This Thursday, Jan. 5 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. four galleries within the collective will hold opening receptions, while another holds a closing. The Kress Building is discreetly located on 7th Avenue’s 1600 block—between Habibi Hookah Lounge and Revolve Clothing Exchange.
Jessica Todd’s “Parachute Gallery” will house a solo exhibition by contemporary bookbinder and mixed-media conceptual artist Jacob Z. Wan titled “Late Night Thoughts”, which will be up through Jan. 19. Through creating a dreamy experience with paintings, handmade books, and installation, this exhibition emphasizes the importance of oneself in romantic relationships and portrays intimate conversations of longing as a gay boy.
The Tempus Volta gallery will be exhibiting recent work by Miami born and New Orleans-based visual artist Cristina Molina. The show, “Ghost Orchid: Fever Dream,” is described by Molina as a “dual-channel video installation.” From the Tempus Volta Instagram post:
“In Ghost Orchid: Fever Dream the elusive flora Dendrophylax lindenii is personified as an apparition, oracle, and provocateur that positions the viewer as an orchid hunter trespassing the swamp. Throughout the video, the Ghost Orchid delivers poignant and sage-like monologues about climate change, humanity’s dominion over the wetlands, and its impact on species’ survival. Rendered as a fever dream, footage of dancers donning a ghost orchid costume is cut to atmospheric singing and field recordings made in the South Florida Everglades. Drawing from true stories of orchid hunters and their desperate obsessions with capturing ghost orchids in the wild, the videos are paced and structured so that they appear and disappear throughout the space, never to be fully grasped.”
Emiliano Settecasi’s gallery “The Department of Contemporary Art” will highlight the work of four Tampa Bay local initiatives: Casual Tuesday Ride, Emo Night Tampa, For the People Food Plot, and Nest (Nourishment, Education, and Social Terraces at HCC, stylized “NEST”). The exhibit, “Models for the Future Here Today,” will showcase a collection of memorabilia, artifacts, party posters, and slideshows intended to raise awareness about these Tampa Bay groups and educate the community about how to get involved with them.
Quaid Gallery will showcase a new body of work by its own member Anthony Record in a solo show “Dinonetics: Fossilized Feelings and Prehistorical Misfortune” from Jan. 5-Feb. 11. Dinonetics features abstract and improvisatory paintings of dinosaurs and other charismatic megafauna from prehistory.
Dinosaurs are a metaphor for Record’s process of painting itself—in the same way that a paleontologist constructs an unknown species from a few isolated fossilized remains, Record paints both recognizable and heretofore undiscovered species starting with an improvised skeleton of a few stray calligraphic strokes in a primordial landscape. Neither scientific illustration nor fantasy art, Record uses subjects from the deep past as a jumping off point for exploring the boundaries of recognition and the limits of human perception.
Tempus Projects, the largest of the five galleries, will be closing out the group show “Karst Grounds:: Quatro Sunistra” which is the fourth iteration of an annual open-call exhibition that explores the sinister side of the Sunshine State. The exhibition title is a portmanteau of “sunshine” and the Latin word “sinistra”—the forebearer of the English word “sinister,” which retains some of its original connotations of something more harmful and inauspicious. The play on words reflects the often idyllic/ nightmarish dichotomy Florida embodies in its natural, social, and political climates. This serves as a thematic jumping-off point for the exhibition’s applicants as the artists investigate this peculiar state through their diverse perspectives and unique approaches.