Faena Art, the international nonprofit organization that supports and produces multi-disciplinary and time-based experiences, announces the commission of an immersive and participatory installation by Miami-based artist Typoe. The work, titled Forms from Life, will be presented at Faena Art Center Buenos Aires from July 20 through 31st.
When Faena Art Center hosts Typoe’s first exhibition in Latin America later this July, Sala Molinos will be transformed into a surrealist world of labyrinths and fantasy. Comprised of blocks and towers, Forms from Life brings to mind the both ancient Rome as well as the Art Deco facades of Miami, the artist’s hometown.
Typoe’s latest creation explores basic geometry, order and beauty of the physical world and reimagines basic building blocks of tropical colors and classic faux-marble that tease the imagination and invite visitors to construct new worlds for their wildest dreams, generating new experiences of communal creation and social interaction. At the same time, by conjuring up ruins and losses of deferred dreams, this work becomes a contemporary memento mori that elicits the inevitable passage of time and a personal journey through youth and beyond.
Forms from Life draws upon Typoe’s previous commission for the Faena Art Elevate series—a program of rotating site-specific commissions installed in the elevator of Casa Claridge’s in Faena District Miami Beach. For Elevate, Typoe created a playful and experiential work titled Getting Up that encouraged viewer participation and recalled the childhood pastime of playing with letter-shaped magnets; ultimately serving as a transgressive act of auto-definition and a reclamation of public space for social interaction.