Wynwood Art Fair
Oct. 21, 2011 - Oct. 23, 2011
Opening reception Oct. 21, 2011, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Dorsch Gallery is pleased to present two booths featuring works by Brandon Opalka and Amanda Burnham at the first annual Wynwood Art Fair. Dorsch Gallery will be located at Booth 6 near the Fair entrance and across the VIP tent, at 28th St. and NW 6 Ave.
For his booth, Brandon Opalka will assemble an installation of individual collaged and sculptural elements. Combining art historical references from American landscapes of pre-developed/rural New York City and African masks, Opalka transforms found objects, such as beer and baby diaper boxes into relics of past and present appropriated imagery, embellished with beadwork. Wooden shapes frame photographs, collages, and resin pours, encapsulating the mixed-media imagery. Layers of paint dips elevate empty beer bottles and cans into talismatic objects that are reinforced with more collaged images. The clusters of objects sit atop readymade IKEA shelves or spray-painted lumber, which also serves as portraits of specific members of Opalka's life.
Opalka's perception of his place in society is reflected in the visual record of recently consumed beers and Four Lokos, collaged pages of African masks, and the cartoon image of "Casper the Friendly Ghost," which Opalka says he relates to the character and describes it as "a ghost with no friends because everyone's scared of him." A manifestation of Opalka's hyper self-awareness, his collection of objects and references is a kaleidoscope of controlled chaos.
For her booth, Amanda Burnham will create a site-specific installation that transforms her urban landscapes, most often represented through her two-dimensional works, into a conglomeration of cascading sculptural paper elements. Burnham lives and works in Baltimore, where she observes, deconstructs, and pieces back together elements inspired by the city, such as street signs and architectural facades, in a spatially subjective manner. The installation will come together on site from separate pieces that she will carry with her in-flight from Baltimore, along with found materials collected around Miami's Wynwood area.
In Burnham's work, her altered perspectives have the ability to conjure senses of adventure, isolation, anxiety, or even wonder. Her installation at the Wynwood Art Fair will bring those sensations, influenced by the functions and aesthetics of a city, back to the streets that inspired it all. This constructed and slightly immersive space has the potential to create a disorienting effect that could alter viewer's first-hand experiences of Wynwood's urban ecology as they continue to enjoy the fair down 6th Avenue, parallel to I-95.