Clifford Owens Photographs with an Audience Opening Reception 11/19/11

Clifford Owens Photographs with an Audience (Miami)
Opening Reception. November 19, 2011. 7 – 9pm
Gallery Diet
174 NW 23rd Street
Miami, FL 33127.

November 19, 2011 – December 22, 2011
Extended hours. November 30 – December 3, 2011. 10am – 7pm

Clifford Owens will return to Miami for his first local solo exhibition.
Stand in front of the camera.
Don’t blink.
3, 2, 1…

Photographs with an Audience (Miami) is an exhibition of new works created in Miami during two performances at Gallery Diet which took place on October 2 and 3. Owens does not document his performances. He creates discreet art objects. He is not interested in being pigeon holed as a performance artist, nor a photographer. For each performance, audience members were invited into the process of creating photographs by forming compositions that reflected past and present experiences of the group. The resulting series of photographs are a range of personal and symbolically invoked moments presented as static objects that challenge one’s perception of performance documentation.

Clifford Owens (b. 1971. Baltimore, MD) holds a BFA (1998) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA (2000) from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. He has participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Studio Museum Residency in Harlem, and is a recipient of the Louis Tiffany Comfort Award and the Lambent Fellowship for the Arts. Owens has exhibited at MoMA PS1 as part of Greater New York, the Queens Museum of Art, New York, List Visual Art Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas, On Stellar Rays Gallery, New York and Para-Site Art Space, Hong Kong. Publications which have showcased his works include Performa: New Visual Art Performance, and The Greater New York Book. His projects and exhibitions have been featured in Art in America, Art+Auction, Newsweek, New York Times, and Village Voice among other publications.

About Gallery Diet: Gallery Diet is a contemporary art gallery located in the Wynwood District of Miami, Florida where it has existed since 2007. The gallery has produced nearly 30 solo and group exhibitions by emerging and under represented artists from around the world. Many of these exhibitions have been documented in print editions. Represented artists include Kristopher Benedict, Charley Friedman, Christy Gast, Richard Höglund, Fabienne Lasserre, Abby Manock, and Daniel Milewski.

Special thanks to Palm Breweries for their support.