Spinello Projects

Spinello Projects

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REGINALD O’NEAL
Visitation (2019)
Oil on canvas
15.5 x 11.25 in.

Grounded

December 1–January 20, 2020
Curated by Anthony Spinello

Eddie Arroyo
Franky Cruz
Francisco De La Torre
Cara Despain
Raheleh Filsoofi
Nash Glynn
Sinisa Kukec
Kunst
Najja Moon
Jared McGriff
Reginald O’Neal
Michelle Lisa Polissaint
Juana Valdes
Clara Varas
Pioneer Winter
Agustina Woodgate
Antonia Wright

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CARA DESPAIN
Seeing The Stone (2016)
Cast concrete and steel brackets (28 pieces), field guide
Dimensions variable

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CARA DESPAIN
It Doesn’t Look Like Paradise Anymore (2019)
Residue from collected burnt debris from Paradise, CA
96 x 168 in.

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SINISA KUKEC
DEUS SIVE SPHAERE – “APRE NOUS LE DÉLUGE” (2019)
Concrete, water, stainless steel, steel, mixed media
30 x 47 x 47 in.

"Everything now, we must assume, is in our hands; we have no right to assume otherwise."

— James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963)
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AGUSTINA WOODGATE
The Country In Flames, Dust (2019)
Indian black granite and dust from map
24 x 15.5 x 10 in.

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AGUSTINA WOODGATE
The Country In Flames, Map (2017)
Outdated American History pull down maps, set of 13 maps
53.25 x 78 in.

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CARA DESPAIN
Seeing The Stone (2016)
Cast concrete and steel brackets (28 pieces), field guide
Dimensions variable

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CARA DESPAIN
It Doesn’t Look Like Paradise Anymore (2019)
Residue from collected burnt debris from Paradise, CA
96 x 168 in.

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SINISA KUKEC
DEUS SIVE SPHAERE – “APRE NOUS LE DÉLUGE” (2019)
Concrete, water, stainless steel, steel, mixed media
30 x 47 x 47 in.

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JARED MCGRIFF
But These Bombs Have No Nutrients (2019)
Acrylic on canvas
52 x 60 in.

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REGINALD O’NEAL
My Little Brothers Casket (2018)
Oil on canvas
23 x 25 in.

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REGINALD O’NEAL
Visitation (2019)
Oil on canvas
15.5 x 11.25 in.

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NASH GLYNN
Standing, Self Portrait (2019)
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 40 in.

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ANTONIA WRIGHT
The Second Sex (2019)
Human rib, bronze plated
7.5 x 3 in.

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Eddie Arroyo
Various Works

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FRANKY CRUZ
Seven Species, Winter (2019)
Seven Species, Summer (2019)
Butterfly meconium secretions on watercolor paper in artist’s oak frame
40 x 60 in.

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MICHELLE LISA POLISSAINT
Various works

There is a willing unconscious materiality of what we do with and in the environment. “Après nous, le déluge,” the title of Sinisa Kukek’s series including, DEUS SIVE SPHAERA, meaning “after us, the flood” or “do what you will after I die,” reflects this sentiment. The visual materiality of a burnt forest, a white washed building, eroded maps, or even a casket addresses death as a potential for new emergence, meanwhile, an absence still looms. The absence in the face of that potential is the ground for things still standing. Those separated from us, class war proclamations, and meconium secretions are all signifiers of what still stands in that absence, interrupting the blank space left after.
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MICHELLE LISA POLISSAINT
If Home Was Home – Hair Flip (2019)
Archival inkjet print from scanned negative
20 x 23 in.
Edition of 5 + 2AP

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MICHELLE LISA POLISSAINT
If Home Was Home – Small Boats (2014)
Archival inkjet print from scanned negative
12 x 12 in.
Edition of 5 + 2AP

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MICHELLE LISA POLISSAINT
If Home Was Home – Mom’s Feet (2017)
Archival inkjet print from scanned negative
20 x 20 in.
Edition of 5 + 2AP

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MICHELLE LISA POLISSAINT
If Home Was Home – Bathing (2018)
Archival inkjet print from scanned negative
14 x 12 in.
Edition of 5 + 2AP

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RAHELEH FILSOOFI
Halal 1 (2019),
Ceramics made with soil from Chautauqua, NY and LED light
24 x 24 x 8 in.

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JUANA VALDES
Single Drawn Line/ Drummer (2014)
Digital print of Arches BFK paper
44 x 36 in.
Edition of 7 + 2AP

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AGUSTINA WOODGATE
Doormat (2011-2013)
Found door and frame from a house built in 1924, carved Dade County Pine wood
32 x 78.75 x 5 in.

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NASH GLYNN
Lover Earth, YOU USED ME (2018)
Video, RT: 2 min, 01 sec
Edition of 5 + 2AP

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PIONEER WINTER
Glory Tap (2011)
Choreography: Pioneer Winter, Performers: Allisen Learnard & Pioneer Winter
Videographer: Claudio Marcotulli
Video, RT: 6 min, 08 sec
Edition of 5 + 2AP

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CLARA VARAS
Untitled (Lions) Chandelier Module #1 (2019)
Metal, vase, fabric, oil on t-shirts
Dimensions variable

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CLARA VARAS
Untitled (Plastic) (2017)
Bath mat, oil, latex, spray paint on canvas and plastic
67 x 43 in., variable

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KUNST
Town Crier II at Wynwood Pride, June 22nd, 2019 (2019)
Single-channel video, RT: 1 min, 50 sec
Edition of 5 + 2AP

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EDDIE ARROYO
Speak Proud (2018)
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 in.

EDDIE ARROYO
207 NE 59th Street, Miami, FL 33137 (2016)
Acrylic on canvas
28 x 46 in.

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KUNST
BELL CHARACTER STUDY #1, TOWN CRIER, BELL (2019)
Single-channel video, looped
Edition of 5 + 2AP

KUNST
TOWN CRIER (2019)
CHARACTER STUDY #1, TOWN CRIER, CHARACTER
CHARACTER STUDY #2, TOWN CRIER, CHARACTER
IDEOLOGICAL IMPULSE, TOWN CRIER, CHARACTER
Three-channel video work, looped, RT: variable, Edition of 5 + 2AP
Single-channel video work, RT: variable, Edition of 5 + 2AP

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NAJJA MOON & MICHELLE LISA POLISSAINT
Who’s the Fool?: How to Patch a Leaky Roof (2019)
Umbrella from site-specific public work, archival video

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MICHELLE LISA POLISSAINT
If Home Was Home – Car Wash (2017)
Archival inkjet print from scanned negative
15 x 15 in.
Edition of 5 + 2AP

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FRANCISCO DE LA TORRE
Steiner (2019)
Plywood, terracotta container
Two sizes: 48 x 48 x 48 in. / 72 x 72 x 72 in.

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FRANCISCO DE LA TORRE
Lux Machina (2019)
Cabinet, fluorescent lamps, timer
41 x 52 x 19 in.

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AGUSTINA WOODGATE
Untitled, World Globe (2019)
Hand-sanded mid-century World Globe
10 in. diameter

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AGUSTINA WOODGATE
Emergency Exchange (2019)
Bullet resistant acrylic package exchange box, supply for one month of emergency drinking water pouches (4.22 fl. OZ, each pouch)
Dimensions variable

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AGUSTINA WOODGATE
Yo Soy Gotta / I Am a Droplet of Water (2016)
Video, RT: 4 min, 42 sec, looped
Edition of. 5 + 2AP

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NASH GLYNN
An Impossible Flower (2019)
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 in.

Eddie Arroyo (Miami, Florida — 1976)

Eddie Arroyo received his BFA in Painting from Florida International University in 2001. His work was included in the Whitney Biennial 2019, which he withdrew from in solidarity with other artists seceding from participation of the exhibition. Arroyo has presented his paintings depicting gentrification at group exhibitions throughout South Florida. In 2018, he was the recipient of the 2018 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowship, and has been profiled in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, ID Magazine, Boston Globe, PBS NewsHour, and The Miami Herald.

Franky Cruz (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — 1984)

Franky Cruz received his BFA in Painting from the New World School of the Arts, Miami in 2011. Cruz’s ongoing project Vivarium Meconium Laboratory (VML) has been staged in various forms throughout South Florida over the last four years. His practice has led him to experiment with water flow systems, found objects, and new painting methods thanks to the natural life cycles of Monarch butterflies. The VML has grown into a butterfly-rearing and painting laboratory where Cruz adapts native species conservation techniques in diligently raising the creatures with scientific methodologies and deeply-vested care.

Francisco De La Torre (San Juan, Puerto Rico — 1968)

Francisco De La Torre obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of Miami and participated in numerous specimen and garden design competitions of the Horticultural Society of Puerto Rico, where he was born and raised. As an Art Director during the 90’s and early 2000’s he spearheaded Tiempos Magazine, a publication whom he founded and art directed. In 2005 he established the Butter Gallery in Miami, Florida which ran for twelve years. He currently maintains a studio practice centered around flora at the Gesamtkunstwerk building in Allapattah.

Cara Despain (Salt Lake City, Utah — 1983)

Cara Despain received her BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City in 2006. She was the 2016 recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship and the WaveMaker Grant. Solo exhibitions of her work have been staged at the Contemporary Utah Art Center (Salt Lake City), the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Emerson Dorsch Gallery. Cara Despain works in film and video, sculpture, photography and installation addressing issues of land use, the desert, climate change, visualizing the Anthropocene, land ownership and the problematics of the American west.

Raheleh Filsoofi (Tehran, Iran — 1983)

Raheleh Filsoofi received her MFA in Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University and a BFA in Ceramics from Al-Zahra University in Tehran, Iran. Filsoofi is a multi-disciplinary artist born in Iran. Her work synthesizes socio-political statements as a point of departure and further challenges these fundamental arguments by incorporating ancient and contemporary media such as ceramics, poetry, ambient sound, and video.

Nash Glynn (Miami, Florida — 1992)

Nash Glynn received her BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in 2014, and her MFA from Columbia University in 2017. She was the 2018 recipient of the Leslie Lohman Museum Artist Fellowship. Nash Glynn uses her body as a medium to illustrate various personifications of historical categories such as “Nature”, “Female”, and “Human”. Through self-portraiture, Glynn explores how transfeminine forms can function as signifiers within the context of climate change. Glynn’s work positions global warming not only as a problem of representation, but a threat to essentialist gender ideologies.

Sinisa Kukec (Zagreb, Coatia — 1970)

Sinisa Kukec received an MFA from Alfred University, Alfred, New York USA in 2001. Recent solo exhibitions include, and INEEDAMERICANEEDSME (2017), FACINGWEST (2017 – 2018) Spinello Projects, Miami, FL USA. Kukec was born 1970 in Zagreb, Croatia. Sinisa Kukec is based in Miami, FL USA.

KUNST

KUNST received their Bachelors of Arts in Communication as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2017. They have performed work in Miami, Puerto Rico, Seattle, and Philadelphia. KUNST’s artistic practice operates in the register of the ecstatic, the phantasmic, the melancholic, and the abject. Concerned primarily with the queer phenomenology of failure. Through sculpture, illustration, textiles, and installation KUNST explores the underbelly of queer subjectivity with intensity.

Najja Moon (Durham, North Carolina — 1986)

Najja Moon received a BA in Communications and a BA in Studio Art from Pfeiffer University – as a member of the first class to receive the degree. She is an artist and arts organizer. Her practice is centered on the idea that art is utilitarian. An amalgamation of practicalities that improve her life; design and language, cultural responsibility and community, her visual arts practice uses drawing and text to explore the intersections of queer identity, the body and movement, black culture and familiar relations both personal and communal. She is Co-Founder of the BLCK family a Miami based creative collective responsible for the installation of mobile performance art shows centered around culinary, visual, performing and social arts, motivated by the desire to connect communities in an environment built to encourage collaboration, foster creativity and manifest love.

Jared McGriff (Los Angeles, California — 1977)

Jared McGriff received his BA in architecture from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley in 1999 and his MBA in Finance from New York University in 2008. Group exhibitions of his work have been staged at venues
in San Francisco, Oakland, and Miami. Jared McGriff’s paintings are inspired by visual distortions, memory fragments and ephemera where spontaneity punctuate his sketches, drawings and painting style. Capturing the cultural cues and transitory familiarity of his surroundings, McGriff’s work is an accessible depiction of the human condition.

Reginald O’neal (L.E.O.) (Miami, Florida — 1992)

Reginald O’Neal (L.E.O.) began painting in 2012, soon meeting his friend and mentor, Alejandro Dorda, who would teach him classically. In 2014, L.E.O. took his first trip to Europe to complete murals in Austria, Norway, and Spain, as well as exhibit in a collective show alongside his teacher in Berlin, Germany. In the years since, Reggie has focused on canvas work, residencies, and murals that embody his community surroundings, experiences and beliefs.

Michelle Lisa Polissaint (Boyton Beach, Florida — 1991)

Michelle Lisa Polissaint is currently completing her MA in Museum Studies & Non- Profit Management at Johns Hopkins University in 2019 and received her BFA from FIU in Photography & Fiber-Based Painting in 2014. She has exhibited work at venues in Detroit, Savannah, and Miami. She was the 2018 recipient of both the Ellies Creator Award and a The Awesome Foundation grant for her community project entitled Ansanm. Polissaint’s artistic practice explores the nature of human interaction through textiles and photographs, as well as producing community-based programming for artists and their neighbors to form collaborative relationships.

Juana Valdes, (Pinar del Rio, Cuba — 1963

Juana Valdes received her BFA in Sculpture from the Parsons School of Design, her MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Grants and Fellowships include Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, The Ellies Creator Award, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Netherland-American Foundation Cultural Grant, the National Association of Latinos Arts and Culture Visual Artists Grant, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at international venues including Site Santa Fe Siteline2016, Perez Art Museum, El Museo del Bario, P.S. 1 MOMA Contemporary Art Center, MOCA (North Miami), Galerie Verein Berliner Künstler (Berlin), the Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey), Galerie Binnen (Amsterdam) and FreeSpace (Sydney). She is currently a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Clara Varas (Havana , Cuba — 1972)

Clara Varas received her B.F.A. in painting from the School of Visual Arts in 1995. Clara Varas’ body of work explores personal ties to earth, land, commonplace items and industrial materials. Mainly associated with the concept of home or home construction, she also considers the transient nature of contemporary society, migration and the plight of displaced persons. She considers her work not unfinished, rather, a constantly evolving entity reacting to its immediate surroundings. In 2015, she was a finalist for a Cintas Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts. Her work is held in the permanent collection of Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Pioneer Winter (Miami, Florida — 1987)

Pioneer Winter is a Miami-based choreographer and dancer, recognized in Dance Magazine’s 2019 “25 to Watch”. He directs Pioneer Winter Collective, a contemporary dance and physical theater company of allied bodies, who democratize performance in public spaces, museums/galleries, stage, and film. The Collective is freed through an ethos tied to sharing human experience as wholly as possible. He holds an MPH Public Health and Epidemiology from Florida International University and MFA Choreography from Jacksonville University/White Oak, as the first artist recipient of the Dennis R. Washington Achievement Scholarship. Editor’s Pick for “Best Dancer” of 2018 in Miami New Times, his projects are supported by local, state, foundation, and fellowship
grants.

Agustina Woodgate (Buenos Aires, Argentina — 1981)

Agustina Woodgate received his BFA in Visual Arts from the Universidad Nacional de Artes in Buenos Aires and completed a Masters in Design at Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam. Woodgate practice focuses on the politics of landscapes and infrastructures as a conceptual and public geography. She recombines, activates and repurposes available resources while setting alternative systems in motion. Her work comes about through a logical process of discovery rather than invention, utilizing displacement as a strategy. In 2011 she co-founded radioee.net a nomadic, translingual, online radio station focusing on mobility, migration and climate transformation as its core themes. Woodgate has exhibited internationally and has received numerous honors and awards. Her projects have been commissioned by the 2019 Whitney Biennial, 4th Istanbul Design Biennial; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; 9th Berlin Biennial; Peabody Essex Museum, MA; Bienal de las Américas, CO; ArtPort, Tel Aviv; PlayPublik, Poland; DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington; The Bass Museum of Art, FL; Storefront for Art and Architecture, MN and KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin amongst others.

Antonia Wright (Miami, Florida — 1979)

Antonia Wright explores empathy in contemporary life through a multidisciplinary practice that blurs the boundaries between live performance, video, photography, poetry, sound, and sculpture. Wright received her MFA in Poetry from The New School in New York City in 2005 as well as at the International Center of Photography for photo and video in 2008. She has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad and has been awarded artist’s residencies both nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include shows at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), The Perez Art Museum (Miami), Pioneer Works (New York), The Faena Arts Center (Buenos Aires, Argentina), The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries (SF, CA), Aeroplastics (Brussels, Belgium), The National Gallery of Art (Nassau, Bahamas), and Ping Pong (Basel, Switzerland). She was recently named a CINTAS Foundation Fellowship finalist for 2019 in Visual art.

About Spinello Projects

Spinello Projects is a Miami-based contemporary art program founded in 2005.