Miami Wynwood Arts District Miami-Dade County Visual Arts

Michael Vasquez Opening at Fredric Snitzer Gallery

Michael Vasquez Opening at Fredric Snitzer GalleryFriday, February 17, 6-9pm -Fredric Snitzer Gallery, 2247 NW 1st Place, Miami Wynwood Arts District

Fredric Snitzer Gallery is pleased to announce Rites of Passage, the third solo exhibition by the provocative young artist Michael Vasquez, whose work has been exhibited at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami Art Museum, Rubell Family Collection, Bass Museum of Art, MoCA NoMi, University of Tennessee, the Franks-Suss Collection and Saatchi Gallery in London. This installation-based exhibition, running from February 17 – March 17, 2012, will open with a reception for Vasquez at the gallery on Friday, February 17th, from 6-9 pm.
Inspired by personal experience, Vasquez explores and recreates the danger and allure of a neighborhood street gang through the perspective of a growing boy who lacks a father figure. In search of ideals of masculinity and community, the protagonist experiences his rite of passage, the “transitional phase between childhood and full inclusion into a tribe or social group” (Arnold van Gennep, The Rites of Passage) in this case, his ritualistic initiationinto a gang. Vasquez’s unique interpretation of Gennep’s three phases of the rite of passage– separation, transition, and reincorporation–is the connective premise of his collaged installation.