JEFRË: Points of Connection is the public artist’s first solo museum exhibition featuring large-scale multimedia sculptures and installations that have become the hallmark of his artistic practice. Experimenting with new materials and technologies, JEFRË activates public spaces in ways that transform the urban landscape and bring people together to enjoy a common experience.
The exhibition presents a series of site-specific installations and sculptures constructed at a human scale. Maquettes of monumental public works introduce the audience to the artist’s past projects, alongside a series of sculptures which exemplify his current studio practice. Visitors will journey through the exhibition, guided by the stanzas of JEFRË’s poem Heart to Heart, as they interact with immersive installations, which explore the artist's immigrant identity and his history with heart disease and - through the integration of technology - illuminate our common humanity across age, gender, ethnicity and nationality. Soundscapes for the exhibition will be provided by Grammy award-winning artist Ayo The Producer. This exhibition is presented by AdventHealth and Dr. Phillips Charities. Additional support comes from The Mall at Millenia and Monster XP.
As a Public Artist for past decade I have created memorable city scale iconic works that define people, culture and place and now in a place where I want to go small. 2019 is my opportunity to launch XLS.
“XLS, Xtra Large Small is a retrospective of my Xtra Large Work made Small. Small in scale Xtra Large in Life.”
In the mean time please enjoy a series of XLS sculptures such as "Disco - MATTÉ" that will be launched periodicaly before my first solo show in 2020
Established in 2008, JEFRË is a sophisticated boutique design studio that specializes in environmental art and couture landscapes with site-specific artworks in cities around the world including London, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Abu Dhabi, San Antonio and Manila. JEFRË’s practice continues to evolve with a wide-range of projects, including community design, public art, parks and plazas, sculpture, temporary installations, interior design, avant-garde landscapes, eco-installations, campus planning, and myriad international design competitions. JEFRË approaches each new landscape with an act of questioning, as building context for the location is an essential way to begin to know the community. Combined with a deep understanding of the historical, environmental, and social relationships influencing the site and the architecture, JEFRË’s activation of public spaces remain committedly responsive to the aesthetic and community elements anchoring each work.
JEFRË has participated in several international design competitions and has received awarded commissions and in Washington, DC, London, Abu Dhabi, Australia, Bering Strait, Rome, Miami, Philadelphia; Portland and Arlington. JEFRË has been featured in numerous publications including ELLE, Dwell and House and Garden and in 2007 was honored as one of the Faces of Design in Inside Out Architecture Magazine. JEFRË was named one of seven "Faces of Design for 2007" by Florida Inside Out architecture magazine for his environmental art and couture landscapes. He was selected by the prestigious Marlborough Gallery in New York City as an “Up and Coming International Public Artist” and chosen by the Lexus Corporation to be the sixth member of their ECO Hybrid Living National Design Team to design environmentally conscious carbon neutral environments. JEFRË studied at the Art Institute of Chicago prior to receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Ohio State University.
Constantly seeking out new and innovative approaches, JEFRË remains on the cutting edge of modern design, keenly incorporating the latest technologies, materials and textures to explore discrete object making in both large and small scale. In 2019, JEFRË takes his unique design approach to launch his signature series to date, XLS. This exciting expanse in his practice takes human-scaled, figurative works into predominantly new viewing spaces and makes the work accessible for emerging and established collections.
XLS Series "Sit Disco Sit"
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Inspired by Lake Nona "Disco" dog sculpture, artist JEFRE recreates a moment in time during fabrication.
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