Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rainbow City
By FriendsWithYou in association with OHWOW and Dacra
December 2 - December 5, 2010
3800 NE 1 Avenue / Miami Design District / Florida / 33137

Rainbow City is an environmental installation addressing the potency of interaction, ritual, and play. Inspired by Holi, a festival effectuated by Hindu followers throwing brightly colored water and powder at each other, FriendsWithYou presents a vibrant collection of mutable, air-filled sculptures. Fabricated of intensely colored and receptive materials, the installation encourages visitors to be active and explore – subsequently, inventing their own ritual. The individual structures are simple, minimal forms, borrowing aesthetics from toy-like geometry and design, which tower over guests, as each element’s height ranges from ten to forty feet. By dwarfing the audience, the totemic pieces trigger a sense of reverence, similar to the visual objective of a monolithic monument. During interaction, the inflated sculptures “embrace” visitors, while repetitive sound elements further enhance the sensory experience. The overall installation creates a surreal landscape of psychedelic scenery intended to provoke a religious and childlike awareness, simultaneously. Rainbow City invites spectators to participate with a responsive environment, offering an opportunity to connect physically and psychologically with an energetic, yet ephemeral, setting.

Opening reception Thursday, December 2, 2010 6pm.

FriendsWithYou, Untitled, Vinyl acrylic on wood panel, 54" x 60", 2010

Building Blocks
December 2, 2010 - January 9, 2011
3930 NE 2nd Avenue / 2nd Floor / Miami / Florida / 33137

To coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach 2010, OHWOW is proud to present FriendsWithYou's Building Blocks – a collection of paintings, over a decade in the making. Known for their reductive approach to geometric abstraction and playful imagery, Building Blocks introduces a series of paintings, executed in the artists’ customary style.

Opening reception Thursday, December 2, 2010 6pm.

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