Tampa artist Emiliano Settecasi opens ‘The Woods’ at Sarasota’s Spaaces gallery

The reception is tonight, and it closed on Nov. 14

click to enlarge Evan Cooper and Junkyrd, “Looking N Word,” 2020 - Courtesy
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Evan Cooper and Junkyrd, “Looking N Word,” 2020

Finding something to look forward to after this election is called got a little easier today, but we’re not out of the woods yet. Still, my first post-election highlight will be seeing “The Woods” at Spaaces (stylized “SPAACES”) Gallery in Sarasota on Friday, Nov. 6.

The art show, curated by Tampa-based artist-curator extraordinaire Emiliano Settecasi, references the state of the world from the perspectives of 13 regional artists, and includes painting, photography, installation, and more.

"The Woods"
SPAACES (social distancing, masks required, only three people in gallery at once, outdoor area)
2087 Princeton St, Sarasota
Opening reception: Nov. 6, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Exhibition open: Nov. 12-14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
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“I started to think not only are we in the woods, but maybe we are the woods,” Settecasi told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, “So I wanted to explore that idea by gathering a group of artists whose works speak to a range of American experiences, and, together, those works form a picture of what life in the woods looks like.”

Settecasi sees this exhibition as an opportunity to introduce Tampa Bay-based artists to the Sarasota scene, and vice versa. “It’s a personal mission of mine to grow the local art community by building bridges between different sections of it curatorially,” he said.

There’s a whole lot of scary bullshit in the world, speaking in past, present, and future tense. Luckily, we have art to explore these existential pains and refresh our collective optimism. Be sure to stop in and see “The Woods” at Spaaces in Sarasota to expand your art scene horizons and reconsider the eternal question: “Are we out of the woods yet?”

Featured artists include Warren Cockerham, Evan Cooper, George Goldberg, Courtney Hartle, Junkyrd, Caroline King, Eric Ondina, Andres Ramirez, Manny Rangel, Erika Schnur, Ron S Dot, Taylor O. Thomas, Ian Wilson.

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