While some galleries are on vacation and others are busy gearing up for a slew of September openings, this weekend's abridged version of the Second Saturday Art Walk beginning at 6 p.m. still has exhibits worth exploring.
Offerings include a conceptual artist's train station sign evoking travel and time, and another artist's sprawling light box installation the length of a locomotive that symbolically bridges the distance between Miami and Havana. There's also a young painter's musings on youthful emotion, inspired by everyday scenes of the mundane.
In short, despite the sweltering heat keeping almost everybody indoors during August, there are a few shows worth braving the furnace temperatures before the season slows to a simmer.
At the De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space (23 NE 41st St., Miami), George Sanchez-Calderon is composing a site-specific installation titled The Family of Man, a name taken from Edward Steichen's seminal 1955 photography exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art.
The artist, best known for creating large-scale projects that engage architecture and comment on the modern condition, is employing a tweaked Solari train station sign. He has created an environment inviting viewers to experience a matrix of destinations and timetables that transports them to the era when rail travel ruled the land. Call 305-576-6112 or visit delacruzcollection.org.
Downwind at Dot Fiftyone Gallery (51 NW 36th St., Miami), Sandra Ramos lifts viewers into rarefied air with her monumental light box installation of photos depicting the span of ocean separating Cuba and the United States.
Her solo show, "90 Miles: Living in the Vortex," takes its name from the core work comprising 12 photos the Cuban artist snapped from an airplane while flying between the two cities.
Curated by local art critic Janet Batet, Ramos's show tinkers with the possibility of overcoming a half-century of separation and the anguish it has caused families on both sides of the Florida Straits. The exhibition also features three animation videos addressing the obsession of escape at any cost. Call 305-573-9994 or visit dotfiftyone.com.
Black Square Gallery (2248 NW First Pl., Miami) is featuring "Twenty Eight," a solo exhibit by the youngest member of its stable, Jorge Chirinos Sanchez, whose quixotic part-figurative, part-abstract canvases are reminiscent of family album snapshots captured the moment before the photographer fumbles them.
The Miami painter's images depict pugilists sparring, couples embracing, and what appear to be drunken revelers. Darkly atmospheric, they exude a miasma of youthful longing and lost innocence. Call 305-424-5002 or visit blacksquaregallery.com.