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Next, think deep ecology. Matthew Pollock's installation contains a photo of a sparse forest covered with snow. Along with it comes a small table traversed by a beam crowned with a deer's skull, which points to the photo on the wall. At the other end of the piece, we see gold-colored shit. How forcefully art can exemplify by proxy.
Tall Rickards continues in an unabashedly male theme. His I Saw Thrones, I Sat Upon Them shows an older Rickards as a 1970s "Don" behind a table dressed in sleek suit, daringly looking at us. Next to his hand, a huge knife and tumbler appear as additional proofs of virility. Check the real trophy -- inside a vitrine over a reddish pillow -- suggesting a dead drug lord's prize.
Nearby Celia Silva and Eugenio Espinoza just opened #831 art, another house turned into alternative art space. They transformed the living room for Suspended Houses, an installation of -- what else? -- little houses hung from the ceiling and walls, by recently transplanted New Yorker David Prusko. He has thematically played with the idea of "home," including floating a model house out in the ocean during Art Basel.
Helicopter Works by Tall Rickards, Bob Needle, Odalis Valdivieso, and Heather Cantrell through March 16; 305-895-1030. Where: Leonard Tachmes Gallery, 817 NE 125th St, North Miami
Suspended Houses By David Prusko through February 28; 305-892-6331 Where: #831 art, 831 NE 123rd St, North Miami
Outside in the back yard, another piece in progress, Tell Me Your Secret, was being created by Prusko: a wall in which each brick contains a secret -- confessed, written, and sealed by members of the audience at the event. Prusko's pieces have this urban flavor, very much in tune with the location of this house. Silva sees the space as creating more of an opening for real alternative expression in Miami, and she cares enough about that mission to turn her own home over to such future projects.