Two Story Limo

Sketch of work

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION

Two Story Limo is an Art in Public Spaces project premiering in Miami on September 11, 2015. This public work is produced by Fringe Projects, with support from Miami Dade County’s Art in Public Places Grant, Wavemaker Grant, Andy Warhol Foundation and Cannonball, Miami.

Opening in conjunction with Downtown Art Days,Two Story Limo will be the focus of talks, tours, receptions and performances throughout its duration, including special events during Art Basel Miami Beach, December, 2015. This highly visible project will be on site from September 11, 2015 through January 2016.

In response to the burgeoning downtown skyline of Miami, specifically the condo skyscraper boom, I am creating an installation using a vertically placed limo in a vacant lot, within visual proximity of existing skyscrapers. The car will mimic surrounding towers complicating common perceptions and values surrounding the modes of domestic architecture construction and large-scale public sculpture placement. Using Miami’s existing skyline as a backdrop, Two Story Limo figuratively inverts a commonly critiqued public art practice of “plop art” (large outdoor sculptures installed without meaningful consideration of the surrounding context) to expand the range of our consideration of acceptable versus valuable artistic practices.

Simultaneously, a limo harks to a highly valued American ideology of autonomous home ownership that is put into contrast with mass residence structures allowing a reconsideration of domestic autonomy versus bulk housing.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Nate Page lives in Los Angeles. His work has been seen at No Name Exhibitions at The Soap Factory, Minneapolis; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; Warsaw Academy of the Arts, Warsaw; John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Cooper Union and Jen Bekman Gallery, both in New York; and most recently A Corner Door Gallery and Redling Fine Art, both in Los Angeles. Page has produced many environments with Machine Project in Los Angeles, including A Field Guide to LACMA at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., an initiative of the Getty and at the Green and Greene Gamble House in Pasadena. He has shown nationally including Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery, Institute of Visual Arts at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and REDCAT also in Los Angeles. From 2001–04, Page co-directed an experimental artist collaborative and exhibition space in Milwaukee called the Rust Spot. He received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design In 2011. He was the recipient of California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship and is currently producing an outdoor project for Occidental College in Los Angeles. 

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