october, 2021

202121oct(oct 21)12:00 am202217jul(jul 17)11:59 pmBaker Museum Naples | 10/21/21 - 07/17/22 | Works from Florida Artists | Florida Contemporary | Naples

Time

October 21 (Thursday) 12:00 am - July 17 (Sunday) 11:59 pm

Location

Baker Museum Naples

5833 Pelican Bay Blvd Naples FL 34108

Organizer

Baker Museum Naples239-597-1111 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd Naples FL 34108

Event Details

Art Exhibition | 10/21/21 – 07/17/22
Works from Florida Artists | Florida Contemporary
Naples

Baker Museum Naples
5833 Pelican Bay Blvd Naples FL 34108
239-597-1111

Florida Contemporary an annual exhibition organized by Artis—Naples The Baker Museum highlights the work of notable visual artists active in Florida. The artists invited for its ninth iteration are Colombian Gonzalo Fuenmayor Hawaii-born Akiko Kotani and California native Noelle Mason. With their distinctive backgrounds and artistic preoccupations these three artists provide an array of compelling works in diverse media that testify to the state’s vibrant art scene as well as its ever-changing human geography which is continuously injected and bursting with multicultural creative talent.

The exhibition provides insights into these artists’ unique visual lexicons in three galleries each one dedicated to a single artist. Overall the show focuses on their enduring visual investigations into a range of crucial aesthetic notions including transcendence beauty and visuality as well as topical questions regarding identity belonging surveillance and border crossing. This show creates a space for viewers to become both inspired and exalted while simultaneously allowing one to engage with critical dialogues about the role that art plays in this multicultural nation and in our connections to nature land and geography.

Image detail of artwork from the Florida Contemporary Exhibition
Gonzalo Fuenmayor
Born and raised in Barranquilla Colombia in 1977 Gonzalo Fuenmayor lives and works in Miami. He has created an astonishing body of charcoal drawings and photography imbued with a sense of magical realism. His work poignantly addresses Latin America’s colonial past and its legacy as well as the multilayered cultural influences that have impacted both his artistic practice and Latin America as a whole. With a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston Fuenmayor has built his professional artistic career in the United States over the past two decades.

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Image detail of artwork from the Florida Contemporary Exhibition
Akiko Kotani
Hawaii-born fiber artist Akiko Kotani (b. 1940) is professor emerita of art at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and resides in Gulfport. She was named Pittsburgh Artist of the Year in 2013 and in 2019 Artist Laureate by Creative Pinellas. From her massive site-specific installation pieces crocheted with plastic trash bags to minimalistic stitched works that distill impressions of nature and landscape Kotani’s art exemplifies the boundless innovations taking place in contemporary fiber arts. She has significantly contributed to redefining fiber arts’ relationship to the fine arts transcending the customary boundaries between the two. Stitch by stitch she integrates traditional women’s handcrafts into stunning contemporary artwork.

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Image detail of artwork from the Florida Contemporary Exhibition
Noelle Mason
Born and raised in San Diego California multidisciplinary artist Noelle Mason (b. 1977) is associate professor of art at the University of South Florida Tampa. Her art is the result of her intensive research into surveillance technology and issues of border control. She works in a wide variety of media ranging from cyanotypes and collodions to handwoven tapestries. Mason holds an MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and she has garnered many awards and residencies throughout her career including the South Arts Southern Prize (2017) and Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Artist Grant (2013). She held a residency at the esteemed Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine among other commendations.

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