Raymond Saa: A Mile of String

Sept. 2, 2011 - Oct. 1, 2011

Opening reception Sept. 2, 2011, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Untitled, 2011


Dorsch Gallery is pleased to present a solow show by Raymond Saa', A Mile of String.

Saa's work is well-known in our city for his mural commissioned by the City of Miami underneath the overpass of I-195 between 38th and 36th Streets, now painted over, and Si las casas pudiesan hablar, two painted houses in Wynwood, one of which is Casa Lin, an urban house and garden that hosts annual art exhibitions. These works are graphic and flat, like the graffiti visible around the neighborhood, largely populated by Cuban, Puerto Rican and Haitian immigrants. Works exhibited at Locust Projects, Museo del Barrio and Wavehill, were similarly monochromatic and exemplars of his previous style, in which he applied cut-out black forms to walls and surfaces, interspersing them with painted acrylic patterns. The effect had impact - immediately recognizable black and white patterns of tropical foliage, applied to the architecture of the space.

This black and white floral pattern in his work was a metaphor for the immigrant experience of his youth, his mother and her family being Cuban exiles. The way the black floral forms energetically overtook the white space in his compositions evoke the speed and voracity with which tropical foliage overtakes a disused property or grows through asphalt. This botanical tenacity and attempts to control it was, for Saa', the immigrant experience.




Raymond Saa

A Mile of String, 2011, Installation shot


Raymond Saa

Untitled, 2011, Oil on wood



Raymond Saa

Untitled, 2011, Charcoal and guache on sewn paper



Raymond Saa

Untitled, 2011, Charcoal and guache on sewn paper



Raymond Saa

Untitled, 2011, Oil on canvas



Raymond Saa

Untitled, 2011, Charcoal and guache on sewn paper, 45 x 35 inches



Raymond Saa

Untitled, 2011, Oil on canvas