MDC Museum of Art + Design at the Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, Fl 33132 www.mdcmoad.org
Exhibition on View:
Thursday, June 11, 2015 through Sunday, August 16, 2015
JOURNEYS: A Dialogue With Time, is a new series of thought-provoking large-scale sculptures and installations by Cuban-born artist Florencio Gelabert. Gelabert arrived in Miami from Cuba in 1990 and belongs to the pivotal Post-Miami Generation artists.The eleven works were created entirely for this exhibition and mark Florencio Gelabert’s first solo show at the Museum.For more than two decades, Gelabert’s efforts have focused on the creation of sculptures and installations that incorporate elements extracted from nature, utilitarian objects and architectural fragments made out of plywood, bricks, cement, expanding foam, sheetrock, furniture, tree branches, artificial plants and objects found. The “natural” is re-contextualized and re-constructed as a recreation of nature. Gelabert’s works evoke themes that explore beauty and destruction, as well as violence and serenity through the manipulation of materials and recreation of imaginary spaces.
“Since my first works in the early 80s in Cuba, I’ve always looked for ways of expression that go beyond the traditional standards of sculpture, using unconventional materials and forms, and deconstructing the actual concept of sculpture,” Gelabert states.
About the Artist
Born in Cuba in 1961, Gelabert belongs to a generation of artists who came of age after Fidel Castro’s rise to power in 1959. He is recognized as one of Cuba’s principal contemporary sculptors, trained at the renowned art school, San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts in Havana, and subsequently at the pioneering Higher Institute of Art.
Gelabert arrived in Miami from Cuba in 1990 and belongs to the pivotal Post-Miami Generation artists. The group includes José Bedia, Tomás Esson, and Rubén Torres-Llorca among others, who arrived in Miami between 1990 and 1994. He received a Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of Miami.
About MDC Museum of Art + Design
MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) is Miami Dade College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. The mission of the Museum is to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art from within the College’s extensive permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Furthermore, the Museum presents year-round lectures, symposiums and art related events to expose, educate and engage the greater public through related creative processes.
The MDC Museum of Art + Design provides its patrons and visitors access to unique cultural, historical and educational exhibitions that enrich the greater community while building and preserving an expansive permanent art collection. Miami Dade College has been collecting art since the 1960s. Over the years, the collection has grown to contain more than 1,750 works in all mediums and genres, specifically within the movements of minimalism, pop art of the ’60s and ’70s, conceptual art and contemporary Latin American art. The College and Museum actively acquire works by emerging and under-recognized artists, as well as major figures in modern, post-modern and contemporary art.