By John Thomason
By Benjy Caplan
By Artburst Miami
By Carlos Suarez De Jesus
By Daniel Reskin
Me, Myself & I:Works of self-portraiture by 31 artists assembled by guest curators Renee Riccardo and Paul Lastre. When artists gaze in the mirror, they invite us to follow and vicariously wallow in our own inner cores. Tomoko Sawada transforms herself into a "girl of a thousand faces." Mickalene Thomas's Negress #2 assumes the sexually confident stance of hip- hop/R&B stars, while referring to vanguard Modernism's obsession with African-inspired forms. The works I found most successful were those that examined the self adapting to social structures and situations, and video seemed to be the medium best suited to this. Sofia Hultén's Grey Area was pure genius. Many of the artists intentionally affect discomfort, ennui, embarrassment, inscrutability, victimization, and mild neuroses to call attention to their uniqueness, but a deeper truth to be gleaned from "Me, Myself & I" is the ultimate instability of identity. --Michelle Weinberg Through January 29. University Galleries, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 561-297-2966. "Me, Myself & I: Video Remix" will be screened December 2 through January 8, Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5:00 p.m., at the Living Room, 4000 N. Miami Ave., Miami.
Miami Citizen: Don't bother trying to find common threads among these nine featured artists from different backgrounds. The show is more about the encounters their networks elicit than their stylistic convergences. I particularly enjoyed Kevin Arrow's delicate ink drawings on paper (borrowed from disparate sources), Mauricio Gonzalez's otherworldly landscapes (these are better than others I've seen with too much paint matter in them), Eugenia Vargas's evocative photos, Pedro Vizcaino's gun-morphing, and Teresa Ortiz's precious, circuslike representations of feline acrobatics. -- Alfredo TriffThrough December 15. The Mexican Cultural Institute, 5975 Sunset Dr., South Miami; 786-268-4909.
Keepsake:Working with ordinary objects, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova seduces the viewer into places that are at once eerily familiar yet ineluctably foreign. He has a disconcerting way of revealing the hidden splendor of the mundane, playing deftly with nostalgia and identity, elaborating conceptual memories that bespeak a culture of reinvention, of banal planes of reflection. Home (2004), an architectural rendering of his parents' zero-lot-line house in suburban Kendall, is a clever example of Rodriguez-Casanova's approach to explorations of self, a kind of backyard archaeologist. This solo show provides the Cuban-born, Miami-based artist a breakout opportunity on the tail of his recent group shows at the Annina Nosei and White Box galleries in New York, and at the Miami Art Museum. -- Carlos Suarez de JesusThrough January 3. Leonard Tachmes Gallery, 817 NE 125th St., North Miami; 305-895-1030.