Laurence Gartel : The World of Art & Palm Beach SuperCars

West Palm Beach, FL – January 15, 2017

by Jennifer Carrera Turner

It was the seventh season of SuperCar Week in West Palm Beach, FL. A nine day event filled with the most unimaginable activities that any auto enthusiast both the average Joe and the VIP could appreciate. Most events were free to the general public, and the VIP enjoyed some really exclusive privileges that makes the upgrade worthwhile. If you are not a participator, then you can be a dreamer. Each event that is hosted, you surround yourself with the most incredible machines on earth, the most beautiful bodies, the most extreme engines and the ambiance of speed that one can ever have imagined!

This event is the annual production of Neil London, Tim Byrd, Thomas Clarke, and Gina Palmer and has been an incredible value to our local community, drawing crowds of well over 120,000 in attendance. On the last day of this sequence of events it closes with the largest SuperCar show in all of Florida and perhaps even the United States and includes an exclusive VIP party amidst it all.

The Sunday show boasts over 400 supercars – the most expensive and significant automobiles in the world ranging from makers such as: Ferrari, Audi, Maserati, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Bentley, BMW, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Land Rover, Bugatti, McLaren, Pagani and many more including new and classic American models. SuperCar Week focuses on sharing an exclusive experience with the public and an appreciation of automotive excellence, design and technology.

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Now that we have the background of this amazing event presented, I can now tell you that someone who really stands out in this exclusive crowd is the one, Laurence Gartel, a world renowned American Artist and “pioneer of digital art” showcasing one of his elaborately designed Art Cars. I met Laurence a few years ago at a Lamborghini Palm Beach cars and coffee event. At first glance, you think “young Jerry Garcia” and he is every bit the most intriguing, down-to-earth, and most serious, passionate artist you will ever meet.

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His extensive and ever-climbing career has spanned throughout decades having worked with Andy Warhol, Hans Grodo Frabel, and an eclectic mix of famous music artists including Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Kiss, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and many more.

“He was the official artist of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards”.  

Gartel has exhibited in an extensive list of high-end museums including the Museum of Modern Art and other galleries that house his permanent collections for example, National Museum of American History.

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Gartel is the first artist commissioned by Tesla Motors during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2010, after having dedicated many years to creating his stylistic graphically designed “Art Cars”. He has produced countless different Art Cars of many high-end makes including a Renntech Mercedes SL 65 V-12 Bi-turbo, which was unveiled at Fisher Island, FL during Art Basel Miami Beach, 2014 and being shown at ArtPalmBeach 2017.

On Sunday, Gartel agreed to answer my interview questions which are posted below. My questions are based on not only his experience with participating in SuperCar Week over the years, but also his experiences with inspiration and of being an artist. I appreciate the time he took in answering these questions and it is an absolute honor to be able to share this with the world.

 

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Laurence Gartel at ArtPalmBeach 2017 (Below: Being interviewed by Tim Byrd)

 

Even as he prepared to answer these questions for me after that Sunday, he was participating in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Monday in Downtown West Palm Beach:

“No moss grows under my feet as I participated in the Martin Luther King Parade in Miami. I was driving 4MPH for 4Hours. Talk about an “Endurance Rally.” However, I put a smile on over 300,000 faces. And that is a good thing. We must stop poverty in America. While we “oogle” over million dollar cars there are people starving every day. Children going hungry so my perspective in answering questions may be a little different than normal. Having said that, I will do so to the best of my ability.”                  -Laurence Gartel, January 16, 2017

Gartel Interview Q & A:

1.    How many years have you participated in SuperCar Week?

 I have been participating from the inception of the event. That means when Neil London took over because someone else had the show before Neil. Neil turned it into a FREE mega-event for everyone to enjoy. 

 2.    What is your opinion on the outcome and progress of SuperCar Week 2017?

 SuperCar has turned into the greatest event in all over South Florida. Fun, Friendly, Easy, Joyous, and something for everyone. 

 3.    What additions would you like to see in the 2018 SuperCar Week?

 I would like to see more dealers participating. One year Ferrari was in, one year they were out. I’d like to see new car dealerships roll out some of their latest vehicles. Schumacher has been in for several years. I think that’s great. Neil London tries to cover every aspect from Electric Vehicles to SuperCars. It would be nice if Mr. Dezer brought out some of his fine cars from his collection as well. The more the better because cars are a huge part of our modern and contemporary culture. 

 4.    Whose work do you relate to most? Who or what inspires you?

 When you are an original, I’m not sure who’s work you relate to. I can say, if you asked me whose work do I admire, I can say: Michelangelo, DaVinci, Correvaggio, Bernini. I have a real appreciation for “perfection.” I have been asked to leave the Ufizzi Museum on a number of occasions by security because I sat in front of Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” for hours until closing time. I am obsessed with “ultimate beauty.” Seeing Bernini’s sculpture “Apollo and Daphne” in person, is a life changing experience. 

 5. Do you enjoy collaboration work?

 On occasion. I did a collaboration last year with Hisachika Takahashi who was Robert Rauschenberg’s assistant for decades. I was up in Vermont where I was commissioned to create a 40th Anniversary work for Catamount Arts. Takahashi lived across the street and we had several talks about Bob. I had two exhibitions at Rauschenberg’s gallery at Edison College in Ft Myers. I knew Bob from the 70’s when he was working with Merce Cunningham. Takahashi remembered me as a young Artist so it was very moving to collaborate. 

 6. How has your practice changed over time?

 My practice has always been in a state of transition. Materials change, and thus so does technique. Creating 3-D sculptures with 3-D printers along with drawing with plastic that melts is also a new development. In creating Art Cars the vinyl material has changed as well. Making it more pliable and flexible. As far as the Art is concerned – Art changes depending on one’s travels and how it emotionally impacts you. 

 7. Describe yourself in one word. Why that word?

 FABULOUS. – Because everything I do is unsuspected. You will never know what I will do next. It is surprising and over the top. Nothing is ever predictable. 

 8. How is your personality reflected in your work?

My work IS my personality. Whether it be for the Grammy Awards or if it is for Forbes Magazine, Coca Cola, Mercedes Benz, or the Oslo Motor Show the Art is outrageous and has a live energy to it. “I am looking forward to waking people up, not putting them to sleep.” 

 9. How do you get inspired creatively with a new assignment?

 My talent is G-D given. That means that there is a wealth of creativity attached to each project. Depending on what it is, the project itself “inspires”. For instance, if it is a car, the lines and shape of the car have a lot to do with how the overall outcome will be. 

 10.  What do you dislike about the art world?

 I dismiss the pre-determined Art world. Any great Artist of any century dismissed the rules and created his own visual language. If I were to bitch and moan about the Art world I would say I hate the Nepotism. It is everywhere. However, it is a BIG world and we can by-pass those that keep the doors closed to others outside of their inner circle. 

 11. Name something you love, and why?

 LOVE? My significant other. My children. 

 12. What was it like designing for the Grammy’s? Was it a life changing experience?

 It surely was a highlight. I enjoyed being part of the festivities, the red carpet, the show, all the protocol and everything associated with it in Los Angeles. My collectors shipped the Renntech Mercedes that I designed for them for me to drive during my stay there. It was a most generous and kind thing to do. 

 13. What is your dream project?

 I have to think it up. Maybe painting a building. I’ve actually done everything I have wanted to do in life. ABSOLUT GARTEL for Absolut Vodka was a great triumph. To see my ad on the back of 100-million magazines was definitely a thrill. Especially when it was created with one of the first still-video cameras and Photoshop 2.0. Nobody ever saw anything like it before. Completely original. My cover of FORBES was amazing as well two years prior in 1989. My whole history is really interesting. Lots of firsts. Sometimes going backwards is just as exciting as going forward. Especially when that technology has come and gone and people have not seen it. 

 14. Where is your newest exhibition and what does it focus upon?

 My new museum exhibition in Italy is very exciting: “WARHOL vs GARTEL” HYP POP opened in Spoleto 22nd December 2016 and will run through 2nd April 2017. The show examines the similarities between my work and Warhol. I taught Andy how to use the Amiga Computer in 1985 when he was commissioned to produce the album cover for Debbie Harry. After that I took Digital Art into the Fine Art World interjecting it into the stratosphere. 

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 (Images of Warhol vs. Gartel courtesy of Laurence Gartel.)

Photo Gallery of SuperCar Week 2017:

Barbara T. Smith, Graciela Carnevale, Shinro Ohtake and Iñigo Manglano – Ovalle : Art Basel Miami

December 4, 2016 – Miami Beach, FL

by Jennifer Carrera Turner

Another incredible year at one of the finest Art Shows in the world and the most premier Art Show of the Americas, Art Basel Miami Beach now finished it’s 15th season. In five days the show had admitted 77,000 visitors consisting of high-end private collectors, directors, curators, trustees and patrons from the most influential international museums and institutions.

It was reported that the participating galleries received abundant sales on all market levels. The Lead Partner of Miami Beach Art Basel is UBS and participating were 269 exclusive galleries coming from 29 countries which provided an incredible array of works. The extensive gamut included that of Modern and Contemporary masterpiece paintings, sculptures, elaborate installations, multi-media, film and photography from both established and emerging artists.

Art Basel Miami Beach is divided into specific sectors which organizes galleries into groups or sections. In one of these sectors named Survey which was developed three years ago (contains art created prior to year 2000), consisted of 14 galleries of which 4 were exhibiting for the very first time.

 

The Box, a gallery located in Los Angeles was one of the four first time exhibitors. The Box presented works by artist Barbara T. Smith (b. 1931), now in her eighties has been producing work for over 40 years. Smith, originally from Pasadena, CA but now residing in LA works in mediums such as sculptural installations, painting and performance. She is a dedicated feminist whose work experiments with “themes of the body, food, female desire, heterosexual relationships, sexuality, religion, transformation of the spirit, love and mortality”.

The project created by Smith shown in The Box’s space focused on her sculptural resin objects and a film that was shot on 16mm,  entitled Light Watch which is a one time-lapse shot of an enormous single resin ‘blade’ which is reminiscent of a thin obelisk type shape protruding from a large body of water.

The resin “blade” used in the film had originally been part of the late 1960’s sculptural installation titled Field Piece. It was a monumental work representing Smith’s vision of a “never-ending field of grass symbolizing personal freedom”. It consisted of several 15-foot tall hollow blades made of translucent resin. Along a white shelf in the booth on the wall were the vintage black & white photographs of the original installation showing the blades clustered together.

During the 1970’s through the 1990’s, Smith continued to focus on encasing different materials and objects within the resin which is a delicate toxic material to work with during the process of creation. Her work has been exhibited and collected by major museums such as the J. Paul Getty Museum, Hammer Museum, MOCA, LACMA, Art Institute of Chicago and was booth winner of the Frieze Stand Prize, in London, UK (2013). She is a pioneer of the use of mixed media and of using uncommon materials at a time when it was not relatively usual.

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Another gallery in the Survey sector, espaivisor, Valencia, Spain presented the photography work of Graciela Carnevale (b.1942) of Argentina, titled ‘El encierro’ (1968) which is an important work of sociopolitical art in Latin America from the late 1960’s.

This work is a composition of 48 photographs which is the documented result of a large group of people who arrived by invitations to a “gallery reopening” event distributed by the artist’s husband, Carlos Militello. After the arrival of the guests, the gallery Ciclo de Art Experimental in Melipan was then locked unbeknownst to the visitors inside and the idea was that they were no longer the spectators but were the actual “unaware participants” in an experimental confinement in which the actions were continuously photographed. Instead of the people becoming violent, they patiently waited, however a passerby on the exterior actually broke the glass to let the guests escape.

A member of the Grupo de Arte de Vanguardia who was present, considered this to be a destructive act to the artist’s experiment thus in turn resulted in violence when trying to stop the people from leaving. This attracted the attention of a police intervention and then the eventual permanent closing of the Ciclo de Arte Experimental.

This photographic exhibit invites the viewer to recreate the events as you follow the photos along the walls.  El encierro (Confinement) has been on exhibit in countless international shows, including Documenta XII, Walker Art Center, MoMA PS1 and Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris.

 

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Incredible works from Southeast Asia and other regions of the world were presented by STPI Gallery, Singapore.  Works in this gallery booth included Sam Durant (USA), Shirazeh Houshiary (UK), Jane Lee (Singapore), Shinro Ohtake (Japan), Do Ho Suh (South Korea/UK) and Entang Wiharso (Indonesia). This is the gallery’s third presentation at Art Basel Miami and were taken from the artist’s residencies at STPI. The media used consists of printmaking, lithography, etching, screen printing, and thread drawings on handmade papers.

Captivating is the bright neon yellow works of Shinro Ohtake which references the “yellowcake” or uranium release from the Fukushima Nuclear Powerplant disaster. The powerplant destruction was the result of the Great East Japan earthquake on March 11, 2011. “The works act as recordings of radioactive contamination and can be seen as a response to concerns it raised around nuclear energy, threats from nature, considerations of the earth and the universe, and relations between families and homes affected by the disaster.” – STPI Singapore. The two works titled Yellow Sight 1 and 7 (2015) are of Ohtake’s signature style which includes imagery from the artist’s everyday life.

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The amazing floating-in-air suspended installation within the Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany booth was the creation of Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle. Born in Madrid, Spain (b.1961) currently lives and works in Chicago, USA, also teaches at the city’s famous School of Art and Design. The sculpture which reminds me of a huge liquid mass of mercury is absolutely breathtaking and is one of his Cloud Prototypes. These clouds are created of fiberglass and covered seamlessly in titatium alloy foil. “The shapes of the clouds are actually based on the data that is recorded by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois.”

Manglano-Ovalle’s work has been shown regularly in over 200 international solo and also group exhibitions. These include but not limited to Documenta 12, the Sao Paulo Biennale, the Venice Biennale of Architecture, as well as Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Guggenheim, New York and Bilbao, the Whitney Museum, New York, the Mass MoCA and numerous European venues, including the incredible Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Stedelijk Museum in Gent, and Haus Lange/Haus Esters in Krefeld.

These are just a few of the fascinating works of art and artists that I had the pleasure of learning about at my visit to Art Basel Miami Beach this past weekend.

The scale of this show is so grandiose you actually need to spend the extent of the days offered to take in all of the amazing surroundings, talent and passion within the complex both indoors and outdoors.

It is obvious why it continues to have such a draw to collectors, prestigious galleries and those who appreciate fine art from around the globe. When you take the time to learn how, why and realize the intensity behind these works of art can you truly appreciate it.

More photos from Art Basel Miami Beach 2016:

 

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CANVAS Local Showdown 2016 West Palm Beach

By Jennifer Carrera Turner

On the evening of November 11, 2016 seven artists competed in a live local showdown creating enormous murals on shipping containers in Historic Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, FL. Here are the final photos of their amazing artwork! This event is one of many in conjunction with the CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show created by Nicole Henry of Nicole Henry Fine Art.

Participating Artists in the Local Showdown:

Jhonattan Arango, Palm Beach County

Ron Burkhardt, Palm Beach County

Jennifer Chaparro, Martin County

Cheryl Maeder and Marilyn Walter, Palm Beach County

Eduardo Mendieta, Palm Beach County

Ruben Ubiera, Miami-Dade County

Luis Valle, Miami-Dade County

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The Rudin Prize : Emerging Photographers

By Jennifer Carrera Turner

West Palm Beach, FL – On January 5, 2017 one photographer will be awarded $ 20,000 cash as part of receiving The Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers. The exhibition featuring the four emerging photographers is now on view at the Norton Museum of Art. The photographers were each nominated by world-renowned artists. The nominees were selected based upon their talents of providing exceptional work in a contemporary progressive manner. The photographers are: Clare Benson, Elizabeth Bick, Alexandra Hunts, and Wesley Stringer. The artists who selected these nominees are: Arno Minkkinen, Shirin Neshat, Rineke Dijkstra, and Michael Kenna.

This outstanding award is issued every two years and is the namesake of the late New York City real estate developer Lewis Rudin, and made possible by the generosity of Ms. Beth Rudin DeWoody and the Photography Committee of the Norton Museum of Art. Patrons include The Gioconda and the Joseph King Endowment for Exhibitions.

I attended the November 10, 2016 Curator’s Conversation during Art After Dark to view the opening of this new exhibition. Prior to the tour, I examined the installations myself to gather my own thoughts and ideas while reading and observing each of the photographers biographies and works. I feel that I like to determine my own conclusions prior to hearing the curator’s explanations. I look for the many details in the work and use my imagination as they would and then compare what I learn later to my own thoughts.

As the tour began we were introduced to Tim B. Wride, (William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography) by the lovely Adelia Gregory, Assistant Curator of Education at Norton Museum of Art.

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Tim began our tour at the photography of Clare Benson, an award winning photographer and interdisciplinary artist from the United States who is currently in residency in Sweden. Her work is a mixture of media but primarily video and photography. She is highly focused on presenting culture that is of a very rural lifestyle and incorporates much of her family history, a life & death theme, and North American hunting traditions. She focuses on the strengths of women being hunter/gathers in a vintage rustic era much more than that of being nurturing homemakers.

Next we learn about the photography of Elizabeth Bick, American born and residing in New York City. She was a classically trained ballerina who became enthralled with street photography and the capture of “Organized Chaos” as Mr. Wride comments. Her style involves showing people in their natural form but at moments that appear that their gestures relate to dancelike motions – almost choreographed yet remaining unintentional.

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The most traditional photographer of this selection is Wesley Stringer, a man after my own heart. Someone whose style I understand completely, especially with the particular photographs I see chosen for this exhibit. According to Mr. Wride it was most difficult to “pair down the selections” for Wesley’s part of this exhibition as “every picture leads to the next” almost like a story or poetry being shown by way of photography. By eliminating photos, could it be that the story is not understood completely? Like something is missing? It was decided to use only what was absolutely necessary without compromise. Also on view in a glass case is a hand bound book of photography and other handmade items using photographs.

And last but most scientifically interesting in a very technical sense is Alexandra Hunts, she is Ukrainian and currently resides in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The photography of Alexandra is a almost like a science experiment shown as proof in photos. She spent months working at a apple orchard using a scale to measure the weight of apples to 1 kilogram at a time until she had a total of 1000 kilograms to amass a total weight of 1 metric ton of photographed apples. These individual photographs of apples with their varying shadows were painstakingly cut with an exacto knife from their cards. The individual cut out tiny apples where then arranged into a hanging sculpture and then photographed as a whole. The cards with their absent apples with only remaining holes and shadows are arranged into their own displayed installation on shelves along the wall. It is quite complex.

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I highly recommend visiting this exhibition I believe it to be quite enjoyable. The public is also allowed to place their own votes and will be revealed on the final day as the “People’s Choice” selection. On January 4, 2017 the photographers will be interviewed privately and official votes executed by the Norton’s Photography Committee, which is a combination of the Norton’s Executive Director, photography curator, collectors, and trustees will make the announcement to all during Art After Dark on January 5, 2017. I have cast my vote, now I cannot wait to find out who the winner shall be!Rudin Prize Exhibit / Norton Museum of Art

Written & Photographed by: Jennifer Carrera Turner

 

Artist Mark Fox : The Norton Interview

By Jennifer Carrera Turner

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL – Last Thursday’s Art After Dark 2016 series at the Norton, had a wonderful presentation that I was so enamored to have been in attendance for. The lecture of sorts titled “Mark Fox in Conversation” was organized by Tim B. Wride, William & Ross Soter Curator of Photography. The lecture was held in an expansive room bathed in a fuschia lighting with countless rows of seating for patrons and observers which soon became occupied entirely. An intimate stage positioned at the front of this room, with chairs for Mark Fox and Tim B. Wride, was back dropped with an illuminated projected screen on the wall surface.  The popular exhibition at this time in the Norton by Artist Mark Fox, was the magnificent high-definition film “Giverny: Journal of an Unseen Garden” created during his three months as artist-in-residence within Claude Monet’s iconic garden in France.

This incredible art installation had been granted to the Norton by the generosity of Beth Rudin DeWoody and of Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo (through the Dorothea Leonhardt Fund at the Communities Foundation of Texas). As if that were not enough, we all then beheld the presence of Mark Fox (who is based in New York City) in our assemblage not only to tell us of his artistic experience in France, but also about his work in general. There was a welcoming introduction of Mark Fox and Tim B. Wride as they entered onto the stage by Adelia Gregory, the Assistant Curator of Education at the Norton.  After complimentary remarks and gratitude for Mark’s presence with us, spoken by Mr. Wride, he further expressed the calm feeling that his art installation bestowed upon visitors – best described reasonably as a “Zen Installation.”

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Mark then began speaking and exhibiting for us through the projected screen behind them, images of the type of artwork he is well known for. He described most of his early work as having enjoyed creating art with the many “pure black ink drops” whether they were accidental or intentional. These ink drops did not remain confined, rather he “collects” them in a way by cutting them out and piecing them seamlessly together. These “pieces” grow and grow connected together into an enormous size of art that is absolutely astounding. His view on using materials and executing his ideas, Mark says “to be open and NOT narrow minded”.

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For some sculptures he would often use “everyday cardboard” – utilizing both their flat surfaces for drawing or painting on – even sometimes peeling the paper away to reveal the commercial ink saturations and leaving those images exposed. The cardboard is also used for the features of its open fluting which adds a different textural aspect and transparent feeling. He would also use enormous collections of individually created drawings, sketches and paintings on paper in which he combines into stacks upon stacks – sandwiching them and creating these large – measured in “feet and not inches” life size sculptures. He often uses objects that are “salt-of-the-earth” to provide support for his large sculptures, for example sawhorses.

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Mark incorporates a lot of text or written words throughout his work, whether printed or cut-out of paper or metals. All of the textual writing have sacred meanings derived predominantly from Catholic Religious beliefs. The use of holy doctrines, references to the Virgin Mary, and religious symbolism are very important in much of Mark’s work. He created a theme such as this using objects that were received from 9/11 Ground Zero for example a sawhorse, dust and religious votive candleholders from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Something that was most comical during the evening, was that Mark shared with us his love of 1970’s disaster films of which he entertained with some brief video clips. The disasters (unusually enough) took place on the grounds of Art Galleries or Museums and were subjected to tornadoes and floods. Ultimately the films conclude with mass irreparable destruction to fine priceless works of art within the building. While explaining his “love” of this type of film (which is a genre I honestly never knew existed) I could hear the silent chuckling throughout the audience as we were all wondering “what must Mr. Wride” be thinking right now? It was an awkward transition most certainly and was a subtle boost in excitement of a different sort.

 The Versailles Foundation’s Munn Artist Award was accepted by Mark Fox in 2010. He was one of the chosen few invited to hold residency at the Monet Foundation in Giverny, France. Unbeknownst to most of the world, Monet’s famous garden had become unkempt following his death in 1926. Fortunately in the 1970’s, a group of philanthropic Americans founded an entire restoration and held the stipulation that U.S. Artists would be selectively invited to spend time there each year. Fox, having been chosen was told upon arrival that he was not subjective to work in Monet’s impressionistic style but rather they had hoped that the “environment would inspire him.” With Mark’s work being so modern, it would be hard to imagine what could he possibly come up with to utilize this incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Although not being the requirement by any means. This classic ethereal garden, a place that is known for – seen painted in pastel brush marks on canvas? A mecca for tourists visiting France with the privileges of walking through this lush green landscape of bridges and flowers once occupied by one of the grandest art masters of all time?

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Unlike the rest of the world, when the crowds left as the area closed to allow visitors for the day, Mark had the key and could return and leave as he pleased. And then his idea emerged, he would show the world what Monet was actually never able to see! Under the water. The underneath of the lily-pads, grasses and the life that was taking place beneath them. He submerged his camera while on record mode, beneath a homemade float attached to a fishing line to capture the footage.

His filming took place during the day and was at first experimental and daring. Later he explained his project and was approved to continue his filming by less elusive techniques, otherwise entering the water had been forbidden. So now for the pièce de résitance, “Giverny: Journal of an Unseen Garden”, a five channel, high definition underwater video capturing images beneath Monet’s iconic waterscape is an amazing room filling art installation brought to us by Mark Fox.

More about Mark Fox: Originally from Cincinnati, Fred Conway Art Scholar at Washington University, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration in 1985, Stanford University, Master of Fine Arts in Painting 1988, Founder of Saw Theater, multi-media performances in New York; extensive list of national venues, public exhibitions in high-end galleries and museums; and international residencies.

In closing, I felt the message conveyed that as an artist he follows “internal suggestions” throughout his creativity, which leads to open doors, and it is best to remain open-minded and determined.

Written & Photographed by: Jennifer Carrera Turner

Miami Beach SoBe Art & Culture: Exemplary Ambassadors

 

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Louis Canales explaining the challenges of marketing South Beach.
By Jennifer Carrera Turner

On Saturday, October 15, 2016 at The Box Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL a gathering of South Florida’s art & cultural pioneers came together to educate the patrons of our local art community about the struggles, reality and the progress made primarily in the South Beach Miami area. Rolando Chang Barrero, was the creator/host/gallery owner of this magnificent event titled: “Art and Culture of South Beach Renaissance: The American Riviera”.

 

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Manny Hernandez presenting excerpts of his celebrity portfolio.

 

The speakers and presenters were as follows: Sandra Schulman, founder of NYC galleries, nationally renown art curator, documentarian, film producer; Louis Canales, international creative director/writer, photographer, master facilitator and event coordinator of visual and performing arts worldwide; Manny Hernandez, “Manny of Miami”, life-long acclaimed professional celebrity photographer, exclusive periodical photography for high-end socialites and clientele, and Miami News Media; Liz Balmaseda, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, internationally known writer/field/associate film producer and Hispanic Heritage Award winner for literary excellence in Washington D.C.. The individuals above have so many more credentials and list of accomplishments than I can account for here in this blog so I recommend that you take the time for your own individual research.

 

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Rolando Chang Barrero and his fantastic smiling selfies.

 

It was an honor and priveledge to meet these people first hand in the intimate setting of The Box Gallery. The event focused on how these individuals contributed with their own individual talents, and abilities to project their art and passion within the South Miami Beach community at a time when it was on the verge of changing from a local retirement community with historic oceanfront hotels and vintage apartments into a wild nightlife destination and international playground. These accounts focused of the period of the 1980’s and 1990’s. Throughout the diverse economic challenges came the progressive changes in arts and architectural movements, films and popular television shows.

 

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Elusive filmography backdrop.

 

South Beach “SoBe” initiated by Louis Canales achieved status as a major entertainment destination, fashion and art mecca. A very architecturally unique city with a major revitalization boom.  Photographer Manny Hernandez gave an incredible insightful presentation on screen of his personal work and explanations on what it was like to encounter celebrities such as Gianni Versace, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and countless many stars too grandiose to recall.

 

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Manny Hernandez with Jennifer Carrera Turner (yes me)

 

Louis Canales reflected upon the early days of getting his photography printed for early morning departures and deadlines, industry demands and hard work involved in being an advocate for the city of Miami Beach and so many others. Liz Balmaseda recounted her memories of growing up in Miami, the local Cuban Cuisine and the beginnings of gourmet innovations that made influences upon the up-and-coming Latin Fusion flavors.

 

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Rolando Chang Barrero filming his FaceBook Live capturing the moment.

 

This event was held in a classroom style amongst the fascinating current art exhibit of Don Shearer. As a Florida native like myself, Rolando Chang Barrero having made an opportunity like this available to the public for both pleasure and education, is just one of many things that he has done for our local arts communities throughout Palm Beach County. In many ways hearing what the speakers and presenters had to share at this event acknowledges the reality of what Rolando’s revitalization efforts are here. It shows not only his love of art but also our community and future.

 

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Rolando Chang Barrero with Jennifer Carrera Turner

 

 Images of the hip and contemporary The Box Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Currently exhibiting: The Work {OF} Don Shearer: A Retrospective

An awesome place to be encapsulated.

“The Divine Command” Artist Clarence J. Tibado

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“The Divine Command” oil painting by Clarence Tibado
By Jennifer Carrera Turner

This article is in remembrance of my great uncle Clarence J. Tibado. He was one of seven children born in Yankton, South Dakota in 1920. His family moved to Florida a few years later and settled in Lake Wales (where my mother was born).

My grandmother, Mary (Tibado) Underhill was one of his sisters. My grandmother is also one of the people in my life who really showed me how important Jesus is. Her family grew up worshipping in the Catholic Church.

That was definitely something that impacted my great uncle’s paintings and his strength that carried him through WWII.

It was many years ago and only a few times that I had met my great uncle, Clarence Tibado. My mother and her 10 brothers and sisters called him “Uncle Buddy” and that’s really the name I called him too. When I was very young I was told that his paintings hung in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. and that he lived for a time in a 27 room Spanish-Moroccan castle in Lake Wales, FL. My grandmother absolutely adored her brother. She was so proud of him and I had no idea how incredible his life story was until I was much older.

I know now that besides what a hugely talented artist he was but also a Navy Veteran with 13 bronze stars. He served on the U.S.S. Pensacola CA24 in the Pacific. He was wounded during the battle of Iwo Jima and honorably discharged in 1945 as a Radarman 3rd Class.

In 1954, he fell in love and married a widow named, Josephine Yarnell, a woman locally known in Lake Wales, FL as a “Princess” in that she resided in a Florida Mediterranean-Style castle named for her “La Casa de Josefina”. She was a woman of high society and also someone who cared for the needy, sacrificing a lot to make sure that people who were impoverished may have a means to survive. The marriage to Clarence Tibado was one centered upon a shared love of the arts. Josephine and her late husband (Irwin A. Yarnell) had the mansion built in the 1920’s for Josephine by a Spanish yogi named Mr. DeSoto. The fireplace in the home was salvaged from a Spanish castle, it was furnished with European antique furniture, all of the doors opened to a breezeway in the courtyard with a fountain in the center, every known species of palm tree flourished and amidst that grew surrounding botanical gardens. My great uncle Clarence and Josephine transformed this beautiful majestic estate into an art museum.

In 1957, Clarence Tibado donated many of his war time paintings to the Smithsonian Museum. He created those paintings while he was serving aboard the U.S.S. Pensacola.

In 1967, Josephine passed away from natural causes. “La Casa de Josephina” was placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

In the years after Josephine passed away, Clarence Tibado continued his fine arts painting and had many gallery receptions. He passed away on December 16, 2014, age 94 in Winter Haven, FL.

The photo above is a lithograph given to my mother by her uncle Clarence Tibado. It is titled “The Divine Command”. The detail incredible. The images and what they portray, mesmerizing.