or tragedies.
Gil and Marosi’s exhibition includes bold, confident, and intimate works on unconventional surfaces. They are fused and woven with Biblical verses and references, stream-of-consciousness prose, and sly expressions. Flesh and Text endeavors to highlight unique and universal human experiences.
Lorna Ruth Galloway: Deadpan Realities and Flesh and Text: Investigations of the Figure and Words will open with a reception on Friday, May 13th, 2016 at 7PM at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios: 420 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
Both exhibitions will run until May 31st, 2016.