Deering State will host a unique, outdoor installation that combines ‘land art’ with healing soundscapes at the Deering Estate by Spanish artist Javier Riera on November 20th, 7:30PM.
This ephemeral collaboration, titled “A Growing Transparency,” merges the geometric imagery of Spanish artist Javier Riera, projected onto a lush backdrop of mangroves, water and palm trees, along with an immersive soundbath curated by creative director and local artist Barbara Fernandez. Together, Fernandez and Riera have created a one-night experience that explores our relationship to the natural environment and the energy that pulses through a specific site. Their goal is to merge the resonance of sound, light and geometry, in order to enhance a transparent layer of energy that’s always present in Nature.
Participants are invited to stroll the grounds amid Riera’s stunning projections and immerse themselves in a dedicated soundscape composed by New York’s Josh Peck and curated by Fernandez. A circular speaker system on the estate’s main lawn weaves in a textured sound installation of koshi aria chimes, a handpan drum, monolina and chakapa rattles.
Feel free to bring a blanket and something to drink. We suggest you come in comfortable clothing and be prepared to take your shoes off and feel the earth beneath your feet. The grounds may be wet if it’s been raining.
This project is funded in part by Knight Foundation and Oolite Arts, through The Ellies, Miami’s Visual Arts Awards.
Cultural Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is 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, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.
Javier Riera, born in Avilés 1964 (Asturias). He studied Fine Arts in Salamanca completing his training with the Contemporary Art Workshops of El Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid (Spain). His career focused on painting until 2008, when he exhibited photographs of intervened landscapes for the first time on the occasion of his exhibition at the Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Center.
The work of Javier Riera is based on geometric light projections, striked directly onto the greenery and the landscape. He uses photography as a means of registration, without computer manipulation of any kind. His work is based on an experience of real intervention on “the space and time of the landscape”, which brings him closer to the proposals of Land Art.
The relationship between geometry and nature thus acquires a meditative character, appealing to the coexistence of the public with the power of suggestion of the modification of the landscape to which they attend, which aspires to broaden their perception by laying bridges towards hidden qualities and dimensions in the spaces where it takes place. Riera understands geometry as a natural language prior to matter, able to establish with it a kind of subtle and revealing resonance.
Among its institutional exhibitions, stand out Noche Áurea in Museo Nacional y Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, 2008), Secuencias in Museo Barjola (2010); Sincronicidad in DA2 (Salamanca, 2014), Luz Vulnerada in Centro Niemeyer (2015), Sector Primario in (MUSAC ,collective 2015), Luz natural. Un vacío siempre distinto in CAB (Burgos,2018) or Bonaval in CGAC (Santiago de Compostela, 2018)
Regarding his work in public spaces, he has carried out specific interventions for Photoespaña, MUSAC (León) or CAB (Burgos). Stand out interventions such as Alameda llum (2012) in which eleven of its installations remained for two months in Los Jardines del Turia, or Gráficos Paramétricos (2017) in El Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid, as part of Luna de Octubre, which received over 6000 visitors . He has carried out interventions in places such as Annecy (France, 2018/2019) or the Karlovo Námestí Park in Prague (2016). In 2018 he intervened in the gardens of Bonaval, annexed to the CGAC Museum. In 2019 he took part in UMBRA (Vitoria-Gasteiz) with a work especially made for the Gardens of Florida.
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