Leah Brown | Cowgirl (Mary)
Leah Brown | Cowgirl (Mary)

SEPTEMBER 30 / OCTOBER 15 | 2011

BLA presents SALUTATIONS (in conjunction with The Art of Brew): exhibition, silent auction and benefit for the brand new 55,000 sq foot, Gold LEED certified Young At Art Museum  facilities, opening Spring 2012.

Leah Brown, Pablo Cano, Rory Carracino, Adrienne Chadwick, Clifton Childree, Peter Exley, Francie Bishop Good, Rachel Henriques, Douglas Hoekzeen, Chisseko Kondowe, Nino Liguori, Francesco Lo Castro, Jillian Mayer, Josafat Miranda, Margi Nothard, Christine Rucker, Serafima Sokolov, Ali Spechler, Peter Symons, Ilian Velazco, and the Purvis Young Studio.

Slow Food Truck, Tastebud’s Creative Food Service and Theirry’s Catering, paired with a showcase of craft beers made by B.R.E.W. (Biscayne’s Reknowned Engineers of Wort) FIU, a beer lab organization run by the students enrolled in the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, locally brewed beer from Brown Distributing and select beer from Goldcoach Beverage Distributors.

OPENING | 7 PM Friday September 30, 2011 / The Project Space in Ft. Lauderdale’s FAT Village.

Top: Jillian Mayer | Applause Box, Bottom (left to right): Work by Serafima Sokolov, Nino Liguori, Christine Rucker and Purvis Young

In a particularly ambitious installation, BLA transformed the 10,000 sq ft industrial warehouse of The Project Space in Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village into a pop-up exhibition reminiscent an Art Basel, Miami Beach satellite fair. The show plays host to a broad range of some of South Florida’s most significant contemporary emerging and established artists. Jillian Mayer of David Castillo Gallery in Wynwood, fresh off the heels of being awarded the 2011 South Florida Cultural Consortium and the cover page of Art Papers magazine’s September publication, premiered her new interactive light box installation “Applause Box”. Prolific painter and definitive icon of South Florida’s muralist tradition, Francesco Lo Castro, shows both a triptych of large portraits and the last remaining triptych from his multimedia painting through layered resin on wood series.

Also prominently featured are Fort Lauderdale artist and gallerist figures, Leah Brown and Peter Symons. Brown’s latest work, “Cow Girl (Mary)”, a life-scale sculpture, depicts a weary female figure in a pink dress with matching suede boots riding on top of a headless cow while entangled in a conical arch of hair extended from both ends of the weathered ungulate. In the booth surrounding the sculpture is Mexico City-born and Miami-based artist, Josafat Miranda’s large-scale work on paper “Il Ribelle Senza Flori”, a graphite, ink and oil composite portrait adorned with a motorcycle helmet and a wreath of pink gerber daisies around its shoulders.

Other highlights include Ali Spechler’s beautifully painted oil on linen portraits of culturally secular Jews in conflicted contexts; new compositions of biomorphic accumulation from Adrienne Chadwick’s “Organism Series”; an 11′ panoramic spray paint on canvas abstraction in a blue-green color palette by another prolific South Florida muralist, Douglas Hoekzema, mirroring his mural testimonial to can-control on the building’s exterior; an expansive house-paint on wood panel selection “Diversity in the Heavens” by Purvis Young from the collection of his estate; and two 10′ x 16′ murals, one in a gold frame painted entirely through an interactive performance by exploded water balloons of “Manzoni’s Artist Blood” and the other a black and white spray-painting titled “A Brief Summary Of The History Of Graffiti”, created by the show’s curator and art director of the Bedlam Lorenz Assembly, Rory Carracino.

Left to Right: Adrienne Chadwick | Organism Series, Rory Carracino | A Brief Summary of the History of Graffiti
Left to Right: Adrienne Chadwick | Organism Series, Rory Carracino | A Brief Summary of the History of Graffiti

BLA CHAIR  |   Zack Spechler
CURATOR  |    Rory Carracino
PROJECT MANAGER  |    Anthony DelGreco
CONSTRUCTION ASSISTANCE  |  Eco Simplista: Derek Shambora and Anthony Barrineau |  Andrea Trejo

Brilliance Light Solutions  |  Craig Zinn / Automotive Group  |  Goldstein Law Group  |  FAT Village  |  Gaysha Sushi Bar  |  Squeegee Science Printing Lab  |  Potions in Motion  |  Brown Distributing  |  Gold Coast Beverage Distributers  |  Pabst Blue Ribbon  |  PRP  |  OXXO Care Cleaners  |  My Pearl Events  |  Mike Sipe Productions  |  DJ Andre Xavier  |  Florida Hybrid Center  |  Hollywood Scion