marking time: moving images: Science, technology, and the speed with which we communicate today have altered modern-day perception of reality. The world is so much more accessible nowadays that time has become a fluid medium flashing back and forth -- as if we were living inside a movie. Curated by Lorie Mertes, MAM's new show (of mostly videos) centers on internalized time and showcases the works of ten artists, including Janine Antoni, Miguel Angel Rios, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Dara Friedman, and Ann Hamilton. Take home a Gonzalez-Torres piece, talk into Ann Hamilton's installation, or simply enjoy Friedman's offbeat sequences of people making out. Don't miss Paul Pfieffer's metaphysical video concerned with light and color. It will make you feel -- if German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was right about the power of art -- as though you're the sole survivor of a universal flood. -- Alfredo Triff Through September 11. Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-3000.
Megumi Fukusawa: Mosaic: Miami art mavens should check out Amedama Gallery, located on the fast-developing stretch of 79th Street east of Biscayne Boulevard. Director Ken Konomi has created an inviting, intimate space equipped with a deck and a bamboo-lined Zen garden out back. The gallery's program concentrates on emerging and established Japanese artists. The current exhibition of acrylic paintings by Megumi Fukusawa showcases highly stylized depictions of bubbly, erotic female figures. Fukusawa said her work protests social taboos concerning bisexuality, though the sexuality she promotes appears childlike, bland, and trite. Her use of flat patterns and pastel colors links her work to the cheerful appropriation of the popular anime and manga. Her prolific production resembles Takashi Murakami as well as American pop artist John Wesley. -- Michelle Weinberg Ongoing. Amedama Gallery, 811 NE 79th St., Miami; 305-759-0229.
Trading Places: To create temporary studios for artists Kim Brown, Maria Martinez-Cañas, Frances Trombly, and Salvatore La Rosa, the Museum of Contemporary Art partitioned off its exhibition hall, trying to provide the four artists with more space in which to freely develop new projects. Artist participation in "Trading Places" is its sole unifying factor, because the artworks/installations are otherwise disparate enough to warrant separate exhibitions. Cañas's photographs show a variety of objects that at first seem but vague images. It's only after examining them within the context of the studio that the shapes become identifiable. This interdependency between process and product is one of the driving forces behind the concept from which "Trading Places" was derived. La Rosa's makeshift studio is the strongest of the entire show. His works are rich and multilayered. -- K. Lee Sohn. Through September 4. MoCA, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; 305-893-6211.
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