TEMPUS Projects, a non-profit art space located in Seminole Heights, Tampa, is known for their experimental and innovative art exhibitions. The gallery has been recognized as a catalyst for contemporary art in Tampa, and praised for providing opportunities to the community’s emerging fine artists.
Initiated by a shared interest in promoting local, contemporary art, TEMPUS Projects’ Founder and Creative Director Tracy Midulla Reller and Ringling Underground Artist Liaison Natalya Swanson have worked together to provide the Ringling Underground audience with a collaboration that is the first of its kind. Curated by Christina Humphries and Kurt Piazza, the November 5 Ringling Underground features video based multi-media installations created by eight artists working in the Tampa Bay area.
Kevin Brophy is a multidisciplinary artist. Her work discusses power-dynamics through exaggerated forms of communication. It is dark. It is funny. She critiques in a satirical and self-implicating way.
Brophy earned her BA in Studio Art and Creative Writing from the University of South Florida and is currently an MFA candidate at Carnegie Mellon University and recipient of the Regina and Marlin Miller Fellowship. She has exhibited at Tampa Museum of Art and Contemporary Art Museum of Tampa; performed at MoCA Cleveland and at the Carnegie Museum of Art for Opening Engagement, Pittsburgh; and intervened in H&M at International Mall and the Perez Art Museum Miami.
Santiago Echeverry is a Colombian New Media and Digital Artist with a background in Film and Television production. Thanks to the Fulbright Grant he received his Master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. He moved to the USA in 2003 to teach Interactivity at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, UMBC, and then relocated to Florida in the Fall of 2005 to teach Digital Arts and Interactive Media at the University of Tampa. He started exhibiting internationally in 1992, and his research interests are non-linear narration, video-art, performance art, interactive design, creative code and web experimentation.
Christina Humphreys is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Tampa, FL. She is a member of Quaid Gallery, an artist-run project space in partnership with Tempus Projects and has worked alongside several art and non-profit organizations in Tampa, Florida, including USF Centre Gallery, USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tempus Projects, and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
Gigi Lage is a visual artist from Miami, whose practice involves sculpture, performance, video and multimedia installations. She is interested in creating raw, time based work often through the hand-manipulation of common audio and visual materials, such as VHS tapes and tube TV’s. Her visual and object-making process are typically created without the interference of digital software’s. Lage uses manual editing techniques to distort her pieces into finished works. With this act, the tensions that have become traditions are explored: the boundaries of technological spaces, the intersections and contradictions of personal identity and technological advancement; and that of analog experience versus digital platforms.
She currently lives and works in Tampa, FL, where she received a BA in Fine Art from the University of South Florida in 2013. Lage has exhibited extensively throughout Florida including Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL; The Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL; The Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL; Morean Art Center, St. Pete, FL; and the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL. Her work has also been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, IL for their Streetlight video series. Her solo show is on view till mid-October at QUAID Gallery in Tampa, FL.
Noelle Mason is a trans-media artist who manipulates appropriated images, objects, and contexts to investigate and expose the subtle seductiveness of power facilitated by systems of visual control. Noelle has shown nationally and internationally in a variety of non-traditional spaces, galleries, and institutions including the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Smithsonian Institute. She is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist Grant, Jerome fellowship and the Illinois Art Council International Artist Grant. In 2004 Noelle was a resident at the Skowhegan school of Painting and Sculpture. She holds a BA in both theatre and fine arts from the University of California, Irvine and received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Noelle currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Extended Media at the University of South Florida.
“Socially acceptable behavior” is the working theme in which I am inspired by and document. I find social media, popular icons, and learned behaviors work together to create our identities, more often than not, to a fault. What are the appropriate reactions? How can behavior be monitored while molding our identities to these acceptable social constructs? It is these ideals that I investigate and rationalize through repetitive motions, multiples objects, and installation. My goal is to show social weakness as an advantage for individual change and progression.
Daniela Mora graduated with a BFA from the University of South Florida in 2013, and is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Washington.
Justin Myers is a Tampa Native currently working in sound, video and film photography. Combining elements of found media, pop culture and loose odds and ends, Myers deconstructs to create his own new pieces.
Finding inspiration from discarded imagery, random thought and spontaneous actions, Justin creates to convey the irregularity of today’s media barrage.
Kurt Piazza is a multi-media artist working primarily in video and installation.
His recent work explores the notion that physical space has a memory; and that time, space, and architecture can serve as visual “signifiers” that drive both the visual and aural narrative. By intermixing dreamlike imagery with compelling sound, he aims to contextualize the format of electronic media into cerebral and emotional components of architectural space. Kurt Piazza is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Media. He has exhibited his work both regionally and nationally, including Art Basel, Miami Beach, as well as the Conley Gallery at the University of California at Fresno. He has has been featured in two solo exhibitions, THE FUTURE BELONGS TO GHOSTS in 2011 at the Visual and Performing Art Gallery at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida and TOWARDS THE EDGE OF THE VISUAL, in 2013 at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.
A series of one night only events combining live music and experiential artworks in the Courtyard.
Ringling Underground is always free for college students with a valid college ID. It is an extension of the Art After 5 program held on Thursdays after 5 p.m. After hours discounted admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children 6-17, children 5 and under and Museum Members are free.
Cash bar provided by Modern Events at The Ringling.
Ringling Underground is a rain or shine event.
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