Local Art, National Appeal
Guns. Romance. Television. Alcohol.
Nope, not this week's topics on the Jerry Springer
show, rather they are the subjects of "New Art," the
June exhibit at the Palm Beach Institute of
Contemporary Art in Lake Worth, Florida.
"New Art" features the winners of the South Florida
Cultural Consortium Fellowship Program for Visual and
Media Artists. The exhibit's paintings, installation,
photography, video, and drawings were created by local
artists, but these artists explore themes that
resonate throughout the United States.
Kyle Trowbridge's work addresses the loss of
innocence our children face to the everyday threat of
violence, particularly handguns. His subjects are
kids, who he renders in a non-threatening 50's-style
illustrations. The University of Miami instructor's
untitled 3'x4' inkjet print depicts school-children in
the lunchroom, drinking milk and eating wholesome food
while their classmate sits in the foreground holding a
Using a video loop to morph the covers of romance
novels, Robert Arnold explores love, romantic tension,
and desire in "The Morphology of Desire." The
ever-changing faces of these heroes and heroines begin
to develop a passionate narrative that evolves but
never resolves in the art of this Florida Atlantic
Charles Recher brings his video and installation art
to the people, and as he videos his own video
creations, public reaction becomes part of his art.
The video trio at PB/ICA documents his exploration of
time and journey in "Ride," a bus installation which
few pedestrians paid notice to, and "I Think I'm
Ready, which was displayed in a Miami storefront. In
a wrenchingly accurate observation on our
television-addicted society, "Video Prophet," records
a person walking down a busy Miami Beach sidewalk with
a monstrously size television mounted where a head
should be. The screen projects an enormous face that
says only "Hi," "Hey," and "What?" It
cries. But it cannot articulate beyond the simple
monosyllabic greetings and query.
If you're wondering why the water coolers are roped
off at this museum, that's because they aren't just
water coolers. They're "Water Coolers," installation
art by Jason Hedges. The Broward resident challenges
the viewers with the unexpected. If you breached the
cordon to get a drink from one of these four coolers,
you couldn't drink the water. There's no water in
them. Surprise: it's vodka.
The exhibit also includes the photographic
explorations of Haitian myth, magic, and ritual by
artist Jenny Zeller; pop-culture commentary through
advertising icons and everyday items from Ray Azcuy;
collage and paint "abstract expressionism" by Bruce
Helander; minimalist (and very tiny) drawings by
William Cordova; a filmic experience of youth,
adolescence, aging and dying by Wynsum Hatton and>
Andrew Wise; and a "sweet" domestic installation carpeted in hard candies by Rosario Marquadt and
The dozen artists that were chosen as this year's
fellowship awardees were culled from the grant
applications of artists from Martin, Palm Beach,
Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
"New Art" will be displayed through June 30 at
PB/ICA, 601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, Florida.