Frimaire is the Color of Adolescent Sunset
March 15 - May 19, 2019
Opening: Friday, March 15, 2019 | 6 – 9 pm
Frimaire is the Color of Adolescent Sunset is a series of site-specific installations by local and national artists and educators who explore discoveries between experimentation and academic practice with lighting, sets, sculpture, and performance. Jane Cassidy, Laura Gomez Bustamante, Peter Symons, and Justin Long are contributing artists.
Each exhibiting artist is also a full-time administrator or professor. With an intentionally playful title, the show suggests that working artists make experimental work that challenges both canonical and consumer-based art market work. Including artists from South Florida and Massachusetts, Frimaire aims to produce an accessible environment for viewers to explore the depths of experimental practices that change our understanding of architecture in our historic Art and Culture Center facility.
Laura Bustamante takes on important issues in her work about immigration and homelessness with structures balancing hard and soft cement and fabrics. For Bustamante, the concept of home is ever-changing and defined by both comfort and intangibility. She was born in Madrid, Spain, and is based in South Florida. She received a BFA from Florida Atlantic University with a concentration in sculpture. She has attended several residencies including WAAM in Woodstock, NY, and received numerous awards, including the Esther Saylor Rothenberger Endowed Scholarship for Humanities. Bustamante currently works at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale as the Wege Foundation Assistant Education Curator.
Jane Cassidy creates site-specific audio-visual installations. By manipulating various technologies such as speakers and projectors, Cassidy fuses light and sound to form meditative environments filled with visual music. An Irish artist currently living and working in Boston, Mass., Cassidy trained in music composition and animation. She earned a Masters in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin in 2008 and a Masters of Fine Arts in Digital Art from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2014. Since that time, national and international film festivals, galleries, and museums have featured her work.
Peter Symons works with architecture, sculpture, and light. He sees himself as a conductor, orchestrating interactions between objects and participants. He asks viewers to become participants, establishing a place that alters their expected experience and enables reorientation and reexamination. Born in Ireland and raised in the United States, he received a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and his Masters from the Pratt Institute, NY. He works at the University of Miami, and he directs the contemporary art space, The Projects in FAT Village, Fort Lauderdale with his wife, Leah Brown.
Justin Long’s work is social and experimental, and often conjures up the get-up of a wealthy, old, West Palm Beach sea captain. Often appearing in bright pinks and aquas, he’s not ashamed to wear a Lilly Pulitzer blazer to an art opening. The artist isn’t just a caricature of a wind-worn, raisin-faced sailor. He’s actually a man inspired by the ocean and sun. Long works at New World School of the Arts in Miami. He received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and his BFA from Florida International University. He recently won an Ellie from ArtCenter/ South Florida to attend the Wooden Boat Building School in Maine, where he will experiment with new techniques in creating three-dimensional forms that he can pass on to students in his sculpture class.
Frimaire is the Color of Adolescent Sunset is funded in part by a grant from Funding Arts Broward.