By Juan Barquin
By Ciara LaVelle
By George Martinez
By Kat Bein
By Ciara LaVelle
By Travis Cohen
By Carlos Suarez De Jesus
By Monica McGivern
Co Operate: Fashion and its built-in seasonal obsolescence have long been the engine that drives aesthetic innovation in the contemporary art world. As soon as a new style bubbles up, an alarm sounds. Soon thereafter legions of young artists rush to be anointed by that ever-mutating but absolutely required craze. In this way, the art world is not unlike a colony of ants: individuals blindly working on instinct toward the completion of a communal project. For a young artist amid this grinding activity that forces all motion in a single direction, it's often difficult to be heard. "Co Operate" is a collaborative exhibition by local artists who temporarily de-emphasized their individual voices to embrace the anthill, and the result is a real find. Overall it explores many methodologies of artistic collaboration. Works displaying a certain amount of preplanning share the spotlight with utterly spontaneous, improvisational efforts. -- Michelle WeinbergThrough August 11. Bas Fisher Invitational, 180 NE 39th St., second floor, Miami; 305-573-4289.
marking time: moving images: Science, technology, and the speed with which we communicate today have altered modern-day perception of reality. The world is so much more accessible nowadays that time has become a fluid medium flashing back and forth -- as if we were living inside a movie. Curated by Lorie Mertes, MAM's new show (of mostly videos) centers on internalized time and showcases the works of ten artists, including Janine Antoni, Miguel Angel Rios, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Dara Friedman, and Ann Hamilton. Take home a Gonzalez-Torres piece, talk into Ann Hamilton's installation, or simply enjoy Friedman's offbeat sequences of people making out. Don't miss Paul Pfieffer's metaphysical video concerned with light and color. It will make you feel -- if German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was right about the power of art -- as though you're the sole survivor of a universal flood. -- Alfredo Triff Through September 11. Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-3000.
Megumi Fukusawa: Mosaic: Miami art mavens should check out Amedama Gallery, located on the fast-developing stretch of 79th Street east of Biscayne Boulevard. Director Ken Konomi has created an inviting, intimate space equipped with a deck and a bamboo-lined Zen garden out back. Outdoor exhibitions and events are planned. The gallery's program concentrates on emerging and established Japanese artists. The current exhibition of acrylic paintings by Megumi Fukusawa showcases highly stylized depictions of bubbly, erotic female figures. Fukusawa said her work protests social taboos concerning bisexuality, though the sexuality she promotes appears childlike, bland, and trite. Her use of flat patterns and pastel colors links her work to the cheerful appropriation of the popular anime and manga. Her prolific production resembles Takashi Murakami as well as American pop artist John Wesley. -- Michelle Weinberg Ongoing. Amedama Gallery, 811 NE 79th St., Miami; 305-759-0229, www.amedamaart.com.
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