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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami

Domingo Castillo, Surface Image, 2020

Domingo Castillo’s new work Surface Image (2020) is a postscript to a long-term video project, Surface Image (2015–2020), which the artist has created over the last five years. Inspired by the intertwined roles of capital, technology, fantasy, and architecture in Miami, Castillo montages animations used to sell proposed real estate developments. During this time the city has seen unprecedented growth, with changes in the skyline linked closely to evolutions in the technological and cultural spheres. Mixing clips from advertising and retail, the video depicts digitally perfected lofts and aspirational objects and situations—stylistic abstractions without any correlation to local realities of infrastructure, wages, or pandemics. Examining the mechanics of sales in Miami, Castillo explores the subject of desire in an exclusive and exclusionary world.

Domingo Castillo is an artist often working collaboratively to produce artwork and films. In 2010, the end / SPRING BREAK, a nomadic artist-run project space in Miami, FL was co-founded with Patricia Margarita Hernandez and included major contributions by Kathryn Marks and Cristina Farah. In 2013, the gallery Noguchi Breton (f/k/a Guccivuitton and Versace Versace Versace) was co-founded with Loriel Beltran and Aramis Gutierrez. In 2016 Public Displays of Professionalism (PDP), a transdisciplinary think tank was co-founded with Patricia Margarita Hernandez and Natalia Zuluaga.

ICA Miami’s Digital Commissions series is made possible by the Knight Foundation and expands the museum’s commitment to fostering artistic experimentation and commissioning new works, as well as engaging audiences with innovative artistic voices.