The David Castillo Gallery Pop-up includes solo projects by:
Susan Lee-Chun (b. 1976, Seoul); she creates a site of excavation revealing several amorphous objects that resemble colorful artifacts of bright lights and late nights of this once energized space. These objects are representative of the fabricated history of the space.
Cristina Lei Rodriguez (b. 1974, Miami); she creates a material response to the aesthetics of Santos and South Beach club culture. Her site-specific installation includes functional sculptures, such as Daybed, that will reactivate the lounge of the former club space through the tropes of furniture design. Divider (Big Illusion) and Divider (Small Illusion) are double sided room dividers bearing glamourous images achieved by placing sculptural materials directly onto a scanner bed. The light of the scanner dramatizes the materials and can produce an occasional rainbow within the image from the refracted light.
Pepe Mar (b. 1977, Reynosa); he presents two bodies of work: Framed/Couture and Face Off. Going through his own archives of designer clothes, of which Pepe Mar is an avid collector, he picks garments that range from Versace, Gaultier, and Dolce & Gabbana, and frames them in Baroque sculptural frames. They become an instant self-portrait, time capsule, and evoke nostalgia for SoBe circa late ’90s to early 2000s. In the most recent works of the ongoing series, Face Off, masks and heads of Pepe’s repertoire become abstracted more painterly, in artist frames.
Jillian Mayer (b. 1984, Miami); his installation features a draping curtain of acrylic reflective text lifted from Wikileaks discussing the concept, The Right To Be Forgotten, requested by many due to people’s desires to “determine the development of his life in an autonomous way, without being perpetually or periodically stigmatized as a consequence of a specific action performed in the past” online.
TM Sisters (Tasha and Monica Lopez de Victoria, respectively born in 1983 and 1980 in Gainesville) have created a multi-city site-specific tropical vortex that radiates and connects this world to the divine, Join Me in a Land That Knows No End.