Fort Lauderdale, FL
Artist Adler Guerrier is creating a sculpture for the stage of the new Grace Arts FL Production adaptation of Shakespeare’s, ‘Merchant of Venice,’ set in Miami and Fort Lauderdale in the 1930s to function as an arrangement of objects, forms, and fragments that would help to localize the play. The production is guest directed and written by Darius V. Daughtry.
Adler creates visual dialogue through the use of ‘wunderkammer’ materials and techniques. WunderKammer is a collection of notable objects from natural history, ethnography, and relics. The term described a ‘cabinet’ of rulers, aristocrats, and merchant classes housing personal treasures, a precursor to the emergence of ‘museum’ collections. Guerrier subverts space and time as he constructs platforms to explore race, ethnicity, class, and culture. He uses the collage and the authority of formal composition to create an open critique of contemporary culture and art history.
The artwork for ‘Merchants’ will transition literally, and physically between Act I and Act II inviting the audience into the imagined clubs, churches, and cafes to explore the global race and class tensions of the era, acknowledging memories that are part of sacred spaces and historic buildings of today. The artwork is structured in the form of a shelf, a register, or a depository, made to hold and display a range of forms — metered and textured designs, color patterns, some everyday objects, and fragments from the lived landscape of black social life.
Guerrier was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and lives and works in Miami, where he received a BFA at New World School of the Arts. He has exhibited at the California African American Museum, Vizcaya Museum, and Gardens, Bass Museum of Art, and NSU Museum of Fort Lauderdale. His works can be found in public collections of Pérez Art Museum Miami, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, and Studio Museum in Harlem. Critical consideration of Guerrier’s works has appeared in Art Forum, Art in America, The New York Times, and ARTNews, among others.
What: Merchants of Venice produced by Grace Arts, Florida
Where: Victory Black Box Theatre on Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale
When: Opens July 7th, 2022
Tickets and More information: Available on Eventbrite