Miami's Independent Thinkers
The James Royal Palm has partnered with Miami's Independent Thinkers to bring South Beach a specially-curated Local Art Series, in support of their mission to provide a sustainable support base for Miami's creative community. Featuring a different installation every four to six weeks in our Great Room Pre Function space, and a generative art installation in James Club, Miami's Independent Thinkers is an organization dedicated to the unity, development and promotion of Miami's flourishing art community, working to embrace established, merging and young artists, visionaries and intellectuals.
We invite you to enjoy our current exhibitions by artists Redinger-Libolt, David Gary Lloyd and Michael Zimmerer located in the Great Room Pre Function space, and Claudio Castillo in James Club.
Inspired by the sociological effects of the advertising world, David Gary Lloyd unfolds symbolic photographs to challenge the messages conveyed by mass marketing.Lloyd's works communicate messages of religion in mainstream media, identity complications, human/nature sacrifice, and the effects of mass consumerism. David has also developed "Narrated Moments", which relate positive outlooks and advice through the homeless, gypsies and street dwellers of Miami, who go against the common grain of society. David received diplomas in Photography and Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Exhibitions of his work have been held in Venues ranging from Miami, New York and Vermont. Lloyd currently lives and works from the eclectic art neighborhood Wynwood located in Miami. Alongside fellow photographer Michelle Citrin, David Co-owns the contemporary portrait studio Neox Image.
After traveling significant distances, Michael Zimmerer began to see the world differently, especially the wilderness. It was no longer his childhood playground, a resource or a fantasy to explore; but environments that taught, learned and breathed on their own. In each of his projects he is not just documenting where he has traversed, but discovering and exploring what it means to be a place. He wants to encourage the viewer to recon-sider their world, be it under the sky or inside their minds. His work is about seeing the world in a new way, not a new angle or a new development, but about vision and understanding. He wants to explore the Earth, and everything involved in it. Zimmerer's work ranges from telling the story of an elegant land turned dark and decrepit, to the discovery of self, and how easily so many of us lose in ourselves that which seems impossible to really lose. In his images his goal is for people to find their roots in the world, and in themselves.
“Sea Shades”, a photographic series by Redinger-Libolt, the combined talents of Scott and Cristina Redinger-Libolt, explores the personality of our ocean as seen from Miami Beach and how it varies from day-to-day, minute-to-minute. Minimal and graphic compositions are employed in attempts to remove the photographer’s perspective and allow the sea it’s own voice, uniquely expressed in each photograph. Since moving to Miami Beach in 2009, Redinger-Libolt's photographs have appeared in Ocean Drive, Miami Magazine, Interiors Magazine, Forbes, Conde Nast, Marie Claire and have exhibited photography at a show curated by Kerry McLaney of Miami Independent Thinkers during Art Basel 2011.
Claudio Castillo's generative art display, “Underworks” is non-repeating and self-generating imagery that is controlled by the moon and tide. This is produced through an online connection to the TV on the east wall. The images will not repeat themselves for 400,000 years. Claudio was born in Havana, Cuba, raised in Europe, and lives in Miami. Castillo has been painting and exhibiting watercolors for over forty years. Since 1980 he has been involved with computers, animation and video. In 1983 he founded a computer animation software company and production studio in New York. He moved to Miami in 1992 and works there as an artist, video editor, and animator.
About Underworks and Generative Art:
Generative art is art created using software. The artwork originates as watercolors, the artist then divides the image into layers, distinct different animations are created and then the software re-creates the artwork. The computer does not create anything but instead re-arranges the different movies to playback in a random, non-linear sequence. Although the artwork is moving it is not video art, in fact it is the opposite, it is more akin to a fireplace which is constantly evolving. The lunar and Tidal phases at the same time introduces an element of cyclicality within a random impermanent piece, meant to represent the experience of life itself.