Artformz. Come Hither

Oct 2 through Oct 30, 2010.

altArtformz is pleased to present the work of artists Natasha Duwin, Donna Haynes, and Mary Larsen. The three artists encourage the public to join them and experience their stories and journeys. Natasha Duwin exhibits sculptural objects and for the Opening Night she presents a special performance that is a surprising and poetic addition to her renowned work exploring the construction of the female identity, using mediums that have long been relegated to the worlds of labor and craft, such as embroidery and textiles. In fantastic multimedia constructions that combine text and preserved imagery, artist Donna Haynes will show new pieces telling visual narratives in her way to preserve and share personal journeys. One of the new members of the gallery, artist Mary Larsen will present a series a paintings based on books and printed text interwoven as part of her mixed media technique creating in her words “ethereal worlds of dreams, not quite recalled”.

Storytelling has always played a role in art, whether through words or images. The three artists featured in “Come Hither” each weave stories through their work in unexpected ways. Whether using weaving, embroidery, needlework, tapestry, quilting, lace, textiles, words, or books each artist transcends the confines of artistic language. They create compelling works expressed as either statements of collective memory; or as interactions between historical baggage and the present; or as objects influenced by the social, cultural and economic revolutions of the twentieth century. These are interconnecting visual stories not to be told but to be experienced; worlds of despair and chaos intertwined with hope and light. The opening reception will take place on October 9th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. during the Second Saturday Art Walk.

Natasha Duwin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and currently lives and works in Miami, Florida. Duwin‚s work is held in several public and private collections including at Miami-Dade College; the Samuel P. Harn Museum, in Gainesville, Florida; the Museum of Modern Art, in Manhattan; and the Wifredo Lam Art Center, in Havana, Cuba. The artist holds a Master of Fine Arts from Florida International University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Barry University, and is a graduate of Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Donna Haynes currently lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, attended the Post Baccalaureate Program at the same Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Maryville College, Maryville, TN. The artist has exhibited extensively nationally and has been awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.

Mary Larsen was raised in New York City and currently lives and works in North Miami. Her approach to painting is intuitive; an expressive reflection of her inner self. Larsen has exhibited in New York; Washington, DC; San Juan, PR; San Francisco and Miami. Her work is held in corporate and private collections in New York, Miami and San Juan. The artist holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, from Florida International University, she also attended the Brooklyn Museum School, Brooklyn, NY and Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.

171 NW 23rd Street
Wynwood Art District
Miami FL 33127

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