It just may be that artist Robert Wyndam Bucknell is conceited. It could be he is a narcissistic charlatan capitalizing on his heroin-chic Jesus aura to draw attention to himself. But then again, he may be doing more. According to the London-born artist, his show "Why I Think I Am So Fucking Special" is his attempt to subvert all that self-centeredness and expose his audience to the naughty vanity that thrives in all of you -- okay, us. "It's all about me," the glossy postcard for the show asserts.
The artist, who goes by the name Wynd, says the show could just as easily focus on the viewer instead of its creator. Though it would be hard to tell from looking at some of the pieces. You'll see the trilogy Making Out With Wynd (parts 1 and 2) and Making Love to Myself. You'll see Wynd jumping up and down yelling, "Look at me!" You'll see paintings of his friends getting drunk and cavorting.
If it sounds like he may be just a little full of himself, there's more. Wynd's paintings include a series he calls Poems I Would Have Written If the Bastards Hadn't Got There First, his own musings on the works of Milton, Shakespeare, and Blake. To complement the series, Wynd also is showing Paintings I Would Have Painted If the Buggers Hadn't Got There First. Is it a case of the artist's sour grapes?
The multifaceted exhibition and performance, consisting of drawings, paintings, sculptures, and sound, all take place under a tentlike structure. There will be a tattoo artist on site ready to place an ink-to-skin version of one of Wynd's drawings on the ambitious art-o-phile. And, of course, there will be a DJ. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez
"Why I Think I Am So Fucking Special" opens at 8:00 p.m. at OBJEX Artspace, 203 NW 36th St. Admission is free. Call 305-573-4400.Music
MON 5/17 Officially a duo and not a septet, Zero 7 can go about 16 strong live. Though tagged as producer Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker's downtempo project, the British collective -- named after a Honduran nightclub and nominated for a prestigious Mercury prize for 2001's masterful Simple Things -- is more refined than most. The band's latest release, When It Falls, doesn't stray too far from previous electro-soul outings: Acute keyboard swells, horn fills, and pinpoint melodies continue to lay ground for guests Sia Furler, Sophia Barker, and Mozez's lush, floating, Motown-style vocals, drawing comparisons with Air, the French duo against which the band has often been measured. Playing live, Zero 7 is as tight as a seasoned jam band, with instrumentals getting downright noisy. Behind this wall of sound, amplified in a theater setting, the salacious deliveries of Barker and Furler quietly reappear and bring the songs back into a sweet lull. Tonight at 8:00, hear them close the TransAtlantic Festival at the Manuel Artime Performing Arts Center, 900 SW 1st St. Tickets cost $25. Call 305-672-5202. -- By Chris CoomeyWord Play
Tale-tellers spin their stuff
SAT 5/15 From yarns about leprechauns to kissing the blarney stone, the Emerald Isle is well known for its storytelling traditions and the perfect match for the Miami-Dade Public Library System's 3rd annual Art of Storytelling Festival. In conjunction with the Dublin (Ireland) City Public Library, the Main Library (101 W. Flagler St.) will offer the listening public a cultural exchange featuring Irish storyteller Liz Weir as well as professional tale weavers Madafo, Carrie Sue Ayvar, and the internationally known Margaret Read MacDonald. There's more to the art than merely having the gift of gab, though: Dance, puppetry, and other tools of the trade will be addressed as well as the presentation of crafts, music, and sundry activities. Festivities run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Miami-Dade Cultural Plaza and from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Miami Children's Museum (980 MacArthur Cswy.). Events at the Cultural Plaza are free while admission to the Children's Museum is $8. Call 305-375-2665. -- By Margaret Griffis
Into the Light
When it comes to the 9 orders of angelic beings, angels and archangels languish at the bottom while cherubim and seraphim rank near the top. Seraphim actually boast the number-one spot: They are said to be closest to God and radiate so bright even their angel brethren can't look at them. Okay, now we understand the reason behind the name of professional chamber choir Seraphic Fire, a moniker we always thought seemed perfect for a heavy metal band. But this group is heavy in other ways. At 7:30 tonight Seraphic Fire will close out the Church of the Epiphany's (8235 SW 57th Ave.) Great Music for a Great Space series for this season with Johann Sebastian Bach's B Minor Mass. It is an imposing and energetic work that is considered one of the composer's best, certainly a challenge to any choir. To get you in the mood for music, University of Miami musicology professor Frank Cooper will deliver a lecture at 6:30. Admission is free. Call 305-667-4911. -- By Nina Korman