This summer, LnS Gallery
is presenting a group exhibition, In the Company of Women: At Large, curated by Dainy Tapia of ArtSeen365. This community-oriented exhibition highlights the work of 17 Miami-based women artists who have been prompted to work at large by presenting pieces in a sizeable format, or exploring new mediums and themes. The exhibition showcases the contributions of women within the arts through a localized lens, capitalizing on the expanse of space through the creativity brought by the group. Maritza Lacayo, Curatorial Assistant & Public Coordinator at the Perez Art Museum Miami, provides the featured exhibition text within the accompanying catalogue.
The exhibition includes 17 Miami-based women artists working in various mediums from painting, drawing, and photography, to sculpture, video, and site-specific installations. The title In the Company of Women: At Large alludes to the provision for these artists with the ample space, and visibility, to develop and showcase the ideas that are or are becoming fundamental to their practice.
Most of the selected works are intentionally large to allow artists to take as much space as possible for their creations since space is such a coveted commodity, especially for us women, literally and figuratively, said curator Dainy Tapia.
The exhibition plays with the ideas of freedom and scale: Freedom to work in a large format, maximize the use of space as a resource and celebrate the artists work without thematic conformation. The overarching resonance is the impacting environment created through simply being in the company of other women.
LnS Gallery co-director, Luisa Lignarolo comments, it is an honor and privilege to host such an important exhibition. The voices of women throughout art history have been minimized in the shadow of those that hold the pen, and we are so happy to have the opportunity to not only represent our triad of local talent, but also provide a space to facilitate the promotion of such a powerful group of artists.
Among the participates are three LnS Gallery representees: Jennifer Basile, Natalia Garcia-Lee, and yomarie silva-oneal. Jennifer Basile are debuting a grand scale one-of-a-kind print of the meditative Coot Bay in the Everglades. Yomarie Silva-Oneal will exhibit the newest evolution within her ecologically inspired ceramic practice. Natalia Garcia-Lee will showcase a new series of work, revealed just on the tail of her pertinent and impacting solo exhibition, The Measure of Man, and continue her exploration into human behavior between each layer of oil on canvas.
Included in this exhibit is renowned Miami artist Karen Rifas, who was the second recipient of The Michael Richards Award, presented by Oolite Arts. This award is given to a Miami-based artist who has created a recognized body of original, high-quality works over a sustained period, and who, through his or her practice, is achieving the highest levels of professional distinction in the visual arts. Rifass Project Room activation transforms the area through an immersive installation aptly titled, Entitled. Rifas invites visitors to meditate on the strength and lasting impact of women beyond borders in the face of adversity, stating in response to her piece, from Afghanistan to Texas womens equality is on the line. Women still need to band together to secure their rights. The stripes on this flag represent that endless effort the colors are pink but bold.
The complete roster of artist includes Nathalie Alfonso, Jennifer Basile, Liene Bosquê, Carola Bravo, Friday, Natalia Garcia-Lee, Jeanne Jaffe, Regina Jestrow, Loni Johnson, Karla Kantorovich, Aurora Molina, Kerry Phillips, Evelyn Politzer, Jennifer Printz, Karen Rifas, yomarie silva-oneal, and Lisu Vega, all stellar women artists, many of which have created new or site-specific works for the exhibition.
Dainy Tapia is a cultural practitioner based in Miami, FL. She is the creator and curator of ArtSeen365: a platform dedicated to promoting the visual arts in Miami, South Florida, and beyond by creating and publishing original digital content daily since 2018. Tapia collaborates with several art institutions in South Florida, including the Doral Contemporary Art Museum, the Bass Museum of Art, and the Women Artists Archive Miami (WAAM).