A visual topography of the urban, subtropical conditions of Miami, reflecting upon these distinct environments as evidence of the cultural and political landscapes of the city. Guerrier, in many ways, plays the role of cultural cartographer, and the images themselves, physically folded, unfolded, and then displayed on the wall, have the look of maps laid out with landmarks noted in painted squares.
The architectures of Guerrier’s images are weighted with the politics of place and the conditions which bear that space’s values and outcomes. To deploy Utopia is to bring it into effective action. And in this body of work Guerrier treats the Utopian impulse as an extension of both built and natural environments. Architecture, in the context of Lefebvre’s work, is an intrinsically political apparatus, and Guerrier treats these sites as ideological spaces that can be socially reimagined and recontextualized in the same vein.
Adler Guerrier was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and lives and works in Miami, FL where he received his BFA from New World School of the Arts. Current exhibitions of the artist’s work include Pacific Standard Time’s “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago,” at MOLAA, Long Beach, CA. Recent exhibitions include Fondation Clement, Martinique, France; History Miami Museum; and Barnes Foundation “Person of the Crowd: Contemporary Art of Flanerie” among others. He was a 2015 recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation grant through its re-granting program.
Adler Guerrier: Deployed, Conditional, and Limited Utopia
September 28 – November 21, 2017
Opening Reception, Thursday, September 28th, 6 – 9 PM
David Castillo Gallery
420 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
305 573 8110