Groundbreaking Art Combines Digital and Traditional Mediums
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (May 9, 2013)—The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOF-FIU), the only museum dedicated to the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture, is proud to present Fryd on Fire by Carol Fryd, a pioneer of digital art whose captivating artworks of Miami and its cultural intersections meld the human figure with fabulous flora and fruit. Fryd’s creations blend classic art with 21st century technology to create her own unique technique which include collage, drawings, photography, objects and paint, ranging from realism to abstract expressionism to portraiture. Fryd on Fire opens May 21 and will remain on display through October 20.
Fryd is inspired by her hometown of Miami Beach, with its colorful palette of people and panorama. Bright, fiery colors dominate this show, with the excitement and hot juicy hues of Fryd’s works matched only by the intensity and heat of the Miami sun.
“The bright hot yellow light of the Miami Beach sun transforms every color to an intensity no Northerner ever experiences,” said artist Carol Fryd, of her inspiration. “The cerulean blue tropical sky intoxicates me. Nothing here is muted. The people come from everywhere and there is a cacophony of Cuban, Spanglish, Haitian, French and southern drawl and chivalry, with an imported New York sophistication, that creates Miami’s unique culture. Passions run high in this city and yet somehow we all live together and grow and learn to tolerate and be appreciative of one another. Our city is ‘on fire’ with an intensity found nowhere else.”
A hugely prolific artist, Fryd has had numerous one-person shows. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach and numerous galleries and museums in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and in private collections worldwide.
The museum is proud to host the work of such a significant and groundbreaking artist,” said Jo Ann Arnowitz, executive director. “Carol captures the cultural diversity of Miami in these electrifying artworks, while also bringing to life biblical stories from her Jewish roots.”
Fryd majored in Fine Arts at the University of Miami and she has contributed to the artistic growth of Miami for more than 50 years. As a co-founder of Miami’s first women’s art co-op, The Continuum Gallery, women’s issues are a lead motif of Fryd’s work. Fryd’s work is also on display through July 4, 2013 at the Zadok Gallery in a group exhibition, 20 Shades of Grey, showcasing artists who are 70 or more years young and have made their mark in Miami well before Art Basel, Design Miami or Wynwood Walls arrived.
About the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU: The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is the only Museum dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture. The museum is housed in two adjacent lovingly restored historic buildings, at 301 Washington Avenue on South Beach, that were once synagogues for Miami Beach's first Jewish congregation. The museum's focal point is its core exhibit, MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida, 1763 to Present and its temporary history and art exhibits that change periodically. Now on display: Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age through September 15, 2013. A Collections and Research Center, several films, Timeline Wall of Jewish history, museum Store filled with unique items and Bessie's Bistro complete the experience for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.