Gallery and contemporary art space Metroquadro Miami is turning its lens towards the political climate of today with three exhibitions centered around artists who use their voices for change.
Monique Rollins, known as “The Politician’s Artist,” presented her solo exhibition, Beyond—focusing on her work over the last two years—at the gallery during Miami Art Week. The exclusive exhibit showcased multiple series and mediums of the artist’s abstract creations such as her representative collage works, oil paintings and charcoal drawings. The acclaimed artist’s work has been exhibited internationally for over a decade. An internationally acclaimed artist, Rollins’ work is collected by The Bidens and displayed in their home. Additionally, her works are seen in the homes of U.S. senators and ambassadors from around the world. Her pieces can be viewed in the County Offices of the City of Wilmington, and many public sites throughout her hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. Her paintings are also on display in the Official Residence of the Ambassador to the European Union in Kingston, Jamaica as well as in many prominent private collections in North America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.
Ola Rondiak, "Identity Version 2"
Ola Rondiak’s paintings stem from her family’s experiences living in Ukraine during WWII, Stalin’s Iron Curtain, the Orange Revolution in 2004 and the Revolution of Dignity in 2014. If words over time serve as the pages to Ukraine’s evolving story, then Ola Rondiak is its scribe, fashioning collages and multilayered sculptures into objects of meaning.
New York-based artist David Datuna may be best known for eating a $120,000 banana at Art Basel, but his work is lined with social commentary and resistance. David Datuna is a New York-based artist focused on the convergence of art and social consciousness. He is most widely known for his Viewpoint of Millions series that explores the sources and meaning of cultural identity from each unique point of view.
Datuna’s signature technique in Viewpoint of Millions is a network of positive and negative optical lenses suspended over a large-scale layered, collaged and painted image. The mixed media palette often includes photography, newspaper articles, magazine clippings, paint, and color.
The prismatic surface both hides and reveals the work below, while the lenses symbolize individual identity, illusion, perception, fragmentation and unification. Portraits, flags, and icons are recurring themes within the Viewpoint of Millions series. Datuna’s artwork is a political, cultural and commercial commentary on our current collective consciousness.
Currently, Datuna’s American flag representing past and present historical American events and figures and a LGBTQ pride flag representing past and present historical LGBTQ figures are on display at Metroquadro Miami and will have a solo exhibition in the gallery from April 9th-June 5th with new works. Datuna is fighting stage 4 lung cancer and the proceeds from his works will benefit the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai.