A compulsive fixation on an idea can lead some people to the asylum. But for the folks at Now Contemporary Art (175 NW 25th St., Miami), the neurotic impulse is fodder for an exhibit showcasing the banal nature of everyday living. “ ‘Obsession’ is a word that can have either a positive or negative connotation,” observes Pablo Dona, the edgy gallery’s director, who knows a thing or two about crazy creatives. During this weekend’s free Second Saturday Art Walk, beginning at 7 p.m., Now Contemporary will present “Timeless Matter,” a group show featuring the work of Colin Sherrell, Todd Pavlisko, Augusto Esquivel, Federico Uribe, and Magdalena Murua, all of whom explore the shelf life and transformation of mundane objects in schizzy artworks. “This is an exhibition that channels the energy of this psychological emotion into the use of everyday materials, such as pencils or comics. Through the familiarity of the materials used by the artist, each piece will take us to unknown places hidden in our emotions (obsessions) but at same time very familiar ones,” Dona explains. On view will be Pavlisko’s intricately detailed pieces employing plastic retail tag fasteners, while Uribe transports visitors to sensory-jarring rainbow landscapes elaborately rendered with architectural layers of color pencils. Don’t miss Esquivel’s installation Never Upon a Time, in which the artist unfolds the story of man’s maniacal conquest to conquer the heavens after realizing the sky was no longer the limit. Call 305-571-8181 or visit nowcontemporaryart.com.
Sat., Aug. 10, 7 p.m., 2013