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FLAT || H/ours Collective Video Exhibition
July 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm$5
MICHAEL BUCUZZO + SURREALUXSEBASTIAN BRUNO-HARRIS
Video-based exhibition featuring work of seven emerging Palm Beach County artists
Curated by Andrew Considine, J. Rachel Gustafson, and Amber Tutwiler
JULY 20, 2018 – JULY 27, 2018
The H/OURS Collective, a newly formed collaborative of emerging artists, opens their first exhibition, FLAT, on Friday, July 20, 2018, from 6 to 10 PM, at the Fritz Gallery in West Palm Beach. The inaugural exhibit features work by Michael Bucuzzo and Surrealex (a New York based artist collective), Sebastian Bruno-Harris, Michael Dillow, Ates Isildak, Cristina Kolozsvary-Kiss, Katelyn Spinelli, and Amber Tutwiler.
FLAT is a video-based exhibition that ranges from traditional narrative to moving image installation. Each artist in the exhibition presents work that harnesses the avant-garde spirit of new media. Video art emerged as a legitimate medium in the 1960’s and has been popularized by available high and low technologies. As television and video have become the most widespread means of communication, artists have challenged, embraced, and repurposed the functions and forms of moving images. While some videos consider the invasive nature of the transmitted moving image in society’s psyche, others explore the medium’s potential to capture temporal, surreal imagery other artistic media cannot. FLAT is concerned with both the confines and capacities of new media; in the flatness of the walls, a depth is excavated, creating the capacity for experience and transportation.
Of a few samples of what to expect, Fringe Dream (2016), by Sebastian Bruno-Harris, confronts the viewer with a hard, metallic moving surface that slowly begins to melt. The solid door-like shape evaporates and progresses into an empty purple-hued and, potentially infinite, space. Katelyn Spinelli in Single Use, You (2018) uses the ground as a site of projection, while sharing the sentiment, “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean for it to come out like this, it wasn’t meant to come out like this, it’s coming out like this.” Michael Bucuzzo, functioning as an extension of the artist collective Surrealux, will be partnering with Cristina Kolozsvary-Kiss to create an immersive video installation that requires viewer participation.
FLAT will be on view at the Fritz Gallery in West Palm Beach from July 20 to July 27. The exhibition’s opening on Friday, July 20 runs from 6 to 10pm. There will a $5 donation at the door. The Fritz Gallery is located upstairs at 1608 S. Dixie Hwy in West Palm Beach. For more information, please feel free to visit www.hourscollective.org, email email@example.com, or call (561) 352-1925.
ABOUT H/OURS COLLECTIVE
The H/OURS Collective shares a common vision: establishing West Palm Beach as a culture incubator and resource for emerging artists, curators, and educators working in Palm Beach County. Our mission is to fill a current void in the cultural landscape by creating a space that allows emerging artists to grow their practice in a collaborative studio and gallery setting. In doing so, a community of engaged creatives can secure a brick and mortar space in the West Palm Beach community. We represent an emerging artist collective that is currently developing a model to sustain their artistic practice, giving a voice to the underrepresented. In addition to attracting other artists, thinkers, and cultural creators to the area, this space creates a dialogue within the larger community about what it means to be an artist in West Palm Beach, while maintaining connections to contemporary practices nationwide.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Michael Bucuzzo (b. 1990, Haverhill, MA) is an artist working primarily in the mediums of film and video. His work deals with the subject of human consciousness, and the infinite world beyond the physical realm. He has produced work for Barneys New York, Olay cosmetics, and worked on films for directors such as Laurie Anderson and James Franco that have shown in major festivals such as Sundance and the Tribeca Film Festival.
Sebastian Bruno-Harris (b. 1991, San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a visual artist born in Puerto Rico and raised in Buenos Aires. He studied at Florida Atlantic University, earning his BFA in sculpture in 2016. Through a practice in sculpture and drawing, his work explores a phenomenological inquiry of space and perception. Sebastian has exhibited at the FAU Theater Lab, as well as the 2016 Juried Student Exhibition at the Ritter Art Gallery.
Michael Dillow (b. 1988, Philadelphia, PA) earned his BA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University (2010) and is currently a pursuing an MFA in Visual Arts at Florida Atlantic University (2019). Dillow’s work examines the transient landscape of South Florida, which aims to develop a conversation about humanity’s complex relationship to place, to community, and to the spaces we occupy. Most recently his work was exhibited at the Center for Fine Art Photography, in group exhibition titled, Photography as Response, and was interviewed as a featured artist in Fisheye Magazine, a photography publication based in Paris, France.
Ates Isildak (b. 1984, West Palm Beach, FL) is an emerging artist from South Florida. His work is often collagelike, blending digital video, stop-motion photography, graphic design and sketches into disorienting narratives that challenge the male gaze. Focusing on the local art scene, he has participated in many venues on downtown Clematis. His work has been featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, and the Lake Worth Cultural Council.
Cristina (Tina) Kolozsvary-Kiss (b. 1987, Miami, FL) was raised on the exotic sands of South Florida. An indefatigable dreamer, she learned early that making films was a salubrious way to live in a world of pure fantasy. She works in the industry producing and directing corporate and commercial video for clients such as Violette Fr, Este Lauder, Nylon Mag and Rimmel Cosmetics. Cristina has exhibited her works internationally and has received the Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Jacob Burns Film Center, and the Princess Grace Honoraria Award.
Katelyn Spinelli (b. 1987, West Palm Beach, FL) is a South Florida born artist. Spinelli received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2009, and her MFA in Graphic Design at Yale School of Art (2018).
Surrealux (New York City, NY) is a collective of artists who work with mediums of documentation — still and moving images captured on film, digital and analog technologies. Collaborating on projects and working individually on personal projects, the members of Surrealux have exhibited across the United States and Europe.
Amber Tutwiler (b. 1988, West Palm Beach, FL) is an interdisciplinary artist who works across oil painting, sculpture/installation, audio, and video. Her work is a meditation on interface and embodiment in technology. She has won various awards, including the Women in Visual Arts Scholarship and the Williamsburg Painting Award. She was accepted into the Women Cinemaker’s 2018 Biennale, and will be published in the next edition of Independent Women’s Cinema Magazine in Berlin.