Exhibits at Deering Estate

The reception for the Fall Fine Art Exhibit Wunderbar will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Deering Estate at Cutler, and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The exhibit will be on display daily, 10 am to 4 pm, from October 4 – November 21, 2014 and is free with regular Estate admission.

The art exhibition Wunderbar, a featured element of our ticketed signature fundraising event, Wine on Harvest Moon on Saturday, October 11, 2014, brings together South Florida, German-born/based and German-American artists whose contemporary works show influences from the Modernist and "Dekorative" movements as well as from self-defined German cultural traditions.

Curator Kim Yantis, wishes to present this group exhibition as “a diverse selection of personal voices and interpretations.” Each artist has been asked to write a brief statement to accompany their work where they reflect on the “German” influences within the scope of their practice.

Artist Statement: Joana Fischer
Born in Ahlen, Germany and raised near Muenster, Germany, my work developed when I was studying in the atelier of Guenter Wintgens. Coming from a small town in Germany and now living in Miami, almost everything I encounter is manufactured and it is almost impossible to find seclusion. My work generally reflects this conflict between my urban situation and my longing for nature. The backgrounds are often broad and vague color fields combined with intimately drawn narratives; elements from childhood memories of Germany and secluded landscapes that I have come across in my travels.

Artist Statement: Pip Brant
The Verfremdungseffekt (alienation effect) of German playwright, Bertolt Brecht’s epic theater, discovered in my graduate school years, is the German thread throughout my work. My works don’t entertain; they destroy illusion and appeal to reason, through contradictions or absurdity.

Artist Statement: Christoph Morlinghaus
My German upbringing and education helps me to perceive and make sense of the sometimes strange world that surrounds me in here the States. Exactitude, craft, technique, emotional detachment and a need to bring order into chaos are (stereotype) German virtues that are essential for my work. The images in the show are influenced by the German 'Neue Sachlichkeit' (New Objectivity) movement of the Weimar Republic as practiced by e.g. Albert Renger-Patzsch and August Sander.

Exhibiting Artists:

German Born artists: Joana Fischer (BakeHouse Art Complex Artist), Bianca Pratorius (Art Center South Florida Artist), Christoph Morlinghaus (Independent Artist), Henning Haupt (Fort Lauderdale Art Studios)

German-American artists: Pip Brant (FIU Associate Professor of Art); Babette Hershberger (Art Center South Florida Artist)

German-based artists: Connie Mae Oliver (MFA Poetry CUNY Brooklyn, Dusseldorf Based Project), Goran Tomcic (MA Bard College, Croatian-American Artist based in Berlin) Alexander Solotzew (Russian Born- German Based)

Exhibit runs daily, 10 am to 4 pm, from October 4 – November 21, 2014 and is Free with Estate admission
Exhibit Evening: Wednesday, October 15, 2014; Free & open to the public

Exhibit Evenings: Deering Estate at Cutler offers complimentary exhibit viewing nights, highlighting a variety of contemporary, historic, and visiting exhibitions inside the historic homes. 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 on the third Wednesdays per annual schedule.