Second Saturdays Art Walk Guide: Hologram Transformers and Kitty Rayguns
Unfortunately, day jobs don't schedule in recess (unless you work at Google). But you can release all that pent-up energy each month at the Second Saturdays Art Walk. Tomorrow, from 7 to 10 p.m., you can run around the streets of Wynwood and the Design District, high-fiving friends and playing musical galleries. Instead of hopscotch, there'll be free booze to get you giddy. It's not just about stretching your femurs and social networks, though. There's also the night's raison d'être: the art.
While a lot of the galleries are riding out the end of the exhibits they opened for the Basel freaks, a few have fresh finds. Here are six to check out, including Detroit-inspired hologram Transformers, gold vomit in video works, and kitty raygun paper art all the way from China. Happy wandering.
Chris Dean: Detroit is perhaps the only U.S. city traveling backward in time. Once a bastion of industry, it's now a place where trees grow in abandoned buildings and the diminishing population has returned to farming and raising livestock despite city ordinances. Artist Chris Dean examines his hometown's unique state through impressive lenticular (hologram-like) images of the blighted city juxtaposed with Technicolor silhouettes of the future. See Dean's "Transylvania" at Harold Golen Gallery, where the band Gold Dust Lounge will perform during the art walk. Harold Golen Gallery, 2294 NW Second Ave., Miami. Visit haroldgolengallery.com.
Cristina Molina: Miami artist Cristina Molina, now a MFA student at the University of Florida's Art + Technology program, has her video exhibition, "Helium Hum," up at Nina Torres Fine Art. Her videos were voted Audience Favorite at MOCA's Optic Nerve XI and Best in Show at the Frost Art Museum. Plus, in one of her videos, someone pukes gold, and you know we can get down with gilded vomit. Nina Torres Fine Art, 2033 NW 1st Pl., Miami. Visit ninatorresfineart.com.
"纸 (zhǐ) - Paper": Director of the International Chinese Fine Arts Council, Inez Suen, has curated a group exhibition of work on paper from four emerging artists from Hangzhou, China. This will be the artists' (Guo Tiantian, Qi Yuan, Su Xianpan and Zheng Tianming) first U.S. exhibit. Is this a sea change for the galley known for pop portraits and street art? Oh wait, there's kitty rayguns. Butter Gallery, 2303 NW Second Ave., Miami. Visit buttergallery.com
Carol Prusa's Portal
Courtesy Bernice Steinbaum Gallery
Carol Prusa: In "Domus: Home," artist Carol Prusa deals in ideas of origin, mysticism, and sacredness. She attempts to make these heady ideas more conceivable via intricate domes that range from a few inches to five feet in diameter. Using silverpoint drawing and graphite, each dome is intricately adorned. In some, video and fiber optics take this play with dimensionality one step further. But we think the domes' boob-like shape flashes us back to the comforting chests of our mamas. Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, 3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Call bernicesteinbaumgallery.com.
From Marie Lorenz's Early Boatmaking Projects
Marie Lorenz: "Waverunner XV; Indices and Abstraction" is an exhibition by Brooklyn artist Marie Lorenz. She creates video and paper-based works exploring the narratives of urban waterways. For this Miami-specific exhibit, she built a ramp to take into Biscayne Bay and then filmed how it interplayed with a jet ski. You can tell which gallery it's in by the jet ski pump diagram in the front window. Arrive early for a conversation with Lorenz at 6 p.m. Locust Projects, 155 NE 38th St., Suite 100, Miami. Visit locustprojects.org.
Mariano Costa Peuser's Financial Bike
"Toys Art Us" and "Peregrinos": Curator's Voice Projects has two worthy exhibits curated by Milagros Bello. "Toys Art Us" continues in the tradition of Jeff Koons, showing 25 contemporary artists dealing with youth and play. Mariano Costa Peuser molds a bicycle out of dollar bills that leaves a trail of greenbacks under its tires. "Peregrinos (Pilgrims)" consists of photographs from Cuba-born/Paris-living art duo Atelier Morales, who recontextualize icons such as Lady Di and Charlie Chaplin as well as our collective memories of their lives and deaths. Curator's Voice Projects, 2509 NW Second Ave., Miami. Visit curatorsvoiceartprojects.com.
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