This weekend, from 7 to 11 p.m., the Second Saturday Art Walk delivers a steaming dose of culture to get those juices flowing with plenty of free booze on tap to make for the perfect cheap date during the Valentine weekend. Discover Peruvian portraits aping Renaissance masterpieces by the likes of Da Vinci, pictures of slumbering soldiers by an Oscar nominee, snaps of grizzled misfits, and photos of women on the verge posing in their drab digs.
There are also shows teeming with marine animal and plant life and others dealing with the inexorable tides of time. There is even a boozy blowout at Miguel Paredes's fresh-squeezed joint where you can treat those peepers to a whopping 3-D indoor mural of a Big Apple street scene. Paredes is popping the cork on his sprawling space and regaling his public with enough free grog to float the Titanic, live music, grub and desert. Here are our picks for what to see.
Francie Bishop Good makes her solo debut at the David Castillo Gallery where her latest series of works, shot during visits to various women's recovery centers and domestic settings across the U.S., explore the emotions of her subjects and examines the worlds they inhabit. Her portraits in "Lost/Found" oscillate between quiet moments of contemplation or angst-addled desperation and open a window into environments where faded wallpaper, weatherworn rooms, and stark living rooms provide a gritty backdrop. David Castillo Gallery 2234 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami. Call 305-573-8110 or visit davidcastillogallery.com.
"Time/Behind the Vision," at Praxis, navigates the turbulent waters between personal interpretations of time versus constant measurements of the present. It features works by Mathieu Asselin, Monika Bravo, Gabriela Golder, Luis Mallo, Maritza Molina, and Guerra de la Paz. Praxis International Art 2219 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, Call 305-573-2900 or visit praxis-art.com.
"This Time in America: Part 1," co-curated by Brenda Ann Kenneally, showcases photographers who have trained their lenses on our nation and includes works by Kenneally herself, as well as Juliana Beasley, Nina Berman, Sean Hemmerle, Tim Hetherington, Gillian Laub, Randal Levenson, and Emily Schiffer. For those who missed Gallery I/D's sensational show, the space is offering its last call.
Make sure to check out Hetherington's series of sleeping soldiers captured during his 15 months in the hell-hole war zone of Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. A frequent contributor to Vanity Fair, Hetherington just earned an Oscar nod for his provocative documentary Restrepo, created with Sebastian Junger. Also on view at this seamless exhibit are portraits of average Americans such as destitute social outcasts, cowpokes and urbanites, and jagged-toothed barflies. There's even a searing look into the world of strippers. Gallery I/D 2531 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami. Call305-778-4568 or visit galleryid.com.
Roberto Huarcaya presents two series of recent work at the Dina Mitrani Gallery that are making their stateside debut. The award-winning Peruvian photographer participated in the sixth Havana Biennial in 1997 and 49th Venice Biennial in 2001. Huarcaya is showing portraits based on famous paintings by Da Vinci, Bosch, and other masters of the Renaissance that have a distinct, modern flair. Huarcaya will also be represented by large-format panoramic seascapes, one of which snagged him a Petrobas Award in Buenos Aires recently. Dina Mitrani Gallery 2620 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami. Call 305-786-486-7248 or visit dinamitranigallery.com.
Voyage on Uncanny Seas," curated by science wiz Mark Dion, boasts nearly a dozen artists exploring the mega-biodiversity of strange animal and plant life discovered after a recent decade-long Census of Marine Life. The milestone survey of Planet Ocean was undertaken by scientist from 80 nations. The catastrophic effect of the BP oil spill that threatens our environment also inspires many of the works on view. Gallery Diet 174 NW 23rd Street, Miami. Call 305-571-2288 or visit gallerydiet.com.
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Miguel Paredes: If you think size doesn't matter, drop by and listen to a testimonial on the topic by the neighborhood's self-proclaimed pope of pop. Since opening his Wynwood studio-cum-gallery in June of last year, it seems Miguel Paredes has become a bit of an inch freak. No longer satisfied with his former 1,700 square-foot space, the urban realist has beefed up his operation and is busting out new digs around the corner from his former place.
At 5,500 square-feet, this edition is three times the size of the old space and gives the impression the artist basted his old joint with penis-extension cream. That's a whopping growth of almost 46,000 inches in just a few months. His freshly squeezed package is massive enough to flex a Mack truck-sized special effects mural he created with Antonio Marion, who owns a Big Apple theater production company, and Jeff Vaughn, who specializes in 3D projections. Paredes Fine Arts Studio 173 NW 23rd Street, Miami. Visit miguelparedes.com.