Not The Usual Suspects: [new] Art In [new] Public [new] Places

ArtCenter/South Florida. From Jan 8 through Feb 20, 2011.

altArtCenter/South Florida and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs join forces to present Not The Usual Suspects: [new] Art In [new] Public [new] Places, an exhibition introducing recently completed and upcoming public art projects. Showcasing design maquettes, digital renderings, drawings, photographs and videos, this show will feature more than twenty local and world renowned artists who are working to push the boundaries of public art and profoundly enhance the visual landscape of Miami-Dade County. Not the Usual Suspects: [new] Art In [new] Public [new] Places is curated by Brandi Reddick, Artist and Communications Manager of Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places.  

“Part of ArtCenter/South Florida’s mission is to provide access to the best contemporary art in our community,” said Jeremy Chestler, ArtCenter executive director. “Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program shares that focus and takes it to an entirely different level by commissioning important artwork.  It’s our pleasure to help our residents and visitors gain a better understanding of how programs like this work.”

Not the Usual Suspects: [new] Art In [new] Public [new] Places includes monumental installation concepts, such as Daniel Arsham/Snarkitecture’s commemorative marker project for the new Miami Marlins Ballpark.  The commemorative marker will be a tribute to the iconic Orange Bowl Stadium – a trademark piece of Miami’s history.  Arsham replicates the marquee on the former football stadium to appear as if the letters have fallen off the side of the building, embedding themselves on the east side of the plaza of the new ballpark.

Visitors may also see a video display of artist Ivan Toth Depeña’s proposed installation for the Stephen P. Clark Government Center Lobby. Depeña will introduce an interactive mechanism whereby video panels can detect body movements, translating them into vibrant colors as people whisk through the lobby of Government Center. 

Completed in May 2010, the Shadow Canopy project by Miami artist Michelle Weinberg adorns the entry plaza of the GSA Trades Shop Facility with patterned cement tiles to create a parody of nature’s shadows.  Weinberg has also fashioned a unique, hand-woven rug to complement the tiles, which hang in the entranceway of the building.

“Over the past two years, Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places has completed and commissioned some of the most exciting and innovative public art projects currently being implemented in the United States,” said curator Brandi Reddick.  “This exhibition will explore the new sites, fresh ideas and cutting edge technologies being implemented by this extraordinary group of contemporary artists who are working to redefine the visual landscape of Miami-Dade County.”

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