Mark "ALT" Delmont is a first-generation Haitian Jamaican textile artist from Miami. He up-cycles stagnant or used materials from the earth to make massive pieces that reflect the times. The totality of Delmont’s work involves expressing the candid aesthetic of Black Miami with his self-taught skills in needlework, audio-visual, painting, graphic design, clothing design, mixed-media, and creative programming.
The exhibition includes the collection The Eight Wonders of Our World, a series of 8 large-scale portraits constructed of salvaged materials upscaled and hand-sewn on wood panels. These renderings are the eight mavens that inhibit the black community. This showing also displays a standing crib, Da Crib, revealing a micro Miami neighborhood, with the insertion of a looped film of a Miami car ride from Miami Gardens to Brownsville, down 27th street. An ambitious architectural piece, The Streets are Always Watching, illustrates multiple exaggerated buildings with eyes and an animated toddler, in transit, through the streets (fashioned in the same way as The Eight Wonders of Our World). Each piece has been replicated within Web3 to create an exaggerated Miami neighborhood mock-up for audiences to interact with.
In Da Crib, Mark Delmont invites us into a full-bodied exhibition, comprised of his lens, on black life, in the city of Miami. Delmont enhances the brilliance of portraiture through the inclusion of upscaled fabrics, wood framing, and chicken wire. Mark has generated an iconography of layered and distinctive characters, often overlooked or better yet, made plain. He postures these archetypes, places them on a pedestal, and drapes them in rich fabrics.
All the work in this collection feels both delicate and chaotic. The variations in patterns and stitching fall easily into each other when viewed from a distance while up close an entirely different image is seated in the threading. Even with the consistent theme throughout the collection, each piece whether painted or sewn, carries its own breath.