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May's Wynwood Art Walk Guide: Household Chores and Playground Memories

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The month of May brings to mind bursts of spring, the birth of new life and possibilities in our minds. Though we try to savor the short season, it slips away quickly to make way for the languidness of summer. While those days bring travel and exploration to some, most of us find ourselves trapped in the house, thoughts restless as we tackle those chores we finally have the time to do.

In anticipation of those long, hot months, May’s second Saturday art walk finds several artists exploring that upcoming restlessness, creating new dialogues within those mundane activities and, in some shows, reiterating the magic of simplicity, nature, and change.

Here are our top picks for Wynwood’s May art walk showings — take them in while they last:

Housewife Diaries
As far as patriarchal tradition goes, we know who’s doing all that spring cleaning. Multimedia artist Patricia Schnall Guiterrez explores her obsession with those gender roles through "Housewife Diaries," an exhibition dedicated to issues surrounding the female condition. Inspired by the 1970 film Diary of a Mad Housewife, the artist combines sculptural objects, digital photography, and sound to reference household chores typically performed by women, from laundry to mopping to baking.
6th Street Container, 1155 SW Sixth St., Miami, 305-560-1150, 6thstreetcontainer.tumblr.com

Docile Domesticity
While Schnall Gutierrez highlights the duties of domestic life, Katie Stout showcases its softer side in "Docile/Domicile/Dandy." In her first Miami solo exhibition, the Brooklyn-based designer examines functional and not-so-functional objects in the home, pointing to the absurdity of “useful” furnishings. The softness of shag rugs and bean bags are transformed into the hardness of ceramic lamps and paper stools, giving angular structure to usually pliable objects. Some might recognize Stout’s touch from Ellen's Design Challenge, where she won the $100,000 prize back in March. 
Gallery Diet, 174 NW 23rd St., Miami, 305-571-2288, gallerydiet.com

Metalwork Playground
Get back to your innocent days with Andrew Levitas’ take on childhood, "Metalwork Playground." In his first solo exhibition in Miami, Levitas presents a new body of work incorporating handcrafted photo-sculptures using his patented Metalwork Photography process. Playing on our desire for simpler times in an ever-evolving landscape, Levitas brings sleek, stylized touches to symbols of youthful fun, from a gleaming chrome merry-go-round and swing set to an American flag-emblazoned seesaw.
Blueshift Project, 175 NW 25th St., Miami, 786-899-0405, blueshiftproject.com

To infinity and beyond
Dual exhibitions at Bakehouse take us through the journeys of creation and destruction. Taking the route of childlike wonder is sculptor and illustrator Mike Rivamonte, who guides us through the process of producing his first children’s book about two aliens, Marty and Otto in Joyride. The BAC will display Rivamonte’s early sketches and sculpture, the foundation for the final paintings depicting the cute creatures. In BAC’s Audrey Love Gallery, creation takes a more visceral, elemental form in the Andres Martinez and Gerbi Tsesarskaia show, "Rocking, Gently." Tsesarskaia’s technique imitates the powerful forces of nature, the erosion of structures to form new surfaces, as shown in her porcelain bowls. Martinez, meanwhile, explores the forces within us matching those of the environment. Using differing methods and materials, both artists examine the same search for balance amid chaos.
Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami, 305-576-2828, bacfl.org

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