By Ciara LaVelle
By George Martinez
By Kat Bein
By Ciara LaVelle
By Travis Cohen
By Carlos Suarez De Jesus
By Monica McGivern
By Travis Cohen
Agustina Woodgate: For Agustina Woodgate, the ordinary world is a canvas ripe for art. Discount T-shirt racks at Goodwill? A secret poetry stash. Old teddy bears? Pelts for kaleidoscopic tapestries. An abandoned German amusement park? Sprawling multimedia art gallery, of course. The Argentine-born artist says projects such as Skin Rugs, for which she repurposes teddy bears into colorful hangings, show how artists can mine the regular and the trashed for their emotional meaning. "They belonged to someone and [have] all the symbolism around the memories and childhood," she says. Woodgate might be best known for Poetry Bombing, where she sews poems guerrilla-style into thrift-store clothing, but her latest project is her most ambitious. Called Kulturpark, it's set in an abandoned theme park in Berlin where Woodgate and dozens of other artists are turning the empty rides and concession stands into installations.
Audio Junkie: Growing up in Santo Domingo and Miami, brothers and musicians Eduardo and Gregorio Alvarez were obsessed with soundtracks — from Hitchcock films, to Tarantino works they used to watch with their grandfather, to the trippy sound plays of the Twilight Zone. Today, armed with cameras and slick editing software, they explore that fascination by mining the depths of Miami's own complex sound scene. Eduardo, 32, and Gregorio, 29, are the co-creators of Audio Junkie, a video journal that profiles Miami bands such as Arboles Libres, Animal Tropical, and Deaf Poets. "Everybody can say that Miami has no scene, that there's no place to play, that there's no bands," Gregorio says. "But you can tell from our show — one second you have noise acts, the next you have a pop Spanish rock band, and then you have something crazy like [experimental rock band] Ice Cream. There's so much out there, and we just wanted to present it to a crowd that would appreciate it."
AholSniffsGlue: If you live and drive around Miami, you've almost certainly seen the work of AholSniffsGlue, also known as Alouishous San Gomma. The Hialeah-born and -bred street genius is best known for his ubiquitous graffiti creations: the bulbous yet droopy cartoon eyeballs slathered around town in places such as a wall facing I-95 near I-195 and the onetime home of Bar in Wynwood. But Ahol is a hell of a lot more interesting — and intellectual — than his tag might imply. He's a video artist, a muralist, an illustrator, and a paper pusher. The man's whole life is a sort of working-class artwork in progress; he drones away at 9-to-5 gigs — from porn shops to phone banks — and then draws on this drudgery for inspiration. The result is a brand of ironic creation that appeals to the everyman and breaks down the blue-collar experience. "I have had to fend for myself from a young age," says Ahol, whose mother passed away when he was a child. "I was taught to be self-sufficient and to hold my own all my life. The cubicle has been my money tree and allowed me to create freely and kept me from selling arts and crafts on the side of the street. I refuse to be a 'starving artist.'"
The End/Spring Break: Since its inception, the nomadic art project operated by Domingo Castillo, Patti Hernandez, and Kathryn Marks — the End/Spring Break — has hosted more than 100 screenings, lectures, poetry readings, and art happenings across the Big Mango — all in a bizarre catalogue of unexpected venues. The trio has organized a band playing at a cemetery, a "Karaoke Speakeasy" during Basel in a hidden location nearly impossible to access, and an apocalyptic gutter-punk meltdown at the Miami International Art Fair. They even hijacked a liquidation sale at a cell-phone shop to stage a happy-hour tape release. Good luck getting them to talk straight about their motivations, though — the three are as mysterious as their work. "I paint sunsets," Castillo says. "I'm a bit of an amateur boxer," Hernandez quips, while Marks chimes in that she "knits lingerie out of alpaca."
BIGUP EVERYBODY ON THIS LIST!!! ALL REPPING MIAMI IN THEIR OWN WAY!!!! LOVE YOUR CITY!!! GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!!
- AHOLSNIFFSGLUE S.S.K. -
4 FINALISTS ARE SPINELLO GALLERY ARTISTS. WOW!
VERY Diverse List
next year make it clear that you have to have GALLERY Representation to make the cut. JUST To avoid any confusion
So artists WITHOUT gallery representation don't waste their Time and Energy.
Congrats to the Finalists.
Shame on the Incestuous "Jury" Panel.
Only Agustina Woodgate and Antonia Wright are Spinello artists (and even then, Spinello doesn't seem to be currently representing Wright). TM Sisters, Jillian Mayer, AholSniffsGlue, and the end/SPRING BREAK aren't represented by Spinello last time I checked.
Spring Break/ The End. was based @ Spinello Gallery over the Summer.... TM Sisters have also shown there.
"hey bro, can I use your gallery for a few months while you are out of town?"
"for sure bro"
Must be nice..... ( To rent a space like that for a WEEK would cost more than the $3,000 Total Prize Money being awarded, to put it into perspective.)
Connections make the world go round. Especially in the 305.
# is SPOT ON! We see the same artists in New Times over and over and over.It seems you have to be in with Carlos Suarez de Jesus to get any Art Press in Miami.
Its the same w/ the KNIGHT Grants. You have to be IN THE SYSTEM to get theclub benefits.
How many times when the Press mentions the Miami Music Scene it immediately equals = LoLo (SWEAT RECORDS)? Every Single Time
How many times do we have to hear about what Naomi Fisher does?
Mad props to them for doing their thing.
But they aren't the ONLY ONES doing their thing. But they are the onlyones that get the Focus, and thus the rewards for gaining that focus.
It's a vicious cycle.
I remember arriving @ the crack of dawn, waiting for hours for the Miami Work Of ArtAuditions (for Bravo) To watch Fredric Snitzer bring his "YOUNG HOT ARTISTS"through, they got to skip the entire process that everyone else had go through. Because of their connections they went straight in to the Producers.
Insider advantages happen in every system. We aren't stupid. It's just sad when you have to see it happen so obviously right in front of your face..
Miami's non-existent critical discourseAlfredo Triff / MIAMI BOURBAKI
yeah but, still the same artists ive seen a million times on the new times and everywhere else. big ups to them, but i suppose most people thought this was an opportunity for artists who dont already have plenty opportunity in their life already. Feels like Miami is afraid to pick anything new ... you only get a chance if you're well known in town and successful? i know there's a lot of talent here equally as good as the ones picked so i do agree to "VERY Diverse List" disappointing that there isnt a single new name on this list