[Press Release] Adler Guerrier: Deployed, Conditional, & Limited Utopia

Adler Guerrier: Deployed, Conditional, and Limited Utopia
September 28 – November 21, 2017
Opening Reception, Thursday, September 28th, 6 – 9 PM

David Castillo Gallery presents Deployed, Conditional, and Limited Utopia, a solo exhibition by Adler Guerrier.

Deployed, Conditional, and Limited Utopia builds a visual topography of the urban, subtropical conditions of Miami, reflecting upon these distinct environments as evidence of the cultural and political landscapes of the city. Human activity, and the turns of economic booms and busts, are insinuated throughout the works as artifacts-semi-manicured yards, chain link fences, power lines, pavement-hidden among rich vegetation; subjects that are treated as background. Guerrier, in many ways, plays the role of cultural cartographer, and the images themselves, physically folded, unfolded, and then displayed on the wall, have the look of maps laid out with landmarks noted in painted squares.

The architectures of Guerrier’s images are weighted with the politics of place and the conditions which bear that space’s values and outcomes. Impasse becomes an evocative theme within this selection of works on paper and photographs, where barriers hinder movement and subjects are captured through the blurred foregrounds of covering leaves. A flowering plant growing up and over a wall trespasses upon the photographer’s space, and ideas of things hidden, and things breaking through, build upon a narrative of transformation, both urban and social. For Guerrier, these concepts are seeded by the ideologies of the American Civil Rights Movement, where Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X reflected upon the possibilities of the present as a catalyst towards building better outcomes. In a public debate at the Oxford Student Union in 1964, Malcom X famously commented: “…I, for one, will join in with anyone-I don’t care what color you are-as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth.”

To deploy Utopia is to bring it into effective action. And in this body of work Guerrier treats the Utopian impulse as an extension of both built and natural environments. These notions are reflected in the writings of French philosopher Henri Lefebvre, who imagined space as socially co-created alongside its physical construction, and imprinted upon by the populations which share in its development. Architecture, in the context of Lefebvre’s work, is an intrinsically political apparatus, and Guerrier treats these sites as ideological spaces that can be socially reimagined and recontextualized in the same vein.

The act of seeing, or acknowledging, can be revolutionary and transgressive; and in Deployed, Conditional, and Limited Utopia we see Guerrier’s gaze, how he witnesses and reinterprets Miami, home, and Utopia as the interconnected components in his personal concept of place. To look is everything; to see the possibility of these everyday, and sometimes degraded, sceneries is a first step in deploying action.

Adler Guerrier was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and lives and works in Miami, FL where he received his BFA from New World School of the Arts. Current exhibitions of the artist’s work include Pacific Standard Time’s “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago,” at MOLAA, Long Beach, CA. Recent exhibitions include Fondation Clement, Martinique, France; History Miami Museum; and Barnes Foundation “Person of the Crowd: Contemporary Art of Flanerie” among others. He was a 2015 recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation grant through its re-granting program. Guerrier’s solo exhibitions include PAMM Miami (2015). He has exhibited work at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, FL; The Bass Museum, Miami Beach, FL; Harn Museum of Art, Gainseville, FL; and the 2008 Whitney Biennial among many other exhibitions. His works can be found in public collections including ICA Miami, PAMM Miami, and the Studio Museum in Harlem among others.

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Home/s portfolio by Extra Virgin Press


Extra Virgin Press, in its first community based project, has asked Miami artists and writers to offer views on our common home in the form of literary broadsheets.

Edwidge Danticat & Laura Tan
Denise Duhamel/Maureen Seaton & Michelle Weinberg
Michael Hettich & Tom Virgin
Mia Leonin & Adler Guerrier
Campbell McGrath & Pip Brant

Exhibition at the Laundromat Art Space opens on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 6 to 10 PM through Sunday, August 20, 2017, located at 5900 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, Florida 33137.

Exhibition of Home/s Portfolio continues at Extra Virgin Press from September 1 through October 31, 2017, located at the Emerson Dorsch Building, 5900 NW 2nd Avenue Miami, Florida 33137.


In-visibilité Ostentatoire

In-visibilité Ostentatoire Commissaire : Giscard Bouchotte.

Mario Benjamin, Florine Demosthene, Maksaens Denis, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Edouard Duval-Carrie, Adler Guerrier, Sasha Huber, Manuel Mathieu, Ronald Mevs, Michelange Quay, Henry Roy

L’exposition In-visibilité Ostentatoire, en référence aux silences assourdissants de l’Histoire, présente le travail d’une dizaine d’artistes qui explorent les non-dits sur des faits d’hier et d’aujourd’hui ou des événements que la mémoire a oublié ou choisi d’oublier. En relatant certains faits historiques passés sous silence à leur époque, elle évoque les mécanismes à l’oeuvre, les amnésies collectives ou les tabous sociaux qui influencent nos choix et nos silences. In-visibilité Ostentatoire donne aussi à voir le travail de certains artistes qui puisent leur inspiration dans le monde Invisible, celui des “mistè” (esprits) qui semblent tirer les ficelles de la réalité haïtienne. Ce monde invisible et son cohorte de croyances populaires est, pour nombre d’entre eux, une source d’inspiration. L’exposition explore l’”invisibilité ostentatoire” d’Haïti lors des grands rendez-vous internationaux, en insistant sur la visibilité de ce qui aurait dû être évident.

aesthetic techniques that interrogate

Forensic Architecture, collaborated with the Society of Friends of Halit, at documenta 14.

The results of their research, presented here in a video titled 77sqm_9:26min (2017) after the size of the internet café and the length of time that was the subject of police investigation, show that Temme gave a false testimony.

“Art has been very good in the last decades in problematizing the notion of truth, insisting that narratives are more complex than we’re told, that art is about doubt,” Weizman told a small group of press as he presented the project together with Ayse Gülec, of the Society of Friends of Halit, and the project manager of the forensic investigation, Christina Varvia. “We want to show another possibility of art—one that can confront doubt, and uses aesthetic techniques in order to interrogate.”

via artnet.