Sizzling Summer Art

Downtown is jumpin’ with gallery events

Like Gauguin’s lush odes to Tahiti, Laura Kina explores dreams of paradise using Hawaii as her tropical muse in provocative mixed-media paintings. “Aloha Dreams,” opening tonight at 7:30 at Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts (2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-1804, www.dlfinearts.com), draws on images of popular culture and offers loaded commentaries on immigration, heritage tourism, and Orientalist fantasies. The gallery also unveils “Young Generation 3: Die Young Stay Pretty,” a summer group show curated by José Carlos Diaz. Lifting its name from a Blondie tune and inspired by the classic sci-fi flick Logan’s Run, the exhibit’s artists envision an idyllic world where life fizzles at age 30. In the Project Room, Federico Nessi’s held-over “Spiritual Cramp” balances the madness with photographs that capture the communicative power of locking gazes. The exhibit runs through July 21.

At the Dorsch Gallery (151 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-576-1278, www.dorschgallery.com), Ralph Provisero blows up the space with his highly anticipated sculpture and drawing show “Swimming with Sharks,” featuring subjects that oscillate between the serious to the lightly comedic. See it through September 1. For a morsel of off-the-track funk, check out “Directions” at the Culture Kings sneaker boutique in the Design District (4300 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-573-2399, www.myspace.com/culturekings), which features an “installation corridor” by artist Gustavo Oviedo. Music by DJ Sire Esq. and DJ Keen will keep the sneaker heads bobbing at tonight’s opening. Check out “Directions” through August 3.
Sat., June 9

 
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