February 21, 2014 – June 1, 2014
location: Storefront Windows, 2300 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida
The Bass Museum of Art is pleased to present Superficies by Andrea Nhuch, a tc: temporary contemporary project. Nhuch’s recent work serves as a thought-provoking exploration between mass and weightlessness, while using specific materials that normally perform utilitarian tasks. Her experimentation with inflatable plastic—the industrial terminology for bubble wrap—is an integral part of this exploration. This inflatable plastic stands in contrast to other materials she uses that appear quite heavy. By experimenting with such materials, she creates a thought-provoking contrast between objects and their outward appearances. Situated on Collins Avenue, the installation reflects the superficiality of the famed street in South Beach—one that exemplifies glittering outward appearances.
By also using bubble wrap, Nhuch utilizes a material that is ubiquitous within the art world. As a material, bubble wrap always signifies that it contains something of high value. With this body of work, Nhuch subverts this quality; instead her bubble wrap sculptures point both outward with their glitzy exoskeletons and inward, making viewers aware of their vacuous insides, which contain nothing but air. Though bubble wrap is also a classic example of a found, readymade material, Nhuch instead manufactures her own inflatable plastic, further exploring the presence of supposedly found materials in contemporary art practice.
Andrea Nhuch is a mixed media artist born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1973. She lives and works in Miami. Nhuch studied Combined Media, Assemblage and Art in Three Dimensions at the Art Students League in NYC with Bruce Dorfman. She received a Bachelors of Science from Ithaca College (1996) and a Masters in Cosmetics and Fragrance from the Fashion Institute of Technology (2008). Group shows include: Student Concours, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, NYC (2011), Small Works Exhibition, Manhattan Borough Presidents Offices, NYC (2011), Irreversible Art Wynwood Art Fair Site Specific Project, Miami, Florida (2013), Sixth All-Media Juried Biennial, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida (2013) and NADA 2013 with Locust Projects.
Andrea Nhuch. Superficies, installation view, 2013. Photo courtesy the artist.