MOCA North Miami’s “Portraits of Resilience”
The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) will present its first joint museum exhibition, “After the Rain: A Portrait of Resilience”, by artists from Morel Doucet and Stephen Arboyt until September 26th. The works will be exhibited inside and outside the museum building.
Inspired by Lola, the animals and the people of North Miami, the artist honed her skills in a series of nine collaborative portraits. The exhibit grew out of a public social media offering to share their portraits with residents and visitors to North Miami.
Doucet and Arboite created nine collages based on these submissions, incorporating local plants, leaves and flowers from the surrounding streets and green spaces. The gesture of associating an individual’s silhouette with local greenery creates both soft but strong intention, identity and location in response to the accelerated pace of development actively seeking new lands and sparking movement. ..
“Exploring each region reveals that it is, in a sense, a sacred place to the people who live there,” say Arboit and Doucet. “Land port [the people’s] Share cultural history, heritage and nostalgia. The tropical foliage and the garden in the front yard are like the gatekeepers of the time, fixing people’s dreams and hopes. “
Doucet, who graduated from the New World School of the Arts and won the Distinguished Dean’s Award for Ceramics, presents his two-dimensional practice. The artwork is created using Mylar, spray paint, ink, native plants and coffee filters, and is based on the trajectory of a series of works that trace and uncover the contradictions of what Duse calls “the climate and gentrification”. Has been created. His work celebrates the uniqueness and beauty of the African Diaspora in Miami, historically African-American, Little Haiti, Overtown, Allapattah and Liberty City. In the form of abstract portraits of the inhabitants of these neighborhoods.
Arboite brings sensitivity to the delicate line drawings, compositions and textures learned at the State University of New York at Purchase and Painting. Sometimes the surface of his work seems to have been obtained by alchemy, and the natural cracks and fissures resemble the geological crystals caused by ancient chemical reactions and the surface of the Scorched Earth. Likewise, the titles of mysterious works cannot be overlooked, as their colors and shapes emerge through their poetic sensibilities (for example). Sun seeker, Today I saw the water and I approached me, To shine under the pink moon,and Hot and humid summer with dark brown skin dance)..
MOCA North Miami exhibits and programs are made possible through the continued support of the Mayor of North Miami and Congress, City of North Miami, Florida, Department of State, Department of Culture, and Florida Arts and Culture Council. Miami-Dade County Agency for Cultural Affairs and Agency for Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and Commission, Green Family Foundation. “Art on the Plaza” is provided by MOCA with principal support from the North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (NMRCA).