Agustina Woodgate – Solo Exhibition at Spinello Gallery: Letting Down 11/8/08

Spinello Gallery

Spinello Gallery (2294 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami Florida – 33127) is pleased to present the highly anticipated solo exhibition, “Letting Down,” by Agustina Woodgate. This will be Woodgate’s second solo show with the gallery for which the space will be transformed into a theater for one night only.

Woodgate invites the audience to her photo shoot – experiencing a daunting performance and witnessing her process as she creates her next photographic series, “Rapunzel.” This will be Woodgate’s 3rd performance in her ongoing “Fairy Tale” series.

The one night improvised performance consists of a sculptural installation, which becomes the backdrop for Woodgate as she is adorned with a massive 30-Foot long Rapunzel-esq wig painstakingly spun by the artist with human hair. Joining the artist for the first time as a character in the theatrical performance will be Woodgate’s mother, Teresita Sabatte. Also, local Miami collaborators Federico Nessi and Alexander Puentes will be providing the score that will dictate Woodgate’s performance. The score, which dominates and coordinates the actions of the performers, will not been disclosed to the artist until the night of the performance. The photographic series created will be available following the opening night.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, November 8th at 7pm. The performance starts at 8pm and runs continuously through 10pm.
Exhibition through November 22nd.
Agustina Woodgate is an interdisciplinary artist who explores the concepts of the human body, human identity, and human behavior through a wide range of media, including photography, installation, sculpture, video, and performance.

She is not only captivated by self-perception, but she is particularly interested in the ways that human beings relate to each other, and how people naturally, or unnaturally, relate to the materials around them. Through her work she explores how malleable and impressionable human identity really is and how an individual’s perception can easily persuade what they see and accept as truth.

The notions of memory, heritage, tradition, and ritual appear repeatedly in her work and occupy a nebulous space that exists between the innocence, magic and fantastic dreams of a child, and the mature sarcasm of an adult. Using whatever material suits her purpose, she transforms the mundane into the enchanted and weaves together the varied properties of the physical and the spiritual, the internal and the external, and the personal and the collective.

To Ms. Woodgate, the meticulous process of creation is as significant as the final result. Through creation she often arrives at a paradoxical relationship with the materials being used, and in many cases discovers that the act of collecting material is the first step toward discovering the ambiguous poetic narrative behind the piece.

Ms. Woodgate was born in 1981 in Buenos Aires, and currently lives in Miami. She earned her BFA from the National University of Visual Arts in Buenos Aires. Her work has been exhibited and performed internationally and has appeared in the Museo Nacional del Grabado, Salon Nacional de Instalacion, Salon Nacional de Arte Textil (Bs. As), Museo Casa Blanca (Puerto Rico), Hollywood Biennal (Miami), MOCA (Miami), Portland Art Center, among other venues.