By John Thomason
By Benjy Caplan
By Artburst Miami
By Carlos Suarez De Jesus
By Daniel Reskin
Since December, Guild members have united around a ten-point manifesto based on originality, craftsmanship, and more traditional concepts of art, Molerio explains.
All technically accomplished, the artists tackle widely differing images and subjects in their work. Acosta creates scenes reminiscent of old cartographers' ocean maps, with the denizens of the deep rising to consume storm-tossed ships. Gold depicts solitary young women drowning in suburban swimming pools, while Serritella employs a pop art sensibility when painting fragmented female nudes.
In his pieces, Molerio stitches paper and fabric onto the surfaces, suturing the canvases as if working on an autopsy slab. Villalba creates panoramic dystopian landscapes, while Garaitonandia produces nebulous scenes pitting what appear to be World War I-era soldiers against mutant insects and flying machines.
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Telot's compelling paintings experiment with light, conjuring ghostly apparitions in gray tones on surfaces that seem as pocked as the dark side of the moon.
"A lot of the stuff you see these days has no meaning," Pau-Llosa says. "It takes about half a second to absorb and is like the punch line of a joke you need to read some text panel to understand. For me, what the artists involved with the Guild are doing is what understanding art has always been."
Molerio agrees: "If you look at what we are doing, you will see a love of painting and respect for craftsmanship, but you will also see a level of talent that is underrepresented for some reason in this town. Don't get me wrong. We are not saying all the conceptual art you see in most local galleries is shit. But sometimes a lot of it is."
Great article, Carlos !!Thank you for reviewing this show. It’s common for shows like this one, housed in non- commercial venues, to go on unnoticed. This need for artists to group allows them to nest and create comfort and strength. Strength in numbers, as they say. In this space (the ladderroom art space) you will witness these artists being challenged; writers and critics trying to dance to the rhythm of the painter’s brush stroke; and curators struggling with the white box. So I encourage everyone to come and see what happens here every Saturday. 6900 Biscayne Blvd. @ 7 p.m.