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Coral Cross announces Art Basel performance & multimedia art show


Coral Cross III
December 3, 2016
Performance starts promptly at 9:50pm
@ The Colony Theater
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL

BFI is pleased to present the first solo art exhibition of Miami-raised artist Jorge Elbrecht in conjunction with a multi-media installation by Los Angeles based sculptor Max Hooper Schneider. The band Coral Cross will be performing to/for this installation at Miami Beach’s historical Colony Theater. This one-night only exhibit and performance will be made open to the public December 3rd at 10pm. A series of large-scale drawings by Jorge Elbrecht will be on view as part of this event.

Coral Cross III is part of BFI’s new Nomadic Miami model, which aims to present a series of roving exhibitions, performances and programs in specific locations determined by cutting-edge artists.

Jorge Elbrecht (born San Jose, Costa Rica 1978) is a composer and visual artist holding a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Columbia University. He lives and works between Costa Rica, Miami, and Los Angeles. Elbrecht’s work explores connections between sound, performance, drawing, sculpture, installation, video and animation. His work as a member of the art company Lansing-Dreiden (2000-present) seeks to utilize the blurred line between art and commerce as a vehicle for fictional stories. The drawings on view at this event will be his first visual works exhibited as a solo artist. 

Max Hooper Schneider (born Los Angeles, CA 1982) graduated from Harvard University in 2011 with a master’s degree in landscape architecture. The foregrounding of material technologies and biological systems within this field continues to inform his artistic practice. Hooper Schneider’s work develops and explores the aesthetics of succession through the creation of worlds that materialize and dramatize nature in diverse ways with nature conceived as a process of ceaseless change and morphogenic modulation. The resultant work voids the difference between the natural and the artificial, challenges hegemonic systems of classification, and suggests a worldview that strives to dislocate humans from their assumed position of centrality and superiority as knowers and actors in the world. Hooper Schneider lives and works in Los Angeles.

Coral Cross was born out of conversations between Hooper Schneider and Elbrecht. It is a choral thrash metal band helmed by Elbrecht and drummer Lev Weinstein (Krallice). The band’s music is simultaneously blurry and fast paced, characterized by single-note guitar lines layered over with barely-audible cathedral harmonies. Joining Coral Cross for this performance will be James Richardson (guitar) and Mike Morrell (bass). 

BFI is an artist-run space dedicated to creativity, experimentation, and discourse in contemporary art. We aim to create a bridge between Miami and the international art world by curating a program that alternates between the local and the global. BFI is committed to building the Miami arts community by offering support for artist projects, art exhibitions, and additional activities such as lectures, events, film screenings, and Bus Tours.  WEIRD MIAMI, a central part of BFI, is a platform for exhibitions and public programming that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the city and its artistic offerings. BFI is a not-for-profit space funded primarily by grants, donations, and the sale of print editions.

The BFI is generously supported in part by a Knight Arts Challenge grant from the John S.and James L. Knight Foundation, and with the support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. and the Miami Downtown Development Authority.