Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes is a chameleon-like master of blending into her surroundings. The photographer explores issues of migration or relocation in her eye-popping oeuvre, creating what she calls “photo performances” in which she employs makeup and body paint to transform herself into part of the flora, fauna, or celestial landscapes of her paintings.
Beginning at 7 p.m. during this month’s Second Saturday Art Walk, her exhibit “A Veces Me Asaltan las Dudas Celestes,” on view at the Diana Lowenstein Gallery (2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami), Paredes offers her body as a container for viewers’ projected fantasies.
The gallery is also featuring Caroline Lathan-Stiefel’s “Lagan,” a word that describes ocean wreckage attached to a buoy so it can be recovered. Lathan-Stiefel is known for creating monumental, room-engulfing installations using sundry items such as pipe cleaners, plastic shopping bags, fabric, straight pins, yarn, wire, and lead weights. Her colorful creations are designed to physically interact with the viewers navigating them. For her exhibit, spectators will be transformed into sweeping ocean vistas, suggesting the sea wreckage of her show’s title and uncanny marine biology life forms.
Sat., Nov. 10, 6 p.m., 2012