Trash to Treasure

Most people find themselves attracted like moths to Charlotte Squire’s illuminating installations — and so will you. The British artist has an uncanny knack for creating atmospheric groupings. Specifically, she evokes social settings by employing reconfigured lamp shades and other lighting fixtures she salvages from London’s garbage heaps and thrift shops. Squire marks her Wynwood debut with the solo show “The Visitors” at Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts (2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami) at 6 p.m. during the Second Saturday Art Walk. In typical fashion, the exhibit infuses new life into discarded, secondhand materials of a distinctly domestic character. Her eye-catching assemblages invite you to ponder the nuances of homemade versus mass-produced goods. Through their subtle beauty and poetic nature, her works convey the aura of a human presence. At Lowenstein, you’ll also discover Uisuk Byeon’s intriguing solo exhibit “The Rhythm of Materiality,” in which the Korean-born, Boston-based talent uses unstretched canvas on wood panels to make a lasting impression. Byeon literally elevates his pieces. He places his materials front and center while collaborating with gravity to sweep paint across his surfaces. The result is a fluid imagery of cracked veneers suggestive of the inexorable lap of waves upon a seashore or the crackled mud of a dried-up river bed. Admission is free. Call 305-576-1804 or visit dlfinearts.com.
Sat., Feb. 8, 6-9 p.m., 2014

 
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