Art Show: "Nuevas Fundaciones" in Miami

By - Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Opening at Miami Art Space on September 28th, “Nuevas Fundaciones” is an exhibition featuring work from artists Jel Martinez, Kiki Valdes, and Mariana Monteagudo. Meaning “New Foundations” in English, the exhibit showcases art varying wildly in style and medium from artists all based or born in Miami. Jel Martinez’ work should have a particular familiarity to 12oz readers. Not only was his graffiti crew “Inkheads” featured in the very first print issue of 12ozProphet, but his paintings are “inspired by the methodology of vandalism removal” a.k.a. “the buff”. Using paint on wood boards, Jel recreates how city workers buff graffiti and the result is visually engaging and dynamic abstract artwork. Kiki Valdes is a expressionist painter from a Cuban American background whose artwork “explores the multidimensional complexities of people, religion, American-life, sex, and superstition.” Kiki often sprinkles his cut-up canvas collages and abstract paintings with images of appropriated Disney and Nickelodeon cartoons from previous decades. Mariana Monteagudo refers to her work as “Muñecas”, or “Dolls” in English. With influences ranging from “the pre-Columbian aesthetics, to fashion , tv pop culture, Japanese manga and mass-market toys” she builds her statues using plaster, ceramic, cloth, wax, and many other media. She describes these characters the best: “They spoke by themselves with a loud voice, without prejudices or preconceptions… these characters come from an inner passion I can’t quite describe, they come from the guts…” Saturday, Sept. 28th 2013 Miami Art Space 6pm – 10pm 244 NW 35th Street. Miami, FL. 33127

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