June 30, Exhibit Tour, 11:30 am – 1 pm
The Deering Estate offers complimentary exhibit evenings, highlighting a variety of contemporary, historic, and visiting exhibitions inside the historic homes. The Deering Estate will present the opening of their summer exhibit Swamp Reclaims the Pool by Alumni Artists-in-Residence Annie Blazejack and Geddes Levenson on Saturday, June 30th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Exhibit Evenings are free of charge and offer the public a chance to interact with artists and curators and to experience a variety of exhibit tours and talks. Exhibit Evenings are held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. Exhibit on view daily, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Free with Estate Admission.
COMMUNITY ARTS HIGHLIGHT “SWAMP RECLAIMS THE POOL”
Exhibit Tour on Saturday, June 30, 2018
Exhibit Reception on Wednesday, September 12, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Free and open to the public
Exhibit on display June 16 – September 14, 2018
The Deering Estate announces the opening of their Summer Exhibition “Swamp Reclaims the Pool” by Alumni Artists-in-Residence Annie Blazejack and Geddes Levenson. Through their collaboratively created paintings, the artists reveal their fascination with sci-fi narratives and invite the viewer to encounter unfamiliar back-yard landscapes. In the exhibit, works like “Naming the Mouth” and “New Way of the Wilderness” build a new mythology of South Florida waters as swimmers bodies merge with alligator heads on the water’s surface. Other works like “Midnight Poolside” and “UFO POV” (Unidentified Flying Object, Point of View) share odd scenarios of nighttime swims and secret gatherings.
An exhibition tour by artists Blazejack and Levenson along with Deering Estate Curator Kim Yantis will be held on Saturday, June 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations required on Eventbrite.com or RSVP by email to DeeringArts@gmail.com.
A closing reception for the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Deering Estate. Exhibit Evenings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.
The exhibit will be on display daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from June 16 through September 14, and is free with Estate admission.
About the Artists
Annie Blazejack and Geddes Levenson, are collaborative artists who work freely in many mediums. Their practice is anchored in painting, but they turn to dyed textile, sculpture, book binding, video, installation, and performance in pursuit of the unknown. Their work is the product of two imaginations and consequently deals in juxtapositions and multiple meanings. Is that a brushstroke or a star? Is that an arch or a portal? What is the reflection and what is the original? For this exhibition, they imagined sci-fi alternate realities and constructed glimpses of these unfamiliar elements overtaking their back yard.
Levenson and Blazejack both graduated from Brown University, where they majored in visual art. Blazejack received her MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Tufts University in 2013, and Levenson received her MFA from Pratt University in 2014. Levenson and Blazejack have both been Artists-in-Residence at The Deering Estate (2008), at White Page in Minneapolis, and at MN and 77Art in Rutland, VT. Their exhibition history includes solo shows at the Art and Culture Center in Hollywood, FL, Coconut Grove Art Gallery, Miami, FL, Placeholder Gallery, Miami, FL, and White Page Gallery in Minneapolis, MN as well as group shows at Howard Art Projects, Boston, MA, YoungArts, Miami, FL, Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY and Norte Maar Art Space in Brooklyn, NY.
Cultural Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and the Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.