In "American Dreams" at Bakehouse, Sculptures Tell a Thousand Words
|Jeff and Sabrina Williams|
|American Dreams of art like this.|
But there is some art that speaks about American culture without being directly influenced by the anniversary. For the past two years, Jeff and Sabrina Williams have worked together to take recycled and found materials and created sculptures. The pieces are not simple, but rather full, detailed scenes, and colored brightly. They depict stereotypical views of American life, from trailer parks, to farms, to backyard barbeques.
|One man's white trash is another's treasure.|
They began sketching scenes and upon returning home they constructed models that were later photographed for the project. The figures in the models look like something out of an animated film, and the couple is often asked if they will do a stop-animation short. For now, they're sticking to stills.
|"Wake Me Up."|
They don't provide written explanation with the artwork, however, because they prefer the face-to-face interaction. "I choose to rather tell someone the story when we're right in front of them," Jeff said. When he isn't around to give explanations, "it lets the story unfold in the viewers' head."
Interestingly enough, only Jeff is from the U.S. - Tennessee to be exact. Sabrina was raised in Brazil. The different backgrounds provide for a blended perspective and interpretation on what America is.
See "American Dream" at Bakehouse Art Complex (61 NW 32nd St Miami). The exhibit will feature high-resolution photos of the Williams's original sculptures. The complex opens at 12 p.m.. For more information, visit www.bacfl.org or call 305-576-2828.
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