Miami, Fl. “A Utopian Jungle of his Own,” at The Miami – Dade Public Library in Downtown Miami, is an exhibition representing Gustavo Novoa, focusing on his years in Miami, out of his 40-year artistic career. From the exhibition one will see that Mr. Novoa is a keen observer of modern society, its fixations and even its obsessions. Mr. Novoa translates what he sees by creating vignettes of expressive and exuberant jungles with curious animals that gaze out at the viewers, always questioning the viewer, society and humanity in general. Many of the works shown seem to catch the animals unaware in private moments, or moments when they are adopting our behaviors and obsessions as seen in, for example: Zebra Status (Oil on Canvas, 30x40inches. 2014) where it becomes blatantly apparent that designer labels often replace one’s natural beauty. Another tradition that Novoa’s animals seem to have adopted is The High School Prom mentality, and our love of being photographed, and the static quality of posing for the camera as seen in: The Prom (Oil on Canvas. 24x30 inches. 2011) The animals, though, do not stop at just labels and traditions, or should we say photo ops, but they also incorporate both Hollywood and culture as one can witness in works such as: Surrender Dorothy (Oil on Canvas. 24 x 30Inches. 2016). “Novoa’s work is interesting when one considers how often animals in “the wild” are photographed, are digitally captured, but here under Mr. Novoa’s brush these same animals show how we have forever altered their world, and in truth – how we have altered our world and lives to be just some random moments that others decide when and when we are not valued” says Melanie Prapopoulos of The Directed Art Modern (The DAM). Gustavo Novoa and The DAM have partnered up with Canine Assisted Therapy that focuses on helping children develop reading skills with the help of an attentive dog companion, so Mr. Novoa’s exhibition at the library is the perfect setting to encourage not only his art but also the importance of reading in today’s often distracted world.
“A Utopian Jungle of his Own,” opens December 15, 2016
Miami –Dade Public Library
101 W. Flagler Street, Miami, 33130.