Architecture Meets Art

There’s no denying Miami is in the midst of transforming into a sleek and sexy model of a 21st-century global city, attracting both international architects and artists excited to play a part in its evolution. For Berlin-based artist Leonor Antunes, the Magic City has come to represent the ideal conceptual playground for a globetrotting project in which the artist visits a specific geographic location, studies its history, and creates site-specific installations employing unexpected materials to reflect her research. Antunes’ works typically reference modernist legacies, precise geometric forms, and the furniture and buildings of lesser-known designers and architects of the early 20th Century. She also concentrates on hand-crafted sophistication, paying close attention to materials and techniques that reflect the distinct places in which she works, especially her native Portugal. Combining materials as disparate as cork, leather, nets, and brass ropes with a nod to mathematics, measurement, and the beauty of specific scales and proportions, Antunes’ subtle yet attention-commanding works both mirror and recontextualize the sites where they are placed. After visiting Miami several times to research the city’s architecture and design history, Antunes will unveil her 305-centric opus Thursday at 7 p.m. at Pérez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). She will discuss how Miami has cast a beguiling spell on her imagination.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Aug. 21. Continues through Feb. 1, 2014