The Happy Hour
Avalon Hotel, 700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach FL, 33139

Hours of Exhibition (November 16, 2023 through December 14, 2023):
Monday – Saturday: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 8:00 pm

The Happy Hour by Gonzalo Fuenmayor references the popular fragment of time with discounted alcoholic beverages. Suspended in outer space, the tropical cocktail garnishes– some shaped like stars and fruits– portray escapism through intoxication, which is prevalent in our local culture, so infused with nightlife. Fuenmayor suggests a galactic landscape where the viewer is invited to cruise with no destination. The weightlessness of the artificial garnishes aims to explore the relationship between exoticism and the construction of otherness.

Gonzalo Fuenmayor (b. 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia; lives and Works in Miami, FL) received an MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 2004, and a BFA in fine arts and art education from School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2000, where he was awarded a full tuition scholarship from the Keith Haring Foundation. He has received numerous awards including a 2015 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for visual and media artists, Traveling Fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2014, first prize at the Sixth Bidimensional Salon at Gilberto Alzate Avendaño Foundation in Bogota, Colombia, 2013, and a Silas Rhodes Family Award in 2000.

Photo credit: Zaire Aranguren

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