ARTECHOUSE / Miami, the second permanent location for the leading digital art presenter and producer in the United States, has announced its latest immersive room installation: Oracle by Miami-based artist Francesco Lo Castro. On display through September 2nd, 2019, Oracle is a collaboration between Francesco Lo Castro and Ricardo Agudello, ARTECHOUSE Production and Technology Manager. The piece explores the underlying nodes and networks that permeate our natural world. Painting, sculptural elements, digital animations and a soundscape composed by the artist make up an immersive environment that guides the viewer through a soothing exploration of alien patterns and soft structures, revealing a work of art not unlike a prophecy from beyond.
“I never tire of experimenting with new media, and love seeing my work translated into different formats,” notes Lo Castro. “It often yields unexpected results that tend to push the work to new levels. My intention is to always leave room for happy accidents. It keeps me learning and exploring new avenues.”
His work examines the underlying nodes that make up physical reality through the use of historical visual elements reminiscent of Italian Futurism, 1980s analog computer graphics, post-restoration Art Deco color palettes, op art, and finish fetish. Lo Castro’s work has been exhibited internationally and featured in numerous publications, including Miami Contemporary Artists, released by Schiffer Publishing in 2007, and 100+ Degrees In The Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art, released by [NAME] publications in 2015.
The Immersive Room at ARTECHOUSE / Miami is a platform for both emerging and established artists to explore and present experimental artistic concepts alongside the ongoing exhibitions. The multi-sensory installations from guest artists rotate quarterly. The debut of Oracle marks the first time that a Miami-based artist’s work has been featured at ARTECHOUSE / Miami since its debut in December 2018.
“As we bring art and tech experience to new communities, it is our goal to inspire and empower the creation of new innovative art. We are thrilled to team up with Francesco Lo Castro for our first local artist installation at ARTECHOUSE / Miami,“ says Sandro, Co- Founder and Art Director of ARTECHOUSE.
Oracle will be on display through September 2, 2019 (Labor Day). Tickets to visit ARTECHOUSE / Miami range from $17-24 and can be purchased online at artechouse.com. A special discount is offered to Florida residents with ID. ARTECHOUSE / Miami is located at 736 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, and is open daily from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
ABOUT FRANCESCO LO CASTRO
Francesco Lo Castro was born in Catania, Italy in 1976, raised in Germany, and transplanted to South Florida during high school, where he became immersed in the local graffiti and punk/hardcore music scenes of the early 90’s. Fueled by a strong family-instilled work ethic and the do-it- yourself attitude of the underground youth movement, he quickly found a foothold in the arts as a prolific painter and independent curator. He is the founder of Pop Art Studios, a creative services agency and launch pad for all projects under the ‘LOCASTRO’ moniker.
In 2006, he curated the Art Basel week Exhibition at the Art Center/ South Florida, Miami Beach, which marked the first New Contemporary showcase to be sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, and with over 40,000 visitors set the institution’s highest attendance record to date. He is also co-founder of the 2008 VANGUARD Art Fair, which merged with AQUA Art Fair the year after, establishing the first expo of its kind to emphasize emerging trends in specific New Contemporary movements of the time.
Lo Castro’s work has been exhibited internationally and featured in numerous publications. He is listed among the creatives that helped forge the South Florida art community in the definitive books Miami Contemporary Artists, released by Schiffer Publishing in 2007, and 100+ Degrees In The Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art, released by [NAME] publications in 2015. A book of collected works titled Francesco Lo Castro: First Principles will be published in Winter 2019 by Existent Books.