The most conceptual artist of the bunch is Xianpan, whose minimalist depictions of folded paper airplanes conjure a sense of whimsy and playfulness.

In his youth, the artist dreamed of inventing toys, and that sensibility is reflected strongly in his work.

He refers to his airplane drawings as "wishes" that reawaken youthful dreams. He says some of the images represent children lost during the 2008 and 2010 earthquakes in China and the families left suffering.

MS Mountain Sea. Nos. 1 & 2 by Guo Tiatian
MS Mountain Sea. Nos. 1 & 2 by Guo Tiatian

Details

"Helium Hum" Through January 29 at Nina Torres Fine Art, 2033 NW 1st Pl., Miami; 305-395-3599; ninatorresfineart.com. Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


"Paper"Through February 26 at Butter Gallery, 2301 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-303-6254; buttergallery.com. Tuesday through Saturday noon to 6 p.m.

Both these exhibits are fine examples of why Wynwood remains a hot ticket for art lovers after the Second Saturday buzz fades.

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