“Unigami”: An Art Installation
The Royal Poinciana Plaza together with artist Nathan Slate Joseph and curator Ben Leone invite you to view Unigami, an outdoor art installation at The Royal Poinciana Plaza. Unigami will be on display through the end of April. A private kick-off reception will be held Thursday, March 22.
Additional works on display at Fritz Gallery (Suite 311).
Nathan Slate Joseph, an integral member of the New York School of Art for more than forty years, fuses the boundary between painting and sculpture. Alluding to issues of natural organic process and change he explores the painterly possibilities of different materials with a nuanced palette of inorganic pigments. The dynamic excitement of those powdered pigments bloom into life in collaboration with nature itself, as Joseph is utterly and boldly comfortable leaving them out in the elements to gain their patina.
Inspired by artists such as Carl Andre, Frank Stella, and John Chamberlain, Joseph began to experiment with metal in the 1970s. His best-known works consist of squares of oxidized galvanized steel and works on canvas many of which include chosen objects that were readily found in the environment.
Mr. Joseph’s works has been revived and discussed in sculpture and art publications worldwide. Named the “artist’s artist” by Art News Magazine and renowned artist Larry Rivers, Nathan Slate Joseph was awarded an Art in Architecture Award from the American Institute of Architects in 2003 for an installation for “Modernism Comes To Harlem” and has collaborated with the renowned architects and designers on numerous public projects. His work is installed at The Seafood Bar at The Breakers, Jean Georges at the Trump International Hotel, New York; Inagiku at the Waldorf-Astoria, New York; onesixtyblue restaurant, Chicago; the Dan Eilat Hotel, Eilat, Israel, and the Four Seasons in Abu Dhabi.
He was represented by Sundaram Tagore Gallery for over a decade and did numerous solo and group shows around the world with his gallery, during which he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florence Bienniale in 2007. His work has been acquired by many museums around the world; and the Art in Embassies Program, Washington, DC, for United States embassies in Cyprus, Mexico, Turkey and Israel and was nominated for Guggenheim by John Chamberlain. Private collectors include artist John Chamberlain, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Adam Tihany, Larry Rivers, Joni Mitchell, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten and many others.
Palm Beach native Ben Leone has always loved the creative process. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in studio art he found his way to the studio of Nathan Slate Joseph in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, seeking apprenticeship upon graduating. What began as an apprenticeship soon became a full time collaborative as the two quickly formed a creative dynamic that is more filial than professional. To observe them is to witness a truly authentic bond that would lead most to assume their relationship spans decades instead of the two years they have worked together. Ben’s background in architecture and design allows the studio to expand into design of utilitarian works using Nathan’s process while at the same time finding new ways to use the patina and color in his own works. The two recently opened up a studio in West Palm Beach in efforts to continue their collaborations in these new ventures with design and are excited to see what Florida has to offer to Nathan’s unique process of oxidation.