We Belong Here, 2018
Site Specific Installation
Sky blue neon, transformers, acrylic.
Tavares Strachan lives and works in New York. Strachan received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence and a M.F.A. in 2006 from Yale University, New Haven.
Strachan’s ambitious and open-ended practice examines the intersection of art, science, and the environment, and has included collaborations with numerous organizations and institutions across the disciplines.
He is currently the Allen Institute’s inaugural artist-in-residence. His work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions including You Belong Here, Prospect 3. Biennial, New Orleans; The Immeasurable Daydream, Biennale de Lyon, Lyon; Polar Eclipse, The Bahamas National Pavilion 55th Venice Biennale, Venice; Seen/Unseen, Undisclosed Exhibition, New York; Orthostatic Tolerance: It Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea if I Never Went Home Again, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Orthostatic Tolerance: Launching into an Infinite Distance, Grand Arts, Kansas City; and You Can Do Whatever You Like (Orthostatic Tolerance Project), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; among others.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including the 2018 Frontiers Art Prize; and 2014 LACMA Art + Technology Lab Artist Grant.
Tavares Strachan has been commissioned to create a site-specific neon piece for the Faena District, We Belong Here.
The phrase is both an affirmation and a veiled question. In its explicit referencing of the iconic neon signage of Miami’s deco drive, the work is a reclamation of belonging that asks us to reimagine how we define place – and this place in particular.
Strachan’s work in the context of Miami, permits us to think that this city may potentially be the quintessential American city— given its role as a sanctuary, place of refuge for communities from around the world, as bridge across divergent cultures, and ultimately as a point of convergence and commonality.