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Tom Scicluna and Shane Aslan Selzer in Buildup at Dimensions Variable

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Dimensions Variable. Image courtesy of Tom Scicluna.

Around a month ago a new exhibition space called Dimensions Variable opened in Miami’s Design District (171 NE 38th Street). Founded by Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, Frances Trombly and Wendy Wischer, whose art studios it fronts, the space’s mission is to characterize the essence of ‘the project’, giving itself over [and so introducing Miami’s public to] innovative, unfamiliar and multidisciplinary practices.

Co-founder Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova said: “Dimensions Variable is interested in innovative new projects in contemporary art. The intention is the characterization of the project in contemporary art. We want to provide a forum and a support structure for the introduction of unfamiliar, complex, collaborative and multidisciplinary practices to a Miami audience.”

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Tom Scicluna. Image courtesy of Tom Scicluna.

Their inaugural exhibition is Buildup, an evolving show featuring work by Shane Aslan Selzer, an artist working in Brooklyn, and Miami based Tom Scicluna. If you didn’t know about it don’t feel too bad. Uncharacteristically for art and Miami there was no high profile reception. On September 8th the doors simply opened to a modest, freshly painted gallery containing a few unpretentious sculptural sketches. Since then each of the two artists have spent time in the space independently from one another making additions to the exhibition based on their responses to each other’s work and the show as a whole. This kind of remote collaboration constitutes Buildup, which serves not only to document the physical culmination of work and the maturing tones of activity and interest, but also a less obvious yet almost tangible process of creation, a conversation much like chess in which a mutual familiarity, empathy, and respect is derived without a word passing between either participant.

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Tom Scicluna. Image courtesy of Tom Scicluna.

“The artists will decide for themselves the exact parameters of their activities, working completely independent of one another. The end product may be an installation of works that blend together or become completely separate works.”

On October 30th, the prescribed end date for the project, there will be an official reception for the maturing activities in the space.

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Tom Scicluna. Image courtesy of Tom Scicluna.

Dimensions Variable is on the same street as Locust Projects and Spinello Gallery, two newly situated exhibition spaces on a block that is home to Bas Fisher Invitational and artist’s studios. This year the block, which is famous in the area for hosting fly by night galleries during peak season, for once came alive before December when Locust Projects and Spinello Gallery moved on to it inspiring the founders of Dimensions Variable and neighboring (located at 3821 NE 1st Court) Swampspace, which opened its doors this June, to convert their hitherto empty or uninviting shop fronts into aspirant curatorial hives.

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Tom Scicluna. Image courtesy of Tom Scicluna.

“The space was an idea we had been thinking about for a while. So when the block became active, it seemed like a good time to do it. We also think it is important for Miami and the art community here since there aren’t too many artist run spaces.” said Rodriguez-Casanova. “I’m not sure we are offering something unique, I think we are offering something in addition to the spaces that already exist here. Maybe the unique factor may be the focus on installation and multidisciplinary aspect of the things we want to nurture.” he concluded.

Regardless of what motivated these spaces to evolve, or that fine balance between blooming culture and cold hard cash, it’s a great thing that the Design District now not only has a prominent non-profit and a prominent commercial gallery, but converted studio galleries with equally honorable intentions.

In the spirit of compassion, admiration and dialogue we will be updating this post by continually attaching photographs of the evolving show below until the exhibition’s finale on October 30th[.]

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For more information please visit: www.dimensionsvariable.net

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Continuing Documentation:

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Shane Aslan Selzer. Image courtesy of Shane Aslan Selzer.

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Shane Aslan Selzer. Image courtesy of Shane Aslan Selzer.

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Shane Aslan Selzer. Image courtesy of Shane Aslan Selzer.

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Shane Aslan Selzer and Tom Scicluna. Image courtesy of Shane Aslan Selzer.

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Tom Scicluna and Shane Aslan Selzer. Image courtesy of Shane Aslan Selzer.

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Tom Scicluna and Shane Aslan Selzer. Image courtesy of Shane Aslan Selzer.

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Tom Scicluna. Image courtesy of Shane Aslan Selzer.

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Shane Aslan Selzer. Image courtesy of Shane Aslan Selzer.

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Shane Aslan Selzer and Tom Scicluna. Image courtesy of Shane Aslan Selzer.

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Tom Scicluna. Image courtesy of Tom Scicluna.

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Tom Scicluna. Image courtesy of Tom Scicluna.

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Tom Scicluna. Image courtesy of Tom Scicluna.

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Tom Scicluna. Image courtesy of Tom Scicluna.

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Shane Aslan Selzer and Tom Scicluna. Image courtesy of Tom Scicluna.

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Shane Aslan Selzer is an artist working in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is currently part of the inaugural exhibition “Under Construction” at The Poor Farm in Manawa, WI. She had a March solo exhibition at The Suburban in Chicago, Il. In 2008, she was an artist in residence at The Bag Factory Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa and a Visiting Artist in Residence at Stellenbosch University. Group exhibitions include Andrew Kreps Gallery, NY, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, and The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn (upcoming). Selzer’s work has reviewed nationally in publications including The New York Times, and Art Forum.

Tom Scicluna lives and works in Miami, Florida. He’s had solo projects at Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (forthcoming) and David Castillo Annex, Miami, FL. His work has also been a part of ‘The Station’, Midtown, Miami, FL in 2008 and ‘Rendez-Vous ’08′, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France, in conjunction with the Moore Space, Miami, FL, European Residency Program, 2008. This fall his work will be included in ‘Night Shift’, curated by Jerome Sans for Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL.

This post was contributed by Thomas Hollingworth.

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Tom Scicluna and Shane Aslan Selzer in Buildup at Dimensions Variable