Humberto Calzada: Humberto Calzada's work is skillful and bright. His architectonic subject matter is sedate, even nostalgic; his sober white interior geometric vistas, adorned with stained-glass arches and flooded with water, have become mainstream. Beyond that, Calzada clearly creates a more complex, Escher-like space with stairs folding in on themselves and mock walls supporting nothing but air. If non-Euclidean spaces are easy prey for chaos, then Calzada's seeming paradox of ageless ruins built around four elements -- the column, stained glass, water, and light -- is not so much about the space's visual ease as much as the possible anxiety of being too comfortable within it. This exhibit shows a lighter side of Calzada, but he certainly has the capability to stir greater emotion. Let's hope for more of that soon. -- Alfredo Triff Through October 3. The Americas Collection, 2440 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-446-5578.
New Art 2005: Works by recipients of the South Florida Cultural Consortium's coveted annual arts fellowship are on display at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art. Some deserving Miami-Dade artists are among them, including Charo Oquet, whose usually dynamic assemblages appear more diminished as objects titled Anointments. Featuring stacked wooden blocks and severed mannequin heads and limbs, they can't avoid referencing Louise Bourgeois. Thomas Nolan's sculptures work best when, with a single smudge or drop of paint, they seem to capture infinity -- as when he speckles black vinyl chair-backs, creating the illusion of a starry white cosmos. Geoffrey Thomas's digital video works incorporate sequential storyboards that explore the anomie of an individual being evaluated by a system. -- Michelle Weinberg Through November 6. Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art. One E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-5500.
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