THE FABRIC OF A SPACE

The Fabric of a Space is a new site-specific installation by the collaborative Trombly Rodriguez (Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova). The installation consists of a series of eight gridded walls integrated with raw hand-woven stretched canvases leaning and hanging throughout the structure. This new large-scale work continues Rodriguez-Casanova’s investigations into the architectural language of the domestic environment and Trombly’s practice of hand making woven sculptures of mass-produced materials. The exhibition is a special collaboration between site95, Dimensions Variable, and The Abrons Arts Center.

Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova has created a site-specific gridded structure to echo the rhythm of the fabric grid. Rodriguez-Casanova’s interests in suburban mass produced materials is found in the use of 2×4 beams as vertical and horizontal supports. The gridded wall structures imitate the structural support of the gallery walls as their dimensions increase to echo the sweeping curve of the southwest facing gallery windows. Taking cues from Casanova’s gridded structure, Trombly’s hand-made canvases are a warp and weft that cross each other to weave a tightly formed lattice of flexible material. The minimalist canvas structures are left unmarked to reveal the delicate and labor-intensive inaccuracies of their hand made origins. The pairing of these specific elements invokes the assiduous practice of the loom as viewers move back and forth within the gallery space.

This is the second collaborative exhibition by Trombly Rodriguez after “Come Together” at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida in 2011. Frances Trombly was born in Miami, Florida, where she currently lives and works. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Recent solo exhibitions of her work include: “Not Paintings,” Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2011), “Everything and Nothing,” Goldie Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia (2011), “Paintings, Girls’ Club,” Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (2010), “A Point From Which to Start,” Galeria Casas Riegner, Bogotá, Colombia (2010), “Caution,” Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2008) and “Thinking of Things” at David Castillo Gallery, Miami (2008).

Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova immigrated with his parents to the United States from Cuba in 1980. He attended the Ringling School of Art and Design and the New World School of the Arts where he was awarded the Frances Wolfson Endowed Visual Arts Scholarship. In 2011 he attended the artist-in-residence Ville de Paris-Cultures France program at the Centre international d’accueil et d’échanges des Recollets in Paris. Recent exhibitions include: “CIFO: Una mirada múltiple. Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection,” Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana (2012), “An Uneven Floor,” Locust Projects, Miami (2010), “You might sleep but you will never dream,” David Castillo Gallery, Miami (2009), “An Inaccessible Gazebo,” Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2008), and “InPractice,” SculptureCenter, New York (2008). Both artists completed residencies at the Capri Palace in Anacapri, Italy (2009) and the Vermont Studio Center (2007).

Dimensions Variable is an artist run exhibition space interested in advancing artistic discourse in Miami. Dimensions Variable focuses on inviting international artists to exhibit and discuss their work for the Miami community and also to present local artist exhibitions during important times of the year. Dimensions Variable has been providing a forum for contemporary art since 2009.

site95 is an alternative non-profit organization established to present exhibitions for emerging and established artists in temporary urban locations. Drawing upon available space in major cities, site95 will present over five projects per year, each extending up to two months. The impermanent sites create a platform for artists and curators to present innovative ideas in different contexts and allow viewers to experience new work not native to their location. Exhibitions will offer openings, educational talks and tours, screenings, and performances. site95 also features the online monthly Journal with contributions by writers, curators, and artists.

The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of the Knight Foundation and the Knight Arts Challenge Grant awarded to Dimensions Variable.

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