March 15 - April 18, 2021
Special Commission on Roads
101 8th Street, Miami Beach
The Department of Reflection's Special Commission on Roads explores roads, highways, and related infrastructure and how what has since its inception been promoted and mythologized as an emblem of American freedom is today crumbling beneath our wheels.
The Special Commission on Roads included work and collaborations with several local and national artists including Jenna Balfe, Paola Cassola, Najja Moon, Nina Sarnelle, J.M. Urbina, Donzii, an exhibition featuring works by artists from New York City organized by P.A.D., and a curated library of free books by Bookleggers.
View the full press release and documentation here.
Image: From Paola Cassola's Bodymobil.2021. April, 2021. Taken by Diana Larrea.
August 21, 2021
DoR to Door
Project Art Distribution (P.A.D.)
Munsee Lanape Land (also colloquially known as SoHo, NYC, NY, USA, Earth)
11 am - 7ish pm
with Angel Garcia, Archival Feedback, A.G., Cara Despain, Domingo Castillo, GeoVanna Gonzalez, Janese Weingarten, Jenna Balfe, Loading Festival, misael soto, Nicole Salcedo, Nina Sarnelle, Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo, Talent Costume Dept., and Willa Smart
The transportation and sale of goods is an integral part of the dialogue which the Department of Reflection undertook earlier this year with its Special Commission on Roads. As part of our investigation Project Art Distribution (P.A.D.) asked artists to explore this through the transportative journey of flying works from Brooklyn (New York) to South Beach (Miami). P.A.D. took their project on the road, the work was ‘of the road’, and the exhibition took place next to the road. Now we present its foil (Miami to New York) and return the favor! DoR has organized a collection of Miami-based (and adjacent) artists with the assistance of Loading Festival for an exhibition, sale, exchange, investigation, and assessment all rolled into one. The director of the Department of Reflection, misael soto, has transported the work of collaborators to the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, NY where they'll be exhibited from 11 to 7ish. An exchange of ideas, goods, and services now comes full circle with contributions from some of DoR's best and brightest past collaborators.
Our De-Code Compliance Team will be on hand to audit Project Art Distribution's operations, assessing the project’s relationship to the municipality and beyond as both a DIY institution and member of the community. Findings will be applied internally and shared publicly afterwards.
September 23, 2021
with Jenna Balfe and Dennis Fuller of Donzii
Presented by Loading Festival
Tropotrope Arts Learning Lab, Miami
The Department of Reflection presents a figure drawing class about figure drawing, with three models who begin the class drawing their audience while the audience draws them. The reflective and self-reflexive performative gesture then folds in on itself with each following timed drawing session, deconstructing and layering internal rules of engagement that eventually crash into a sound performance by Donzii.
Model/Performers: Jenna Balfe, Dennis Fuller, and misael soto
Part of Loading Festival’s ongoing “Modeling Devices” figuring drawing series.
Hosted by Tropotrope Arts Learning Lab