A Bug's Death

Fabian Peña turns his obsession with the cockroach into art.

Isolated in a corner, the small work looks like a recovered meteor or some sort of precious artifact.

A tip of the chapeau also goes to Bernice Steinbaum. It's unusual to see dealers devoting their spaces to shows with scant commercial appeal. For his part, Peña both seduces and rewards.

The Impossibility of Storage for the Soul: And you thought live cockroaches were scary.
The Impossibility of Storage for the Soul: And you thought live cockroaches were scary.

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"The Frozen Moment": Through April 5. Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, 3550 N Miami Ave, Miami; 305-573-2700, www.bernicesteinbaumgallery.com.

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What's amazing is how Peña has taken a creature so universally reviled and recycled it into provocative artworks that most of us could happily live with. He not only digs into the interminable cycle of life and death, but also the foulest conditions of human existence. In doing so he opens our eyes to fresh ways of seeing.

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