The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center of Fort Myers presents Salon d’ Collage, a dynamic exhibition featuring the collaborative works of seven southwest Florida artists.
- Who: Cesar Aguilera, Kalon Lucia Baquero, Juan Diaz, Mandalin Paul, Magdalena Hnatowicz, with music by Diego Verney and James DeLuca.
- What: An interactive collaborative experience and art exhibition.
- Where: The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First Street, Ft. Myers, FL.
- When: January 6, 2012, 6 – 10 p.m., during downtown’s monthly Art Walk event.
On display will be interactive performances, art installations and various supportive works, each designed to engage the viewer directly in collaborative action. Salon d’ Collage addresses 21st Century concerns; those included in this exhibition comment on global responsibilities, personal freedoms, and potential strategies of how to move humanity forward.
“In this exhibition,” says a recent SBDAC press release, “the distance between artist and audience, art and life, and imagination and reality is broken down and discarded. In its place, a true spirit of collaboration emerges, one that allows for creativity and community to work together in influencing the overall collaborative enterprise that we call humanity.”
International artist Tiite Baquero comments, “Just as the formal collage is an assembly of different forms to create a new whole, this moment in history is prompting humanity to assemble itself into a new cultural collage in order to create a new world. Art has always led the way and this is a show where one can see just how art does it.”
The artists themselves are a collage of backgrounds. Although all seven currently live and work in Southwest Florida, they come from Columbia, Ecuador, Germany and the United States. At the Salon d’ Collage, they will be presenting never before shown original works of art.
Historical Note: A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host (such as the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center), held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings often consciously follow Horace’s definition of the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate” (“aut delectare aut prodesse est”). Commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, salons were carried on until quite recently in urban settings among like-minded people.