Nickless and Hamather's project opens at 6 p.m. at Swampspace, a converted office building and auditorium in a neighborhood north of the Design District that has recently boasted some of South Florida's edgiest alternative spaces, such as Dimensions Variable, Locust Projects, and Bas Fisher Invitational. Those spaces have since left as big-brand retailers have moved in.
The modest gallery features a new exhibit every month. It is located in the front area of the building, which used to house a Christian family center. The operation has been open since 2008, but the current location is its second. A studio/workshop space is located in the rear, where Swampspace owner Oliver Sanchez creates his own work and has helped other local talent, including Typoe, Bhakti Baxter, Daniel Arsham, Bert Rodriguez, and the TM Sisters.
Nickless's silk shifts Eco Dress 1 and Eco Dress 2.
"La Maison du Désir/The House of Desire": Swampspace, 150 NE 42nd St., Miami; 305-710-8631; swampspace.blogspot.com. Opening reception 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, February 9. Through March 9. Open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.
The 53-year-old Sanchez cracks he will hand out cubic zirconia rings to the first dozen ladies who arrive at the show. "We are not part of the Design District's current status quo but are more a home for the avant-garde," he laughs. "But I do recognize that art and fashion are cousins."