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An Intimate Exhibition Features 10 Artists during Art Basel Miami through January 31 2014

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It’s fitting that the Lord Balfour hotel in South Beach host an art exhibit entitled ‘WORD’ from December 1 – January 31. Why? Well, step into the hotel and you will immediately see a key design detail – an almost origami like scroll on the ceiling that includes several famous quotes from Lord Balfour and Winston Churchill.  Balfour coined a few phrases that linger today:  “Make it short and sweet“ is etched into mirrors in the loos.  A book of letters was published in 1992 between Balfour and Lady Elcho – who were said to be “greater than friends and less than lovers” scandalous for the time and titles.  So hosting an exhibition at the hotel in which words are a central theme makes perfect sense.  The exhibit has been organized by PinkBastard and includes works by artists Adriana Carvalho, Alissa Christine, Katie Flood, Kevin Foltz, Cory Foote, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Franklin Sinanan, Lauren Swartzbaugh, VILTE and David Zalben.

Brazilian born Adriana Carvalho resides in Miami but was introduced to the welding process in Chicago.  She creates artwork out of passion and ideas from circumstances in daily life.  Sexy lingerie made with harsh metal products appear as light as a feather and the messages woven into the sculptures represent her dreams, fears and social commentary. 

Modern conveniences have manufactured a swift and vapid style of letter writing. Artist Cory Foote documents his digital experience using a large format 4×5 camera, film, photographic paper, and an iPhone.  “I send over 1,160 text messages every month… they are rarely of any remarkable worth.” Foote created a physical document of his digital experiences with communications in an age of mobile phones and social networking websites.

Miami based artist David Zalben was born in Brooklyn. Bending wire into sculpture he transforms verse into a visual art form that is not only sculptural, but tells a story of love, vexation and spiritual growth.  “I’m fascinated with complicated simplicity, and wire allows me to invent with just my hands and a pair of pliers,” says Zalben.  Zalben’s works are truly beautiful in their sculptural sense, while the words provide a depth that far exceeds mere aesthetics.

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By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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