Johanne Rahaman is an emerging documentary photographer, working in both digital and film formats since 2002. The Bailey Contemporary Arts has invited this artist to expand her most recent project to Pompano Beach, which she has begun to do starting this October, 2016. “Black Florida” is an ongoing photographic archive of shifting urban and rural spaces occupied by the Black communities throughout the State of Florida. Rahaman’s images consists of environmental portraits, landscape, architectural and still life images, underscoring the urgency and importance of recording these neighborhoods that are in a constant state of flux. In February, 2017, BaCA will exhibit the images as a result of her focus on Pompano Beach in honor of Black History month, and as a continuing narrative that began with last year’s exhibit, “What’s Your Story?” that showcased portraits of Pompano Beach’s black community in the 1930s. Rahaman’s drive for documenting these communities that mirror her hometown; the stigmatized Laventille Hills of Trinidad, was born out of a sense of duty to offer the public an alternative view of Black ghettos, and ghetto life, unashamedly, as a sense of place, as home. In the absence of newsworthy events, her work takes a look at the simplicities and the complexities of entrepreneurship, beauty, sensuality, aging, mortality, youth, and resilience within the African Diaspora. “Black Florida” is supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP), an organization who aims to change the national conversation around both poverty and economic insecurity. They commission stories – from narrative features to photo essays and video – that put a human face on financial instability. They fund and place their reportage and photojournalism in renowned and popular sites and magazines, from The New York Times to Slate to MSNBC. Their multimedia work has been nationally recognized, with a first place award from POY, and nominations for an Emmy, and for a National Magazine Award in multimedia.
What makes a woman, a woman? Bailey Contemporary Arts newest exhibit showcases three outstanding artists, Linda Behar, Sibel Koçabasi and Raheleh Filsoofi, who present thought-provoking perspectives on gender and a variety of social and political issues. Exploring the feminine, an array of questions arise about the perceptions and realities of being a woman. Is the identity of a woman a matter of choice, or is it a social construct? Is the content of femininity imposed by society, or is there some degree of buy-in by women themselves? What image remains of women in history, when the individual no longer has the option of forming it herself? The artists, Americans who themselves each come from different cultural backgrounds outside the United States, hope to inspire viewers to think critically and foster a new dialogue on vital global issues regarding women.
When color is only in your imagination, what would you see? Acclaimed artist Carlos Alves is color blind. Living in shades of gray, he has delved deeper to create works that have been praised by critics and beloved by art collectors. Enter his world and experience artwork that breaks down the boundaries and parameters that other artists face. “In my work, I seek to utilize shapes, forms and polished textures to communicate a story, and to deliver a deeper message. To me, the canvas serves as both mask and magnifier, allowing me to reveal important elements through brush strokes and layers of paint, or to hide them,” said Alves. “It is a reflection of my inner world, and my desire to speak to the universal dichotomies within human nature. I see these as opposites that vacillate between moments of creation and demise, resulting in a visual synergy more potent than the original impulses.” The Bailey Contemporary Arts will show a collection of the artists’ paintings and prolific works on paper in a month-long exhibition. FREE. Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA). 41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. (954) 284-0141.
November at the Bailey Contemporary Arts showcases powerful work from two very different artists tackling the same phenomenon: invisibility. Bonnie Goldstein and Christina Nicola come from two very different worlds and generations, and yet, profoundly convey the same experience in their work: the fight to be heard. Sarah M. Benichou, Director and Curator at the Bailey Contemporary Arts, decided to put these artists together- one established and one emerging, to underline the continued struggle women face of establishing their place in society, regardless of color, age, class, or geography. Both of these artists use strong execution, textures, and surfaces to convey presence, significance, tenacity and fragility all at once. Join us for the complimentary artists’ reception on Friday, November 4th, at 6:00PM in conjunction with Old Town Untapped. FREE. Dates and hours of admission available online.
Spotlight on Kids
Teenagers who have participated in Cameras For Kids Foundation will exhibit their fine art photographs at the “Spotlight on Kids” Exhibition in the community gallery at the Bailey Contemporary Arts in Pompano Beach.
The showcased photographs are taken by at-risk youth in the South Florida community who have completed the CFKF photography course, which provides point-and-shoot cameras and instruction on basic concepts of art and photography. These young pho-tographers gain self-esteem, self-confidence and life skills from learning photography and having their work displayed in a reputable gallery. CFKF photographers attending the event will provide insight into their images and share stories of how photography has impacted their lives.
Guests will be enthralled with the caliber of photographs taken by the youth as well as the professional artwork on display throughout the beautiful BaCA gallery space which is located in the historic Bailey Hotel. Musical entertainment, light bites and beverages will be enjoyed while guests may take home an abundance of auction items and door prizes.
Created by founder Betsey Chesler in 2009, CFKF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with active programs in South Florida and cities serving disadvantaged youth across the United States and Canada. Ms. Chesler founded CFKF after returning from a trip to South Africa where she spent a life-changing month volunteering with orphans. Her desire to help children is powerful, and the results are heartwarming and incredibly effective. CFKF has placed cameras in the hands of 890 at-risk children, using the art of photography to better their lives.
Event tickets are $30 per person. Please visit the website at www.camerasforkidsfoundation.org for additional information or call BaCA at 954-284-0141. Bailey Contemporary Arts. 41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. (954) 786-7824.
Evolution is a showcase of works accomplished by a select group within the organization, who continue to work together to evolve and flourish within their respective genres. While the works featured may vary in style and medium, they all share a common theme. The works reflect an ongoing metamorphosis of the individual efforts to tell a story of the artist’s journey from where they began, where they are now, and what lies ahead in the future.
Re-Produce will entice you to discover what others miss. This juried group exhibition curated by Lisa Rockford showcases artworks created from found objects, unexpected debris materials and other overlooked components. Look at the world through artists’ eyes and watch the ordinary transformed into works of splendor. Join us for the complimentary artists’ reception on September 8, 2016 at 6:00PM. FREE. Dates and hours of admission available online. Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA). 41 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. (954) 284-0141.
SWIMMING with NARCISSUS investigates identity and persona of both of the artist, and of the viewer, as provoked by the artist. The exhibit is a survey of atypical self-portraits. Instead of a tangible reflection of the figure based in realism, these contemporary approaches are instead conceptual meditations of the psyche, where representations of the self may be distorted and altered, resulting in a diverse embodiment of identity.
Throughout the exhibit, viewers will also be confronted by sculptural artworks with reflective or mirrored surfaces, inherently bringing the viewer into the work, and provoking fractured and distorted reflections, thereby causing them to consider the subjective nature of how one views their own image.
The opening reception on July 21 will feature a performance by Kikimora, with electronic and acoustic music by Amir Sultan Roth. Also during the reception will be an interactive FunClicks photo booth, in which visitors can create their own unique self portrait, take home a free print, as well as add the image to the exhibition!
Olga Saretsky - Kikimora
Cat Del Beuno
Deming King Harriman
Christin Paige Minnotte
Broward County has grown immensely in the span of a century, emerging as a metropolitan area and major tourist destination and its architectural development has an interesting history.
This exhibition, a series of photographs on panels, represents some of the most prominent examples of architecture throughout the County, charting its growth from the settlement of Fort Lauderdale into its most current iterations. From suburbs to skyscrapers, this exhibition aims to acquaint the public with the buildings, their architectural history and the urban phenomena throughout the region.
Through original research, the curators hope that the exhibit will serve as a catalyst for more in depth studies regarding the area’s built environment, while celebrating and exploring how buildings embody past ideals, present concerns, and future aspirations.
This exhibition is possible due to generous funding and support from the Broward Cultural Division, the Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture, and FAU’s Broward Undergraduate Research Award. We are especially thankful to Dawn Robinson-Patrick, Jeffrey Huber and John Sandell. The exhibition was co-curated by Fredo Rivera and Vladimir Kulic and presents the work and research of students at FAU’s School of Architecture. Participants in the exhibition include: Heather Akers, Jammy Chong, Nick DiMattia, Christopher Emile, Catheryn Espino, Emelia Fischer, Christie Garcia, and Christopher Sartori.
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"What's your Story?" is a celebration of the rich history of Pompano Beach's African American community through stunning photographs. Many dating from the 1930s, the photos in the exhibition are a remarkable visual journey that highlights past generations of local family members and community leaders. The photos were culled from the archives of the African American Research Library and the Cultural Center of Broward County.
Misoo uses “vulnerability” as a theme revealed through her emotional self-portraits, narrative fantasy, and abstract images. Exploiting her paints ability to be both fluid and to congeal in her technique, her large paintings explore feelings of fear in reaction to abuse, abandonment and neglect. In-between her painted layers and intricate mark making, Misoo weaves her stories of innocence lost together using threads from of her childhood nightmares, news headlines that scream tales of abuse and rape, her fear for her vulnerable young daughter, and the desire to escape into fairytale and fantasy. Her confessional body of work focuses on the emotional process when repressed memories resurface. These recollections have helped fuel an aggressive beauty into her artwork by combining spontaneous, abstract ink marks with detailed narratives told through painstakingly time-consuming pencil drawings. Misoo graduated with her Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration on painting from Florida Atlantic University in the spring of 2014. Misoo has exhibited in shows at Scope, The Art Place Wynwood in Miami, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, The Gallery at Art House Delray, Delray Beach, Las Laguna Gallery in California and solo exhibition at Durham Arts Council in North Carolina.
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, João Paulo Gonçalves moved to the United States as a young adult and has spent most of his time here, living in South Florida. He has had a dedicated love of architecture and visual arts since a young age and studied architecture both in Brazil as well as at Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute. Gonçalves’ love of architectural design is a strong component in his shadow art pieces where he harnesses light into shadows, created by deliberately placed and cut wood pieces, as he sculpts these fascinating pieces of art. The pixel art pieces are inspired by icons, who are representative of João Paulo’s heritage, as well as his present day, cultural environment. These pieces require the viewer to put distance between themselves and the work to acutely perceive the subject of the art piece. While some of the shadow art draws inspiration from geometric shapes, others originate in the unrefined beauty of a simple silhouette. Each piece loses its subject completely if the light source is removed. The image is only revealed in the shadows that have been created. Beyond his love of creating art, Gonçalves has a passion for helping and mentoring his fellow artists to become full-time artists, supported solely by their own artwork. Gonçalves frequently exhibits throughout South Florida as well as having private and corporate collectors of his original artwork across the United States. He currently lives in Coconut Creek with his wife and four children.
Virginia Fifield seeks to inspire a “Re Visioning” of our present relationship to the natural world with her large-scale charcoal drawings of animals and nature. Working in high realism, chosen images are “re-presented” in a stark, over-scale format, deliberately devoid of color and context to strip away all sentimental and stereotypical associations. Although the subjects at first appear recognizable and familiar, they aim to initiate a re-vision, a deeper contemplation and internal dialogue about the natural world and the relationship in which we coexist. Fifield’s artwork is exhibited internationally and has received numerous awards including Best in Show in Art Florida and an award in the All Florida Juried Exhibition and Competition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood and the Selection Committee for Public Art in Broward County. Her work is currently exhibited with the Opera Gallery and is held in public and private collections internationally.