“Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines”
a solo exhibition premiering works created in Antarctica in 2007
11000 S. Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Exhibit runs from November 8, 2018 through January 6, 2018
Xavier Cortada, recipient of a 2006-2007 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers fellowship, traveled to Antarctica to implement a series of projects and installations. While there, the Miami artist created “Antarctic Ice Paintings” using glacier ice, sea ice, and sediment samples provided to him by scientists working in Antarctica. “Global Coastlines,” a series of comprised of all of the artist’s Antarctic works on paper which had not yet been titled (and had never been shown) will be premiered and named at Pinecrest Gardens. One is titled “Antarctica,” another will be titled “Pinecrest.” The remaining sixty works will be titled for another 60 global communities threatened by sea level rise. The exhibition is part of a broader participatory art project aimed at engaging residents in a conversation about the future of their properties
an exhibition by
11000 S. Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Exhibit runs through August 8, 2018 through September 3, 2018
Opening reception on Sunday, August 11, 2018 from noon to 2pm
Titled for Biscayne Bay’s longitude, “80.15 W” features the 17 threatened and endangered species that call Biscayne National Park (in Miami, FL) home. In 2010, Cortada created the drawings on carbon paper, a metaphor for the impact (or “carbon footprint”) that humans have had on that animal, even across the boundaries of protected nature preserve. The carbon paper originals were premiered at the national park’s gallery and are in the permanent collection of NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Join Xavier Cortada at the Pinecrest Gardens Earth Day Festival and participate in his environmental participatory art projects:
- DIATOMS: Unveil the Diatom sculpture at 1 pm
Diatoms are single-celled organisms that live in the water and harness the power of the sun to convert CO2 into oxygen. Its glass shell, all that remains from the diatom, is used by scientists today to see what was as they research environmental issues crucial to the city in the century to come. Scientists—and artists—can determine the past salinity of water by examining the shells of diatoms preserved in sedimentary core samples. Each diatom species has a different salinity preference, so changes in the mixture of fresh and sea water (driven by sea level and changes in water management) can be inferred from past diatom remains.
- LONGITUDINAL INSTALLATION: Perform the ritualistic installation at noon
Xavier Cortada painted and placed 24 in a circle around the North and South Poles, each representing a person living in a different part of the world affected by climate change. The shoes were placed next to each other in their respective longitudes as a proxy for people in the world below. After positioning the shoes, Cortada went to each shoe and recited a statement from a person living in that longitude about how climate change affected or will affect them.
- NATIVE FLAGS: Participate in eco-art reforestation project; drop in and make your flag anytime from noon to 4pm
Miami artist Xavier Cortada created this urban reforestation eco-art project to help restore native habitats for plants and animals in urban areas. Participating residents are asked to plant a native tree alongside the green project flag in their front yard and state: “I hereby reclaim this land for nature.”
Celebrate Mother Earth at Pinecrest Gardens’ Earth Day Festival
“We have art presentations and tours given by the Pérez Art Museum Miami throughout the day, special presentations from Xavier Cortada including The Longitudinal Installation Ceremony, the Native Flags Ceremony, the dedication of his new installation titled #Diatoms and so much more…”
Please read more at http://communitynewspapers.com/pinecrest/celebrate-mother-earth-at-pinecrest-gardens-earth-day-festival/
Xavier Cortada will be presenting monthly Florida is Nature Artist Talks with Guest Scientists and interactive experiences at The Hibiscus Gallery in Pinecrest Gardens, where his studio is located. In his capacity as artist-in-residence, Cortada implements his Florida is Nature participatory art program onsite. Each month, Cortada will invite a different Florida International University School of Environment, Arts and Society research scientist as a special guest to join him in a public art science conversation and to discuss environmental issues and his/her work. The artist talks and interactive experiences are free with paid admission to the garden on the select dates below. After the talk, visitors are invited to walk the garden and engage in the Florida is Nature participatory art project.
FIU School of Environment, Arts & Society
FIU College of Communications, Architecture + The Arts
FIU Digital Library of the Caribbean
cordially invite you to join us for our monthly
Florida is Nature Artist Talk
11000 S.W. 57th Avenue
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Talk is free with $5 admission to the Gardens.
After the talk, walk the garden and participate in “Florida is Nature.”
The dates of the Florida is Nature art – science talks are:
Artist Talks 2017
Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 10:30a:
[FLORIDA IS… Cancelled due to Hurricane Irma]
Monday, October 16th, 2017 at 10:30a:
FLORIDA IS… Nature
Tuesday, November 29th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS… Mangroves
Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS… Endangered Species
Artist Talks 2018
Wednesday, February 14th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS… Seagrasses
Wednesday, March 14th, 2017 at 10:30a
Wednesday, April 11th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS NATURE: Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
Wednesday, May 9th,2017 at 10:30a
The art-science talks and interactive experiences are free with paid admission to the garden on the select dates below. After the talk, visitors are invited to walk the garden and engage in the Florida is Nature participatory art project. The gallery is located at the entrance of Pinecrest Gardens – 11000 Red Rd, Pinecrest, FL 33156. We also welcome community groups and high school students to attend the artist’s talks. If you are interested in scheduling a group for one of the dates below, please contact Lacey Bray, educational programs coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-669-6990 for more information.
Monthtly Florida is Nature artist talks and community programs are presented by:
Xavier Cortada, “Puzzled Landscape: Florida is… Wildflowers” digital art, 2015
About Florida Is Nature
Conceptualized during Xavier Cortada‘s residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida, “Florida is…” is an evolving body of work that depicts the natural beauty of Florida. It asks Floridians to define their state by its natural environment, not by the edifices and man-made encroachments that displace nature. Some “Florida is…” works hang as public art in public venues, admonishing viewers to find better ways to coexist with nature.
The project invites participants to capture and share their images and perspectives on the project’s online platform.
“Florida Is…” by Xavier Cortada
Through Florida is Nature,” Pinecrest Gardens artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada portrays Florida’s environment to connect viewers with our state’s natural beauty. Come see the works on permanent display at the Hibiscus Gallery in Pinecrest Gardens.
You too can participate in “Florida is…” Help others understand and appreciate Florida’s natural beauty. Upload an image of your favorite animal, plant or place to www.floridaisnature.com and tell us why we should all care for it and strive to protect it. We will share it on our website and social media. We will also ask you to help us spread the word and get others to see that “Florida is… Nature.”
You can learn more about the artist by visiting www.cortada.com
Join us on
Thursday, May 11th, 2017
from 6 pm to 8 pm
for the official closing of
an exhibit by
11000 S Red Rd, Pinecrest, FL 33156
Exhibit runs April 6 – May 11th, 2017th
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Join us for the official opening of
Xavier Cortada’s “Seahorses” art exhibit on
Thursday, April 6th, 2017
from 6 pm to 8 pm
as we launch Project Seahorse‘s latest initiative
“Seahorses: Magical Creatures in your Backyard”
As space is limited, please RSVP to this opening event here: https://seahorses.eventbrite.
an exhibit by
11000 S Red Rd, Pinecrest, FL 33156
Exhibit runs April 6 – May 12th, 2017th
“Project Seahorse is a marine conservation group dedicated to securing a world where marine ecosystems are healthy and well-managed. Their “Seahorses: Magical Creatures in Our Backyard” initiative aims to build awareness about seahorses and other syngnathids in Biscayne National Park and inspire residents of Miami-Dade County to take action to protect the park and their oceans. Charismatic symbols of the seagrasses, mangroves, reefs and estuaries they call home, seahorses are flagship species for a wide range of marine conservation issues in Biscayne National Park.” Learn more at http://www.projectseahorse.org.
“This campaign made possible through the generous support of the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation. The Herbert W. Hoover Foundation takes a leadership role in funding unique opportunities that provide solutions to issues related to the community, education, and the environment.”
“Let the sunshine in…”
Art Presentation: Let the Sunshine in Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay & Cutler Bay | Vote NO on Amendment 1
Earlier this year, we moved into our new home in Palmetto Bay and installed solar panels. We wanted to do our part to protect the environment. Using clean energy helps save the planet by reducing the amount of “dirty” electricity we need to buy from utilities.
It also saves me money. Unlike fossil fuels, sunshine is free.
Most Floridians like clean energy. They would love to bring it to their homes.
Clean energy companies like it too. As do thoseemployed in the growing clean energy work force.
Not everyone likes the idea of clean energy, though.
The utilities don’t.
The utilities have spent $22 million to place a deceptive Constitutional Amendment on the ballot before Florida voters on November 8th, 2016. At first reading, Amendment 1 sounds as if it advances the cause of solar energy in the Sunshine State. Instead, it stifles competition and sets up mechanisms that disincentivize rooftop energy. Utilities would rather have change on their own terms. They’re not accustomed to having competition and will do anything to stop potential competitors even if it means tricking you into voting against your own financial interests so they can increase their profits and increase the rate of our planet’s destruction.
I want to make my new neighbors aware about the truth behind this amendment. I want us to shine a light on this “wolf in sheep’s clothing” amendment so that they can make informed choices at the ballot box.
So, using old solar panels Cutler Bay Solar Solutions (my solar contractor) gave me, I created three “sun paintings:” One for my Palmetto Bay neighbors. The other for my neighbors to the south at Cutler Bay. And the other for my neighbors to the north in Pinecrest.
I want my new neighbors to see the sun art and see themselves reflected on the solar panels. I want them to see their connection to the sun.
Everything that lives on Planet Earth (including residents of Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, and Cutler Bay) is threatened by humandisruptions to the perfect, but fragile balance created in synchrony with the sun.
Let’s live in balance with nature.
Let’s lower our carbon footprint.
Let’s harness the power ofthe sun.
Let’s follow its light.
Let’s use its energy to save the planet while growing our economy. Let’s make the right choices.
Vote No on Amendment 1 and let the sun shine in the ”Sunshine State!”
Torrid Flora, features artwork by Jennifer Basile, Xavier Cortada, Sarah Henderson, Deborah Mitchell and Tina Salvesen which look beyond the blue skies and palm trees of our tropical surroundings. As climate change and global warming are felt with the change of each season, Torrid Flora revisits Aristotle’s Torrid Zone assessments and presents a hauntingly view of its lush vegetation and plant life. Being the first to study the world’s climate, Aristotle divided it into three zones: Frigid, Temperate and Torrid. The Torrid Zone was deemed by the philosopher as uninhabitable, with weather conditions too hot for life. It is the nearest to the equator, reaching from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn. Miami stands just above the line of Aristotle’s simple classification, but its tropical conditions are evident. With the rising temperatures, are we headed in the direction in which he so long predicted?