Second Saturday Art Walk Guide: July's Six Best Picks

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Lost Boys

Think of forgotten Florida, and those old mementos discovered in grandma's attic -- like a Weeki Wachee mermaid photo or a carved coconut head -- likely come to mind. But in this two-person exhibit featuring the work of Miami artists Dogan Arslanoglu and Johnny Laderer, fading memories of the Sunshine State are the thematic engine fueling the show. Don't expect to find a flamingo figurine or an alligator ashtray here. Instead, Arslanoglu's photography and Laderer's sculpture function as conceptual souvenirs, marking a personal experience while articulating a nostalgia for Florida as it once was, as it can be, and as it is for the outsider.

David Castillo Gallery, 2234 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-573-8110; Opening reception 7 to 11 p.m.

The Haunted Land

Midcareer Italian artists Dacia Manto and Patrizia Giambi are scaring up a shotgun wedding between nature and the mechanical to mark their South Florida debut. On view is a collection of mixed-media drawings and photo-based collages, not to mention some installations and videos in an intriguing exhibit organized by Black Square Gallery's director, Anna Milashevych, and Italian curator Sabrina Benvenuti. They say Manto and Giambi are exploring an indefinable space, both internal and external, to jolt viewers into confronting the unknown.

Black Square Gallery, 2248 NW First Pl., Miami; 305-424-5002; Open noon to 9 p.m.

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