Opening reception Thursday, November 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens to host internationally acclaimed American, environmental artist for a first of-its -kind artist residency during a 21-day period at Pinecrest Gardens. Patrick Dougherty will create new, site-specific sculptural work funded by the Knight Foundation and Total Bank.
Through this residency, Pinecrest Gardens continues its efforts to introduce internationally recognized artists to a public of all ages, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds sparking a love for the arts and capturing the imagination.
Dougherty creates fantastical monumental shapes that ignite a sense of exploration with rich associations to childhood play and the shelters built by animals by intertwining twigs and branches. The sculpture will be comprised of truckloads of community sourced saplings. The installation will require the participation of 100 volunteers who will span generations in age and will add dynamic creativity to the sculpture which is built-up branch by branch and twig by twig. Because of nature of the materials used the sculpture will last about two years.
Continuing its commitment to monumental sculptural exhibition and education of new audiences, Pinecrest Gardens hopes to partner with past local exhibitors of the artist and area arts magnet programs and other cultural institutions to plan cross-institutional educational programs to include a 3-week student mentorship, film screenings, artist Q&A, student competitions, and a work -in-progress photo competition. These activities will take place during the expected two-year lifespan of the sculpture. Dougherty has created nine mammoth ephemeral works each year for more than 30 years all over the world totaling more than 265 sculptures to date.
Pinecrest Gardens proudly welcomes Artist in Residence, Xavier Cortada.
Xavier Cortada has worked with groups globally to produce numerous collaborative art projects, including environmental installations at the North Pole and South Pole, peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa and eco-art projects in Taiwan and Holland. Cortada has created art for the White House, the World Bank, the Museum of Florida History, the Florida Botanical Gardens, Miami City Hall, the Frost Art Museum, Miami-Dade County Hall, the Miami Science Museum, Port Everglades and the Florida Turnpike.
Florida Is… a solo show by Xavier Cortada
Opening Reception Wednesday, September 13th at 6:00 p.m.
Cortada portrays Florida's environment to connect viewers with our state's natural beauty. Participate in Florida is... by uploading an image of your favorite animal, plant or place to www.floridaisnature.com and tell us why we should all care for it and strive to protect it.
CLIMA, an exhibit addressing Sea Level Rise
Opening Reception Thursday, October 12th at 6:00 p.m.This third-annual show features the work of artists John Bailly, Xavier Cortada, Michael Gray, and Gretchen Scharnagl. The exhibit will also feature interactive works developed by the FIU School of Communication + Journalism to address sea level rise-- including When Will it Flood?, a new flood prediction app: type in your address! See when the high tides will affect your neighborhood!
Epoch, a solo show by Xavier Cortada
Opening Reception Thursday, November 30th at 6:00 p.m.
In these new works, Cortada portrays the life that has existed on our planet over the past 500 million years. The exhibit invites the audience to ponder what life forms will inhabit the Earth in the future. It is worth thinking about...The sixth mass extinction is already underway: Half of Earth’s species are at risk of extinction. During the opening reception, Cortada will unveil the Longitudinal Installation (www.longitudinalinstallation.org) sculpture which will be on permanent exhibit at Pinecrest Gardens. The participatory art piece captures voices from 24 individuals across the globe who have been impacted by climate change.