Monday, January 05, 2015

Woody Othello: It's Going To Be Okay

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Woody Othello: “It’s Going To Be Okay”
Open reception: 7:00pm-1:00am January 24, 2014

Lake Worth exhibition space UNIT 1 is pleased to announce: “It’s Going To Be Okay, the premiere solo exhibition of rising talent Woody Othello. Othello, a Lake Worth based artist and FAU graduate creates installations of paintings, sculptures and every day objects that are both disturbing and banal. “It’s Going To Be Okay” is a site-specific installation at UNIT1 exhibitions that Othello will create to reflect, on psychic entropy and its effects on the physical self. Using technology as a metaphor for psychic interferences, the work extends Othello’s ongoing efforts to examine negative external stimuli and their harm to the individual.

Othello has recently risen to popular attention in a string of strong showings at several group exhibitions over the past year-most notably in the Monstrous Strange exhibition at Fat Village Projects and Southern Exposure at the Palm Beach Cultural Council. As an Artist in Residence at the Armory Center for the Arts on West Palm Beach, Othello has spent the past several months preparing for the show by creating ever more strange and curious characters to inhabit his artistic odditorium. Lovingly crafted in ceramics and then clothed and positioned in appropriately banal interior spaces complete with wall decorations and flickering televisions, Othello’s misfit children bring to mind the psychoplasmic offspring of David Cronenberg’s 1979 film “The Brood”. Although the grotesque humanoids Othello gives birth to often appear to be festering and diseased, they somehow inspire a strange affection in the viewer. Perhaps it is by isolating and then giving form to his own psychic afflictions that Othello has provided an avenue for us all to instigate a similarly cathartic release. Folk custom has long been inhabited by similarly revolting gargoyles or medusa heads that in actuality serve as good luck objects to ward off evil. Othello himself, in my subjective analysis, is curiously lacking the visible neurosis one associates with young artists, and so it might be true that by isolating and then exorcising the demons that afflict us all, he has in fact invented a type of idiosyncratic therapy that does actually get results. Regardless, this much anticipated show is sure to be a hit with the local art community and hopefully will calm the psychic storm that has been generating all these bad vibes the last few months.

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The show will also feature musical performances by WASHA and Boy Orbison.
WASHA, the moniker of Fort Lauderdale musician Dwight Pendleton, recently released a four song EP, “The Bright, Part 1”. Produced by local mastermind David Barnard (Celebrator, Sweet Bronco) the album shimmers with dreamy and ethereal song-scapes that sound like they were recorded in a cathedral. Layering Pendleton’s choirboy voice above spare guitar riffs drenched in reverb and then infusing additional atmospherics recalling Tim Hecker and Aix Em Klemm, Pendleton and Barnard have created a sublimely beautiful collection of songs.
Boy Orbison, a David Lynch inspired side project from the band in Heaven mastermind Ates Isildak will be performing their first live set. Although they’ve released very little material as of yet, expect dreamy and psychedelic nostalgia from this noire-lounge duo.
The show is being curated by Don Fils, Unit 1 Assistant Curator.

UNIT 1 is an exhibition space and independent media production company founded by Jacques de Beaufort. The gallery showcases artists in all media working in challenging forms that exist somewhere near the EDGE or beyond it. The space also hosts special events, film screenings, performances, and happenings driven by UNIT 1 participants and friends.

Contact: Jacques de Beaufort
www.jacquesdebeaufort.com
213-255-0730
www.unit1.org

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Jacques de Beaufort: new work

Magdalene Jacques de Beaufort: new work "Magdalene"

Monday, December 01, 2014

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Jacques de Beaufort: new drawing

crooked halo (small) Jacques de Beaufort:
 new drawingCrooked Halo

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Contenders

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Exhibition Detail
The Contenders
Curated by: Jacques de Beaufort
1202 Lucerne Avenue
Unit a
Lake Worth, Florida 33460


October 24th - November 22nd
Opening:
October 24th 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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© Woody Othello
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An exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and installation by 4 of South Florida's most exciting emerging artists.
Featuring:
Bjørn Davidson
Henriett Michel
Kandy Lopez
Woody Othello

musical guests
Celebrator
JUDE.
Wolfcat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
UNIT 1 presents:
The Contenders
7:00pm-12:00pm October 24, 2014

Lake Worth exhibition space UNIT 1 is pleased to announce The Contenders, an exciting show of painting, drawing, mixed media and sculpture by four of South Florida’s rising Artstars.

The artists in this exhibition have all recently risen to the top of the heap in various local exhibitions. Bold, accomplished, prolific-they are all well on their way towards the formation of unique artistic visions that touch upon a diverse range of stylistic and conceptual concerns-the unifying thread is the ferocity and power with which they are now executing this vision. In my mind, these four artists represent the Contenders for a “title”, and even though Art is a long and winding road with no real beginning, end, or rules of engagement-these are the four that I’d put in the ring if we were to imagine the art-game as an arena. In a sense, they all win because they are moving and effecting people with their work, and we win because we are here to witness it. But not everyone gets a prize for participation in the real world and there is no tension without the possibility of failure. I’m not worried though because whatever comes down the road for Woody Othello, Bjorn Davidson, Kandy Lopez, and Henriett Michel, I know they are all tough as nails and are all fighters who make sacrifices to realize their creative vision and will get up again and again if life plants a square one to their jaw. The best part will be when I get to brag that I showed them before their big solo show in New York. And then….I hope they don't forget the humble Artist/Impresario who put together this little fête in their honor. Remember the little people as we say.

Hope to see you at the fight, er, show! It’s gonna get bloody!

With music by:
Celebrator
Jude
Wolfcat

Director UNIT1 exhibitions


UNIT 1 is an exhibition space and independent media production company founded by Jacques de Beaufort. The gallery showcases artists in all media working in challenging forms that exist somewhere near the EDGE or beyond it. The space also hosts special events, film screenings, performances, and happenings driven by UNIT 1 participants and friends.

The gallery is open only during events and by appointment.

For more information visit www.unit1.org and like Unit 1 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/unit1projects.

Contact: Jacques de Beaufort
www.jacquesdebeaufort.com
213-255-0730