Tom Scicluna’ 6319 NW 2nd Avenue at Nina Johnson

Through Jun 2, 2018

Nina Johnson exhibits  6319 NW 2nd Avenue, Tom Scicluna’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Scicluna continues his practice of sourcing nearby found material and composing it in such a way as to trace new connections between the gallery and surrounding social contexts. The title of the show—a phantom address next to the gallery refers to the continuing effacement of Miami’s urban landscape, and the role of the arts in this architectural palimpsest.

The artist looked to ongoing renovation of Nina Johnson gallery as a mediating factor of the contemporary art program and the surrounding neighborhood. To bridge these two contexts, he removed the iron security grills from the property’s external façades and installed them in the gallery itself—a unique space: not quite a white cube, it contains concrete exposed  interior columns and an arch, and as such merges external and internal architecture. Mounted on the walls, in this new context they will uneasily exist between art objects and architectural fixtures. In this oscillation, the works call to mind larger binaries: the found object and the constructed; private and public space; the logic of luxury and crime prevention.

Tom Scicluna is a Miami-based artist. Recent exhibitions and projects include: Some Aesthetic Decisions: Centennial Celebration of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, FL; New Works Miami 2013, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL; and Climate Sync a public artwork realized in conjunction with Miami-Dade Art in Public Places at ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami Beach, FL.

Nina Johnson Gallery
6315 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, Florida 33150
+1 305 571 2288
http://www.ninajohnson.com

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