N’NAMDI Contemporary, Miami is proud to present Dreamscapes: The Metaphor Has Shifted to Healing, a solo exhibition by Stephen Arboite. Rendering an intimately ontological approach to unpacking his journey of self-discovery, Arboite creates a dynamic body of work with seemingly distant, yet familiar faces and forms. Employing dreams as a metaphor for individual and communal healing, Arboite explains how dreams “are gateways into an alternate reality that exists within the human psyche; manifestations of our deepest desires, fears, and emotions.” Oscillating between grand landscapes and mythological portraits, Arboite wields a combination of relational gestures and layered textures to narrate a soul-yearning story anchored with a surrealist nod to everyday reality.
With an emphasis on the historical uses of coffee, Arboite draws parallels from his Haitian background by using coffee as a “spiritual medium” to emote scenes from his psyche. This series of paintings act as a bridge to conjure belonging – a sense of community emerges while navigating a path of healing for others seeking a greater sense of self. Arboite beckons viewers to introspectively examine their understanding of themselves through a psycho-spiritual lens. In this, his dreams become our reality and shift us to a place of honesty and healing.
About Stephen Arboite
Stephen Arboite (b. 1987) was born and raised in New York City to Haitian parents and now resides in Miami, Florida. Arboite attended State University of New York, Purchase College for drawing and painting. He has exhibited nationally including multiple group shows at N’Namdi Contemporary, Prizm Art Fair in Miami and is currently in a group show entitled Translating Valence: Redefining Black Male Identity at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Michigan, showing now through until May 3, 2020. Arboite’s work considers beauty outside of classical aesthetic paradigms and places an emphasis on an ethereal consciousness of the body. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with N’Namdi Contemporary.
About N’Namdi Contemporary, Miami
N’Namdi Contemporary, Miami was established in 2012 and is based in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami, FL. Founded by second-generation art dealer, Jumaane N’Namdi, the gallery’s program dates back to Detroit (1981-Present) and has expanded to Chicago (1997-2012), New York (2001-2009) and now focuses on the Miami area. The gallery continues to uphold the artistic standards of the master artists, with a special focus on education, culture, and aesthetics. Since its inception, the gallery has worked with various museums including, Art Institute of Chicago, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Perez Art Museum Miami, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Smithsonian, and The Studio Museum of Harlem, among many others.
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