BIG ARTS will welcome seven emerging artists who are alumni of Florida SouthWestern State College in an exhibition titled “Fast forward,” June 4 to July 31 at the Dunham Family Gallery.
“Fast forward” is a multimedia exhibition in which artists imagine the future from the perspective of a historically turbulent and uncertain time. It features works by Martha De la Cruz, Dalton Howard, Alejandro Gómez Hernandez, Claire Malécot, Leila Mesdaghi, Kirsten Pettifor and BA Wikoff and presents a wide variety of styles and mediums.
The public can also experience the show virtually from the comfort of their home on bigarts.org. From June 9, viewers will be able to walk through a high-definition 3D rendering of the gallery.
The exhibition was curated by Dana Roes, art teacher and president of humanities and fine arts of FSW.
“’Fast forward’, when conceived, was incredibly timely as the world grappled with the uncertainty of what our future might look like. “ she said. “I selected artists with whom I had the pleasure of working and following throughout their careers. Each of them is brilliant, innovative, and deeply in touch with the things that matter in today’s world.
“The work on display ranges from pieces as personal as sewing together one’s cultural and familiar heritage to work that explores the world at large and questions colonialism and income inequality” Roes added. “These artists explore the past and the present (personal and political) to provide a path to the future.”
The seven artists in the exhibition are:
– De la Cruz is a Dominican-American artist who, through video, installations and sculpture, investigates questions of race, decolonization, identity and hierarchical power.
– Howard is a Florida-based multidisciplinary artist whose work draws on interests of mortality, frailty, consumer culture and current world situations. Through assemblage, humor and everyday materials, he questions other people’s notions of how they view the purposes and potential of everyday objects.
– Hernandez is a multidisciplinary artist from Matanzas, Cuba, who focuses on cultural identity, family and immigration. Through his paintings, sculptures and installations, he aims to highlight particular and unique aspects of his nationality.
– Malécot is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Through her work, she attempts to address the uncertainty of communication, largely expressed by the incorporation of ephemeral material into a constant liminal state.
– Mesdaghi is an interdisciplinary artist of Iranian-Colombian heritage based in Fort Myers. In addition to painting, she works between performance, video and installation to create multi-sensory experiences in order to explore her subjects. Mesdaghi is interested in relationships and his work questions the way people observe, interact and react to “other” and the world.
– Pettifor is an interdisciplinary artist in transition to cinema. Her practice revolves around human relationships, trauma, and the ways people find comfort.
– Wikoff is a Florida-based artist whose work is constructed through abstract, collaborative and interdisciplinary practices. Its process is primarily to use its audience as a means of collaboration, often collecting data from secondary media sources regarding the population as a whole and / or retrieving specific information from first-hand individuals by interacting with them.
“BIG ARTS has a long history of catering for a sophisticated community that loves art and literature. They also have a stunning new gallery space set in the natural beauty of the island itself ”. Roes said. “It seems like the perfect place for former locals to return home to share their materialized experiences.”
The public can view the exhibit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call the box office at 239-395-0900 or visit bigarts.org.
BIG ARTS is located at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.