Acea's canvases look like a tired retread of Robert Longo's Men in the Cities series from the 1980s that depict spastic business-suit-sporting Wall Street types frozen in midseizure.

In the project room, check out Sigurdarson's Contained Archipelago: Storms I, II, III, a nifty mixed-media installation that will transport you to the chilly climes of the Icelander's youth.

He has covered the floor with 800 pounds of salt and used tiny Styrofoam balls in three Plexiglas chambers powered by fans to create the sensation of a frosty tempest.

Magnus Sigurdarson
Magnus Sigurdarson


"Operation Beefeater: Of Man and His Nature": Through March 11. Pan American Art Projects, 2450 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-573-2400; Tuesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday noon to 5:30 p.m.

On a far wall hangs The Semen Island, a small painting of a deserted island with a solitary palm tree. Sigurdarson's sparse tropical image is starkly at odds with the swirling snow. Not unlike the artist who pines for the melancholy of the North and finds himself stranded far from home.

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