In honor of our People Issue, which will hit newsstands and computer screens November 25, Cultist proudly presents "100 Creatives," where we feature Miami's cultural superheroes in random order. Have suggestions for future profiles? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the whos and whys.
78. Agustina WoodgateAgustina Woodgate
|Photo by Anthony Spinello|
is a true mixed-media artist. "I work in whatever medium is necessary to meet the concept I am addressing -- installation, performance, video, usually combining many aspects of these disciplines and often collaborating with other artists of many fields." From a kid who wanted to be a scientist, an inventor, and an artist growing up, it makes sense that she explores different mediums in order to create works of art.
Growing up in Buenos Aires, Woodgate collected candy, lollipops, and "all sorts of sugar treats" to assemble trees, cars, and buildings, until she literally created her own Candyland. She would also conduct experiments in glass jars by mixing all sorts of ingredients, "waiting for unknown results and explosions."
After her curiosity and inventiveness were redirected with after-school art classes, she found herself amidst the hammers, nails, and tools, and has been creating works of art instead of explosions ever since. In 2004, just after earning her degree in visual arts, an opportunity arose to come to Miami for one year. That was almost seven years ago, and Woodgate has since become a permanent fixture in the Miami art scene.
Woodgate says her work "investigates how rituals, stories, and traditions transform our relationships with the materials and places around us. I create responses to social narratives through situations that unveil the tensions between the natural-becoming-unnatural, and the unnatural-becoming-natural."
She's doing something right. Her work has been exhibited and performed at a slew of museums and exhibits around the world, such as the Montreal Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hollywood Biennial, the Museo Nacional del Grabado, and of course, Art Basel. We hope she stays here a long, long time.
|Courtesy of Agustina Woodgate|
|First visit to Spreepark in Berlin for "Musement" project.|
1. List five things that inspire you.
From colossal buildings to peculiar objects, from human highways to unfolding comedies, from forsaken fields to treasured stories. Games. Systems. Organization. Methods. Thinkers. Puzzles. Crosswords. Spaces. Places. Dreams and fantasies. Heavy dense rains, thunderstorms, rainbows, and escapes -- but above all, adventure.
2. What was your last big project?
All this year, I have been working on a rug collection.
Hand-sewn and designed rugs made from recycled stuffed animals. The rugs not only reference the personal histories of the toy's owners but investigate the rug as an object organizing and displaying memories and lineages. In Eastern cultures, the Oriental rug centralizes the living space in pattern, operating beyond utility to depict the spiritual and mental world in woven form.
A portion of this collection will be shown during Art Basel.
I have also recently participated in a life-changing collaborative research project in Berlin, "Musement." Projectors Anthony Spinello, Stephanie Sherman and George Scheer (Elsewhere Collective), Dan Margulies, and myself came together for the project and ultimately will be proposing a re-activation of Spreepark, a historic abandoned amusement park in Berlin.
In early October, I gave a one-night-only performance at the Miami-Dade Main Library's Auditorium.
Inspired in "Jack and the Beanstalk," I used 200 music boxes found in the library's collections to give the English fairy tale a modern twist. I was joined by artist Federico Nessi and Anthony Spinello. If you missed the show, "Growing Up," a photo exhibit cataloging the performance along with others in my Fairy Tales series, is on display at the library through December 15.
3. What's your next big project?
I am working on several projects.
Starting the year 2011 with a solo project/exhibition and pilot lessons for my birthday.
4. Why do you do what you do?
At this point, I am addicted and sometimes I even think I have no other choice.
Discovering the world and its existing relationships captivates me. But above all, art is a grand tool and instrument for communication. I believe in art as a bridge, a channel.
5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?
My house is called the Orphanage and is where all my friends, the orphans, get together for exquisite homemade banquettes once a week.
What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?
I am really bad at oven temperatures.
|Courtesy of Agustina Woodgate|
|"Jack and the Beanstalk" project for Miami-Dade Public Library.|
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