No Need to Touch
Group Show featuring Guerra de la Paz
curator Renee Cagnina

Dates: May 19th – June 24th, 2007
Opening: Saturday, May 19 7-10pm
Location: ArtCenter
Directions: 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL. 33139

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Featuring works by Guerra de la Paz, Pip Brant, Natasha Duwin, Jillian Mayer, Kerry Phillips, Elizabeth Renfrow, Reeve Schumacher, Tawnie Silva, Lisa Solomon and Augustina Woodgate.

ArtCenter/South Florida (“ACSF”) presents No Need to Touch, a fiber-based exhibition curated by Reneé M. Cagnina, ACSF Director of Exhibitions and Artist Services. No Need to Touch opens May 18 until June 24, 2007 at the ACSF Gallery (800 Lincoln Road at Meridian, Miami Beach).

Far from the usual gallery viewing experience, the show examines the relationship between the creation and its onlooker through texture, dimension and physical contact with the work.

No Need to Touch participating artists are Pip Brant, Natasha Duwin, Jillian Mayer, Guerra de la Paz, Kerry Phillips, Elizabeth Renfrow, Reeve Schumacher, Tawnie Silva, Lisa Solomon and Agustina Woodgate. Their works transform common and man-made fiber-based materials including carpet, nylon, polyester, hair, discarded clothing, thread, fabric and more to evoke the most natural human desire: the desire to touch.

“Fiber-based art, which has a long-standing and dignified place within art history, has recently become more recognized because of its relatively unexploited nature as a medium in the contemporary art world. It also has this innate ability to communicate with a broader audience than your average contemporary art piece. All of us have combed our hair, walked barefoot on carpet or pulled a dangling thread from a piece of clothing at some point in our lives. These moments of interaction with fibers, often unconsciously stored in our memories, will be reignited by this exhibition,” says Cagnina.

No Need to Touch explores visitors’ sensory relationship with art through two-dimensional pieces that tempt them to physically touch the work; with three-dimensional sculptures that allow them to examine the work from various perspectives and with pieces that force them to be in direct contact with the work. Kerry Phillips – ArtCenter Artist-in-Residence - will force guests to break standard etiquette by walking on her carpeted* art, which will cover the ACSF gallery floor. By contrast, Guerra de la Paz (a Miami-based collaborative group) will entice viewers to visually discover the complexities of an installation composed of used clothing – a work created with human garments but as a piece of art, prohibited from human touch.


about the artist:
Guerra de la Paz is the composite name that represents the creative team efforts of Cuban born artists, Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz. What began as an idea for two individual artists to share a working studio in Miami's Little Haiti, has become an ongoing collaboration that has evolved into constant experimentation, manifesting into a body of work that spans over eleven years in a variety of formats. The recipient of the 2008 SCOPE Foundation Grant for artist project “Under the Banyan Tree,” they are are represented in the Saatchi Collection (London), 21C Museum Foundation (Louisville, KY), Frost Art Museum (Miami, FL), Miami Art Museum (Miami, FL), and The Cintas Fellows Collection.   

about the center: The ArtCenter South Florida, established in 1984, is an access point for artists, curators, and visitors alike. The mission of ArtCenter/South Florida is to advance the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture in South Florida through education, exhibition and public outreach programming and to provide affordable work-space for outstanding visual artists in all stages of career development.
  Guerra de la Paz, Nine, 2007, mix media sculpture with assorted clothing, 144x84x84in (366x213x213cm) Image courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York.