Emerson Dorsch
cordially invites you to
the opening reception of

Felecia Chizuko Carlisle:


Friday, October 20, 2017, 6 – 9 pm
Special guest performances at 6:40, 7:30 and 8:20 pm

Emerson Dorsch
5900 NW 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33127



Study for Something Much Larger, 2017
Stainless steel, concrete, glow aggregate
27 x 17 x 19 inches
With pedestal 35 x 21x 30 inches


Felecia Chizuko Carlisle wields atmospheric alchemy to envelope the audience and her work: bent metal sculptures, drawings, and video. Carlisle transforms light into atmosphere and auditory inputs into visible form.
Carlisle’s most recent sculptures were custom instruments made with piano wires. The largest sculpture in this show is playable and therefore vibrates with possible action. And action will happen: during three performance times on the opening night of Radio Silence, experimental musician David Brieske will play the structure, called String Piece for A Sure Line.



Drawing a Line with a Shadow, 2017
Stainless steel
88 X 60 x 15 inches


For Carlisle, ritual, signs, and silence will be key components in the opening night’s events, used as parts of the frame. Her exhibition also serves as a platform for Brieske and the community of experimental musicians he represents. “There is so much culture we don’t see, because the experimentation is happening in small groups of creative people, and the different groups are not aware of each other,” says Carlisle.
Growing up in Florida’s Panhandle, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle was the youngest in a working-class family of seven who went to church, loved and played music often. Classically trained in the church on the piano, Carlisle left for art school, earned an MFA and “swore off old media.” She writes, “but more than a decade later I am thinking about how cluttered [new media] is. The virtual is filled with trash; bloated bodies, endless and unnavigable territories. Floating space trash that pollutes every orifice.” Her solution: “If I wanted the same sense of community and spiritual relief that music gave me then I would have to make my practice do that… without being a ‘musician’. I wanted to do that as an artist.”



Drawing My Voice (series 1of 8), 2017
Charcoal, graphite on Archival Paper
6 x 6 inches (framed 12 x 12 inches)


Felecia Chizuko Carlisle received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute New Genres department in 2006. She is an artist, educator, and organizer. She works across performance, installation, sound, sculpture, photography, and video within a wide variety of contexts including nightclubs, gardens, bathrooms, empty lots and fire stations; as well as, museums, commercial galleries, and non-profit art spaces. Recent exhibitions include Frost Art Museum, Locust Projects, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (Miami, FL), USF Contemporary Art Museum (Tampa, FL) and Riverside Art Center (Chicago, IL). In 2015, she was awarded a Wavemaker Grant as part of Andy Warhol Foundation Regional Re-granting Program and a commission from Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places. In 2016, she was awarded a scholarship and residency at Santa Fe Art Institute and co-produced LOT, an experimental gathering of artists, thinkers, and leaders in an empty urban parcel in Miami.



There are Heavy Metals in the Water Here, 2017
Edition of 3


Emerson Dorsch is a contemporary art gallery with two complementary roles: first, to represent a core group of select South Florida-based artists and, second, to host and represent excellent emerging and mid-career visiting artists. The gallery’s name became Emerson Dorsch in 2013 to reflect the art and life partnership between husband and wife team Brook Dorsch and Tyler Emerson-Dorsch. The gallery is located in PORT59, a complex in Miami’s Little Haiti, alongside EXILE Books, a store for artist books, and Extra Virgin Press, a letterpress print studio.






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5900 NW 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33127

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