N’NAMDI Contemporary, Miami is proud to present Dreamscapes: The Metaphor Has Shifted to Healing, a solo exhibition by Stephen Arboite. Rendering an intimately ontological approach to unpacking his journey of self-discovery, Arboite creates a dynamic body of work with seemingly distant, yet familiar faces and forms. Employing dreams as a metaphor for individual and communal healing, Arboite explains how dreams “are gateways into an alternate reality that exists within the human psyche; manifestations of our deepest desires, fears, and emotions.” Oscillating between grand landscapes and mythological portraits, Arboite wields a combination of relational gestures and layered textures to narrate a soul-yearning story anchored with a surrealist nod to everyday reality.
With an emphasis on the historical uses of coffee, Arboite draws parallels from his Haitian background by using coffee as a “spiritual medium” to emote scenes from his psyche. This series of paintings act as a bridge to conjure belonging – a sense of community emerges while navigating a path of healing for others seeking a greater sense of self. Arboite beckons viewers to introspectively examine their understanding of themselves through a psycho-spiritual lens. In this, his dreams become our reality and shift us to a place of honesty and healing.
About Stephen Arboite:
Stephen Arboite (b. 1987) was born and raised in New York City to Haitian parents and now resides in Miami, Florida. Arboite attended State University of New York, Purchase College for drawing and painting. He has exhibited nationally including multiple group shows at N’Namdi Contemporary, Prizm Art Fair in Miami and is currently in a group show entitled Translating Valence: Redefining Black Male Identity at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Michigan, showing now through until May 3, 2020. Arboite’s work considers beauty outside of classical aesthetic paradigms and places an emphasis on an ethereal consciousness of the body. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with N’Namdi Contemporary.
Jumaane N’Namdi, director of N’Namdi Contemporary Miami and N’Namdi Contemporary Chicago, was introduced to the professional art world at the age of six. It was at this time in 1981, when his father, George, founded the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery in Detroit, Mi. Reared in the gallery business and amid an extensive family art collection, Jumaane developed his innate appreciation and understanding for the interrelationship of art, artist and collector.
Upon graduation from Morehouse College in 1997, Jumaane, begin his formal career in the arts at what was then the burgeoning G.R. N’Namdi Gallery Chicago. His discerning eye began to distinguish great pieces from good ones, making it possible for his art patrons to meet world-renowned artists and to develop some of the country’s most prestigious art collections. While under his father’s tutelage, Jumaane quickly assumed the directorship of G.R. N’Namdi Gallery Chicago and subsequently G.R. N’Namdi Gallery New York.