The Caribbee Club
May 6th, 2022 – September 18th, 2022 | Frank Lynn Gallery
This exhibition comprises a selection of paintings from Jefreid Lotti’s series Essential Work. Like in snapshots, the artist chooses unconventional angles to capture daily life at a mechanic shop that is his day job. Lotti represents spaces filled with mechanic tools and car parts. Their bright colors, heavy textures, and impastos make these objects protagonists, in works that are otherwise devoid of human presence. Produced in the past two years, this series is reflective of the isolating effects of the Pandemic and its impact on workers and society.
Jefreid Lotti (Havana, Cuba, 1989) is an artist and educator based in Miami, Florida. He holds an MFA degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2016). In 2012, he co-founded the group Serverus along with painters Miguel Saludes and Alvaro Labanino –this project paved the way for multiple collaborations and exhibitions.
Lotti has exhibited and published his work professionally for the past thirteen years. Among his most recent exhibitions are: his solo show, Essential Work, at Gallery 217, Nova Southeastern University, FL (2021); and the group exhibitions Summer Days at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL (2021); Boundaries, Florida International University’s Miami Beach Urban Studios, Miami Beach, FL (2021); Bits and Pieces, The Frank C. Ortis Gallery, Pembroke Pines, FL (2021); and 40th Annual Secura Fine Arts Exhibition, Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, WI. Among many other awards and recognitions for his work are the 2020 Oolite Arts Relief Fund (2020); Artist Residency, University of Wisconsin, Green-Bay, WI; and the 3rd Place Award at the 8th All-Media Juried Biennial, Hollywood Art and Culture Center (2017). Lotti’s work was recently published in the magazine Islandia Journal, A (Sub)Tropical Publication, Miami, FL.
He continues to collaborate with other Miami artists through the artist Collective @hot_stuf11 established by artist Krystal T. Rodriguez in 2020.
*The name Caribbee Club derives from Coral Gables’ founder, George Merrick’s fishing resort called the Caribbee Colony, in Matecumbe Key – the business venture he launched after he was forced out of his beloved city in the late 1920s. This project aims at supporting the artistic vision of our local creatives who keep alive important cultural elements of the city and its surroundings; one of the Museum’s main priorities. Local artists working with local themes are usually on display at the Frank Lynn Gallery for three months.
Jefreid Lotti. Remove and Replace, 2021-2022. Oil on canvas