By Carlos Suarez De Jesus
By Ric Delgado
By John Thomason
By Benjy Caplan
By Artburst Miami
Borrowed World:The exhibit is split into two distinct viewing spaces, with sculptural works on one side and Paredes's performance photo pieces on the other. One of the more interesting Cibachrome prints, Gnome, depicts the nude artist in a vibrantly hued emerald forest clearing. Her body, painted white, sprouts a pair of black-and-white wings. She squats under a tree covered in thick, ropey vines as sunlight filters like tiny needles through a dense canopy of leaves. It seems that in the deepest recesses of her mind, Paredes is navigating toward a space for reinvention, for liberating clarity, for disappearance; toward a place where she can magically change her world. Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through May 8. Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, 2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-574-1804, www.dlfinearts.com.
D.E.M.O.N.S. to Diamonds: On display in the Project Room, this exhibit features a sprawling collection of drawings by a group of young Miami-based talent. Friends with You, Nathan Danilowicz, Jacin Giordano, and the TM Sisters have sprinkled the space's walls with confections that shimmer like a pot of fuzzy-all-over sunshine at the end of a rainbow. Giordano, one of the more interesting painters in town, contributes a handful of small mixed-media-on-paper works. In another playful piece, Arturo Sandoval III, the other half of Friends with You, offers a harmless vision of the supernatural with Blue Angel of Death. A cross between Casper the Friendly Ghost and Greek mythology's hundred-eye monster, the apparition could be easily drafted as this exhibit's official mascot. Conjuring the show's spirit, it beckons visitors away from the compost heap of reality with which they are confronted in the main gallery and into a cotton-candy garden where everything stinks like a rose. Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through April 22. Locust Projects, 105 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-576-8570, www.locustprojects.org.
Natalia Benedetti: Luminosity: This exhibit is the artist's first solo museum show and comprises two videos on continuous loops projected onto nine-by-twelve-foot screens. One work depicts Benedetti skydiving; the other is a fluid study of sunlight as it ripples across the surface of a lake. Both videos are shown together, which creates an engulfing experience enhanced by a soundtrack of rushing wind. Sublimely thrilling, the sensory-seducing sounds and vast expanse of sun-dappled water on one screen next to the gorgeous blue sky and shimmering coastline on the other transport the spectator to a space somewhere between Heaven and Earth. Benedetti has parachuted into her first solo museum show with head-turning aplomb. Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through June 4. MoCA at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami; 305-893-6211, www.mocanomi.org.