Storefront Art Studio is pleased to present IDEAL SITUATION: A dual exhibition of Brian Gefen and Jill C. Weisberg. This collaboration is a culmination of current social and political situations. Using vintage printed materials, pop-culture iconography and a vibrant color palette, Gefen and Weisberg communicate their views in different ways both using a mixed-media approach.. Gefen uses pop culture to illustrate how society puts priorities on entertainment, not factual information. Weisberg’s intention is to show how feminism has been commodified for profit by using advertisements from vintage women’s magazines. Both artists’ work are a treat for the eyes, encouraging the viewer to look deeper into the works and find meaning.
About the Artists:
Brian Gefen was born in Hollywood, Florida in 1982. He received his Bachelor’s in Fine Art from Ai Miami International University of Art and Design in 2007 and Master’s in Painting from the University of Miami in 2011. His style is very diverse, ranging from abstracted digital photography to metaphorical figurative painting. As a working artist, Gefen’s goal is to be a creative individual who pushes boundaries by defying genres and constantly looks for new types of media and materials to work with.
Gefen has been published in Supermix, Union of the Diverse Contemporary Art in Miami by Charo Oque & David Vardi, 2008. Press includes: Sobre el exceso de lo real by Amable Lopez Melendez, Hoy Newspaper, Oct. 24, 2008 and Sunshine Spate by Carlos Suarez De Jesus, Miami New Times, Jan. 24, 2008.
Gefen’s has had several solo exhibitions in Miami, Florida: Star Focus at Butter Gallery in 2016; All Seasons at Flowerbox Projects in 2016; Salute at Flowerbox Projects in 2015; and The Dee Dee and Jack Wedding at Emerson Dorsch Gallery in 2011.
Gefen's work is publicly collected by the NSU Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale and has been included in a variety of group shows in South Florida since 2005. These exhibitions include Exposed, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL in 2017, Wrestling the Snake: Open Season in Political Art, The Projects at FAT Village, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, curated by Leah Brown and Peter Symons in 2016, 100 + Degrees In The Shade, Laundromat Art Space, Miami, FL, curated by Jane Hart in 2015; Smash & Grab (15th anniversary) at Locust Projects, Miami, Florida in 2013 and Home: Dream Home at Praxis International Art, Miami, Florida, curated by Grela Orihuela in 2011.
Jill Weisberg (Hollywood, FL, 1972) received both her BFA and MFA in Graphic Design from Florida Atlantic University in 1994 and 2010, respectively. She was awarded a Creative Investment Program Grant from the Broward Cultural Division for She Comes First: an exterior, type-based public art installation. Most recently, Weisberg’s work was featured at FAIR: an all-female, alternative, non-commercial art fair presented by Spinello Projects at the Brickell City Centre in Miami, Florida. Other exhibitions include Locust Projects (Miami), Design Sublime (Miami), Bailey Contemporary Arts (Pompano Beach, Florida), Girls’ Club (Fort Lauderdale), the Truman State University Gallery (Kirksville, Missouri) and Gallery RFD (Swainsboro, Georgia). Weisberg is the curator and project manager of the Community Redevelopment Agency of Hollywood’s Downtown Hollywood Mural Project, a contemporary exterior mural project. With more than 20 murals and counting, the award-winning DHMP is the largest walkable mural project in Broward County and features renowned local, national and international artists. She co-owns and co-curates Storefront Art Studio, a gallery and project space with her partner in Hollywood and is the Principal/Creative Director of Schrift & Farbe Design Group.
ABOUT STOREFRONT ART STUDIO
Storefront Art Studio is an exhibition space in the heart of Downtown Hollywood, Florida and the working studios of local artists Jill Weisberg and Brian Gefen. It is a dedicated site for artists and creatives to showcase their work in an environment that melds seamlessly with the traditional architecture of Downtown Hollywood, while also being a rallying point for cultural events and vibrant social interaction.
The two open platforms that flank the entrance to Storefront are exhibition walls that can be viewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Once inside, viewers and visitors become a part of the exhibition, themselves, integrated into a dynamic community environment with locally-driven programming. Art exhibitions and events can be staged at Storefront, so please enquire with us below.
Hours are by appointment only.
Phone number: 954-546-0773.