ART BASEL 2010 :: FriendsWithYou presents Building Blocks @ O.H.W.O.W.


FriendsWithYou presents Building Blocks with O.H.W.O.W.
December 2, 2010 – January 9, 2011
3930 NE 2nd Avenue / 2nd Floor / Miami / Florida / 33137

To coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach 2010, OHWOW is proud to present FriendsWithYou’s Building Blocks – a collection of paintings, over a decade in the making. Known for their reductive approach to geometric abstraction and playful imagery, Building Blocks introduces a series of paintings, executed in the artists’ customary style.

Rather than merely flat wall pieces, these paintings act as two-dimensional extensions of their prolific sculptural, graphical and experiential installation works. They are quasi portraits; the abstraction of human visage allows viewers to project their own emotions. In this manner, the portraits become vacillating reflections, reliant and transformed via audience interaction. This exchange, echoed by the artists’ experiential sculptural installations, delivers these paintings from flat to dimensional, aesthetic to conceptual.

Presented alongside the new series of paintings, the artists exhibit select sculptural pieces, meant to illustrate the progression between their installations and the “portraiture.” Continuing on the trajectory of interactive focus, the air-inflated sculptures experiment with the experience and result of relational artwork. This relational approach is at the heart of the artists’ core philosophy and forms the building blocks of their creative output.

Opening reception Thursday, December 2, 2010 6pm

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