BKMIA-The Best of Brooklyn meets Miami! December 3-6!

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BROOKLYN ARTISTS TAKE OVER MIAMI DURING ART BASEL

AD HOC ART (BROOKLYN, NY) BRINGS THE BEST OF BROOKLYN TO THE HEART OF MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT

December 3, 2009 at 7PM -Opening Night Reception with Artists

Complimentary Beverages provided by Amstel Light

Miami, FL – In an era where being from just “the City” doesn’t cut it, Brooklyn, New York has quickly become the newest epicenter for emerging arts and culture for not only the five boroughs but rather for the global audience. And as the international art world descends on Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach, the best of what Brooklyn has to offer will collectively congregate in the heart of the Miami Design District.


Ad Hoc Art brings you over 40 artists ranging from all mediums and styles that best represent the aesthetics and vision of the Brooklyn art scene. This comprehensive showcase will not only emphasize the visionary works of today’s biggest street artists such as The London Police, Lady Pink, Poster Boy and Skewville, but will highlight established contemporary artists such as Scott Draves, whose works in new media has been at the forefront of both art and technology. BKMIA is also proud to debut Mario Brothers, the latest addition to the Brooklyn street iconoclast whose mixed media collages can be seen on such high-profile publications as V Magazine and Interview.

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With Miami serving as the perfect backdrop for this diverse group of artistry, BKMIA shines the spotlight on the unique alliance between the two cities as well as showcase the similarities of both cultures in relations to the contemporary art world.

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Official BKMIA Artists Featured are:

• Avoid Pi

• Buxtonia {Alison & Garrison Buxton}

• Cahbasmn

• Cash4

• Celso

• Cycle

• Dan Taylor

• DarkClouds

• Dennis McNett

• Destroy & Rebuild

• Eastern District Collective

• Ezra Li Eismont

• Faro

• Flying Fortress

• Frank Russo

• Fred Harper

• Gaia

• Imminent Disaster

• Infinity

• Jim Kiernan

• Joe Vaux

• John Breiner

• John Fekner & Don Leicht

• Jonathan Villoch {DEPOE}

• JuseOne

• Keely Brandon

• Keith Haskel

• Kevin Brady

• Lady Pink

• Logik One

• Lucas

• Mario Brothers

• Martin Mazorra & Mike Houston {Cannonball Press}

• Martina Secondo Russo

• Michael Allen

• Mike De Feo

• Molly Crabapple

• Morning Breath

• NohJColey

• Peat Wollaeger

• Peripheral Media Projects

• Pez

• Poster Boy

Rafel Fuchs

Robert Steel

Ronin

Royce Bannon

Ryan Doyle and UFO 930

Scott Draves & The Electric Sheep

Skewville

The London Police

The Senator

Thundercut

Tod Seelie

Uhuru Design

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About the BKMIA Team:

Garrison Buxton (Principal Curator) is the co-founder of Peripheral Media Projects, Inc. and Ad Hoc Art, Brooklyn.

Alison Buxton (Co-Curator) is the co-founder of Ad Hoc Art, Brooklyn.

Michael Cabrera (Co-Curator) is the owner and founder of Eastern District, Brooklyn.

Max Pierre (Creative Director) is the owner and founder of AE District, Miami.

Gallery Hours during Art Basel Miami Beach:

December 3, 2009 | 12PM to 5PM

o Opening Night Party 7PM – 11PM with special performances TBA

December 4, 2009 | 11AM to 7PM

December 5, 2009 | 11AM to 7PM

December 6, 2009 | 11AM to 5PM

o Closing Night Party 7PM – 11PM with special performances TBA

BKMIA | 4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 103 | Moore Building | Miami, FL 33137 For more on BKMIA, visit www.BKMIA.COM

www.aedistrict.com www.eastern-district.com www.adhocart.org

Buxtonia presents “Unified Love Movement” in Oklahoma.

****YOU CAN SEE IMAGES FROM THE OPENING**** go to our Shows/Events page and click on Buxtonia/PMP Events!

Buxtonia {Garrison & Alison Buxton} presents Unified Love Movement


Opening Reception: Friday, October 9, 2009 / 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Exhibition Dates: October 9 – December 5, 2009

Address: Mainsite Gallery / 122 E. Main St / Norman OK 73069

Mainsite Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Oklahoma-born artists Garrison & Alison Buxton. Currently Brooklyn-based, 2010 has the Buxtons embarking on a long-term project featuring an art, design, and living center based on environmental responsibility and ecological sustainability in the Green Mountains of Vermont.  This is Garrison’s second show at Mainsite and Garrison and Alison’s first major installation at the gallery.

Unified Love Movement is the culmination of years of thought, reflection, and observance of our collective existence on our shared home, earth.  For the majority of human existence, our species lived within the constraints of the natural world, in relative harmony with the other earthly inhabitants.  With westernized thought & expansion, colonialization, and the concept of manifest destiny arose the notion that the earth and its resources are here to serve humans, god’s chosen people made in his image, and it is our duty to use the earth’s bounty as we see fit.  Unfortunately for believers in these ideologies, they have been mislead.  Humans can never triumph over nature and its constraints for we are a part of it, one and the same, inextricably entwined.  Since our well being and existence directly correlate with the planet’s well being and its ability to sustain life, it is obviously in our best interest to reprioritize our ideologies, harmonize with nature (and therefore ourselves) and relearn how to live within ecological limits that are healthy and sustainable for the greatest number of life forms, not just our own.

To unravel the complex mental and spiritual knots that tie and bind the perceptions, mindsets and outlooks resulting from one’s cultural conditioning, sometimes many years or even decades are necessary.  By the time one is old enough to realize the duping of one’s consciousness via the charade of our contemporary culture and mass media, breaking free of powerful dogmas steeped in contradictions, exploit, and hypocrisy can be very challenging.  Religion and spirituality are key parts of this widespread social brainwashing.  How many of us grow up being exposed to many different belief systems and their believers, thinking about them critically, and then being allowed to choose what we feel best reflects our own worldview?  Not many, from what we have seen and heard.  The default motion is that we are born into and assimilated by the belief system of one or both of our parents.  Be they Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Indigenous, or any other, the parental persuasion is rarely neutral.

The truths at the cores of these belief systems are the emphasis of Unified Love Movement.  The installation has various disciplines simultaneously at play, comprising works on canvass, prints, and sculpture as well as bleeding-edge digital technologies and video projections.  Numerous artists have collaborated in this project, sharing their talents to exponentially expand the strength of the exhibition.  It would not have been realized in the same manner without their skills.  The central sculpture features a circular band housing Dennis Creedon’s deft trompe l’oeil painting as well as Leo Villareal’s simply stunning LED artworks.  Above Creedon and Villareal’s works, Scott Draves’s sublime Electric Sheep projections emanate along the cylindrical screen.  Light, pattern, and movement were three of the best ways the Buxtons thought to describe the transcendence towards the divine.

Unified Love Movement’s purpose is not to control or limit thought and ideas, but to inspire inquiry, reflection and mindfulness about one’s self and one’s place in our current existence as well as the grand scheme of things. The installation is about openness and expansiveness, not about confinement and limitations.

Unified Love Movement is the Buxton’s’ most ambitious, exciting project to date.  It invites and encourages the viewer to actively participate in the experience as well as contribute to its spiritual diversity and expansiveness.   The floor plan of the installation is a sacred geometric shape called Metatron’s Cube.  Metatron, an archangel and divine transmitter, supposedly forms he cube from his own soul.  The cube contains 2-dimensional images of all five Platonic Solids and many other primal forms. The cube has six points around its perimeter, each point being occupied by a human figure.  Unified Love Movement presents five figures on five canvasses to occupy five of the six points of Metatron’s Cube, with the viewer occupying the sixth point.  Each canvass’ contemplative figure is of a different belief system that the others.  Each figure is facing the center of the gallery, sending their energy, thought, and prayer towards an iconic image opposite them, symbolizing the godhead of his or her respective belief.  Opposite the viewer is a mirror to reflect the omnipresent divine nature existing within each and every one of us. The soundness of the geometry and the installation is completed through the viewer’s participation.

To the sides of the mirror as well as each godhead glow LED light sculptures in the shape of Metatron’s Cube, reflecting and referencing the shape of the larger installation.  Shining above of the LEDs and godheads, projectors send fountains of Electric Sheep radiating upwards and outwards, completing the energy exchanged in the cycle of belief: energy is sent to the divine, the divine sends the energy back to the believer.  This cycle is one that has been happening for thousands of years and will happen for thousands more, or as long as we are around to play our part in it.  The challenge we face as a species is to create sustainable relationships that benefit all planetary beings and to focus on our overwhelming similarities rather than our minute differences.  We have to have a belief in something truly greater… ourselves.  Together we can create the great change necessary to heal our culture.  Divided we are more easily conquered.  Buxtonia hopes that you are inspired to participate, reflect, and assist in blazing a trail towards a new era of cooperative and sustainable existence.

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