Xavier Cortada's "Antarctic Ice Paintings" at DCG Open:
Medium: Ice from the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet, Sea ice from the Antarctica's Ross Sea, sediment from Antarctica's Dry Valleys and mixed media on paper
Size: 12 inches x 9 inches
Created onsite at McMurdo Station, Ross Island, Antarctica
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Xavier Cortada, recipient of a 2006-2007 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers fellowship, traveled to Antarctica to implement a series of projects and installations. While there, the Miami artist created "ice paintings” using sea ice, glacier and sediment samples provided to him by scientists working in Antarctica.
The artist titled the works on paper by randomly selecting the names of geographic features from a map of the continent that inspired their creation.
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ABOUT THE DSG OPEN EXHIBIT:
David Castillo Gallery is proud to present DCG Open, a survey exhibition of sixty-six Miami-based artists. The exhibition includes many of the artists working in Miami for decades as well as many new to the scene. In it, there are dozens of artistic directions and practices. DCG Open, a once-yearly summer show demonstrates that art production in Miami remains at an all-time high. In all of the city's various periods, there has been one thing that remained a constant in Miami's culture- an attractive place for artists of all disciplines to create and this, in 2010, remains clearly unabated and undisputed.
The strength and diversity of the artists in DCG Open is massive, impressive, enlightened, and wonderful. Miami has become a place for much discussion regarding the role of the arts, the expansion of private collection museums, the support of public museums, art fairs, the performing arts center, the university museums and everything in between. But in all this, there can only be one center for culture anywhere in the world and that will always remain the artists and their production.
DCG Open includes paintings, drawings, videos, photographs, sound, prints, fabric, sculptures, and every manner of art production in between. The group, a sampling of the Miami arts scene, shows training from various corners of the US and the world, including schools like Florida International University, School of Visual Arts New York, University of Miami, Yale, Harvard, New World School of the Arts Miami, University of Florida, San Alejandro in Havana, Corcoran College of Art & Design, Slade School in England, Florida Atlantic University, Ringling College of Art & Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Art Institute of Chicago, California College of Arts & Crafts, Icelandic College of Arts & Crafts, Mason Gross School of Art, Syracuse University, Pratt Institute, Cooper Union, and many others.
Devin U. Caserta
Lou Anne Colodny
Francie Bishop Good
Kemi Christina Odulana
Gabriel E. Pulido
Sarah Michelle Rupert
Viktor Nathan El-Saieh
Jonathan B. Thomas
ABOUT XAVIER CORTADA
Xavier Cortada created environmental art installations at the two points on Earth where all longitudes converge, to address our connection to one another and the natural world. In 2007, the National Science Foundation sponsored artist used the moving ice sheet beneath the South Pole as an instrument to mark time; the art piece will be completed in 150,000 years. In 2008, as a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) sponsored artist, Cortada planted a green flag at North Pole to help launch a global reforestation effort. For more information visit www.cortada.com.