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Cortada’s Antarctic Ice Painting will be on exhibit at Blue Sphere
April 5, 2013 @ 8:00 am - April 29, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
Xavier Cortada “Getz” (Ice Painting: Antarctic Sea Ice series) Medium: Sea ice from the Antarctica’s Ross Sea, sediment from Antarctica’s Dry Valleys and mixed media on paper Size: 12 inches x 9 inches Year: 2007 Created onsite at McMurdo Station, Ross Island, Antarctica
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 “ice paintings” using sea ice, glacier and sediment samples provided to him by scientists working in Antarctica. The artist titled the works on paper by randomly selecting the names of geographic features from a map of the continent that inspired their creation.
Miami artist Xavier Cortada created art installations at the North Pole and South Pole to address environmental concerns at every point in between. He’s been commissioned to create art for the White House, the World Bank, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, Florida Botanical Gardens, the Miami Art Museum, Museum of Florida History, Miami Science Museum and the Frost Art Museum. Cortada has also developed numerous collaborative art projects globally, including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa, and eco-art projects in Holland, Hawaii and Latvia and Taiwan. Cortada serves as artist-in-residence at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts | Office of Engaged Creativity.