Splendid Art at EdgeZones, Not So Splendid

Elvis Ramirez
Art goers take in an installation at EdgeZones during Art Basel 2007.

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With the plethora of Art Basel events going on this past weekend, there was no way to catch all of it. In fact, I’m willing to bet that a lot of the smaller events were overlooked.

EdgeZones Contemporary Art Fair, 2214 North Miami Ave, was one of these small events. However, the event was nothing out of the ordinary.

Girls clad in red dresses were handing out free Amstel Light. Though beer is nowhere near my specialty, I would think they would want to give away something other than a light beer.

I’m not really an art buff, or an art anything for that matter, but I enjoyed all of the works on display, but I wasn’t necessarily blown away.

One piece by Maricel Ruiz struck me. From far away, the work looks like a bunch of squiggly lines on a big piece of paper. Up close, it looks like a bunch of squiggly lines on paper. Look closer and you’ll be able to tell that these lines form a shape, and not only a shape but a pretty well defined sketch. My favorite was one entitled “The Shepherd.” It depicted a big-headed, cartoon-looking shepherd with one sheep. I just thought it looked great.

Videos featuring people walking across busy city streets, people dancing at a carnival, and something that looked like an artsy version of an iPod commercial were projected on the walls right near the entrance.

As I walked by a set of alarm clocks hanging from the ceiling like a bunch of bananas and ringing off the hook at different time intervals, a piece by artist Genevieve Steel, I passed a long line. It wasn’t for some big art piece it was for the bar.

People lounged around outside, some glanced at the art and almost everyone had a beer in hand (to give people the benefit of the doubt, the beer was free). The event seemed like a social gathering at someone’s house, the art was just a backdrop. It was still a relaxed event, but it’s not something that would be recommended if you wanted a high class art event. Which begs the question is high class art really better? But that’s something that I’m not about to get into.

The event was advertised as a video art event, but the real draw were the paintings, photographs, and sculptures. In fact, I could count the amount of videos on display on one hand, if there were more they must have been hidden in a corner somewhere.

The event would have been a good stop, but not something to spend the entire night at. A lot of the work was interesting, and none of the art was too risque, but it felt as if it was lacking something. To its credit it was a welcoming and relaxed experience, but some times that’s not enough, especially when there are so many other things going on. -- Elvis Ramirez

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