Nina Johnson Gallery
February 12 - April 1, 2023
Nina Johnson is pleased to present Daphne, a collaborative exhibition between artists William Farrell and Elliott Hundley, opening February 2, 2023 in the Exhibition Library. In showcasing both new and older works, the exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the artists’ growth within their joint practice.
Since 2019, Farrell Hundley have sought to create livable (and lived-in) works of art. With deliberate themes of touch and connection, one can often see the grooves and ridges of the artists’ fingerprints that were captured during the casting process. Together, Farrell Hundley’s work focuses on form, creating an abstract language which borrows natural and industrial concepts — twigs, string, foamcore, and lobster shells are gathered and fitted into molds.
For Daphne, Farrell Hundley’s seamless collaboration visually translates into a dialect of artifacts linking histories of the past, present, and future. Whether working holistically or employing independent processes, Farrell and Hundley treat their objects as drawings never fully realized, and continually add to each like a sketch. Utilizing burnout cast molds, which are destroyed in the traditional firing process, the works are unreplicable and entirely unique.
“We’re thrilled our show is in the new Exhibition Library of Nina Johnson’s gallery. All of our work and objects are meant to be lived within the world, so it feels right to be in a space that encourages that more so than the traditional white cube, especially with our smaller objects like our vases and boxes that we want people to interact with,” said William Farrell and Elliott Hundley.
Farrell Hundley creates unique hand-made decorative art objects and furniture. Each piece is individually sculpted in wax and then cast in bronze using a burnout mold, the most ancient metal casting technique. As each mold is destroyed in the process, every work is a one of a kind piece.
Our work is an imperfect and performative temporal expression of the hand and rejects notions of idealized form. Inspired by the evidence and history of human creativity and objects, we look at our furniture as new interpretations of artifacts that float between familiar relics of the past to objects that belong to possible futures.
Founded by Nina Johnson in 2007, the eponymous Nina Johnson gallery is both a pillar of Miami’s contemporary art community and an internationally recognized art space known for its eclectic and intuitive program. The gallery has produced renowned exhibitions by a diverse range of emerging and established artists from around the world, including Judy Chicago, Awol Erizku, Rochelle Feinstein, Derek Fordjour, Emmett Moore, Woody De Othello, and Katie Stout. Nina Johnson is dedicated to the discovery of hidden pockets of talent and divergence in the art world, priding itself on artist-driven relationships that center on authenticity and variety.
The gallery is located within its own four building compound in the vibrant Little Haiti neighborhood, featuring a traditional exhibition space in the front and a two-story residence in the back- yard designed by renowned architecture firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero.