|Commuter Biennial is thrilled to announce the latest set of projects and partnerships for its four-month public art exhibition throughout Miami-Dade. Beginning in September, Commuter Biennial will introduce the addition of artworks by Nice’n Easy and Virginia Overton that will captivate commuters on the road and county residents in thoughtful, fun, and unexpected ways. This month will also see a series of supporting events to further engage people throughout the county with its mission to place contemporary art in underutilized spaces frequented in our daily lives. Nice’n Easy (Miami, FL) will have artworks installed on billboards in South Dade and Northwest Dade throughout the month of September. Enhance Your Drive features playfully suggestive images and messaging that will prompt passing drivers to call a phone number. This number directs callers to a recorded mindfulness meditation intended to soothe drivers and lighten the mood in moments often fraught by tension in traffic. This “bait and switch” activation occupies two billboards in Florida City and Hialeah Gardens, and will be on view to the public until October 2.|
Above: Enhance Your Drive, 2019. Nice’n Easy.
|Later in September, Commuter Biennial will welcome artist Virginia Overton (Brooklyn, NY) to Miami to install a her sculptural work Untitled (Late Bloomer)at the Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay. With this work, Overton repurposes the bed of her 1996 Dodge Ram 150 pickup truck and fashions it into a habitat for native aquatic plant species. This piece will evolve throughout the course of its installation as the plants continue to grow, exploring the ever-shifting connections and tensions between the natural and manmade environment. The Biennial and Deering Estate will host a talk with the artist on September 22 at 12:00 PM, discussing the artist’s career and body of works driven largely by the spaces and places in which she creates them. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.|
|Above: Untitled (Late Bloomer), 2018-19. Virginia Overton. Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube.|
|Commuter Biennial is made possible with the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through a Knight Arts Challenge grant, with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Commuter Biennial is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The exhibition is organized by the Gables Hispanic Cultural Foundation with the support of the Miami Foundation. This exhibition is curated by Laura Randall, with additional support by Courtney Levine.|