Sad Tropics photo + video installation with Jonathan Traviesa
Inspired by the title of Claude Levi-Strauss’s book Tristes Tropiques this collaborative exhibition focuses on the psychological landscape of paradise, the tropics, and more specifically—the mythology of Florida. Through site-specific photo murals, videos, and a themed gift shop installation, the artists, both Florida natives celebrate and critique the eccentricities of the Floridian aspiration.
Florida is not quite the “feast of flowers” that Ponce de Leon and his crew described as being the site of eternal youth. Yet still, this marsh territory lined by beaches is where settlers young and old have historically and presently escaped to establish their own vision of utopia. Sad Tropics reflects the hyperbolic ambition embedded within Floridian culture—images of modernist geodesic architecture are mingled with tricked out limousines stop motion animations Florida Man + Florida Woman feature top news headlines of ridiculous crimes committed by Floridians, and photo murals of lush foliage immerse the viewer into the gothic Floridian landscape.
Installation at Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL 2018
Sad Tropics exhibition at The Polk Museum’s auxiliary Melvin and Burk’s Galleries at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL 2018
Sad Tropics exhibition at The Front, New Orleans 2016
Click to watch "Florida Man + Florida Woman" Animation
Click to play "Sea Life Mural" video