City of Pembroke Pines and The Frank Present “Inflated”

The concept of volume is turned on its head at The Frank with the new exhibition, Inflated. Featuring a collection of immersive sensory installations in which expansive sculptures are softly buoyant and two-dimensional works extrude energetically from the walls of The Frank, Inflated is on display from November 14 through January 25.

The public is invited to the opening reception of Inflated from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 14. Guests will be treated to a live painting performance by Wynwood artist Ryan the Wheelbarrow. Admission is free.

Inflated highlights the work of artists Nicole Banowetz, Jen Clay, Michael Rees, Capucine Safir, Asser Saint-Val and Ryan the Wheelbarrow. Throughout Inflated, visitors will view each artists’ exploration of the idea of volume from a material, physical and numerical perspective.

“Inflated will undoubtedly stimulate our visitors’ curiosity by presenting artwork that plays with volume and form as a direct aesthetic quality,” said Taryn Möller Nicoll, chief curator of The Frank. “These artists were selected because of their ability to generate a sense of wonder through voluminous form. Michael Rees’ oversized, color-blocked cubes will hover above Nicole Banowtez’s balloon-like, sprawling organisms as they emerge from gallery corners. Ryan the Wheelbarrow’s high contrast paintings will bounce out of their two-dimensional bounds, and Jen Clay’s childlike inflatables will prompt psychological introspection.”

In The Frank’s Third Space Gallery, which specifically focuses on supporting non-profit organizations, educational partners, underrepresented populations and community advocacy groups, an exhibition with artwork by students of Schott Communities will be on display. Schott Communities is a non-profit organization serving persons who are physically or intellectually challenged.

The Frank also is unveiling its newest exhibition space, The Frank Aisles. Located in the lobby of the gallery, The Frank Aisles will feature two-dimensional artwork by interdisciplinary visual artist Gregory Dirr.

As part of Inflated, The Frank offers free fun, engaging and educational workshops, lectures and events for children and adults. For more information, visit

The Frank is located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines at 601 City Center Way. Admission to The Frank is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about The Frank, call 954.392.2120, email or visit Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

More about the Inflated artists:

  • Nicole Banowetz, a Denver sculptor who makes sewn inflatable sculptures and delicate assembled forms to address vulnerability and struggle
  • Jen Clay, a multimedia artists whose work focuses on textiles and animations for performance and video works and installations
  • Michael Rees, a sculptor working in themes of figuration, language, technology and the social to weave a sculptural mélange
  • Capucine Safir, a sculptor known for her organic and smooth work in stone and other materials
  • Asser Saint-Val,  a painter, sculptor and installation artist whose quasi-figurative images bring together ideas, people and incidents central to modern debates about the definition and valence of Neuromalanin
  • Ryan the Wheelbarrow, co-founder of  Miami’s Best Graffiti Guide and a screen printing performance artist who keeps his finger on the pulse of street art and graffiti by blogging, curating and collaborating with other artists
  • Gregory Dirr, an interdisciplinary visual artist, compulsively creating work as a cathartic response to his surroundings with a focus of environmental conservation

 About The Frank

The Frank is a two-story art gallery named after Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis for his decades-long commitment to the cultural arts. The Frank art gallery, located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center, showcases multi-disciplinary inclusive exhibitions to foster connections, initiate cultural change and promote innovation. The gallery’s exhibition and learning space serves as a site of convergence for artists, performers, thought leaders and community members to create partnerships for social engagement, leveraging the power of the arts to create a sense of place.

The Frank is located at 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Stay connected and follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954.392.2120 or email:

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission charges are subject to change during special events. Times and dates for special events will be announced.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by Broward County Cultural Division, Culture Builds Florida, Hello Sunny-Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and National Endowment for the Arts. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida