The latest exhibition at NSU Art Museum, Future Past Perfect, is set to debut on Sunday, July 30. The exhibition will showcase the captivating works of seven emerging artists hailing from South Florida. This marks their first-ever museum show, and it promises to be a profound exploration of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their artistic practices and careers. Visitors can immerse themselves in the unique perspectives of the artists.
Collectively experienced, the solo exhibitions will showcase how seven artists faced their fears of the unknown, dealt with the tragic aftermath of the pandemic, and delved into topics such as politics, migration, global warming, and social justice. Their artistic approaches were shaped and honed by the isolation brought about by the pandemic, leading to remarkable growth, refinement, and mastery of their work. The exhibitions will highlight the rich diversity of South Florida’s communities.
Overview of featured artists:
- Nathalie Alfonso: LineScape Dusk: Composed of a site-specific wall painting inspired by the vast expanses of Impressionist artist Claude Monet’s Waterlilies series, spanning the width of a 20-foot wall, that will cease to exist following the show’s closure.
- Susan Kim Alvarez: Oogly Boogly: Lunging viewers into her wild imagination, where cartoon characters and mythological creatures abound in paintings, textiles, and sculpture. The exhibition will showcase new large-scale paintings in which a cacophony of surreal figures engulf the pictorial frame, each saturated with flourishes of neon and translucent color.
- Joel Gaitan: Muerto Por Una Traición: His first solo museum presentation, Gaitan has designed a structure inspired by Mesoamerican pyramids, engaging the ascending planes that distinguish these pyramids, thereby transforming their ceremonial purpose into an appreciation of form.
- Kandy G Lopez: (in)visibility: caché: Consisting of four recently constructed large-scale fiber portraits, each depicting a friend or passerby with a striking sense of presence.
- Alejandro Piñeiro Bello: Escaping Paradise: The focal point of Escaping Paradise will be a painting by the same title, created on the occasion of the debut museum exhibition, scaling 19 by 12 feet and spanning three panels. This work seeks to capture the sensations of color and light under the Cuban Sun, marking Piñeiro Bello’s largest and most ambitious painting.
- Lulu Sanchez: ADOLFOLAND: Delving into her family’s archive to locate the unfinished work of her late uncle and artist, Adolfo Sanchez (1957-1990), Sanchez interprets and responds to the spaces left empty by inserting portraits and iconography related to her own experiences.
- Zoe Schweiger: Above the Limestone: Showcasing newly completed works by Schweiger in which the artist emphasizes her vision of a not-too-distant future, where her loved ones are submerged under the rising tides of South Florida, and made to determine a new everyday existence within a dystopic Atlantis.