MIAMI BEACH – Artist Sandra Muss has been chosen as the Pulse Project Artist for 2019. Two of Muss’s site-specific sculpture installations, Portals: Dreams of Flight and Open Doors, will be featured in Pulse Projects, the large-scale sculptures, installations and performances that are part of the art fair programming.
Portals: Dreams of Flight will be installed near the Pulse entrance. The piece’s three large totemic sculptures, made of corten steel cutouts, evoke the delicate webbing of cicada wings reproducing the intricate patterns created by nature. Interior mirrors will connect the work to the Pulse site by reflecting the surroundings. A tape of cicada songs, one of the most distinct sounds in the animal kingdom, will be part of the installation. Portals, a reoccurring theme in Muss’s work, mark a conceptual boundary between the real and the unreal. Conceived as poetic thresholds, portals are metaphorical starting points for Muss’s artistic explorations.
Open Doors, an installation of seven, large scale, repurposed wooden doors with neon and mirror components, will be installed at the Eden Roc Hotel, the Pulse hotel sponsor. For Muss, this work elicits thoughts about journeys to new worlds, either within or outside of oneself, and about objects and their ever-changing relationship with time. The glow of the neon lights will bleed into the pool side environment adding layers of intensity and meaning. With immersive, interactive possibilities, the installation’s mirror components will freeze frame viewers, offering opportunities for reflective self-portraits. For this project, Muss is collaborating with sound designer and audio-visual troubadour Jules Jenssen. Jenssen is creating a soundtrack that will be responsive to the installation site. Variables such as wind-speed, temperature, UV light, humidity and time of day will interact to create unique collages of sound and textures that will score the work in an ethereal way that highlight the chosen location.
About Sandra Muss
Sandra Muss is an American artist whose multi-media works explore the complex relationship between spatial, temporal and mystical realms of human experience. Recently, her work has been exhibited at the Villa San Michele in Florence, Italy and in the Americans in Florence exhibition at the Stengel Collection in the Palazzo Rosselli del Turco in Florence. In 2018, she was in the Open Code Florence group exhibition in the Basilica of San Lorenzo and in group exhibitions in Monte Carlo and in Tokyo at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. In 2017, Muss, created a permanent site-specific installation for the Sculpture Garden at the Kreeger Museum in Washington D.C. In addition, her work has been exhibited at the Coral Springs Museum (Florida), Hollis Taggart Gallery (New York), Kelly Roy Gallery (Miami), New Gallery of Modern Art (Charlotte, North Carolina), and DTR Modern Galleries (Florida, Washington D.C., and Boston). The artist lives and works between New York City, Miami Beach, and the Berkshires.
About PULSE Art Fair
Founded in 2005, PULSE Art Fair presents contemporary art for the engaged buyer. Led by Fair Director Cristina Salmastrelli, PULSE will feature more than 60 exhibitors this year at Miami Art Week. The fair is held from December 5-8th, and located at Indian Beach Park in Miami Beach. As Miami Art Week evolves and expands with a multitude of cultural events, PULSE is more committed than ever to focusing its edition on an intimate environment, thoughtful curation and programming that explores content that resonates most meaningfully with the lifestyle of loyal collectors. The fair offers a several dynamic programs including PULSE Prize, PULSE Play, PULSE Projects and PULSE Perspectivos.