Severin’s Choice: Harumi Abe


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Art Statement

The idea of home, as described in Gaston Bachelard’s writing, Poetics of Space, has been my primary interest for a while. The home is not just the physical construction in which we live, but more importantly, is a state of mind. This series of works embodies some of my personal journey in search of “home.” Mother Nature swirling around our house can be gentle and comforting, but sometimes is bent on destruction, as in the March 11th tragedy in Japan. We build houses with the hope of creating something new but mostly reinvent the familiar places that comfort us.

My painting process reflects this phenomenon. I create an abstract ground and use the mark as the guild to build the landscape for the home. I use semi-imaginary landscape as vehicle to represent the sublime and its horror of the journey. Just as Albert Bierstadt painted American West as his Swiss Alps, every corner that I explore partly becomes Japan, my homeland.

Bio

Harumi Abe was born in Maebashi, Japan, currently lives in Hollywood FL and Savannah, GA. She has shown her art extensively in South Florida, such as David Castillo Gallery, Hollywood Art and Culture Center and Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale and more. Her works are collected at Girls Club Collection, Liza and Arturo Mosquera Collection and other private collections. Abe received South Florida Cultural Consortium in 2008 and attended residencies include South Florida Art Center, Vermont Studio Center and Everglades Artist and Residence Program. Abe holds MFA from Florida International University and is a painting professor at Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Harumi Abe. Photo by Teodora Dakova, courtesy Girls' Club, Fort Lauderdale.

Harumi Abe. Photo by Teodora Dakova, courtesy Girls’ Club, Fort Lauderdale.

Harumi Abe

http://www.harumiabe.com /email harumiroom@gmail.com

Education

2008 MFA, Florida International University, Miami, FL (Magna Cum Laude)
2003 BFA, Ai Miami International University of Art & Design, Miami, FL (Cum Laude)
2000 ESL Program, Lake Land College Japan Campus, Tokyo Japan
Professional Experiences
2014- 2015 Professor of Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2014 Study Abroad Professor of Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design,
Lacoste France
2008-2013 Gallery Director, Broward College Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Davie FL
2008-2013 Adjunct Faculty 2D Design, Drawing 1, Figure Drawing, Painting1, 2, Color
Theory and Art Appreciation, Broward College, Davie FL
2008-2013 Adjunct Faculty Figure Painting, Beginning Painting, 2D design, Beginning
Drawing and Community Outreach, Florida International University, Miami, FL
2010- 2013 Art Instructor Museum of Contemporary Art, Summer Camp, North Miami, FL
2006-2011 Board Member and Art Teacher, Lotus House Homeless Shelter, Sandari
Foundation Overtown, FL
2008-2010 Adjunct Faculty Art Appreciation and Painting, Miami Dade College
Wolfson Campus Miami, FL
2008 Painting Art Teacher, Art Center South Florida, Miami Beach, FL
2007- 2008 Instructor of Record ART 1202, 2D Design and ART 2500C, 3504C Beginning
Painting, FIU, Miami, FL
2005-2008 Curator, Hugin and Munin Gallery, FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, North Miami, FL
2005-2008 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Advance Painting with Geoffrey Olsen, Thesis II
and Painting with Pip Brant and Painting with Donna Torres, FIU, Miami, FL
2004-2005 Assistant to Dr. Carol Damien, Art in State Building Program Coordinator, web
development and graphic design, FIU, Miami, FL
2004 Scenery Design. Great Southern Studio, Miami, FL
2003 Intern Art Department, Bacardi Global Brands Promotions INC, Miami, FL
2003 Intern Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL
Other Professional Experiences
2014 Artist in Action: Lecture and multiple art work presentation, The Girls Club Collection
2012 Judge: National Association of Women Artist’s Florida Chapter’s Exhibition, “Truth and
Beauty”, Coral Spring Museum
Juror for Artist’s Guild Gallery Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art
Juror for Broward County Regional Scholastic Art Competition, The National Scholastic
Art & Writing Awards
2010 Juror for Signature Level Boca Raton Museum of Art the Artist’ Guild
2010 Panelist: New Curatorial Trends in South Florida Lead by Catalina Jaramillo with
Samantha Salzinger, Michelle Weinberg and Ruba Katrib. Florida Association of
Museum Conference.
2008 Slide Lecture, Thirteen Artists in 2008 Nova Southeastern University
2008 Juror, Broward Art Guild Annual Juried Exhibition
2004 Visiting Artist Lecture for Painting, FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Miami, FL
Solo Exhibitions
2014 Here We Are, Farside Gallery, Miami, FL
2013 134 days and 21 hours, Lee Wagener Art Gallery,
Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
2012 134 days and 21 hours, Broward College South Campus Gallery
2009 Reverie of Ordinary, Art@Work, Miami, FL
2004 Eau De Artiste-“Synchronize” (MSG Collaboration), Leonard Tachmes Gallery,
North Miami, FL
Group Exhibitions
2015 Escape, 1310 Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Landfall, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA
The secret Life of Plants, Clyde Butcher Coconut Grove Gallery, Miami, FL
Somewhere Over the Hedge, Persac Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2014 Thirty Years on the Road, Project 924 Art Center South Florida, Miami, FL
Common Ground, Schmidt Center Gallery Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Immediate Surroundings, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA
In Deep, The Deering Estate at Cutler, Miami, FL
2013 I think it’s in my head, curated by TM Sisters, Girls Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Paint City, MBUS, curated by Pip Brant, Miami Beach, FL
New Works 2012, The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Davie, FL
Abracadabra Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL
2012 Art Center/ South Florida Raffle Show Art Center South Florida Richard Shack Gallery,
Miami Beach, FL
Mad Hatter: A Celebration of Spring, Miami Beach Botanical Garden,
Curated by Charo Oquet, Miami Beach, FL
Picaresque, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Abracadabra Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL
New Works 2012, BC Fine Arts Gallery, Davie, FL
2011 Transformation, MBUS Gallery, Miami Beach. FL
Food, Home, Love, Edge Zone, Miami, FL
Japan Now, Art Seen Studio, Miami, FL
New Works 2011, BC Fine Arts Gallery, Davie, FL
2010 Farm, Soya & Pomodoro, Curated by Claudia Scalise, Miami, FL
Heart Happening, Margulies Warehouse, Miami, FL
Mapping Absence St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Center, Ontario Canada
DCG Open, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Small Wonders (art) Salon, Artformz, Miami, FL
Adjunctville, BC Fine Arts Gallery, Davie, FL
2009 Time + Temp: surveying the shifting climate of current painting in South Florida
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Curated by Jane Hart, Hollywood, FL
Hope Blossoms- an art happening, Margulies Warehouse, Miami, FL
Full House Farside Gallery, Curated by Carlos de Villasante, Miami, FL
VI+IV Annual Adjunct Faculty Exhibition Fine Arts Gallery Broward College, Davie, FL
Art Center/ South Florida Raffle Show Art Center South Florida, Miami Beach, FL
All Media Juried Biennial Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Juried By Nina Arias,
Hollywood, FL
Abracadabra Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL
2008 The Borscht Film Festival: CCCV, Featured Artist, Tower Theater, Miami, FL
Faculty Exhibition, Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, Miami, FL
Optic Nerve X Museum of Contemporary Art, Juried by Ruba Katrib, North Miami, FL
Thirteen/08, South Florida Cultural Consortium Juried Exhibition
Museum of Art, Ft Lauderdale, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Family Value City Hall Miami Beach, Curated by Jacquenette Arnette, Miami Beach, FL
Works of Art FIU Presidents Council Open House,
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
Alumni Exhibit Showcase Ai Miami International University of Art & Design, Miami, FL
Path The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
Umbra Artist Forum, Curated by Mette Tommerup, Miami, FL
Beads Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL
2007 Fast Lambardi Warehouse,Curated by Jordan Massengale, Miami, FL
What were you thinking? Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL
Wild Wild Wynwood Edge Zone, Curated by David Mersch, Miami, FL
TEN World Art Building-Edge Zone, Miami, FL
Inter-Section/Art Miami 2007 Miami Beach Convention Center,
Curated by Carol Damian and Marta Kozolchyk, South Beach, FL
2006 Inter-Sections/Art Basel Macy’s Downtown Miami
Curated by Carol Damian and Marta Kozolchyk, Miami, FL
Kunst Motel Show , Kunst Motel, Miami, FL
Monster Show Architect International, Curated by Isabel Moros-RigauMiami, FL
the eight Off the Map Atlas Plaza, Miami, FL
Raw Hot New Fresh Awesome Young Emerging Talent Dorsch Gallery,
Curated by Jordan Massengale, Miami, FL
Tastes and Tongues: Miami Food Culture Museum, Miami, FL and Barcelona, Spain
Food Show Hugin and Munin Gallery FIU, North Miami, FL
Guest Artist Annual Art Walk Francie Bishop Good Studio, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
DV 8 Atlas Plaza, Miami, FL
Quiet Lambardi Warehouse, Curated by Jordan Massengale, Miami, FL
2005 Off the Map Atlas Plaza, Curated by Bernice Steinbaum, Miami, FL
MAG Miami Art Gallery, Miami, FL
Space Lambardi Warehouse, Curated by Jordan Massengale, Miami, FL
2004 Scope 2004, (MSG Collaboration), Leonard Tachmes Gallery, Miami, FL
OMNIART Project OMNIART,
Curated by Tina Spiro and Carol Damian, Miami, FL
Till the End of Year The Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL
Alternative Show Art Center South Florida, Miami Beach, FL
The Intern The Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL
The Last Show The House, Miami, FL
Assembly Required World Art Building-Edge Zone,
Curated by Carols de Villasante, Miami, FL
2003 BFA Graduation Show Ai Miami International University of Arts & Design, Miami, FL
Art Spirit Free Spirit Art Bar Curated by Robert Chambers, Miami Beach, FL
Frenzy Lambardi Warehouse
Curated by Jordan Massangale and Alisa Pitchenik, Miami, FL
Plugged In: New and Electronic art (MSG collaboration) Hollywood Art and Cultural
Center, Curated by Samantha Salzinger, Hollywood, FL
Le Art-e Avant Gar-te Florida International University W10, Miami, FL
Tanqueray presents “Miami Night Life”Art Center South Florida, South Beach, FL
Roving Friday Group Exhibition, Lambardi Warehouse, Miami, FL
Objex Art Space Objex Art Space, Miami, FL
Arts Lab South Beach Private Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
2002 Dance Now Ensemble VH100, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Untitled Daniel Azoulay Gallery, Miami, FL
Suenalo Absinthouse, Coral Gable, FL
2001 New Show Daniel Azoulay Gallery, Miami, FL
Awards and Residency
2014 Dickinson House Residency, Olsene Belgian
2014 Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT Artist’s Grant
2013 Everglades Artist in Residence Program, Everglades National Park, FL
2010-11 Adjunct Faculty of the Year nominated candidate, Broward College Central Campus
2010 Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT Artist’s Grant
2008 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists
2008 Art Center South Florida Full Term Artist in Residence
2005-08Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Florida International University
2007 Women in the Visual Arts Scholarship Award
2003 Deans List: Ai Miami International University Arts and Design
Collections
The Girl’s Club Collection, Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz, Florida
Dr. Arturo and Liza Mosquera Collection, Florida
Cota Cohen Knobloch, Florida
Enrique Zaiede Personal Collection, France
Jacqueline Gopie, Florida
Natahsa Duwin, Florida
Dr. Nagamitsu Maie, Aomori, Japan
Richard Franklin, Boston, Massachusetts
Dr. Don Rosenblum, Florida
Richard and Ruth Shack Collection, Florida
Dr. John Kaufman, Florida
Cristy Pena and Dan Casey, Florida
Charo Oquet, Florida
Publications
2014 I think it’s in my head, exhibition catalog essay written by Claire Evans and Vanessa
Garcia, published by the Girls Club
Go inside Harumi Abe’s head, Rigina Kaza, Broward Palm Beach Newtimes, March 20
2013 TM Sisters’ Brain Games, Phillip Valys, SunSentinel, Nov. 8
The Storytellers of Harsh Terrain, Nathaniel Sandler, The Miami Rail, Fall 2013
Featured Artist, Candice Russell, The Parklander, September, 2013 Page 65
Featured on Art Loft, WPBT 2 TV Program
No home is an island in harumi Abe’s new show: At the airport, artist’s painting close the
Distance between Hollywood and Japan. Phillp Valys, Sun Sentinel, July 12, 2013
Best of Award 2013, Best Painter, Broward Palm Beach New Times,
2012 El Coleccionismo como Education Y Legado Cultural, Janet Batet, El Nuevo Herald,
October 7
Big Works on Campus, Phillp Valys, Sun Sentinel, September 9
10 Rising Miami Artists to Start Collecting Now, Leila Brillson, Refinery 29, April 11,
A Conversation with Harumi Abe, Eddie Arroyo, Art is About, Feb 8
2009 ‘El arbol de Navidad’ de Harumi Abe, Adriana Herrera, El Nuevo Herald, December, 27,
HYPERLINK “http://southflorida.metromix.com/arts-culture/blog_post/timetemp/
1616005/content”Time+Temp, Colleen Dougher, Metro Mix South Florida,
November 17,
‘Full House’: recodos alternativos de la creacion contemporanea local, Adriana Herrera
El Nuevo Herald, June 28,
2008 The Gang of 13: imagination (and luck) distinguish this year’s Consortium winners,
Fabiola Santiago, Miami Herald, August 24,
South Florida Cultural Consortium juried exhibit at the Museum of Art in
Fort Lauderdale, Emma Trelles, Sun-Sentinel, August 3,
Art Finds a Way, Michael Mills, New Times Broward-Palm Beach, July 24,
From Kinetic Realism to Surrealistically Sublime, Rachel Galvin,
Cultural Quarterly, Summer 2008 Volume XXI, Number 3
2003 Around Town: Miami, Franklin Einspruch, NYFA Interractive

About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin (constantinseverin.ro) is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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