Ocean Drive and 12 Street, Miami Beach
December 3 – 9, 2012
Steve Turner Contemporary is pleased to announce its participation in UNTITLED, a new art fair in Miami Beach which will take place from December 3–9. Housed in a tent designed by the architectural firm K/R and located on the beach just a few blocks from Art Basel Miami Beach, UNTITLED will feature forty-five galleries that were selected by New York-based curator Omar Lopez-Chahoud. Steve Turner Contemporary will present works by Parker Ito, Pablo Rasgado, Rafaël Rozendaal and Rowan Wood.
Parker Ito will present a multi-media installation consisting of paintings and video. The paintings, from the series The Agony and the Ecstasy, utilize the highly reflective material 3M Scotchlite, which makes documentation of the works nearly impossible when using a flash to photograph them: the nuances of the painted surface are obliterated. The installation images thus become an extension of the works that gain status in their own right as they get distributed via the Internet. Ito will also present a video, America Online Made Me Hardcore, that documents one and a half years of his life during which he traveled to meet other artists whom he met through social network sites.
Across the aisle, Ito will present a public work consisting of an iPad lounge that will be available to all visitors of the fair. The lounge will consist of rugs designed by Ito, beanbag chairs designed by six fellow artists (Petra Cortright, Dora Budor + Maja Cule, Katja Novitskova, Aude Pariset, Jon Rafman and Kate Steciw) and iPads. Visitors can browse the Internet alongside Ito or they can create a work of art using various applications on the iPads. In presenting these projects together, Ito will contextualize the impact of the Internet on the creation and distribution of traditional art objects. Ito lives and works in Los Angeles and New York City.
Pablo Rasgado will present two paintings that he created using strappo, a Renaissance technique that enables him to extract pictorial content painted or graffitied on walls around the world. In one work, Rasgado incorporated anonymous expressions of political protest that were made when a protester threw paint onto a political message; Rasgado removed the splattered paint via strappo and reattached it to a white canvas. In a second work, Rasgado chose to remove a section of a public wall for purely formal reasons. Rasgado lives and works in Mexico City.
Rafaël Rozendaal will present a selection of art websites including sadforjapan.com. In his multifaceted practice, Rozendaal utilizes the electronic screen to create work that resides somewhere between painting and animation. He creates websites as individual works of art, each having a title that also serves as its domain name. Though collectors may buy his websites, Rozendaal stipulates in his Art Website Sales Contract that the sites must remain on public view. His installations involve oscillating light and reflections that transform his online works into spatial experiences. Rozendaal lives and works everywhere.
Rowan Wood will present two new paintings that have metal spikes protruding from their painted white surfaces. In these works, Wood utilizes the spikes to add imagery in the form of shadow and reflection. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
Monday, December 3-Sunday, December 9