Lamelas, whom CIFO singled out this year with an achievement commission for his pioneering contributions over the past 30 years, chimes in with a suite of photos and three films shown on old-fangled projectors isolated in a back room.
As the contraptions whir, mundane street views of Düsseldorf, London, and Los Angeles flicker on the gallery walls. The noise from the projectors is amped up by CIFO's air-conditioning system wheezing overhead.
"Vanishing Points: Paint and Paintings From the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection": Through October 30 at the Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7530; bassmuseum.org. Wednesday through Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
"Viewpoint: 2011 CIFO Grants & Commissions Program Exhibition": Through November 6 at CIFO Art Space, 1018 N. Miami Avenue, Miami; 305-455-3380; cifo.org. Thursday 1 to 9 p.m., Friday through Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
In another room, Pica's installation, If These Walls Could Talk, consists of two parallel walls through which you can walk. The outer walls are riddled with holes like Swiss cheese. Cans are stuck to the inner walls and connected by strings, reminiscent of a kid's lo-fi walkie-talkie set. At first glance, the strings suspended among the cans bring to mind a cat's cradle.
Both of these shows are worth a gander once you get past the poppycock.
Just remember, the next time you're stymied by a gallery piece while swigging Chablis next to a cheese platter and someone asks you what the artwork means, never admit you don't know.
Instead, impress that person by responding, "Your question provokes contradictorily layered responses whose interconnectivity falls short in articulating the logocentric transparency you seek."