"Vernacular Compulsion" explores urban gardens during Art Basel in Yard@Casalin

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An art piece designed as a table sitting in a yard.MIAMI – New World School of the Arts continues its 30th Year celebration during Art Basel with its coveted al fresco exhibition in the heart of Wynwood. Vernacular Compulsion, presented by NWSA college visual artists, "is a kaleidoscopic cacophony of high-brow Kitsch where a collaboration of students and faculty from the NWSA BFA program create a site-specific installation and social experience through the structure of a garden party within the confines of the Yard@Casalin," explained artist and NWSA faculty member Donald Lambert, who is directing this year's exhibition during the nation's most recognized art fair in Miami.
 
The result of a semester-long project initiated by a collaboration between Lambert and a dozen students, the exhibition, set amid the urban oasis that is Yard@Casalin, varies in format from previous shows. Created as one single group exhibition comprised of numerous layers, Vernacular Compulsion displays multiple perspectives that together, seamlessly arrive at one unified destination by exploring the role of urban gardens as a site of reflection and socialization within the city. Over the course of a semester the group researched the history and function of urban gardens, concentrating on European forms and their influence on the development of gardens, particularly those in North America and South Florida. As guests navigate and interact within the space they will find that even the well anticipated local drinks and fare complement the physical work on display.
 
Vernacular Compulsion opens with a Breakfast Reception on Thursday, December 1 at 9:00 AM. Yard@Casalin is located at 55 NW 30 Street, Wynwood. The reception and show are free and open to the public.
 
About Casalin: Set as an urban garden, The Yard at Casalin is one of the most frequented exhibition sites in the area and it has been recognized nationally by Art Basel enthusiasts who each year make it their first stop during the Wynwood showings. Just a few steps from other major galleries, Casalin boasts luscious yet tranquil and serene landscaping reminiscent of an oasis in the midst of a bustling city. Each year, the Yard@Casalin bustles with outstanding cutting-edge exhibitions carefully curated by NWSA and other collaborators.This unique exhibition site was founded in 2003 by Lin Lougheed to showcase the work of local artists, particularly during Art Basel week. The Yard, however, features permanent exhibitions that can be appreciated 24/7 from the sidewalk adjacent to the intriguing area. With innovative installations and trailblazing performance works, NWSA has been in the forefront of Casalin, consistently showcasing the work of its visual artists, graphic designers, and web designers. Lougheed, a sponsor of the arts and national philanthropist has been instrumental in getting NWSA visual artists highlighted and recognized during Art Basel. To date, New World School of the Arts is the only school to be featured officially listed in the Art Basel International Show delegation package.
 
Lin Lougheed and NWSAdean of visual arts Maggy Cuesta explain the history of Yeard@Casalin and NWSA’s participation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toDn3KceID4&index=17&list=PLzj6t9vPFRdbKa_BTQQ16J4LQ0WhwB-5B
 
About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through itsrigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts.
 
At New World School of the Arts, visual arts students are able to explore and develop their personal artistic and aesthetic vision while being guided by a dynamic and distinguished faculty who are all practicing artists. Through disciplined training in traditional and new media, students also develop new skills and refine others while gaining invaluable understanding of the roles of art and design in society. Areas of concentration in visual arts include Drawing, Electronic Media, Graphic Design, Painting,Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.
 
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
 
Information about theNWSA Visual Arts program is available by calling 305-237-3620 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ or you by calling the main office at 305-235-3135.
 
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