Image: Nick Mahshie, detail of 6:20am-8:41pm / Miami, 2022, photo credit: Anastasia Samoylova
NICK MAHSHIE: SMOKE/SCREEN
Exhibition Dates: June 7 – September 30, 2022
Oolite Arts Collaborations
The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood presents Smoke/Screen, a solo exhibition by Miami-based artist Nick Mahshie. The exhibition is in partnership with Oolite Arts.
Nick Mahshie’s practice shifts freely between art and design, making references to the visual language of a saturated Miami culture while challenging the seductive palette of both our landscape and our sartorial inclinations. Mahshie uses vibrant layers of color patterns culled from repurposed fashion and his unique custom-designed prints created on cotton and fiberglass mesh. For this exhibition, Mahshie has created an interactive space with hanging prints and designs. Visitors are invited to wear custom garments made by the artist to interact and blend into the setting. The experience effectively camouflages the participant, creating a longer pause and deeper connection to the lushly manufactured environment.
This exhibition in Gallery 2 at the Center is the third of our Oolite Collaborations series with Oolite Arts based in Miami Beach. The exhibition brochure includes a text written by Jason Katz.
Nick Mahshie’s background in painting, fashion, and print design coalesce in the immersive installations, wearable sculpture, and designed objects he creates. Born and raised in southwest Miami-Dade County, Mahshie received a Masters of Design degree in Fashion, Body, and Garment in 2017 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 2007. Selected exhibitions include “No Vacancy Miami Beach” (2021) The International Inn, Miami Beach, “Exile Books + Printed Matter” (2021) NADA Art Fair, Miami, “Diverse Networks” (2020) Oolite Arts, Miami Beach. Mahshie has been invited as an artist-in-residence at AGA Lab, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2019), Residencia Corazón, La Plata, Argentina (2008), and has been the Printmaking Artist-in-Residence at Oolite Arts since 2018. Mahshie is the recipient of the RumChata Fellowship (2017), Make Work Venture Fund (2017), and the New Artists Society Scholarship, Chicago, Illinois (2015).
Image of Nick Mahshie in the studio, photo credit: Carina Mask
Jason Katz is the publisher of Islandia Journal, a quarterly (sub)tropical print periodical of Miami prose, poetry, and art. He is a contributing editor at Burnaway Magazine.
The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported in part by its members, admissions, private entities, the City of Hollywood; the Broward County Cultural Division, the Cultural Council, and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners; the Florida Department of State Division of Arts and Culture; the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation; and the Josephine S. Leiser Foundation. We welcome donations from all members of the community who wish to support our work.