Brandon Opalka: Janigans
March 9 – April 14, 2013
Opening Reception: Fri., March 8, 6 – 10 pm
Brandon Opalka’s site-specific installation is inspired by the well-known South Florida pub chain Flanigan’s, renamed after his mother, Jan. Born in Virginia and raised in South Florida, Opalka asserts that art can provide a place in which viewers are invited to experience a shared moment. Pubs have a long history of being centers of congregation for sports enthusiasts. In Janigans, the scene is set with custom wooden tables and wall panels, creating an atmosphere where fictional games can play out. Opalka has created jerseys and trophies to praise sports figures and local fans. The walls are covered with posters of â€œgamesâ€ and photos of mascots. The installation offers a fantasy, a surreal place that is familiar to most, but has been entirely recreated from scratch.
Brandon Opalka is represented by Dorsch Gallery in Miami. His work has been included in major group exhibitions at Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo; Whitebox in New York; and Miami Beachâ€™s Bass Museum of Art. Opalkaâ€™s mural Changing the Way We Breathe was selected by Miami New Times as 2012’s “Best Public Art” in Miami.