Its difficult to imagine an artist with brushwork uncanny enough to fool Mother Nature. Gina Ruggeris oil-on-Mylar cutouts of tree stumps, piles of rocks, and canopies of leaves are so deftly executed they skewer the viewers sense of the real. The New York painter ups the ante on perception during Wynwoods Second Saturday Gallery Crawl, beginning tonight at 7 at the Kevin Bruk Gallery (2249 NW First Pl., Miami), with a handful of new works meditating on the natural world while tinkering with the boundaries of painting. Her images float dreamily on gallery walls, unsuspectingly drawing one into an illusionary landscape. Youll catch yourself reaching out at her billowing clouds to feel grounded. The exhibition runs through March 31. Call 305-576-2000, or visit www.kevinbrukgallery.com
Upwind at the Spinello Gallery Fort Lauderdale-based wing nuts Blackbooks make their solo debut with Ask Us About Our Free Stabbings, featuring laser-cut sculptures, mix-media paintings, and installations. For Meadow, the creative pair has hatched an abstract wood-cut wall sculpture sprawling 12 feet across the gallery, which the duo calls a sadistic poetic piece deeply rooted in literature. Were not sure what that means, and its doubtful the cagey twosome will explain. If a big rodent dies, we are definitely going to smell it, they crack. Through March 1. Call 786-271-4223, or visit www.spinellogallery.com.
Feb. 9-March 1, 2008