Verge Art Miami Beach Brings Sock Puppet Stalagmites and Even More Glitter to SoBe

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Those passing by the Greenview Hotel this weekend might be alerted to the art show inside by the fact that there's a bed cloaked in silver glitter sitting on the little outdoor patio. Then again, with all the deliciously nutty sights Art Basel brings to our sunny little town (including huge inflatable pastel Peeps and a 55-foot abstract lighthouse at South Pointe Park), pedestrians may be desensitized to the oddity of outdoor metallic linens. Better rely on this blog post instead.

Verge Art Miami Beach brings the works of emerging artists (mostly from Chicago and New York) to Miami Beach for Basel and to the BK as well for a show called Art Brooklyn. As a first look at the hotel takeover art show, the typical old school South Beach lobby of the Greenview is dressed up with some richly textured knitted sock creatures that reach upwards from the floor and extend downward from the ceiling, like huggable stalagmites and stalactites made from the discarded remains of Raggedy Anne and Andy. Very Fraggle Rock. 

There's an art video projecting on the lobby wall narrated by a creepy didactic voice giving sketchy instructions on how to improve your relationships with others. On a table, there's a bottle of Blood Sweat and Tears for the sampling: an eau de toilette as art. 

The hallway behind the front desk is covered in paintings and mixed media works, but it's hard to appreciate the work because the corridor is so narrow, you're forced to stare at each piece with your face nearly pressed up against it. 

The hotel room exhibits offer a better experience, and you often have the privilege (or the obligation, depending on how much you like people) of meeting the artists and perhaps even getting an alternative tarot card reading from one. Here are some highlights:
Here's some of Klaus Enrique Gerdes' art photography.
The above artist's bio is almost as interesting as his work. He grew up in Mexico City, studied genetics at the University of Nottingham, England, got an MBA from Columbia in New York, and served as an IT consultant before something snapped and he finally turned to photography, studying at Parsons and the School of Visual Arts. 

Artist Edouard Steinhauer explained to us that, in a Haitian tradition, there were intentions bottled inside the little bird-like figures on the windowsill near his right shoulder.

These portraits looked like a spooky large-scale locket.

Artist Eliza Stamps makes her own intuitive tarot card decks and gives readings based on her own impulses. Ours was impressively accurate.

Two full rooms were dedicated to this bright art by oil painter L. Byrne.

Word-centric glitter artist Camomile Hixon's room sparkled. Even the bathroom was decked out.

Verge Art Miami Beach is open at the Greenview Hotel December 1 to 3, 12 to 8 p.m., and December 4, 12 to 6 p.m. 

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