Thursday, September 19
7pm: Conversation with the artists, moderated by Zachary Cahill
8-10pm: Opening reception
Through October 12
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
ALEXANDRA HOPF, MARCOS VALELLA, ODALIS VALDIVIESO, SIEBREN VERSTEEG AND GABRIEL VORMSTEIN
Now celebrating its 15th year of exhibiting experimental contemporary art, Locust Projects is pleased to present the exhibition Grid’s World, a collaborative installation by Alexandra Hopf, Marcos Valella, Odalis Valdivieso, Siebren Versteeg and Gabriel Vormstein—artists working in Miami, New York, and Berlin. Considering the exhibition space as a framework, the artists will treat their individual works as flexible modules, collaging them together throughout all three galleries to create a massive collaborative installation. Throughout the installation, the individual artists’ works will function as exclusive relics within the crisscrossing positions of a new storyline base around inclusivity. The result is a mosaic of a show-construction, using the white cube as an open slate and drawing on a selfreflecting but mutual parallel and perpendicular progression–a grid.
Throughout the artists’ individual practices, there is a common thread of conceptual placemaking, letting the viewer drift through the image. The collaborative impulse stems from the artists’ desire to challenge a structure that is not predefined—the very act of installing in an intransigent space, when the works become the “figure” and the gallery the “ground”. This kind of system sheds light onto the steps and questions of creating a work, when the space operates as a shared agreement.
The artists will be creating a limited edition print portfolio. For more information, please contact the gallery.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Born in Kassel, Germany, Alexandra Hopf lives and works in Berlin. She is the recipient of the Berliner Senat, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Kunststiftung NRW, Hessischen Kulturstiftung (Los Angeles), and Stiftung Kunstfonds. Her work has been presented in exhibitions, internationally and throughout Germany such as A Private Collection, Cruise & Callas, Berlin, and Vitrine gallery, London; Vertikale, Filmmuseum Frankfurt; Reflexion and Empathy, Arthena Foundation; Practices Remain, Regina Rex, New York; Magic Show, Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition, London; In Times like These, Prague Biennale; and Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland; among many others.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, lives and works in Miami. She is the recipient of several Miami-Dade Community Grants and the South Florida Cultural Consortium Grant. Her work has been part of New Work Miami 2013 and 2010, Miami Art Museum; Paper Folding, Dimensions Variable and Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami; Object Implied, Emerson Dorsch, Miami; Practices Remain, Regina Rex, New York; SET, Bridge Red, North Miami; 5.2011, Cloître Des Billettes, Paris; Urban Interventions, Contemporary Art Museum, Rosario; Intrude: Art & Life 366, Zendai Moma, Shanghai; and Talking Heads, Girls Club, Fort Lauderdale; to name a few.
Born in Miami, FL, Marcos Valella lives and works in Miami. He is the recipient of Here and There, Bass Museum of Art Grant and Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship. He has been featured in such exhibitions asPlay- forms, Woodland Gallery, Chatham University, Pittsburgh; Fish Scales, Michael Jon Gallery, Miami;Practices Remain, Regina Rex, New York; Marcos Valella, Gallery Diet, Miami; Series 5, Dimensions Variable, New Work Miami 2010, Miami Art Museum, Miami; Paintings and Palettes, Farside Gallery, Miami; Present, Centro Cultural Español, Miami; Painting’s Edge, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside; among others.
Born in New Haven, CT, Siebren Versteeg lives and works in New York. He is the recipient of a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Merit Fellowship in 2004, and received the Stone Fellowship for Graduate Study from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has had solo exhibitions at the RISD Museum, Providence; Max Protetch, New York; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; the Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; the Art Institute of Boston; Bellwether Gallery, New York; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago. His work has been exhibited in group shows at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland; the Renaissance Society, Chicago Urbana Champaign, Illinois; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; and the National Museum of Art, Prague; among many others.
Born in Konstanz, Germany, Gabriel Vormstein lives and works in Berlin. His work has been included in exhibitions such as Tempus fungit amor mannet, Monique Meloche, Chicago; Cornament & Rime,Patricia Low Contemporary, Geneva; The teeth of the wind and sea, Artpace, Texas; Baby ABC, Casey Kaplan, New York; Domestic Ghosts, Galeria Inés Barrenechea, Madrid; From Head to Toe, Human Images in the Focus of the Würth Collection, Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall; Made in Germany,Sprengel Museum Hannover; and Of Mice and Men: 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art; to name a few.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Zachary Cahill is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited at the Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe (ZKM); Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; TONYS, New York; Princeton University; and threewalls, Chicago; among others. Cahill teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago where his is also the Open Practice Committee Coordinator. His writings have appeared in many exhibition catalogues as well as Mousse, The Journal of Visual Culture, Rethinking Marxism, and Shifter, and he is regular contributor to Artforum.com.