Art has never been confined to canvas alone. Just ask those brave souls who first painted on cave walls, or the guys who designed those street chickens on Calle Ocho. (Oh yeah, they are in the same category, for sure.)
Art happens wherever it wants. That's one of the main forces behind the second annual Analog Art showcase happening Saturday at Yo Space in Little Haiti. Using vinyl records as their canvases, over 40 artists are expected to present their best work.
Yuval Ofir is one of the event's organizers. He first got involved with the event last year when it was held at Sweat Records.
"I had developed a relationship with the graffiti artist known as WHUT over the years, and he'd shown his work, which featured sticker and comic book collages on records, in a few of our monthly Average Joe Art Sales," said Ofir, the force behind arts networking group Yo Miami. "Eventually he came to me with the idea of putting a show together featuring exclusively artworks created on vinyl, and I immediately thought it was a great idea and that we had to try and get Sweat Records on board."
Artists like ATOMIK, Luis Berros, Trek6, Bad Panda, Chy Tea Shoulin, Ivan Roque, Kazilla, Reiner Gamboa, Lorie Setton showed off their work, which could be purchased. After a great success at last year's Sweat Records event, Ofir offered to host it a few blocks north in the larger venue, so more people could come.
There will be some other artists in attendance who are sure to make an impression for the potential buyer.
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"Two of my favorites between this year and last year have come from the artist Robert Jimenez," Ofir said. "He does monkey versions of the singers on the records, and they're so well done people think it's the original cover art most times. Last year he did Englebert Humperchimp (which I ended up buying myself), and this year it's Simian and Garfunkel."
While art can be purchased, the event is free and includes live music from Monkey Punch and George Spits of Llamabeats. Food and drink is also being provided by the Ms. Cheezious food truck. Doors open at 7 p.m. and close at 10 p.m. Visit yo-miami.com.
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