Fragile

Fragile: Works from the Everglades National Park Collection

On view June 1, 2019 – October 1, 2019.
A group exhibit featuring work by AIRIE Fellows Keren Anavy and Tal Frank, Franky Cruz, Naomi Fisher, Itamar Freed and Courtney Scheu, Karen Glaser, Brookhart Jonquil, Ana Mendez, Sara Beth Rabinowitz and Rebecca Reeve.
Curated by Deborah Mitchell.

AIRIE Nest Gallery
40001 SR 9336, Homestead, FL
Free and open to the public, 9am-5pm, everyday

Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) presents Fragile, a multi-media exhibition exposing and examining the delicate fragility of the Everglades ecosystem. Comprised of works by 11 multidisciplinary artists who have gone through the AIRIE residency, living and working for an entire month in Everglades National Park, Fragile unearths new perspectives on the intricate and complex systems in which the vastness of the River of Grass operates.

Fragile echoes the delicate balance at play in the Everglades. Photography by Keren Anavy and Tal Frank, Karen Glaser and Rebecca Reeve key into supplanted forms and the human interaction inside the wilderness of the Everglades’ forests, swamps and prairies. Prints by Ana Mendez and Franky Cruz and a video by Naomi Fisher show glimpses of performances set in the Glades with characters that invade, transform and adapt to the wilderness that engulfs them.

Sculptural work by Brookhart Jonquil offers a stark contrast to the natural environs of the Everglades.  Sharp edges and crisp lines created by panes mirror evoke a precarious balance of gravity. A kinetic water sculpture by Itamar Freed and Courtney Scheu artfully captures the ebb and flow of the Everglades’ tides and the water table’s powerful effect on the lands it washes over.

Fiber-based work by Sara Beth Rabinowitz weaves together a monochrome world of delicate natural forms, invoking the shapes and charting the trails of some of the Everglades’ smallest, yet perhaps most resilient insect populations.

Spanning the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay, Everglades National Park is the only subtropical wilderness in North America.  Following their residency experience, each AIRIE Fellow donates an artwork to the Everglades National Park permanent art collection. For Fragile, AIRIE Creative Director Deborah Mitchell selected works from the collection that address the concept of fragility; bringing together works that explore the notion of the easily broken, the fine or the frail. This delicate concept is readily applied to the contested landscape of the Everglades, where decades of human intervention have modified areas of the iconic landscape beyond recognition.

Featured image: detail of Sara Beth Rabinowitz, Charting Porous Borders, 2017, cellulose embroidery on linen

Artwork Images

Exhibition Images:

Photos Courtesy Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE), (c) Steven Brooke

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Acknowledgements

Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that partners with the Everglades National Park to operate an artist residency, a visual art gallery and a series of public programs in the park that engages art and environmentalism. The National Park Service does not necessarily share the views of the artists. No materials were collected from the Park for this exhibition.

This exhibition is made possible with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, AIRIE donors and members.

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