Miguel Rodríguez Sepúlveda: Emergía Miami


When : September 13 – October 11, 2014
Where : Locust Project
3852 North Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33127

Conversation with the artist moderated by Maria Elena Ortiz, followed by the opening reception: September 13, 7pm

Locust Projects is pleased to present Emergía Miami, the United States premiere of an ongoing project by Mexico City-based artist Miguel Rodríguez Sepúlveda.

For the project, which has been presented in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Caracas and Sao Paolo, the artist searches for clues to a shared cultural experience in each city. He conducts field research to identify symbols that hold a particular potency in the minds of residents—from political figures to pop icons to pre-Columbian graphics. These symbols play a central role in the project: they are painted on participants’ backs with watercolor paste, and then washed away with sweat as the wearer exerts continued physical activity. Rendered liquid by the wearer’s perspiration, the image is then transferred as a monoprint onto cotton paper. These prints, along with photographs and videos from previous iterations, will be included in the exhibition. Emergía is an investigation about the collective imaginations and aspirations of Latin America, and is especially relevant in Miami, a city that many people from South and Central America have chosen to call home

Born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico in 1986, Miguel Rodríguez Sepúlveda studied architecture and photography in Monterrey, where he began his artistic career. His work has been exhibited internationally at Museo Experimental EL ECO and Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, White Box in New York, and venues in Buenos Aires, Havana, La Paz, Quito, and Paris.

Locust Projects is a not-for-profit exhibition space founded by three Miami artists in order to provide contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas and methods without the limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work, and Locust Projects offers them a vibrant Miami experience to develop their ideas. Locust Projects is committed to offering an approachable and inviting venue for the Miami and international art community to experience the work and meet the artists.