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Miami artist influenced by diverse heritage

FORT LAUDERDALE — A new exhibition at the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale features a Miami-based artist. “The Carter Project” opened May 15 and runs through Jan. 9, 2022.

Christopher Carter began the project in 2016 when he developed a unique plan for a home, studio and exhibition space. Carter wanted an ecologically sensitive environment – one that would “serve as a living laboratory” for his design and artistic projects. He completed it in 2020. It’s located in Miami’s north Wynwood district.

Carter said that during the design and construction, he followed a common process that he would use when creating his sculptures. He describes it as “the largest, most comprehensive functional structure I ever dreamed to make.” Carter uses recycled woods, metals, glass, resins and other discarded objects in his work.

Carter’s unique spaces are located in Miami. (Photo via Carter Project)

“The space reflects Carter’s connections to Afrofuturism and the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic, which embraces imperfections,” a statement from the NSU Art Museum said. “Its design evokes a Northern California loft ideal whose carbon footprint-reducing structures were constructed with industrial and reclaimed materials, including six used shipping containers that house some living areas and art production studios.”

Visitors to the exhibition can expect to see the multiuse structures through videos, photography, drawings and “augmented reality features.”

“We hope that ‘The Carter Project’ will inspire others to question conventions and imagine new solutions to living in today’s environment,” NSU Art Museum director and chief curator Bonnie Clearwater said.

Carter was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was raised in Boston, Massachusetts. His online biography says his work is infused by a blend of ethnic and urban influences.

“Carter’s bold and organic sculptures strongly reflect his African American, Native American and European heritage,” his biography states.

Carter’s work has been featured in many museum exhibitions, galleries and art fairs, and is included in private and public collections including the National Museum of African American History and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture – both located in Washington, D.C.

More information is at thecarterproject.miami and christophercarter.art. The NSU Art Museum is located at One East Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. More is at nsuartmuseum.org.

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Damon Scott
Damon is a multimedia journalist for the Seminole Tribune. He has previously been an editor and reporter for digital and print media in Florida and his home state of New Mexico. Send him an email at damonscott@semtribe.com.
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