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Curator Storm Ascher Makes Miami Debut at Miami Art Week with New Exhibit Opening at Oolite Arts

In Oolite Arts’ new exhibition “Bounce,” international and Miami-based artists translate the essence of movement into static works of art. For her Miami curatorial debut, Storm Ascher sought to explore the word “Bounce” as a vibe, one that evokes Miami’s club culture and resonates across the sculptures, paintings and photographs that comprise the exhibition.

“Bounce is an intricate dance that arrests motion within the static confines of art, inviting contemplation and reflection, and coinciding with the renowned Art Basel Miami Beach. Bounce presents an enticing visual journey that celebrates the dynamic interplay between stasis and motion,” wrote Ascher in her curatorial essay for the exhibition.

In the exhibition rooted in Miami, each of the pieces pulsates with movement – from a cat poised to leap to the cascading of Spanish moss. Artist PJ Harper, for example, conveys the toss of a woman’s hair as she emerges from the ocean in a new ceramic work. Miami-based artist Roscoé B. Thické III’s piece conjures the music and dance that filled his grandmother’s home during family gatherings, a subject of his 2022 solo show at Oolite Arts. John Rivas’s painting depicts a diamond-encrusted pendant containing a photo of his grandmother bouncing on a gold chain around the artist’s neck.

The exhibition includes a diverse group of emerging artists, including Oolite Arts residents and alums: Alex Anderson, Maya Beverly, Diana Eusebio, Emiliana Henriquez, Ale Moros and Kelly Shami, in addition to Harper, Thické and Rivas.

Red by Emiliana Henriquez

The founder of the nomadic Superposition Gallery, Ascher is a Forbes 30 Under 30 2022 Art & Style Honoree who has curated for the Eastville Museum, Southampton African American Museum, PHILLIPS Los Angeles, PHILLIPS New York and UBS Global Art. Ascher’s full bio is below.

“Bounce” opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 and runs through Jan. 21, 2022. 

About The Curator
Storm Ascher is an artist, curator, writer and founder of Superposition Gallery. Ascher has a BFA in Visual & Critical Studies from the School of Visual Arts and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute and Claremont Graduate University. In 2018, Ascher founded her gallery as a nomadic and curatorial platform with a mission to subvert gentrification tactics used in urban development through art galleries. She worked at various galleries and institutions prior to starting her own curatorial program, such as LAXART under Hamza Walker, David Lewis Gallery, and Spruth Magers. Storm is a Forbes 30 Under 30 2022 Art & Style Honoree, has curated for the Eastville Museum, Southampton African American Museum, PHILLIPS Los Angeles, PHILLIPS New York, and UBS Global Art. After moving to Miami Beach in 2021, Ascher became a visiting curator and juror, involved with the residents and programming at Oolite Arts.

About Oolite Arts
Oolite Arts strives to empower artists and enrich communities. Established in 1984, Oolite’s mission is to support artists and advance the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts. Oolite Arts creates opportunities for experimentation and innovation and encourages the exchange of ideas across diverse cultures through residencies, exhibitions, public programs, education and outreach.

Exhibitions and programs at Oolite Arts are made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Jorge M. Perez Family Foundation at the Miami Foundation; the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation; and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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