Arlo Wynwood, an experience-driven, 217-room boutique hotel in Miami’s artsy Wynwood neighborhood, has announced a new artist exhibition in its third-floor Living Room Gallery. The three-month installation, titled “Our Shadow Remains” (on view February 14 through May 15, 2024), will highlight the work of Afro-Caribbean visual artist Kandy G Lopez, whose pieces often represent marginalized individuals who inspire and move her.
Drawing much of her inspiration from individuals she follows and connects with on social media, Lopez dives deeper into their lives, seeking to understand their experiences in order to create captivating portraits that reflect their personalities and stories. She channels her creativity into various mediums, including monotype prints, mixed-media collages, stained-glass works and watercolors.
“I create art out of the necessity to learn something new about my people and culture,” Lopez said. “I want to develop a nostalgic dialogue between my artwork and the viewer. If I’m not learning from my materials and how I affect the message, it’s not worth creating.”
In collaboration with New York-based ACA Galleries, which exclusively represents Lopez, Arlo Wynwood will celebrate the exhibition opening and Black History Month with a special event on Wednesday, February 21, from 6-9 p.m. The evening will feature an artist talk by Lopez, who will share the inspiration behind her artwork, and a music performance by multi-genre violinist Muzelle.
The event is free and open to the public. Guests can RSVP here.
“Our Shadow Remains” is the second exhibition in Arlo Wynwood’s Living Room Gallery series, which debuted in November right before Miami Art Week. The series, created and curated by Arlo Hotels art curator Jasmine Arakel, was designed to bring fine art pieces typically reserved for museums, galleries and private collections into publicly accessible spaces at Arlo Hotels.
“Kandy’s work is bold, powerful and thought-provoking,” Arakel said. “Her pieces demand to be seen in a large open space such as Wynwood to match their energy. And although the exhibit specifically focuses on Afro-Caribbean people and culture, the raw emotion coming through Kandy’s artworks is universal.”
About the Artist
Born in New Jersey, Kandy G Lopez moved with her family to Florida at a young age. She received her BFA and BS in painting and marketing and management from the University of South Florida before earning her MFA in painting from Florida Atlantic University.
She has taught at Florida Atlantic University and Daytona State College and is now an associate professor in the Department of Communication for Media and Arts at Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Art & Sciences.
About Arlo Hotels
Arlo Hotels is an independent, experience-driven hotel brand, a home base for explorers and a launch pad for all things local. Easy style and friendly faces welcome guests into a community-driven environment, and intuitively designed guest rooms provide peaceful places to rest and recharge. Each location is a living room away from home, a desk while working on the road, and invites guests to travel their way, every day – with a few surprises along the way.
The Arlo portfolio includes Arlo SoHo, Arlo NoMad, Arlo Midtown and Arlo Williamsburg in New York; Arlo Wynwood in Miami; and Arlo Chicago. The brand has more hotels on the horizon, including a Washington, D.C., location opening in 2024.