September 18, 2014

Preliminary test for a series I’ll be working on if I get a grant using IR film. Cemetery, 2014

September 7, 2014
Art Culture in South Florida/Miami

Living in South Florida, Miami I have come to have a growing dislike for the cities art culture. I have had conversations with artists, curators, etc. It seems most are either giving in to the graphic, design, vibrancy of commercial and easy to swallow, life omitting work that is mostly present here. It surly is not the spot for an artist to try to work and build up in a tropical vacation spot that is Miami/Beach, or is it?  Others seem hopeful that it will turn around, that eventually a consistent string of thought provoking work may develop. The only thing that seems to work for Miami is the art convention during Art Basel, the many fairs and side galleries. Though during such time, most of the artists chosen to essentially represent Miami are commonly what the world thinks Miami is about, Bright colours, Hispanics, drugs, clubs and sex. Lacking depth, thought provoking, challenging thoughts and concerns. The world of photography is reduced to fashion, & beauty. Frankly I’m sick of it all, it is time to show some brains in this party city.  Having engaged conversations with another artist with a similar distaste with the matter, it was suggested that the public has forgotten how to view and understand art. Mostly photography is once again not being understood as something of equal merit.  Having past writers such as John Szarkowski to inform the public about colour photography during a time when only black & white photography was considered art. Are the kinds of writers we need today. We desperately need writers to inform the public of how to see again, we can do without those that sensationalize essentially one-liners that lack depth. Must separate the house of graphic advertisement, which only borrows from Art. Which happens greatly in South Florida, Miami.  Gallery owners need to also exhibit better work, we as artists understand that they need their gold coins however perpetuating the art world in such directions shows a lack of risk, and jumping on a band wagon comparative to fashion agents. Artists make the challenging work you’ve always have known to make, gallery dealers push it onto the collectors, writers teach the public, planet absorb it, understand it, grow from it, love it. 

J.M. Valdivia

September 3, 2014
Mother & Child, 2014

Mother & Child, 2014

September 3, 2014
Mother & Yard, 2014

Mother & Yard, 2014

September 3, 2014
Mother on Steps, 2014 

Mother on Steps, 2014 

September 3, 2014
Mother & Glassware, 2014

Mother & Glassware, 2014

August 27, 2014
Noe, 2014

Noe, 2014

August 27, 2014

A Walk In The Yard, 2014

August 21, 2014
Sergio, 2014

Sergio, 2014

August 21, 2014
Sergio, 2014

Sergio, 2014