UNBOUND, 2017 BFA Show, explores and exploits hybridity

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Artist Beatrice Rodriguez painting at the artist studio.Artist Jon Millan painting at the artist studio.

UNBOUND, New World School of the Arts’ 2017 BFA final visual arts showcase is a group exhibition highlighting a variety of works from 23 visual artists of divergent disciplines, professionally curated by NWSA dean of the visual arts program, Maggy Cuesta and gallerist Fredric Snitzer. A culmination of four years of intensive study, UNBOUND is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of a bold and dynamic group of emerging artists from whose objective for this exhibition is to explore and exploit hybridity in various ways.
 
Opening Reception: Friday, March 24; 7 PM-10 PM. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), 1018 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136. On view March 24 – April 8; 10 AM-6 PM by appointment. Exhibition is free and open to the public.

The NWSA college seniors work with a variety of mediums, materials and forms, crossing and blurring the lines between their respective traditions in search of new and unconquered territory. In this pursuit of somewhere else, of something new, these artists not only find the unique visions that set them apart, but also the zones of tension and contact that bring them together as a group. The result is a kaleidoscopic show – fragmentary and cohesive – reflective of a personal yet common yearning to make the world anew – to see the book of life unbound.
 
Participating NWSA BFA college students include: Lady S. Abanto, Cindy Becerra, Thomas Bils, Amanda Bradley, Emma del Rey, Lorena Diez, Daniel Espinosa, Bryce Fayaz, Victor M. Gerald, Angelica Gonzalez, Rachel Lee, Tania Mayorga, Jon C. Millan, Lanai Nassar, Andrea Ortiz, Ema Ri, Beatriz Rodriguez, Rafael Rodriguez, Gianna Richard, Gabrielle Rivera, Alejandra Suarez, Alejandro Valencia, Monica Vida.
 
Among the work to be exhibited is Rachel Lee’s oil paintings and the work of Bryce Fayaz’s 3-D surreal environments, both of which incorporate antiquated technological imagery in their work. Although they share similar interested fusing the past with the present, the works differ in concept. Rachel synthesizes her influences of video games and alternative rock legends from the 80’s and 90s into surreal abstract environments or scenes she calls home. The various ways in which she applies paint on her canvas creates an interesting language that is uniquely hers. Bryce Fayaz on the other hand, integrates classic sci-fi scenes that evoke ideas of isolation and alienation, while also reflecting the inherent power of solitude.
 
Cindy Becerra’s work pulls the viewer into her paintings while the complexity in marks and the exploration of perspectives activates her work in a timeless manner. The energy applied on the canvas culminates this essence of spirituality where heaven and earth become one. While interdisciplinary artist Ema Ri and Alexandro Valencia are interested in creating spaces for contemplation, Valencia’s interest with phenomenology and sacred architecture combine both painting and sculpture to best evoke a sense of the sublime experience. Ema Ri’s work talks about historical oppression but comes from a personal sensibility of living in silence, incorporating drawing in conjunction with sculpture in an interesting manner that highlights his experience.
 
Angelica Gonzalez is a graphic designer who is interviewing individuals that have fallen victim to body shaming as a result of the hegemonic societal standards of beauty. What she then does with the information is project the text, from the interview, over the curvatures of the participant’s nude body, merging the content and body as one through photography to convey body positivity through transformation. Amanda Bradley, a photographer who is investigating what makes a place a home uses her camera to capture moments outside a house that best describes the feeling of “home,” of belonging. Without necessarily going into the house Amanda is able to capture a sense of activity that evokes a calmness and intimacy from an outsider looking in.
 
The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by Ella Fontanals Cisneros and her family, to foster cultural and educational exchange among the visual arts. In six years CIFO has become a dynamic institution promoting cultural exchange through its exhibitions and events.
 
New World School of the Arts is a center for excellence in the visual and performing arts. It provides a comprehensive educational program of artistic training, academic and creative development, and preparation for professional careers in the arts. 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 UNBOUND or about the NWSA Visual Arts Program at 305-237-3649, or at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/.