Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Art Basel Miami Beach 2013

Welcome to Somewhere Over the Rainbow, a colorful experience created with the intention of transcending the viewer to an enhanced state of happiness and self-healing.The installation is a physical manifestation of the Rainbow Spectrum- transforming ideas and emotion into a colorful, translucent, toy-like inflatable world that will colorize the environment and its participants. Each piece is a symbolic reference to the human emotional spectrum. With each color corresponding to a different emotion, varying in meaning upon each visitor’s personal circumstances, the viewer is urged to reflect on one’s inner state. An iconic concept often seen in FriendsWithYou’s work, the viewer can physically experience the color spectrum and how that connects to our emotions. Spanning from the combination of colors (white), representing life, to the absence of color (black), representing death, the artists portray the organic rebirth pattern taking place in both our psyche and physical world. FriendsWithYou shines light on our existence, reminding us to play and interact on a deeper, subconscious level. Inspired by the Light and Space Movement of the 60’s and 70’s, FWY explores geometric shapes and how the use of light can affect the environment and our perception. In connection with West Coast minimalist artists such as James Turell, John McCracken and Helen Pashgian, FWY encourages the viewer to move around the installation and see how these works shift in understanding as one changes perspective. At times seeming as solid forms and at others to be dissolving into the environment, the totems are meant to not only alter space but also influence feeling.

The personal story we encounter is completed at the point of interaction, whether it’s a joyous romp or a meditative soaking of color. This arrangement of realized ideas reflect the internal thoughts from active to receptive, culminating inside an environment of cosmic, colorful, monolithic jewels. Looking at the collection of objects as a whole reveals the complete story. Using human traits, such as eyes, tie to the artists’ implied animism within their works, and give a spiritual essence and sense of life to the entire exhibition. Taking place in an intimate outdoors space facing Biscayne Bay, the abundance of the Miami sunlight will cast spectral shadows on the visitors of the Mondrian. Being exhibited and premiering in relation to Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, the space creates a natural mood allowing the installation to render memorable and significant experiences.
The Mondrian lends itself for the perfect exhibiting site, where nature meets art in a very organic setting. Current and playful, the Mondrian offers instant excitement in an oasis-like location. The building elegantly embraces the beautiful Biscayne Bay, which inspired this installation’s outdoor integration. The exterior provides entry to a magical world, including lush gardens with an intimate pool area and living foliage. The totem like pieces will activate with light, as the location offers sunset views over the downtown Miami skyline- original home to both artists of FriendsWithYou, Sam & Tury.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow is a commission work made possible by Mondrian South Beach. Generous support is provided by Paul Kasmin Gallery, NYC and Paper Magazine.

Opening Reception
Thursday, Dec. 5th
Poolside at Mondrian South Beach
1100 West Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tel 305 514 1500


Somewhere Over the Rainbow is on view until Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Julie Machado, Project Coordinator
Tel 213 973 6400
About Morgans Hotel Group
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