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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

They paint for each other; on the same canvas!

The Gallery @ the Coconut Grove Arts Festival (CGAF) opens its September exhibition, titled "Rewilding," on Saturday, September 7 featuring the works of Annie Blazejack and Geddes Levenson, two artists who grew up together in Miami and graduated from the New World School of the Arts.  


Annie Blazejack and Geddes Levenson
showing off their cover story
in The Miami Herald (courtesy Instagram)
Blazejack received her MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Tufts University in 2013 while Levenson received her MFA from Pratt University in 2014.

While pursuing their graduate degrees, the artists decided to collaborate on all their work and they have been doing that for the past 10 years. They paint for each other. What is so cool is that they often paint on the same canvas with some of their pieces taking anywhere from a few hours to a few days. They sometimes paint "conversations" that span multiple canvases where Blazejack makes an image and Levenson makes a new image to respond to it. Viewers can make connections among a series of images linked through color, subject matter, technique, composition, etc. 

Blazejack and Levenson, who were featured in The Miami Herald, have installed solo shows at the Carrack in Durham, NC, the Art and Culture Center in Hollywood, FL, Placeholder Gallery and The Deering Estate in Miami, FL (where they were artists in residence), and the White Page Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. They have also shown their works at The Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC, Howard Art Projects in Boston, MA, Locust Projects, Miami, FL, and Norte Maar Art Space in Brooklyn, NY.

They both work in a variety of media including video and performance art. Their imaginative works show off their love of scifi and include many Florida images of the state's wildlife.



The exhibition will run from Saturday, September 7 through Sunday, October 20.  The opening reception on September 7 will be held 6 to 9 pm and refreshments will be served. The Gallery @ CGAF is open Monday to Friday from 9 am. to 5 pm and by appointment. The Gallery is at the Mayfair Atrium (by the bull). For more information about the Gallery @ CGAF, please visit www.cgaf.com.

“The Gallery @ CGAF is proud to assist in collecting canned goods, diapers and food for  babies, hygiene products, batteries, etc. as part of the ‘Bahama Strong’ campaign to provide assistance to our neighbors in the Bahamas who have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian,” said Monty Trainer, president of the Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association. 



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