|Juan Carlos Bravo's "More" will be on exhibit at All American, his solo exhibition at 1310 Gallery. (Photo courtesy of the artist)|
1310 Middle St., Fort Lauderdale, 305-975-6262, Sailboatbendartists.com
Imaginary Friends, an event featuring three solo exhibitions by contemporary artists JC Bravo, Ben Morey and Paul Caprio, each on its own level of the gallery. Bravo's All American will feature his signature cabezone characters in an exploration of Americanism through pop culture. The cabezones are large-headed stubborn little creatures whose vulnerabilities shine through. His exhibition is designed to pose questions about "abundance, violence, sexuality and self-acceptance."
Morey's TV-PG features four years worth of drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos and installation that Morey made in response to "social tension, self-medication and existential frustrations." His subjects, according to a press release from Gallery 1310, "evoke the playfulness of children’s toys and the over-the-top aesthetic of retro television and psychedelia, drizzling an unnervingly cheerful sugarcoating over the tension of each image and installation."
Caprio's Other World features ink drawings with the sort of details that pulls you into the picture and holds you hostage in a world that you cannot help but explore. As he put it in his blog, "I thoroughly enjoy the process of creation and heavy embellishment, not only because it challenges me as an artist, but also because I want these details to strengthen the artwork and push it to pass beyond the bounds of a simple fantasy element and into the realm of a believable and fully functional entity in its own. Nothing is off limits."
All three shows run through the closing reception, 7-10 p.m. April 13. You can check out my slide show of the opening on Flickr or read my story on the exhibition in the Sun-Sentinel.
117 N.E. Second St., Fort Lauderdale (Hours are 1-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday), 954-828-9151, Girlsclubcollection.org
Artists in Action! is a series of monthly Friday artists talks (7 p.m.) followed by Saturday workshops (1 p.m.) The next will feature Peggy Levison Nolan (April 13-14). Admission is $30. Call or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
|Virginia Erdie will exhibit her paintings and fine art furniture in Ribbons of Time at Studio 18 (Photo courtesy of the artist)|
1101 Poinciana Drive, Pembroke Pines, 954-961-6067, Ppines.com/studio18
Ribbons of Time featuring works by Studio 18 Artists including Beth Amato, William Bock, Maria Weider, Kitte Arnold, Eric Jean-Louis, Glenda Brafman, Joy Staelens, Larry Joe Miller, Marie Weider and Virginia Erdie, opens 7-9 p.m. April 13 and runs through May 25, with an artists salon 7-9 p.m. May 4. You can read Arterpillar's story about artist Virginia Erdie in Sun-Sentinel's Lifestyle section.
The Art Place
2722 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 786-709-1842, Theartplacewynwood.wordpress.com
2 Expressionists, an exhibition of paintings selected by Diane Camber, independent curator and director emerita of Bass Museum of Art, will feature works by Horst Kohlem and Danilo Gonzalez. The event opens with a VIP reception featuring music and wine on 6-10 p.m. April 13 and will also be open during Second Saturday Art Walk on April 14.
Bakehouse Art Complex
561 N.W. 32nd St., Miami, 305-576-2628, Bacfl.org
Second Friday@BAC, the center's monthly open house, is a great time to view
Recently Acquired featuring works by artists who have joined the Bakehouse during the last year. Exhibiting artists include Joanna Brussow, Toa Castellanos, Marcelo Daldoce, Silvana D’Mikos, Marina Font, Michael Gellatly, Judith Berk King, Andres Martinez, Carolina Rojas, Paul Saint Laurent and Jose Vasquez-Figueroa. Also on exhibit is This & That, a Swenson Gallery exhibition featuring artists who created an edition of 20 prints and in turn received 15 prints in an archival portfolio from other artists. The exchange will be exhibited at the Bakehouse through April, and five sets will be donated to the BAC and Art Center/ South Florida. The Second Friday event, held 7-10 p.m. April 13, will feature music by the Sunshine Stompers, drinks by Mandarin Napoleon and free parking.
|Untitled-Construction, Lolo Soldevilla's 1956 mixed-media painting, is on loan for Restage at The Nightclub. (Photo curtesy of The Nightclub)|
901 NE 40th St., Miami, 305-299-6155, 801projects.com
Restage, curated by Angela Valella, is the first of a series of monthly one-night events by The Nightclub, an art collaboration in which ideas are exchanged and discussed. Untitled-Construction, Lolo Soldevilla's 1956 mixed-media painting that is on loan for the exhibition, was revealed to each of the 14 exhibiting artists as the exhibition's origin. The artists include A.G. Viva, Adler Guerrier, Adrián Soca, Alonso Mateo, Bhakti Baxter, Carlos Rigau, Christopher Culver, Consuelo Castañeda, Ernesto Oroza, Gladys Triana, Loló Soldevilla, Loriel Beltrán, Marcos Valella, Misael Soto and Stephanie Lupu. The three-hour event starts at 6 p.m. April 13 with a conversation with the artists and continues from 7-11 p.m.
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