By Ciara LaVelle
By Jose D. Duran
By Kat Bein
By Juan Barquin
By Ciara LaVelle
By George Martinez
By Kat Bein
By Ciara LaVelle
All You Can Eat: The works here tend to blind with their glittery, luxe surfaces, but featured artists Sue Irion, Gavin Perry, and Mette Tommerup aren't really engaged in an activation of surfaces in a traditional manner. Sporting glossy, protective coatings that function as barriers or prophylactics preventing infection, the works speak to unattainable fulfillment of desire. Perry's paintings and constructions provide the most expressionist surfaces as well as the most robust titles -- poetic, with lots of action verbs. Mette Tommerup's Orb Passages series of circular Lambda prints neatly cup the eye of the viewer and draw attention to their depths, revealing distant, transcendent events occurring deep within their recesses, hopelessly hermetic. -- Michelle Weinberg Through September 5. Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St, Hollywood. 954-921-3274.
New Talent: Chris Babson, Lorena Cabrera, David Leroi: These three artists are toiling in well-trod territory. Babson's mannerist, naive style is limp. Cabrera's mannequin torsos with scraped and scratched surfaces are dull and familiar. Leroi's small-scale constructions depicting forlorn urban settings move beyond cliché as elements subvert expectations of scale, but the works become muddled in their narrative content. All would benefit from enlarging their respective artistic visions and taking greater risks. -- Michelle Weinberg Through August 30. Barbara Gillman Gallery, 3814 NE Miami Ct. 305-573-1920.
Spue: Robin Griffiths's sculpture exhibit at Dorsch Gallery is, in the context of today's sometimes-contrived art, a celebration of human invention. Part gallery-inside-a-gallery, part stage set for a Jules Verne movie, part mad scientist's cabinet of curiosities, part living-quarters-turned-art, Griffiths's sculptures pull you from different angles. Perhaps there's too much here, but it all makes sense because it's all about the métier. These are idiosyncratic displays of a life: Griffiths's high school jeans collection, his proto-modern yellow sofa, his guitar and stereo playing Miles Davis's Kind of Blue. It is art mimicking life, and vice versa -- but truly authentic. -- Alfredo Triff Through August 28. Dorsch Gallery, 151 NW 24th St. 305-576-1278.
Upper Class: Hugo Tillman's exhibit seems to be one of the most creeped-out photography shows to come down the pike in a while. After all, who would willingly be surrounded by portraits of a bunch of fossilized blue bloods from Newport and Palm Beach who look like studies for Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum? Tillman's conceptual premise is simple enough: He poses and photographs the scions of America's vaunted WASP aristocracy. In an election year, when oil-slick dreams of dynasty abound in Washington, and the rift between the landed gentry and have-nots seems wider than ever, "Upper Class" is a show that is at once funny, scary, and politically relevant. -- Carlos Suarez de Jesus Through August 31. Marina Kessler Gallery, 2628 NW 2nd Ave. 305-573-6006, www.marinakessler.com.
Visions of Alfredo Ceibal: Are you ready for originality? Check out Alfredo Ceibal's show at Wild Seduction Gallery. Borrowing from primitive, surrealist, and pre-Columbian elements, Ceibal, a Guatemalan, makes subversive paintings with a twisted sense of geometry and a flair for innocence. Travel to places inside the corners of your mind, in the company of loving couples and curious children, but also sinning clergy, burning souls, and characters floating inside walls. There's always a window to enjoy Ceibal's slanted vistas or to exit right into the village of Comala (out of Juan Rulfo's Pedro Páramo), a town populated by the wandering souls of the dead. Ceibal's art will keep you off balance. -- Alfredo Triff Through August 29 by appointment. Wild Seduction Gallery, 2762 NW 22nd St. 305-633-8951.
Young Talent: Kathy Wolff, Chris Culver, Barbara Rivera, Alex Wyroba, Cecilia Lueza, and Yasmin Spiro Waltzer: This exhibition, true to its name, showcases fledgling artists flexing their muscles as they begin aligning themselves with sympathetic artistic influences. Rivera's intimate self-portraits in oil, painted on top of digital photos, insert contemporary garments and accessories, or an off-kilter prop, into what otherwise resemble Old Master paintings. Wyroba shows a digital print and video documenting her ritualistic performance, The Guilded Labyrinth. Culver, weighing in at eighteen years old, presents a winsome installation including drawings with a facile line. Some of the artists are children of Miami art educators, proving that all good things begin at home. -- Michelle Weinberg Through September 4. Chelsea Galleria, 32 NE 39th St (Design District). 305-576-2950.