Detail of House a Home, 2020
Woven and painted palms fronds
Daina Mattis Descent, 2020, oil and flock on linen, 54 x 60 inches
Courtesy High Noon Gallery, New York, NY
DEERING SPRING CONTEMPORARY 2021: Homemaking
The Deering Estate presents Deering Spring Contemporary Projects: Homemaking – an exhibition exploring the notions of home, identity, site and community. The exhibition explores these concepts as a precursor to the centennial celebration of the Stone House. Homemaking brings together a group of works that take a variety of approaches in considering what makes a house a home. The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, photography, performance and sound installations that each considers the site as a domestic space, filled with memories, identities, and histories.
The Deering Estate maintains the legacy of Charles Deering of supporting artists and creative innovation through its vigorous residency and exhibition program. The Deering Spring Contemporary has always been a platform for artists to explore the site and illustrate different facets of the history of the site and its surroundings.
The exhibition considers what makes a house a home. In anticipation of the Stone House centennial in 2022, invited contemporary artists explore the concept of home as a physical, historical, political and spiritual space. April 17 – June 13, 2021. More info here.
About the artists:
As the culmination of her 2020-21 residency Maya Billig latest filmed dance performance reimagines the storied past of the Deering Estate homes. Filmed inside the Stone House, Richmond Cottage and boat basin, Billig’s film presents a cast of characters struggling with their past and future through their movements in space and time.
Venezuelan Miami-based photo and video artist, Amalia Caputo, has created an extensive body of work that deals with the intangible, and often ambiguous, relationship with memory. Her most recent body of work, Every being is an island(home), documents Amalia Caputo’s experience as an Artist in Residence at the Deering Estate through her close-up renderings that build the visual reality of the Estate. It is an extensive portrait; the collected images build an archive of memories she has created with each day of her residency. In this curated selection of works from the series, Caputo highlights the hidden gems within the houses of the Deering Estate.
Don Lambert is an artist and educator based in Miami, FL. He is the current Sculpture Department head at New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. Over the past two decades, Lambert has developed a creative practice that includes objectmaking, performance, and social engagement; labor is central to his work. Lambert investigates migratory and fluid aspects of identity through a consideration of materials, history, and place. As part of the built environment, landscape remains the primary locus of his research. In addition to local projects, Lambert continues to work on long-term projects with indigenous populations in the Peruvian Amazon. His current Hunting Grounds, meditates on the history of the Deering Estate grounds to generations of cultures throughout it’s 10,000 year history.
Frozen Music (Gustavo Matamoros, Rene Barge and David Dunn) is an experimental sound artist collective and performing ensemble that designs and realizes immersive sound environments in response to the acoustical characteristics of a given site. Their latest work, ‘Paranormal’ captures the often-unnoticed or overlooked sounds of the Deering Estate through this most recent project. Through an extensive survey of the property, FM has elevated the unheard acoustics of the Estate for audiences to create a sound portrait – a curated composition that celebrates the auditory elements of the subject. FM’s sound-portraits, or ‘retratos,’ immortalize these unique auditory profiles.
Daina Mattis is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Los Angeles, CA. She is the youngest of four children to Lithuanian immigrants. Her experiences in a bilingual, culturally rich home in Los Angeles greatly influence her work and how she explores visual language. Many of the works in Homemaking are borrowed from her 2020 solo exhibition Family Style, which connects nature to interior spaces through domestication, imitation, alteration, and possession. Often referencing surrealist traditions of tromp l’oeil and composition; Mattis’ works reflect our tendencies to see the qualities that we want in our everyday spaces.
Sterling Rook’s palm-frond portal, House a Home, is an architectural sculpture that parallels as a gateway. As a fiber artist, materials with their own inherent meanings and placements in culture play a large role in the conscious entwinement within the works he produces. This latest project, modeled after ancient post and lintel monuments, features the meticulous weaving styles of coastal communities finished with colors and design inspired by Miami’s iconic Art-Deco era. House a Home reflects the unique amalgamation of culture found in Miami, echoing the vision had by Charles Deering to create a Mediterranean Revival home that was distinctly built to reflect its tropical environment.
Tom Scicluna’s most recent sculptural work Domain, reinterprets and restructures the relationship between raw materials and built environments. Taking from his surroundings, Scicluna challenges a perceived understanding of an object’s value as it exists with a projected purpose. By elevating discarded found materials into minimalist geometric sculptures, Scicluna shatters these traditional expectations of image as presented by object. Domain speaks to the costs and benefits of the paradoxical relationships between space, object, value, and image in the state of constant change Miami has come to know.
Cultural Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.