Hot Tight curated by Alfredo Travieso at Edge Zones 2/11/11

Hot Tight
Curator – Alfredo Travieso
Reception Meet the Artists: February 12, 7 -10 pm
Edge Zones Art Center
47 NE 25th St.
Miami, FL 33137
(East of North Miami Ave.)

Gyr Bartlett | Martin Castillo | Cynthia Cruz | Patricia Hernandez | Maria A. Rodriguez | Nick Ruiz | Ricardo Sanz | Kian Seara | Sleeper |
Alfredo Travieso

Thank Heavens for Little Girls
Patricia Hernandez. Video Still. 2010.
“What people see, eventually, is only what’s already inside them.” Thomas Ruff

The theme of sex and pornography is not novel in art. Gustav Courbet’s “L’Origine du monde” 1866 (“Origin of the World”), remains even today a controversial piece. It is held that its insistent focus on the female’s torso and genitals objectifies and dehumanizes his subject, rendering it thus pornographic. Inarguably in its most shallow interpretation it is an iconic “sex image” that has inspired and caused numerous reinterpretations by contemporary artists. A primal curiosity towards this type of image becomes the fountain from which the artist has chosen to express his or her own intimate relation to a sexual experience and a reaction to the image that affects them. Today our environment is understood, interpreted and defined through “image” and its rapid digital exchange. If we accept mass media as a propagator of the “sex image” then the artist’s response is closely connected to its effects.
Alfredo Travieso

February 12 – 28, 2011

Edge Zones (EZ) is an artist based non-profit arts organization that was founded in 2004, dedicated to strengthening the contemporary art environment in South Florida. EZ creates programs that allow artists to explore new positions in the contemporary art world. EZ introduces innovative, risk-taking artistic exponents on a multicultural stage and fosters expansion in an international forum.

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