From Dec 2nd, 2008 through Jan 10th, 2009. Wolfgang Roth and Partners Fine Art gallery announce its upcoming exhibitions Arne Quinze: Sculptures and David LaChapelle: Jesus is My Homeboy photography series. The exhibitions will open during the Art Basel Miami Beach art fair on December 2nd, 2008 and will run through January 10th, 2009. An opening reception will be held on December 2nd from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Arne Quinze presents Stilthouses and Bidonvilles. Quinze’s sculptures – a collection of houses for the future – serves as a parody to the way people are currently living. Cities are quickly developing with houses mushrooming in close proximity to each other. These rapidly built houses exhibit a lack a vision of sustainability and the essence of a neighborhood’s core functions appear to be ignored. Bidonvilles and Stilthouses tranquilize or accelerate this process, intentionally provoking open communication in a society filled with human interaction.
Quinze drew inspiration from the favelas- shantytowns competing with skyscrapers with no lateral space available. The only place for buildings to go is up. Social gravity pushes up the social mass, into the sky. The highest point of rising structures- penthouses with panoramic views- once considered the sovereign right of the wealthy has undergone a shift in balance and power. Looking at Bidonvilles- a vertical osmosis of suppressed building blocks- is experiencing the transparency of people all living together and interacting, again in what was once an individual society.
The six works from the Jesus is My Homeboy series include, Evidence of a Miraculous Event; Intervention; Last Supper; Anointing; Loaves and Fishes and Sermon. First Illustrated in 2003 in the British magazine I-D, the series is a reminder that the historical Jesus was in fact an advocate for the outcasts and downtrodden of society. If Jesus were alive today, he would not be judging the prostitute or the drug addict or the destitute; he would intervene on their behalf. If Jesus were to carry out his message in our modern times, he would speak with the people in the streets, rather than an elite upper class.
This series serves as LaChapelle’s reminder of what he believes Jesus truly represents. Jesus would rather advocate, mingle and give chances to the most average and the less fortunate than wage war against them. It is LaChapelle’s intent to truly ask the question if Jesus were alive today What Would Jesus Do? Who would his "homeboys" be?
Wolfgang Roth and Partners Fine Art
201 NE 39th Street. 2nd Floor
Miami, FL 33137