In an early video, artist Mariko Mori stands in an airport. She wears a platinum Barbarella-style wig and a silver bodysuit with futuristic polythene pillow wings. Her mission: Save the Earth. Mori, as a techno-shamanic being, cradles a crystal sphere before touching it to her lips and lowering the ball to her pelvis. Part cyborg and part bodhisattva, her kaleidoscopic-eyed vixen is out to awaken spiritual consciousness by seducing you with her vision of cosmic bliss.
The tranced-out Mori is just one of the openings at Second Saturdays: Art Walk in Wynwood and the Design District at 7 p.m. this Saturday. World Class Boxing (170 NW 23rd St., Miami) will also show the haunting photographs of Anna Gaskell, who uses children's fables, ghost stories, and films as inspiration in a psychologically freighted tableau. Her work evokes images of Alice's tumble down the rabbit hole. Call 305-438-9908 or visit worldclassboxing.org.
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Upwind at Dot Fiftyone Gallery (51 NW 36th St., Miami), locals Leslie Gabaldon and María Cristina Carbonell aim to prove they can compete with the big girls in "Goody Two-Shoes" and "An Idyllic World." Gabaldon's edgy photos mine women's issues, while Carbonell weighs in with a series of paintings, sculptures, and videos exploring identity, intimacy, and being. Call 305-573-9994 or visit dotfiftyone.com.
Sat., March 13, 7 p.m., 2010