Alchemist Productions provides an uniquely curated experience with expansive sculptural art installations. Alchemist takes sculptural art installations into commercial businesses, private homes, and retailers allowing the conceptual work to be experienced outside the traditional gallery venue. Looking to elevate the experience? Project consultations are available to connect the dots, we are here for you.
About the Alchemist
It all started with a conversation...
Founder & Art Director
Ariana Franco designs and constructs repetitive objects and props from decorative, craft, and construction materials typically using wood structure. The materials are manipulated through a range of surface treatments that explore or hide the original intention of the material. She assembles the objects delivering compositional sculptural art installations that evoke a sense of magic, a realm of half realized fairy tales. The images she produces has a nature of delicacy. A surprising push and pull of ambiguity and complexity.
Ariana received her BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2008 and studied Industrial and Furniture Design at RISD in 2006. From 2009-2013 she was the volunteer coordinator and member of S/ART/Q. With S/ART/Q she contributed to the cultural arts community through exhibitions, studio visits, and conversations with the public, as well as, showcasing in the Select Art Fair during Miami Art Basel in 2012. She attended the Vermont Studio Center in 2010 and was called a "secret puppeteer" by Peter Schumann of Bread & Puppet Theater. Ariana's fashion retail experience began at Juno & Jove producing 6 window installations 2011-13, Lotus Boutique; Personal Stylist, 2013-14, and Anthropologie; Display Coordinator, 2014-17.
Alchemist Productions works to create sculptural art installations utilizing craft and details that focus on building community through experience. We curate art installations that will transform your specific space into an unparalleled sensory experience. We develop inspiration through optimistic color stories, elevated textures, and design elements to customize and achieve the goals of each project. Playful in nature, we explore processes and planning to produce the experience. From handmade sculptures to site-specific art installation we use materials with transformative qualities. We make it happen within your space and budget. Highly curated visual presentation allows us to ensure your brand has a tailored experience.
Project: "Hive" located at bold co-work, Sarasota, FL 2017
Composed of 108 hexagons, 54 rectangles, and over 200 metal foil leaves this installation welcomes you into the 5 story building in downtown Sarasota. The velvet was hand cut, dyed and stitched for the site specific installation creating soft textures. This piece was commissioned for the space and cannot be recreated in its entirety. It's special and one of kind for the Bold Co-work brand.
Temporary Commission: "Meta Apparition" at Shulman+Associates, Miami, FL
Miami Art Week 2017, showcase at Shulman + Associates in the Design District. The interior/outdoor experimental installation explored functional form and the interaction with people from a biological and psychological point of view. Each piece is handmade with the intention of exposing and hiding the original intention of the material. The obsessive nature of the handmade discs in "Count Your Lucky Stars" expresses the artist's labor of love for the work displayed.
Outdoor Cabanas: "Meta Apparition" at Shulman + Associates, Miami, FL
3 trapezoidal cabanas and 5 plinths were produced to create an environment for people during the opening night event. Places to sit and put your bag or drink down as you enjoyed music by DB Cooper. This playful environment was not to be taken seriously, but to be enjoyed exactly as it was displayed. Allowing people to touch and interact with art in a different way than the typical "do not touch the art" in a gallery setting.
Collaborative Project: Alchemist x Luma visual, Miami, FL 2017
Alex of Luma Visual and I met in June and by July we had put together a collaborative project in my Miami studio. This experimental art installation consisted of 60 stacked hexagons I made which conceptualized column structures. I produced a backdrop and the suspended velvet ribbon to complete the piece. Alex projection mapped onto the sculptures and we produced all the color and textures digitally.
Personal Work: "My Father's shirts" (NFS) Naples, FL 2017
Constructed based on the concept of the 40+ identical shirts in various colors my father owns, this piece began a new collection for Ariana. This wall construction was selected as a semi-regional finalist for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series 2017. Composed of 35 wood triangles, hand cut, dyed and stitched velvet with additional felt and starched linen details.
Personal Work: "My Mother's Jewelry" (available for purchase) Miami, FL 2017
The second in the Identifying Characters collection. Shown for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series at N'Namdi Gallery in Wynwood. Composed of 24 wood parallelograms hand cut, dyed and stitched velvet with cotton, watercolor paper, and decorative chain details.