By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Oolite Arts, located on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road, will host their latest exhibition opening “On the Road II” this Wednesday, October 16th, at 7PM. Larry Ossei-Mensah has masterfully curated the exhibition, and it highlights upcoming artists from Miami and Detroit.
Larry Ossei-Messah is the Senior Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), and current advisor to Oolite Arts. He has been inspired by Jack Kerouac and looks to showcase the voices of emerging artists regarding issues of “freedom and identity in a time of political and social unease.”
As a New Yorker who grew up in the Bronx, Ossei-Messah told Collecteurs in an interview, “During high school, I took an art class, but it wasn’t really until graduate school — when I lived in Switzerland for a year — that I caught the bug.”
Adding later, “When I moved back from Switzerland and started going to art shows, doing exhibitions and writing about art, I realized I could be of service if I put together shows that focused on emerging, marginalized artists.”
The On the Road II exhibition will feature eleven artists from October 16th until Art Basel 2019, and ending December 15th. Participating artists include: Farley Aguilar, William Marcellus Amstrong, Amna Asghar, Tiff Massey, Gisela Mc Daniel, Osman Khan, Gean Moreno, Ernesto Oroza, Pat Phillips, Johanne Rahaman and Monica Sorelle.
Ossei-Messah shared why Miami and Detroit are the focus of On the Road II, “Both cities are active incubators for new ideas, new talent and creative exchange, pulsating to their own unique rhythm activated particularly through language, spirituality and ritual.”
In this particular exhibit for instance, Monica Sorelle, creates a visually poetic narrative through portraits of the disappearing neighborhood of Little Haiti.
While Pat Phillip’s painting ‘Urban Beach Week/Rump Shaker’, “shows a couple in handcuffs on the beach, referencing the heavy police presence during Miami Beach’s Urban Beach Week, the dehumanization of black bodies and how the weekend exacerbates the region’s race and class divisions.”
Ossei-Mensah commented on the selection process for the artists, “Each artist brings a unique point of view that engages a variety of topics from new and contemporary interpretations of history to confronting day-to-day concerns that affect us all as human beings on this planet.”
The opening event is at Oolite Arts at 924 Lincoln Road, second floor, from 7PM until 9PM, free of charge. The exhibit will remain available Monday to Friday from 12—6PM, and Saturday to Sunday from 1—6PM. Oolite Arts will also be hosting an Art Basel Brunch on December 7th.