Artmedia Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition by Jorge Sanchez titled The Opa-Locka Effect. His installation focuses on a series of images aptly referred to as "6.9 or Less,” taken between 2011 and 2014.
The series brings together a comprehensive registry of buildings from the so-called industrial zone north of Miami, in particular the city of Opa-Locka. The images were taken by the artist on his daily journey of approximately 6.9 miles, which spans the distance between his home and workplace, hence the title of the set.
The operation applied by Sanchez in constructing this record could be connected to the principle of typology, which functions in different sciences such as the study and classification of types. In this case, the relationship is made possible by the large number of buildings photographed, the repeated use of the same point of view of the camera, and the economy of the visual images, concentrated in the description of the buildings. All traits that summarize, simultaneously, both the methodology applied by the artist and the main characteristics of his body of work.
It is, additionally, important to emphasize that Sanchez has made a free use of the principle of typology, by effectively polluting it with the strategies of the artistic production. This is evident in the understanding of the buildings as undressed cubic volumes of geometry, descendants from sculptural minimalism; also, in the exploration of color and their application in visual rhythmic structures that invokes the legacy of the pictorial constructivist tradition, but from a clear awareness of the use of the camera as a working tool. On these premises, Sanchez mobilizes ideas on the socio-cultural implications of the architecture in the context of Miami.
About the Artist:
Jorge Sanchez has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a specialty in Photography, awarded by the Florida International University. His previous education, rooted in both Cuba and the Soviet Union respectively, was specific to engineering, which shaped his aesthetic faculties. He has quickly developed an active artistic career, highlighting two previous individual exhibitions: Every day I See Family Dwelling, 6th Street Container Alternative Gallery, Miami, FL, 2013, and North of Flagler, Biscayne Books, Miami, FL, 2012.
About the Curator:
José Antonio Navarrete has developed an extensive international career as curator, researcher, and critic of visual arts and culture. His voluminous bibliography focuses on topics of modern and contemporary art, with emphasis on how media technology have affected and transformed the practices of artistic production. As an artist, he presented recently his first solo exhibition, What images can do.
About the gallery:
ArtMedia Gallery was founded in 2012. Located at the Wynwood Art District in Miami, Florida, the gallery’s mission is to exhibit and promote contemporary art. One of the gallery’s central objectives is to explore the vast possibilities of the expanded notion of art thru media technology, with photography and video as the major core of its interest.
ArtMedia Gallery’s exhibition program follows rigorous curatorial criteria, providing a space for reflection and critique. The exhibitions include local and around the world artists with a wide range of subjectivities and poetics that enrich the current sensibility.