International Contemporary Art Fair

December 3 - 7, 2014

AQUA SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

MK GUTH | ADVICE STATION
Presented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Room 202

M.K. Guth is a visual artist working in video, photography, sculpture, performance and inter-active based exchange projects.  Small shifts in what is familiar amplify human presence and speak to the intricacies of social relations in MK Guth’s work. Her videos depart form everyday scenarios into the site of fiction as an entry point to more complicated issues of identity and self and her sculptural installations often act as visual containers for audience interaction.

Advice Station is part psychiatry office and part information booth where visitors can sit and talk about their experiences and offer their tips, pointers and opinions about the art fairs in Miami.  In exchange visitors will be asked to offer advice that will be added to the collective advice receptacle from which future visitors can gain wisdom. The advice collected from visitors in the room will be included in a book that can be ordered and shipped after the fair.

Guth has exhibited with numerous galleries and institutions including, The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, Boise Art Museum, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Australia, Nottdance Festival, Nottingham, England, Swiss Institute, NYC, Gallery-Pfeister, Copenhagen, Franklin Parrasch Gallery NYC, Betty Moody Houston TX, White Columns, NYC, The Art Production Fund (NYC / Las Vegas), Yerba Buena, in San Francisco and the Henry Art Museum, Seattle.  Guth is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland Oregon and is an Associate Professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

ARTSLANT | Room 124
The online network and magazine ArtSlant presents the results of its yearlong contest leading up to a special exhibition at Aqua Art Miami. The open call to artists worldwide was juried by a panel of international art luminaries who selected several finalists for this annual opportunity to gain invaluable exposure during Art Week. The ultimate winner of the 2014 ArtSlant Prize – whose artwork will be purchased for the ArtSlant Emerging Collection – will be unveiled at a party ArtSlant is hosting on Friday, December 5, from 6 to 9 PM.
 

AQUA PERFORMANCES

Curated by Mat Gleason of Coagula Curatorial, sponsor of this year’s video lounge.

ARTISTS ANONYMOUS  |  December 4 – 6 | 2 PM

Performance by Karen Finley

Do you have a problem with art? Do you need help with that problem? If so, Karen Finley and the Aqua Art Miami Art Fair are here for you.

Held on three days of the fair at 2pm, Artists Anonymous are open meetings for visitors who feel that their lives have been affected by art making, the art world, and/or the troubles of maintaining a creative life and career. The meetings offer the group a space to consider and reflect on challenges that we encounter as artists, arts professionals and art-lovers.

Reimagining the form of a 12-step program, each meeting will begin with a brief topic or prompt, or a creative exercise for consideration by Karen Finley. Guest artist speakers will join each meeting and offer testimonials of transformation.  Artists will be able to share, address the prompt, offer gratitude, or vocalize an issue that they are going through. Other exercises will be explored during these sessions.

The meetings are free with coffee available but seating is extremely limited. Email Coagula Curatorial (88gallery@gmail. com) to reserve your seats. Choose Thursday December 4, Friday December 5 or Saturday December 6 at 2 PM in the Coagula Curatorial room at Aqua Miami. Karen’s performance is approximately 90 minutes in duration and participatory in sections.

PSYCHIC PORTRAITS  |  December 4 – 6 | 4:30-6 PM

One on One Performance by Karen Finley

Anyone can have a psychic read their aura, but what about an artist painting a picture of what your psychic energy reveals? Karen Finley will be painting psychic portraits in the Aqua Miami courtyard at 4:30-6 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons. These half-hour one-on-one performance sessions are strictly between artist and subject.

The result is a portrait of what Karen sees within you, a tongue in cheek toying with new age sentimentality but a transformative interaction with a renowned performance artist nonetheless. The portrait is yours to keep. To purchase your session, visit the Coagula Video Lounge – which will be featuring historic and contemporary video and digital art by Karen Finley or email Coagula Curatorial (88gallery@gmail. com) ahead of the fair.

UNRAVELED IN AQUA  |  December 3
Performance Intervention by AMY KAPS

“Unraveled (in Aqua)” is literally the unraveling of over 1700 ft of flagging tape that begins as a “dress” and results in a trail marking my journey through the day.  Tied to a fixed starting point, my route will intersect paths dictated by the architecture, people and objects within the space. In my own physical twirling, I will circulate through the Aqua Hotel grounds welcoming conversation and detours.  Order, manifested in the form of fashion, is unraveled to reveal the human body unadorned.  (Well, almost.)
 
ASSEMBLING HEAVEN’S COLLECTION  |  December 3
Performance Intervention by MICHAEL MCCALL

In “Assembling Heaven’s Collection” Michael McCall will be conjuring up the spirit of Walter Hopps, famed curator and past director of the Menil Museum of Houston, Texas, and an old friend of McCall. Walter Hopps founded the Ferus Gallery along with Ed Kienholz during the late ‘50s in Los Angeles, then later moved on to become curator and director of the Pasadena Museum. The Ferus has been credited with putting Los Angeles on the contemporary art map.

While wearing a stylish suit once owned and worn by Hopps, McCall will attempt to make trades during the evening with anyone who wants to be in Heaven’s Art Collection. McCall will be communicating with the late, esteemed curator during the performance, as Hopps has been asked by “The Almighty” in heaven to find better artworks for the Pearly Gates Collection. McCall will use paper money and coinage from various countries where Hopps visited during his travels for the Menil Museum, as well as his travels for the Guggenheim Museum. Hopps organized and curated both the Rauschenberg (’97) and the Rosenquist (’03) retrospectives for the Guggenheim Museum.

Hopps rarely if ever took the time to exchange foreign money back to dollars upon returning from his travels and representatives of his estate recently gave the money to McCall. The money had been kept in storage since the esteemed art figure’s passing in 2005.  McCall will use Hopps’ money to trade for artworks, and the pieces procured during the performance will consequently be shipped to Heaven by a currier to be named at a later date.
 
 

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