Featuring the exhibition, DIRT, curated by Onajide Shabaka including: Dona Altemus, William Cordova, Robert Chambers, Kim Nicolini, Mark Hahn, David Rohn, Alette Simmons Jimenez, Edouard Duval Carrie, and others.
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"DIRT Yuta Suelo Udongo Tè"
curated by Onajide Shabaka

DIRT, and the notion of pollution of various sorts, personal and public

3815 NE Miami Court

Miami Design District 33137

*one block east of N. Miami Avenue and 39th Street


Opening Reception: 8 June, 2013 - 7-9 pm

Exhibition runs: June 1-28, 2013 


Weekdays: Tue, Fri, & Sat 12 noon-6 pm
(also by appt.:

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Miamiartexchange.com is please to invite you to the exhibition "DIRT Yuta Suelo Udongo Te," curated by Onajide Shabaka. This exhibition investigates the notion of dirt, as a literal, physical substance itself, as art material, and as a psychological notion pointing to pollution, personally and ritually. The artists take on the notion of dirt, or pollution, and investigate with a variety of media and approaches. There is a challenge facing this exhibition. Statements about life, death, history and the ephemerality of it all are loaded with symbolic baggage before you do anything with them. Visual artist and curator Onajide Shabaka wanted to ask artists to take up the challenge and investigate various aspects of dirt, and certainly not all on the physical level. After a recent conversation with artist William Cordova, Shabaka felt a need to resurrect this material and all of its various notions because he has been hoarding a supply of red oxide colored dirt shipped back to Miami from the foundation of a demolished building and mine shaft in Ely, Minnesota. That place, its dirt, and the three fired clay bricks shipped back have a lingering resonance with Shabaka’s art practice having spent nine summers there. Lugging the dirt and bricks around since Shabaka’s visits to Minnesota, also carry weighty references that are evoked in this exhibition, “Dirt Yuta Suelo Udongo Tè.” These linguistic references are: English, Talaandig (Philipines), Spanish, Kiswahili, and Kreole (Haiti).
Minnesota Dirt

It’s hard to define “dirt,” since it represents the dissolution of everything else, the final stop, the end of entropy, the common conclusion of the thousand natural shocks that the flesh is heir to. Our relationship to dirt is entirely mixed. Dirt became contemporary art with the Earthworks of the late 1960s, a kind of formalism that moved out of the gallery, into the ground and then out of town. Nature is dirt, after all — as a timeless balm against the fragmentation of media culture. The dirt salve is the subject of at least four recent books and this exhibition.

Participating artists: 

Dona Altemus - mixed media
Edouard Duval Carrié - painting
Robert Chambers - mixed media
William Cordova - mixed media
Veronica Scharf Garcia - sculpture, photography
Mark Hahn - photography
Alette Simmons Jimenez - mixed media
Lori Nozick - sculpture
Kim Nicolini - photography, drawing
David Rohn - photography, performance
Onajide Shabaka - mixed media, drawing
Jovan Karlo Villalba - painting, sculpture
Debra Wilk - poetry

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Exhibition Venue: 3815 NE Miami Court, Miami Design District. OPEN on Second Saturday Art Walk.

Exhibition Curator: Onajide Shabaka is a visual artist, curator, and writer. His art practice makes references to the anthropological, geological, and biological through a challenging and visceral aesthetic, with a grounding in African Atlantic culture. His writing and curatorial practice focuses largely on contemporary art and culture, and subject specific research. Since 1998 his practice has included art writing and independent curatorial work, both of which are important aspects of his art practice. 

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Exhibition Venue: The Spear Building, Miami Design District, a neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, architecture and dining experiences. The Miami Design District is owned by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra, founded and owned by visionary entrepreneur Craig Robins, and L Real Estate, a global real estate development and investment fund, specializing in creating luxury shopping destinations. Together Dacra and L Real Estate have actively transformed the once-overlooked area of Miami into a vibrant destination for residents and visitors by presenting the best shopping, cultural and culinary experiences within an architecturally significant context.

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