Her complex, unfinished narratives exude a sense of the primal instinct to survive the unknown or unravel the tangle of myth from memory. Call 305-573-8110 or visit davidcastillogallery.com.
Across the asphalt at Artformz Alternative (171 NW 23rd St., Miami), "3," a group exhibition showcasing the work of Rosario Bond, Alette Simmons-Jimenez, and Randy Burman, features painting, installation, and audience participatory works examining issues such as consumerism, greed, obsession with beauty and youth, and overrated art.
From Tim Barber's "Untitled Photographs" at OHWOW.
Bond's Diary of a Shopaholic explores runaway consumption and fashion fetishes through sprawling, wall-swallowing paintings and installations.
Simmons-Jimenez exhibits a new series of cages and snares she calls Booby Traps, crafted as a commentary on avarice, sexuality, power, beauty, death, and decay.
In the project room, Burman has hung a neon sign proclaiming, "Old art must die in order for new art to be born." He has included 8,000 replicas of iconic images by Warhol, Koons, Van Gogh, Michelangelo, and others arranged in stacks on shelves along a gallery wall.
"The artist has placed several paper shredders on an opposing wall and is asking the public to feed the famous artwork images into them," gallery owner Simmons-Jimenez says. "It's sort of like a roast commenting on the commercial nature of the art world."
She will host a similar massacre of local art glitterati November 20 from 5 to 7 p.m., when folks such as MoCA director Bonnie Clearwater, art dealer Fredric Snitzer, and local artist Hernan Bas also will get their mugs torn to pieces in the paper grinder.
"It's like a purge," Simmons-Jimenez quips. "I don't know why, but people always feel good about doing stuff like that. Maybe we can run your face through the shredder as well," she cracks to New Times before hanging up. Call 305-572-0040 or visit artformz.net.