June 15, 2017
By Aldous Tuck | December 2, 2016 | Culture
We caught up with artist Adler Guerrier and Twyla co-founder Matt Randall to chat about the purpose of Twyla House, why they love Art Basel Miami Beach, and which artists to look out for this year.
Twyla House offers a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of Art Basel.
Twyla has reinvented the way that people buy and collect art by connecting some of the world's foremost artists with those looking to curate their spaces and bring beauty to their lives. Building and maintaining strong relationships with artists is at Twyla’s core, so it came as no surprise when they unveiled Twyla House for Art Basel Miami Beach.
This unique environment is part clubhouse part oasis for artists and their guests looking to recharge and relax during the excitement of ABMB. Here, we chatted with Twyla co-founder and CEO Matt Randall, and Miami resident and featured artist Adler Guerrier, who created new pieces currently on display at the house.
What is the mission of Twyla House, and what can attendees expect to find?
MATT RANDALL: While living in New York a number of years ago, I had many friends who were artists and gained an appreciation of their hard work and struggles. The desire to support artists is one of the pillars of both Twyla and Twyla House. ABMB is both exciting and stressful, so Twyla House allows artists the ability to escape and unwind by providing a meeting place that not only offers food, drink, and a swimming pool, but is [also] full of art to stimulate creativity and conversation.
ADLER GUERRIER: There is wonderful synergy in the house. Artwork is all around you in this place of relaxation and reflection.
How many years have you been attending ABMB? What's your greatest takeaway from the fair?
MR: Four. My first year, I came to buy art and found the experience overwhelming, which was a key factor in the concept of Twyla.
AG: I have attended from the very first year, and enjoy days where I have no plan or schedule, which allows me to explore. Also, living in Miami, Art Basel brings the best from around the world to me, allowing me to see artists who are exhibiting in Paris or Berlin without leaving my own city.
Adler, share your creative inspirations and how Miami has influenced your works.
AG: My biggest subject matter is people making or finding their place in the world, and my works take note of their environments. I think of early people decorating their cave walls and how people want to be serving as a metaphor for their lives—this relates directly to the concept of Twyla House, as it serves as a place where people can catch their breath while experiencing and being stimulated by creativity.
Matt, who are some of the other artists you work with who will be at ABMB this year?
MR: Ed Granger, who will be working with Twyla soon, will be unveiling an installation at Piaget in Miami, as well as having a solo show during the fair. A few other artists to look for are Miami-based Alette Simmons-Jimenez and Matthew Satz as well as Trey Speegle, Marc Dennis, Natalie White, and Elena Lyakir.