Thursday, February 16, 2012

Art of the Weekend

(photo courtesy of Ahol Sniffs Glue)

Mercenary Square
537 S.W. 12th Ave., Miami, 305-710-7642

Ahol Sniffs Glue: Full-Time features new work from the hard-working artist whose murals of repetitive drowsy eyes have been seen throughout Miami and his hometown of Hialeah. Ahol, who works two jobs, has created works that, according to Mercenary Square founder and art critic Carlos Suarez De Jesus,  "portray the veneer of our everyday surroundings and the dull, job-related conflicts often encountered in a dysfunctional workplace."

The show, which includes a multimedia installation by Ahol and Julian Yuri Rodriguez, examines "consumerism, mass media marketing strategies and the evaporating boundaries between highbrow and lowbrow culture" and "the performative nature of street mural painting within the office-like confines of a storefront in the migrant neighborhood."

Full Time will open with free cocktails from Don Abuelo Rum and DJ sets by Otto Von Bass Warrior, Mr. Feathers and Jose Bluejeans, from 7-11 p.m. Feb. 17 and runs through March 11. The after-party starts at 11 p.m. at Vagabond.

Misael Soto will dance his social anxiety away at 6th Street Container (photo courtesy of Soto)
6th Street Container Alternative Art Space
1155 S.W. Sixth St., Miami, 786-587-5279,

Rehearse/Perform is a collaborative exhibition in which Misael Soto and A.G. examine "notions of social interaction, participation and self-reflection within the context of contemporary art viewing, existing only for the duration of the opening reception." Within the boundaries of 6th Street Container, the pair of artists create contrasting spaces that "entice extroverted and introverted experiences."

A.G. will be doing doing something a little different inside the venue
 Outside, "A.G. attempts to infuse transcendental meaning into a repetitive physical action, within an environment that implies practice and elicits self-reflection. Typically the site for drinking, smoking, and social interactions outside of the gallery, the exterior space remains a location lacking verbal dialogue and the availability of vices." Meanwhile on the inside, Soto will be dancing and inviting everyone to do the same and engage with each other in what he refers to as "an exaggerated allusion to personal experiences of past opening receptions." The opening will take place 7-10 p.m. Feb. 17.

The Art Miami Pavilion
3101 N.E. First Ave., Miami, 520-529-1108,

Art Wynwood, a five-day contemporary fair featuring work from 70 local, national and international galleries,  runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 17-19 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 20. Free round-trip shuttle service to and from Miami Beach, Miami International Yacht and Brokerage Show and the downtown financial, residential and hotel districts of Miami will be available. Schedule will be posted at (Also see Bakehouse listing for their Feb. 18 Art Wynwood VIP event featuring a performance by ArtOfficial.)

George Woodman Nancy with a Green Leg 2005 24 x 20" Gelatin silver print with oil paint, unique image (photo courtesy of Gallery Diet)
Gallery Diet
174 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, 305-571-2288,

The Woodmans, a four-person exhibition featuring work by sculptor Betty Woodman, electronic artist Charlie Woodman, painter and sculptor George Woodman and late photographer Francesca Woodman, opens 6-9 p.m. Feb. 17 and runs through March 31.

Fredric Snitzer Gallery
2247 N.W. First Place, Miami, 305-448-8976,

Michael Vasquez: Rites of Passage is an installation-based exhibition in which the artist "recreates the danger and allure of a neighborhood street gang through the perspective of a growing boy who lacks a father figure." The show opens 6-9 p.m. Feb. 17 (After-party is 10:30 to 1:30 a.m. with DJ Turk  at Ricochet, 3250 N.E. First Ave., Miami) and runs through March 17.

Island City Art Walk
Wilton Drive area, between Sunrise Boulevard and Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, 954-547-9014,

Island City Art Walk is a chance to check out the work of more that 40 artists while touring art studios and exploring area stores, cafes and restaurants, 7-10 p.m. Feb. 17.

Rossetti Fine Art Gallery
132 S.W. 15th St., Pompano Beach, 954-247-9580,

Best of the Best II, a group show of Rossetti's 2011 best-in-show winners, will include Joan Sonnenberg, Tyler Smith, Alyssa Ligmont, Diane Lublinski, Jerome Glickman, Bernice Harwood, Franklin Sinanan and Jane McIntyre. The show runs through March 8, with an opening reception 7-10 p.m. Feb. 17.


Pompano Beach Civic Center's Emma Lous Olson Center
1801 N. Sixth Street, Pompano Beach,,

City Wide Market: A Community Flea Market Event, is billed as a "monthly garage sale, flea market, vintage and local product fair" with a party atmosphere. The event, which will include food, drinks and coffee, features vendors selling vintage items, collectibles and locally made crafts. The market, which will include goodie bags for the first 100 visitors, runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18.

Deering Estate will be home to Wedding Crashers
Deering Estate
6701 S.W. 72nd Ave., Miami, 305-235-1668,

Wedding Crashers is an exhibition in which curator Ralph Provisero invited a dozen South Florida arists to install and perform one-night-only works around Deering Estate. As he explains in a statement about the show, "With the Deering Estate being such a popular wedding destination, these art installations, though curated for the spaces they occupy, are wedding crashers - uninvited witnesses that nonetheless embody a presence as fantastical as their surroundings."

The  artists include Rene Barge, Bhakti Baxter, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle,
Robert Chambers, Clifton Childree, William Cordova, Jason Hedges, Michael Loveland, Cheryl Pope, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, Frances Trombly
and Wendy Wischer.

Christina Pettersson's "Desdemona Sleeping Beside Death" (photo courtesy of the artist)
Opening in conjunction with Wedding Crashers is SoBay Festival, a show in which Deering Estate and Legal Art Miami join forces for a show, curated By Dominique Breard, that features work from the Deering Estate and Legal Art's  resident artist programs. The artists will scope out spots in Deering Estate's Richmond Cottage and the Stone House to create site-specific installations that "generate a fresh dialogue about the history and background of Deering Estate."

The shows, which will run 6:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 18 at Deering Estate, will be curated by Provisero  (outdoor) and Dominique Breard (indoor) and include works by Deering Estate artists (Aurora Molina, Deena Blazejack, Lucas Blanco, Bernadette Denoux, Christina Pettersson, Lucinda Linderman, Thomas Daniel and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony) and Legal Art artists (Pachi Giustinian, Jiae Hwang, Manny Prieres, TM Sisters, Brookhart Jonquil, Justin Broadbent and Julia Blaukopf).

Highlights will include Excess and Extravagance, a performance by Linderman, a food performance by Hedges called Vertical Spits, and Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez's installation, Agua Florida, Free-Swimming Fish.

While the opening is the only time visitors can see the performances, the works from both exhibitions will remain on exhibit through March 12.

Bakehouse Art Complex
561 N.W. 32nd St., Miami, 305-576-2828,

Art Wynwood VIP event in which guests can tour the studios of 65 artists, sip cocktails from Mandarine Napoléon, dine at the food trucks a enjoy a night of DJs and a performance by Miami hip-hop group ArtOfficial, starts at 7 p.m. Feb. 18. Cost: free for Art Wynwood VIP cardholders, $10 for everyone else.

1310 Gallery
1310 Middle St., Fort Lauderdale, 305-975-6262,

Love Thy Neighbor,
Sailboat Bend Artist Loft's first group exhibition featuring only resident artists will feature art and a performance by resident singer Dana Dellacamera of Nakedown. Artists will include Andy C Trejo, Barry Carmichael, Chris Polzer, Christine Velez Stone, Claudia Polzer, Cynthia Nichols, Diego Romero, Jeremiah Jenner, Josafat Miranda, Kerry Beasley, Laqui, Lisa Rockford, Louis Davis, Nerissa Street, Nicole Kent, Niki Lopez, Nzingah Oniwosan, Phillip Curtis, Rory Carracino, Simone de Bernard Mas, Sonia Baez-Hernandez and Yudelka Tavera. The show will open 7-11 p.m. Feb. 18 and run through the closing reception 7-11 p.m. March 3. An open house with live music will be held in conjunction with Sailboat Bend's Civic Association Walking Tour from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 26.

Bird Road Art Walk
Just off the Palmetto Expressway between Bird Road and S.W. 48th Street, Miami, 305-476-6819,

Bird Road Art Walk runs 7-10 p.m. Feb. 18 and the third Saturday of each month will feature a free shuttle to shows at 3rd Door Art Project (which will present the works of its nine resident artists), Abuela Art Gallery, Aperture Studios, Luisa Mesa Artspace, The Yellow Canopy and more than two dozen other art spaces. 

Miami Art Museum
101 W. Flagler St., Miami, 305-375-1704,

Focus: Marcel Duchamp is an exhibition featuring Miami Art Museum's edition of the French artist's "Box in a Suitcase" and art from the collection of John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. As the museum explains in its press release, "Box in a Suitcase" was "conceived in 1941 on the eve of Duchamp’s departure from Europe to the US, it serves as a portable, miniature retrospective of his own work. With a characteristic attitude of detached irony, the self-exiled artist thus cast himself in the role of traveling salesman, transporting revolutionary ideas rather than housewares – not from door to door but from one continent to another. Surrounded by full-scale examples of Duchamp’s famous ready-mades as well as a rare early painting, "Box in a Suitcase" functions in this context as an exhibition within an exhibition." The show runs through March 18 in the museum's Focus Gallery, and David Joselit, author of Infinite Regress: Marcel Duchamp 1910-1941, will discuss Duchamp's work at 2 p.m. Feb. 18.

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