Naughty by Nature: Feels good to be back!

 
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Upon graduating from University, I took a good look at the art world and realized I did not want to create art ever again. Disappointed, overwhelmed, and exhausted from the constant immersion in the arts, necessary to achieve both a BA in Art History and a BFA in Fine Arts, It was not quite surprising that I decided to redirect my focus onto more diverse endeavors.

During a year I explored the many journeys I could possibly embark on to earn a living, nourish my creativity and dig myself out what seemed like a rut. I traveled, designed websites, managed the production department of a women's wear brand, learned to program in excel, adopted a dog, and drove my boyfriend Jesus out of his mind. Yes, it all sounds fairly entertaining and fun in retrospective, but I will confess that it felt more like a roller-coaster ride at the time. Throughout all this time, I really wasn't missing art, or the art world, or anything else that had to do with it.

So, when Zack Spechler approached me about being in this show he was putting together, I accepted with reluctance and gave him a "yes" not out of excitement, but rather out of the resolve to embrace as many possible opportunities whether they seemed to thrill me or not.

I have to say I am really excited that I accepted. My "yes" feels more like a "YES!" now. It all was amazing, the process of creation, working together to install the show, and seeing the South Florida art community at the opening during Art Fallout. 

Naughty By Nature, curated by Zach Spechler + Tabatha Mudra, hosted by BLA + 1310 Gallery will be running from October 18th through November 8th, 2014, at 1310 Gallery in Ft. Lauderdale. 

FEAUTRING WORK BY | Alejandra Aristizabal / Yael Azoulay / Adrienne Chadwick / Caroline Collette / Amanda Covach / Griselle Gaudnik / Jessie Laino / Ben Morey / Evie Metz / Samantha Nye / Lisa Rockford / Ali Spechler / Adrienne Tabet

"Bedlam Lorenz Assembly and 1310 Gallery present Naughty by Nature: an array of South Floridian artists’ explorations, interpretations, and visual explanations of perhaps the single characteristic connecting us to one-another; the human body. Here, the corporeal and cerebral and the sexual and grotesque reveal themselves in sculptural and installation-based works with a distorted focus on flesh, tissue, organs and everything in between. Bear witness to individual discovery and open your realm of comfort to uncover the naked truth."

Vagina Flowers by Griselle Gaudnik. Photograph by Tara Penick

Vagina Flowers by Griselle Gaudnik. Photograph by Tara Penick

Cover of Exhibition Brochure Designed by Ben Morey

Cover of Exhibition Brochure Designed by Ben Morey

Me in front of my work. Photograph by Tara Penick

Me in front of my work. Photograph by Tara Penick

For more information about this Art Fallout check out Art Fallout covers Fort Lauderdale by Phillip Valys, SouthFlorida.com:

Art Fallout covers Fort Lauderdale

MAC Fine Art gallery opened last fall amid a jumble of warehouses where Flagler Drive parallels the railroad tracks, just across the street from hipster bar Laser Wolf in a neighborhood owner Mary Ann Cohen believes is ripe for transformation.