Nereida Garcia Ferraz: As Close As You Want
April 9 – May 29, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 8, 6 – 9 pm
Recent paintings, drawings, sculpture, and video works by this Miami artist reveal her intuitive approach to materials and subject. Raw materials such as paper, canvas, cardboard, leaves, digital imagery, archival films, and discarded wood are transformed into new visitations of figures in space. Garcia Ferraz describes her process as “bridging the divide.” Through her works she integrates and connects myriad influences from nature, music, rituals, architecture and history. The urgency to draw and paint comes from her desire to forge new connections, to pull together and sustain a dialogue among all aspects of human experience. Fundamentally, As Close as You Want is about seduction. Each of the works is an expression of the artist’s desire to draw the viewer closer, to become engaged.
- Artist Talk
Thurs., April 14, 6:30 pm
- Bookmaking Workshop
Sat., April 30, 1 – 3 pm
- Artist Talk in Spanish
Sat., May 28, 1 pm
Nereida Garcia Ferraz is a Cuban-born artist whose practice encompasses painting, photography, video, sculpture and social art projects. She explores Cuban and Feminist themes, as well as nature, beauty and the physical world. Garcia Ferraz lives in Miami. Her works have been exhibited widely in the US and abroad in such venues as The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Museo del Chopo and Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, FOCI at Illinois State Museum, and Islip Art Museum, NY. She participated in this year’s 12th Havana Biennial, and has exhibited and lectured at the Ludwig Foundation in Havana, Columbus College of Art and Design, Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University in NJ, The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA and Dactyl Foundation, NYC.
In Miami, her work has been seen at 801 Projects, Miami Dade College Museum of Art & Design, Dot FiftyOne Gallery and Cuban Museum, Coral Gables Museum, The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, and the Moving Images Series at MoCA North Miami. She had a solo exhibition at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, where she was a Visiting Fellow. She co-produced and directed the award winning video documentary Ana Mendieta: Fuego De Tierra. The film is in the collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York, Guggenheim Museum, Yale University, San Francisco Art Institute and many institutions around the world.
Garcia Ferraz received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1985 and 1998, a Ford Foundation grant in 1994, several Illinois Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowships, a MacArthur Foundation Media Grant in 1994 and The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2000–2001. She taught at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The San Francisco Art Institute, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in addition to being a visiting artist in art schools and museums. She currently works for Women on the Rise at MoCA North Miami and for the Perez Art Museum Miami’s Brick X Brick Program for teens. Garcia founded the Photography program at MACLA in San Jose, California in 1998.
Nereida Garcia Ferraz Artist Talk
Thursday, April 14, 6:30 pm
A conversation with the artist and Michelle Weinberg, the show’s curator, plus a tour of the exhibition. Free with gallery admission.
Nereida Garcia Ferraz Bookmaking Workshop
Saturday, April 30, 1 – 3 pm
Tickets available at the door — first come first served.
The artist will lead a group in making several types of hand-bound books. Suitable for all ages; material included. Registration required, maximum 15 participants. $15 for members, $20 for non-members.
Nereida Garcia Ferraz Artist Talk in Spanish
Saturday, May 28, 1 pm
The artist will give a tour of her exhibition in Spanish. Free with gallery admission. (Organized by the digital magazine Letra Urbana.)
Image: Nereida Garcia Ferraz, Time Again, 2015, Graphite and ink on Canvas, 64 × 64 in.
Nereida Garcia-Ferraz: As Close As You Want is funded in part by Funding Arts Broward.