The Coral Gables Art Museum was transformed into the ultimate party venue for New Times' annual Artopia. The gathering — arguably one of the biggest art parties of the year — saw more than a thousand attendees, and by the end of the night, the three MasterMind Award winners had been announced.
New Times' editor-in-chief Chuck Strouse took center stage alongside the MC for the evening (and previous MasterMind winner), Otto Von Schirach, to present street artist Magnus Sodamin, performance duo Juleisy and Karla, and video jockey Jason Boogie with nice, fat $1,000 checks.
All ten of the finalists had the opportunity to display their work at the museum, and guests were enticed by each installation — from the psychedelic collaboration between winner Sodamin and finalist Marissa Alma Nick to Juleisy y Karla's quinceañera dance number.
Magnus Sodamin is completely enthralled by nature. He finds inspiration in his surrounding environment and uses the elements to influence his selection of colors for his large-scale murals. The artist recently contributed to the artistic face-lift around Wynwood, having painted the Wynwood Walls during Art Basel Miami Beach 2015. His drip work can also be seen on the new Wynwood Block building on the corner of NW Second Avenue and 27th Street. New Times is honored to contribute to the development of Sodamin's work.
Performance artists Giovanni Profera and his other half, Josue Garcia, make up the entertaining duo Juleisy y Karla. As one of our MasterMind judges aptly described the pair, they "perfectly embody everything Miami." The bearded men dress as their female alter egos and put on a show that's bound to have you bend over laughing. Comedy is their aim, but the two also know how to put on one helluva show. New Times believes in the advancement of the artistic movement Juleisy y Karla are ushering through Miami.
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Remember that insanely impressive archway entrance at III Points last year? You have Jason Boogie to thank for it. The resident VJ for Bardot, Krisp, and Nightdrive Miami specializes in projection mapping and is always experimenting with ways to use lighting. If the 18-year-old punk-rock Boogie saw the now-35-year-old working artist, he would simply not recognize himself. New Times feels fortunate to support Boogie in his avant-garde endeavors.
Congratulations, again, to all of our winners and finalists.