Vincent Miranda is an interdisciplinary artist from South Florida, living and working in San Francisco, California.
Coming from down south, you notice its got a different vibe; that southern drawl. There's this mood that pervades Southern hip-hop; this lethargic, slow moving, sedated feeling. From this culture, Miranda questions the allure of pharmaceuticals like Actavis’ promethazine w/ codeine, the drink Lean, and the influence it has in pushing the music to match its effects. Interested in the sonic and affective terrain of Lean in contemporary Southern hiphop, he explores how a substance is utilized to counter the realities of marginalized individuals.
This feeling permeates into the work as well. When you enter the space, you're presented with lackadaisical hanging silicone skins, walls that seem to be sagging or melting, and pedestals tipped at drastic angles: everything is Leaning. The space lends itself to an understanding of that Act, that need for self-medication, that Lean; the space is sympathetic to that sluggish feeling going on. Not totally having a hand on the gravity of the space while not being able to explain the perception at play.
Miranda also explores this idea of the “come up” prevalent throughout Southern hip-hop; the need to present yourself as having made it, having come up out of where you came from. He is curious how this resonates in objects and gives certain symbols power; curious of the manner in which these symbols are displayed or presented. Many times, jewelry is used to represent having come up out of certain socioeconomic conditions. In Southern hip-hop especially, jewelry is often referred to as ice, water, or glass. Conceiving a literal representation, he uses these terms as material means to present the skins of the gestures they’d typically be displayed on.
By presenting these skins and implying the body, Miranda introduces a means to suggest idiosyncrasies he recalls from down South. Interested in the coding of a gesture, he continues to think about how, “if you’re not from this place, you won’t know what I’m implying when I wave my wrist around, or pull my lip down to show off my teeth, you know.”