Dreams from Brooklyn is New York artist Caitlin Hurd’s exhibition at Florida Mining gallery in Jacksonville, Florida, exploring the surrealism of experienced reality. Historically, her work is largely representational, figurative oil paintings conveying realism rather than surrealism. However, after she was hit by a car in New York, she came to the realization that real life can be very surreal.
“These paintings attempt to make sense of the accident and these subtle and mysterious works convey the dark beauty that we all notice from time to time. My work is focused on the line dividing what is experienced and what cannot be expressed in words,” says Caitlin.
The incident forced her to realize that realism, actual experienced reality, can be quite surreal when it is filtered through the mind. These dream-like paintings look into in a world between representational realism and an expressionist imagination.
“This work focuses on moments when time is suspended and the mind travels to other places… When we daydream, we are transported. We encounter experiences which are beyond words. We live whole other lives. And yet, just as we sometimes seek to escape our present time and space, we inevitably return to it and, for all its complexity, the world continues to offer us hope for growth and renewal.”
“With a hazy, dreamy aesthetic, Caitlin has the ability to create scenarios that are evocative of distant memories. Through metaphorical imagery, surreal settings and unusual, floating, dead-weight subjects, the artist has the ability to communicate emotions and feelings that are suggestive of personal experiences.” –HI FRUCTOSE MAGAZINE
In Caitlin’s new work, the figure represents the waiting a person must endure while reconstruction takes place alongside the anticipation and wonder of what the future holds. This encourages the viewer to mentally put in place the missing or disjointed pieces, imagining for her or himself what the future will be.
Some of the pieces currently on exhibition at Florida Mining were part of her Difference and Disorder exhibition at New York’s J. Cacciola Gallery where they made this video showing her work in that space as she tells the story of the impetus for many of these pieces.
See Caitlin Hurd’s solo exhibition at Florida Mining in Jacksonville, Florida, through June 30th to experience this fascinating work first-hand. To inquire about adding her work to your collection, please contact the gallery.
Presented at Gallery 180 inside Stanley Beaman & Sears
3 Wishes is the story of three artists from different worlds that are revising the way the world views the south.
I. Hiromi Moneyhun, Jacksonville Beach, FL
From Kyoto, Japan to Florida, Hiromi’s three dimensional paper-cuts combine ancient traditions with contemporary narratives presented in almost anamorphic sculpture.
Hiromi Mizugai moved to Jacksonville Beach, Florida, in 2004. Her work combines traditional Japanese visual art forms, such as Edo Period Japanese woodblock prints (moku hanga), with the super-modernity of contemporary urban Japanese and American cultures.
Huffington Post wrote: “Her enormous works do not sacrifice detail for size. She cuts the mythical-looking creatures and oversized faces with an X-Acto knife, in her living room. Seen in person, the shadows are as mesmerizing as the pieces themselves, playing on the gallery wall like a scene from a Balinese puppet show.”
Hiromi’s work has been featured in solo and group shows including the current State of the Art exhibition of America’s top 100 undiscovered artists at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas and in Delray Beach’s Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens.
II. Kedgar Volta, Jacksonville, FL
Kedgar’s next-level multimedia photographic work ranges from raw candid black and white photography to enormous portrait mosaics to projection mapping onto photographic prints.
Born and raised in Cuba, Kedgar graduated from the Design Institute of Havana in 2007 and emigrated to Jacksonville, Florida, in 2008. Since then, he has been able to draw from a dual cultural perspective. He creates multimedia photographic works that represent disparate lives and environments, but also serve as narratives that remind us of our common humanity.
His work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Florida and he was one of the top 100 undiscovered artists featured in the State of the Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.
III. Marcus Kenney, Savannah, GA
Marcus is a true southerner. Born in Louisiana, his pieces are engaging, fun and sardonic mixed-media sculptures, often crafted from found objects.
He earned his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and currently works in collage, sculpture, paint, photography and installation.
Art in America wrote: “Kenney is a voracious consumer of materials and styles. Skulls are covered with sequins or bling. Tatty vintage taxidermy specimens are recycled into majestic otherworldly creatures. Ordinary items receive extraordinary adornments. Blithe dualism is the method of his alchemy.”
His work has exhibited all over the world, from New York to Hong Kong and has been included in group shows, international art fairs, private and public collections, and solo exhibitions, including a major ten year survey featuring nearly 50 works. A collection of his work was published by SCAD and he has been featured in numerous publications ranging from NY Times and Oxford American to New American Painter and New York Arts Magazine. Marcus is represented in Atlanta by the Marcia Wood Gallery.
This group exhibition will be on display at Gallery 180 in downtown Atlanta (180 Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 600) from February 6 – May 6. Opening reception is on February 6 from 4:30-7:00pm.
See “BRIDGES” through the end of the year at Biscottis in the Avondale neighborhood of Jacksonville (3556 St Johns Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205).
Over the past 5 years, studio artist Chip Southworth has risen from unknown to ubiquitous in the Jacksonville art scene. Although he has moved through many different artistic explorations in that timeframe, one thing remains consistent about his work. It always comes from a place deep inside his heart. Chip’s work is genuine and emotive.
Chip Southworth’s Recent History
Prior to this emergence, Chip spent years painting his larger-than-life visions in secret. The enormous pieces rarely left his home studio. In the outside world, he moved professionally from a career in politics as a young adult to the world of advertising and eventually into graphic design, where his aesthetic started to leak into external reality.
As his paintings began to take up all of the free space in his family’s home, he finally started showing his work in local galleries. It was somewhere around 2010 that Jacksonville’s larger art community discovered Chip Southworth. He experienced a boom of sales and popularity that afforded him the opportunity to live almost exclusively off of his work and spend most of his time in the studio creating.
With a strong foundation in drawing and process, Chip’s early work was largely defined by the abstract expressionistic style of his brushstrokes and the almost cubist simplicity of figures distorted by perception because of the effects of light and shadows on silhouettes. He created a stark, abstracted world of figures and horizons with unclear distinctions and little detail outside of the painted streams of light contrasted by the thick lines of primary structures.
In the following years, his work evolved dramatically into realistic figurative studies and portraiture with a heavy emphasis on the eyes as the focal point. The eyes are handled as “the gateway to the soul,” Chip says. From the distant detachment of his abstract figures to the desperation and desire in the eyes of his portraiture, Chip is always concerned with the soul, both of his subjects and, by proxy, the viewer of his work.
“I have always thought of myself as a ‘painter’s painter.’ Since the early days working with Roland Hockett, I have always put a premium on texture and line quality. Today the lines are brushstrokes, the scale allows me the space to experiment and study the paint in ways formerly not possible,” said Chip.
Art Basel Miami
In 2013, Chip’s wife Rikki was diagnosed with breast cancer. Their struggle for survival (still ongoing) inspired a series of nude portraits of breast cancer survivors, including Rikki, to address the pain and crisis he and his family were experiencing. This heartfelt exhibition was showcased at the North of Modern art fair in Miami during Art Basel.
The work addressed “the solitude of helplessness and the fight for survival. It can be seen in the eyes and composition of these pieces,” Chip said of that series.
Keith Haring’s Ghost
Most recently Chip has gained a new notoriety for art created outside of his studio. Bringing the passion for an ideal America that once drove him to politics to his new life as an artist, Chip turned to street art to address problems in his community. His response to Jacksonville’s failure to pass a human rights ordinance that protected the LGBT community, was to take to the streets as “Keith Haring’s Ghost.”
For more than 6 months, he anonymously painted Keith Haring-inspired pieces on public utility boxes in the dark of night. It sparked conversation and controversy and culminated in a raid on his family home and his arrest. After an unprecedented outpouring of public support, Chip was released and his stand resulted in the creation of new laws to allow more public art.
During the recent TEDxJacksonville event, Chip described his experiences and explored the notion that by (un)learning the current laws and attitudes that govern street art, artists can have a major impact on a city and even forge a new civic identity.
Current Exhibition: BRIDGES
Chip’s newest exhibition of original work is titled “BRIDGES” and showcases more than 20 new pieces and 3 pieces from 2012.
“Growing up, I was obsessed with Motherwell and Franz Kline. I lived just blocks from the Main Street Bridge, and saw similar composition opportunities in these bridges. I have been working on some commercial projects where I used Andy Warhol’s process and realized through materials and process I could push these ideas further.”
Included in this exhibition are hand-tooled mono prints on either birch panels or yupo. The printed layer was done inside George Cornwell Studios with the assistance of the Master Printer and the result is an exquisite collision of loose abstraction with tight printing and masking.
“I had been promising some work that reflected on my bridge series from 2011/2012 and figured there was no time better than the Holidays.”
Meet the artist at the opening reception for this show on Monday, November 24 at Biscottis in Avondale (3556 St Johns Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205) from 5pm – 7pm. These limited edition hand-painted pieces will be on exhibition at Biscotti’s through the end of the year.
This could be your last chance to acquire one of Hiromi Moneyhun’s stunning pieces at “emerging artist” prices.
As the gallery representing Hiromi Moneyhun, we’ve known that she was an art star hiding here among us. Every time we bring a new viewer to her work, we love to watch their eyes light up as they study her intricate papercuts. There is simply nothing like experiencing a Hiromi piece. It is like nothing else happening in the contemporary art scene.
Crystal Bridges State of the Art Exhibition in Arkansas Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art traveled the country looking at the work of thousands of “undiscovered” artists to find the best the country has to offer. They selected only about 100 artists to participate in their national show, titled “State of the Art.” Two of the artists selected are Florida Mining artists and Hiromi was one of them.
Jacksonville Artist Gets Accolades from the Huffington Post Since showing her work in that exhibition, she has garnered national press. Huffington Post wrote: “Her enormous works do not sacrifice detail for size. She cuts the mythical-looking creatures and oversized faces with an X-Acto knife, in her living room. Seen in person, the shadows are as mesmerizing as the pieces themselves, playing on the gallery wall like a scene from a Balinese puppet show.”
Last Chance to Purchase a Piece from Her Solo Exhibition While that show has been grabbing the national spotlight, Florida Mining has had Hiromi’s solo exhibition “Under the Rose” hanging in our gallery. It has been one of our more popular exhibitions and anyone can see that her career only goes up from here. Her exhibition at Florida Mining closes on October 31st at 6pm.
In addition to being your last chance to acquire one of these amazing pieces before this artists’ work becomes unattainable, we will also have masquerade-style masks handmade by Hiromi available for sale. These artful and understated halloween accessories are fun and chic. And can be framed and kept forever as an incredible piece of art in itself. Available for sale in the gallery from 10am-6pm on Halloween day and are easily the lowest price point you will ever find a Hiromi piece for.
Weareatartingthe week off celebrating @kedgarvolta and his rise to one of America’s top 100 artists to watch – Kedgar will be heading to Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas – good luck Kedgar and we will be here cheerleading you on (at Florida Mining)