Art Exhibit Showcases Mixed-Media Mashups

Wolfson Campuses’ Centre Gallery opened its doors to artistic ingenuity with the presentation of The SWEAT Broadsheet Collaboration presented by Miami Dade College’s Galleries of Art and Design.

The inaugural event took place Nov. 1, and featured the collaborative works of more than 46 artists and 40 participating writers from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, as they amalgamated their respective genres, resulting in a variety of unique and vibrantly crafted pieces.

The exhibit, which will run from November 2 through December 21, took nearly four years in the making and features an assortment of fine-art prints in an extensive media range, employing the use of etching, silkscreen, and digital pigment prints as well as different methods of hand work in the likes of hand-coloring and appliqué on fabric.

The “sweat” theme of the exhibit serves as an allusion to “the city’s tropical climate, a nod to Sweat Records (the beloved shop in Little Haiti where our first meeting was held), a noun and a verb, open to interpretation,” as defined in their own words.

Artist Robin Griffiths collaborated with writer David Beaty in an archival inkjet print piece titled The Edge, and acquired inspiration from drawing on stone.

I encountered a bit of confusion being that I am a sculptor and work primarily with three-dimensional images, but as a two-dimensional final vision, it was definitely fun”, said Griffiths about the challenges of working with a new artistic medium.

The opening reception saw the attendance of MDC faculty, students, artists and community members as they appreciated an art form that is seldom seen.

“It’s great, they should have more print shows in South Florida” said Anthony Quintana, 29, a graphic design major at New World School of the Arts.

“Printmaking is one of the less recognized forms of fine art so it’s great that it’s being showcased,” Quintana added.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, is located at The Wolfson Campus Centre Gallery at 300 NE Second Ave., Building  1, third floor. Gallery hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1-6 p.m.

For more information, call 305-237-7700, or email galleries@mdc.edu

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