Recycling has taken the forefront in our collective consciousness, from hybrid auto technology, to alternative power sources, to simply using the right bin for discarding our water bottles. At Zadok Gallery, that trend line continues in the work of 10 Miami-based multidisciplinary artists who have adapted their methodology to utilize a variety of nontraditional materials. Reclaimed Miami, on view at Zadok Gallery from May 11th to July 4th, is about imaginatively re-purposing objects all around us that might not strike the average viewer as fodder for fine art. Wielding innovative artistic techniques and strategies that include knitting, embroidery, silk screening, welding, crocheting, gluing, folding, appropriating, and stuffing, the group transforms litter into objects of literal beauty that offer an engaging visual reconciliation of material excess and environmental concern.
20 Shades of Grey
The artists chosen to be in 20 Shades of Grey at Zadok Gallery are at least 70 years young or older and have been making their mark in our city before Art Basel, Art Fair Week, Art Miami, or the graffiti walls arrived. Artists do not retire. Their creative juices do not stop flowing at the arbitrary retirement age of 65. The artists in 20 Shades of Grey are fervent and tenacious about their work.
This exhibition does not pretend to be a comprehensive survey of those contemporary artists in this age group. The sheer number of artists in such a survey would be beyond our physical capabilities. This exhibition does illustrate the rewards of discipline, hard work, perseverance, and a lifetime of dedication. Each artist’s unending and unresolved struggle with their life’s work is, in itself, its own reward. Each of the artists is creating a legacy to be reckoned with by the art historians.
This exhibition honors those who have dedicated their lives to their art and have achieved the position of Florida National Treasures.