In an early video, artist Mariko Mori stands in an airport. She wears a platinum Barbarella-style wig and a silver bodysuit with futuristic polythene pillow wings. Her mission: Save the Earth. Mori, as a techno-shamanic being, cradles a crystal sphere before touching it to her lips and lowering the ball to her pelvis. Part cyborg and part bodhisattva, her kaleidoscopic-eyed vixen is out to awaken spiritual consciousness by seducing you with her vision of cosmic bliss.
The tranced-out Mori is just one of the openings at Second Saturdays: Art Walk in Wynwood and the Design District at 7 p.m. this Saturday. World Class Boxing (170 NW 23rd St., Miami) will also show the haunting photographs of Anna Gaskell, who uses children's fables, ghost stories, and films as inspiration in a psychologically freighted tableau. Her work evokes images of Alice's tumble down the rabbit hole. Call 305-438-9908 or visit worldclassboxing.org.
Upwind at Dot Fiftyone Gallery (51 NW 36th St., Miami), locals Leslie Gabaldon and María Cristina Carbonell aim to prove they can compete with the big girls in "Goody Two-Shoes" and "An Idyllic World." Gabaldon's edgy photos mine women's issues, while Carbonell weighs in with a series of paintings, sculptures, and videos exploring identity, intimacy, and being. Call 305-573-9994 or visit dotfiftyone.com.
Sat., March 13, 7 p.m., 2010