Primary Flight presents Lucid by Lena Schmidt and Evan Robarts

From Apr 9 through May 7, 2011.

Primary Flight gets “Lucid” with Lena Schmidt and Evan Robarts. The mixed media installation will spotlight the two artists’ interpretations of forgotten spaces and found objects, challenging the viewer to open their lens and focus on the background and periphery as the subject matter.

As seen with Primary Flight’s Wynwood-based murals, the collective is particularly interested in using ‘dead spaces’ as a canvas for their artists. Both Hamburg-based Schmidt and Miami-native Robarts toy with this concept of making something out of nothing.

In lieu of adding paint to a surface, Schmidt’s work emerges in the negative space. The young artist uses a thin knife to scratch old wooden planks, emphasizing the materiality of what she calls “urbanscapes” – places that are typically considered non-places, including transit zones, traffic interchanges, road systems and deserted old industrial brick buildings. In 2010, Schmidt participated in the Fountainhead Residency Program (Miami) and was represented in the German National Academic Foundation’s art collection of the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conversation and Nuclear Protection. Lucid will be Schmidt’s first show in the United States.

Born and raised in Miami, Robarts now resides in New York. Transforming everyday objects into new things with familiar meaning, he explains, “My work is inspired by forms found in the natural world but outside of our realm of observation and understanding.”     For example, discarded soccer balls are recast in Robart’s Molecule installation, drawn together to create abstract geometric sculptures; and inflatable lungs are made from clear recycling bags and packaging tape, with three fan motors set to inflate and deflate the bags in accordance with slow breathing. Robarts graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute (New York), and has participated in Stokenphobia at Pandemic Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and Art Box at Box Eight Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.    

Primary Flight is a collaborative curatorial organization dedicated to the production of site-specific street and indoor installations. Since its inception in 2007, Primary Flight has brought together more than 150 of the world’s most influential artists to install their bodies of work live in the streets of Wynwood, the Design District and greater Miami-Dade. In December 2010, the collective opened Primary Projects in Miami’s Design District – a new 4,500-square-foot multi-disciplinary space. Primary Flight installations often function as a catalyst for developing arts communities. This particular exhibition was curated by Books IIII Bischof, Typoe and Chris Oh. Lucid is free and open to the public.

Primary Projects at the Atrium Building
4141 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 104
Miami, FL 33137

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