|My recommendations for Second Saturday Art Walk: Go early. Stop for coffee.|
I may add a few more events later ... Even now I'm getting more e-mails about May 12. But we do have to draw the line somewhere. Having gone there early on a few of the recent Art Walks, I can honestly say I really recommend doing that. Parking is easier and there are plenty of places open. Also, you can view the art without a lot of people standing in front of it, and stop for a drink or a bite without much of a wait.
The whole experience just feels more leisurely and is a perfect Saturday afternoon sort of thing to do ... unless it rains of course. But we'll hope for good weather.
Mmmmm. I can almost taste that coffee at Panther.
|An exhibition of works by Roberto Juarez opens at Abba Fine Art (Courtesy of Abba Fine Art).|
233 N.W. 36th St., Miami, 305-576-4278, Abbafineart.com
Art for Global Peace, featuring early paintings and drawings by Roberto Juarez from the collection of Robert Miller, who is selling the works to raise money for charity. According to the release from Abba Fine Art, Some works included in the exhibition were created while Roberto was living in Miami in the late 1990's. Juarez began to use peat moss as a medium for preparing his canvases, which he then covered with rice paper, creating an earthy backdrop for his elegant paintings of flowers and plants. The show opens 2 to 10 p.m. May 12 (with a 7 p.m. reception) and runs through July 11. (Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.)
271 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, 888-450-4434, Acousticarchitects.net
Emil Bodourov will exhibit at this venue, just next door to Cafeina, at a show that includes an open bar from 7-11 p.m.
2215 N.W. Second Ave,, Miami, Artseenspace.wordpress.com
Projects in Painting, an exhibition by New World School of the Arts painting students, runs 7 to 10 p.m. May 12.
|"Purple Lace Tree," a mixed-media work by Edouard Duval Carrié at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery (Courtesy of Bernice Steinbaum Gallery).|
3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-573-2700, Bernicesteinbaumgallery.com
The Three-Dimensional Gods and Goddesses Meet Their Cousins The Trees, an exhibition of works by Edouard Duval Carrié who explores trees as self-portraits. According to Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, the Miami artist works which "transport us to his unique universe albeit a mysterious one where anthropomorphic flamboyant characters, that are half men and half gods, half women and half goddesses are set in a luxuriant yet cannibalistic landscape, which is often disquieting. This imaginary yet surrealistic iconography is undeniably impregnated by religious Haitian imagery. He revisits the vodou cosmogony, magnifying and modernizing it by incorporating his own fantastic, pop baroque, 'trippy' world." The show runs through May 31.
Reynier Leyva Novo: Novo Aniversario features 27 political posters that "denounce one of the most egregious crimes of our time: Power’s intent, occasionally successful, to persuade individuals that they are incapable of being agents of change." According to a press release from the gallery, Novo Aniversario "turns the tables by selecting the same medium used by Power to direct and dominate, to educate and channel the anger of those betrayed by unkept promises, those who have learned that tomorrow can be now or never, that it is unjust to force an individual to choose between homeland and death." The show runs through May 31.
100 N.E. 38th St., Miami, 305-491-1526
I Love Miami 365, a year-long photo project in which photographer Alissa Christine, took photos of Miami each day and then added a title, date, time and place, will be on exhibit along with work by Kourtney Eugene Brown, David Tupper, Sonia Neffatti, Clarice Desouza and Rick Esposito, 7 to 10 p.m. May 12.
|"Goldie She Fox" by Shoshanna Weinberger (Photo provided by the gallery)|
158N.W. 91st St., Miami, 305-490-6906, Cjazzart.com
Sometimes All of Me Is Not Enough, an exhibitions of Shoshanna Weinberger's drawings and mixed media collages "driven by the culture history of female expose, presentation and excessive notions of beauty" will run along with Here and Then, a project space exhibition featuring work by Miami artists Kerry Phillips, Loriel Beltran, Dogan Arslanoglu and Antonia Wright, who will show a video that is part of Women Who Stand on the Sun, a video she made while doing a recent month-long residency at Lotus House Women's Shelter. Both exhibitions run through the June 10 closing reception. Hours during Second Saturday are 1-6 p.m. May 12.
|Kate Gilmore's solo exhibition Rock, Hard, Place at David Castillo Gallery (Courtesy of DCG)|
2234 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 305-573-8110, Davidcastillogallery.com
Rock, Hard, Place, a solo exhibition of sculpture, video and photography by Kate Gilmore, who according to Castillo's press release, uses "the female body and token exaggerations of femininity, including the color pink and fashion accessories, to test endurance and question reward. ... Rock, Hard, Place is accompanied by two recent video works. Pot Kettle Black interrogates idiom as Gilmore shelves black paint, its overflow a metronome to her audible toil and exasperated distain. Break of Day marks time in the double entendre of a manually powered hourglass. Gilmore sources materials familiar to infrastructure, homemaking and theater to build concentric stage sets: physical attire, interactive environment, camera frame, exhibition space." Her show runs through May 31. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
23 N.E. 41st St., Miami, 305-576-6113, Delacruzcollection.org
Works From the Collection: Jon Pylypchuk, an installation of paintings, drawings and sculpture by the Canadian artist who in a 2009 interview with Blaffer Gallery, explained that he remembered reading The Greatest Story Book Ever over and over again as a kid and that "although the work isn't a reference to my childhood, when I think about the relationship of all the animals who are all human and all doing what everyday people do. When I think about that, it might very well be where it came from. The show opens 7-10 p.m. May 12.
|An image of the former Dimensions Variable studio (Image courtesy of Dimensions Variable)|
3850 N.E. Miami Court, Miami, 305-607-5527, Dimensionsvariable.net
AABBCCDV is billed as a project by Erik Smith, an American-born, Berlin-based artist who is a visiting resident at LegalArt. His exhibition features work that focuses on "urban sites and the landscape ... In a project realized last fall in Berlin, where he has lived and worked since 2003, Smith slowly excavated a section of the former 'dead zone”' of the Berlin Wall, digging with a shovel, and unearthed a large spiral staircase which served as a kind of found/revealed public sculpture." Smith brings this strategy to Miami where he'll focus on transitional or disused sites and the processes of remaking them.
The exhibition takes place in the new temporary home of Dimensions Variable as their previous home, which contained studios and exhibition space, will soon be demolished to accommodate new development, a process gallery officials say is "as much about speculative growth and renewal as it is negation and fragmentation." The show opens 7-10 p.m. May 12 in the gallery's new temporary space and runs through June 16.
Dina Mitrani Gallery
2620 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 786-486-7248, Dinamitranigallery.com
About a Boy, Luis Lazo's first solo exhibition in the gallery, illustrates the transformation from boy to man via photography, video and incorporated photographs of nature "to create a poetic juxtaposition and visual metaphor." The images, according to a press release from the gallery, "evoke the introspective nature of these fleeting moments and the emotional angst that accompanies the fragility of this phase in a boy’s life." The show will remain on exhibit through June 1.
151 N.W. 24th St., Miami, 305-576-1278, Dorschgallery.com
Walk With Me, a solo exhibition of paintings and works on by Elisabeth Condon, opens 6-9 p.m. May 11 and runs through June 9. Also running are Felecia Chizuco Carlisle's show Facade and Michelle Weinberg's exhibition, The Pretend Dimension.
Eleazar Delgado Studio
2703 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 305-814-6588, Eleazardelgado.com
One-year anniversary bash featuring cocktails courtesy of Glenfiddich which also commissioned the work that will be on exhibit, "Miami's Cask of Dreams," 7 to 10 p.m. May 12.
105 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, 305-200-5349, Gabstudio.com
Group exhibition featuring artists Gina Bretos, Paul Neil, Andrew Frenandez. Fernando Teijiero, Wendy White, Roland Ruocco, Jaime Adrover. Terence Price. Tee Pop, James Brutus, Carlos Alves, Mark Diaz, Jeff Schweiger, Katia Danilova and Bridges Aderhold, runs 2 p.m. to midnight May 12.
|Christy Gast will exhibit her burlap sculptures in "Out of Place," her show at Gallery Diet (Courtesy of the artist).|
174 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, 305-571-2288, Gallerydiet.com
Out of Place, Christy Gast's exhibition of burlap sculptures, is billed as the artist's exploration of "the collision that occurs when two notions regarding studio practice meet." Gast is referring to A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf’s 1929 essay that references a personal space in which to focus without distraction, and The Function of the Studio, a 1971 essay Daniel Buren wrote about releasing artists from their confines. Gast, who typically explores public land and outdoor sites in her exhibitions, created the burlap sculptures in her studio, but based them on assemblages constructed from materials she gathered at Lake Okeechobee and other outdoor sites. Her show runs through May 12 (when the gallery will remain open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Check out Arterpillar's story on Gast in the Sun-Sentinel.
Hardcore Art Contemporary Space
72 N.W. 25th St., Miami, 305-576-1645, Hardcoreartmiami.com
This Sharp World by Kate Kretz will be on exhibit along with Carlos Cardenes' Dreams, Natasha Duwin's Something Almost Being Said, Lorie Kim's Finding Home and Consuelo Castaneda's Untitled (Homage to Gego), 7-10 p.m. May 12 with free cocktails from Tequila Alacran.
|Robert Jimenez a.k.a. ZeroStreet will exhibit at Jet Set Glamour (Courtesy of the artist)|
2294 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 305-989-3359, Haroldgolengallery.com
Jet Set Glamour, a show themed around airlines in the 1960s, will feature works by El Gato Gomez, Robert Jimenez a.k.a. ZeroStreet, Ken Bernstein and Mark George as well as vintage airline collectibles by Miami Mike. The exhibition opens 6-11 p.m. May 12 and runs through June 2.
|Amanda Serrano's "Kelp" is on exhibit in Return to Nature at LMNT (Courtesy of the artist).|
55 N.W. 36th St., Miami, 305-572-9007, L-m-n-t.com
Return to Nature is described as an exhibition that "studies subjects found in our world, exploring their interaction and manipulation with humanity through a variety of materials and an array of textures and media." The exhibition, which includes work by Amanda Serrano, Barry Gross, Fenol Marcelin, Kerry McLaney, Magali Wilensky, Milcho, Natasha Duwin, Tatiana Blanco and Tiziano Gozzani, runs through May 31. You can read Arterpillar's story on Amanda Serrano in SunSentinel's Lifestyle section.
|Sandra Torralba's work is on exhibit in Fictional Eyes: The Dream of Reason at Lunch Box Gallery (Courtesy of Lunch Box Gallery).|
The Lunch Box Gallery310 N.W. 24th St., Miami, 305-407-8131,
Fictional Eyes: The Dream of Reason, presented in conjunction with Spanish contemporary art magazine, Area Zinc, is an eight-photographer showcase of work that "confronts the traditional idea that a photograph reflects reality." According to a statement about the show, the works "reveal fictional situations, scenarios, objects and even narratives that defy the way we see and associate the elements that surround us, and challenge the limits of photography as an art form.
"Though many of the images reveal nonexistent places, forms and circumstances, they all depart from elements of real life taken with a camera, and at the end, they may become verisimilar to the eye of the beholder thanks to the mastery in merging all the elements together; just like a dream that feels real when dreaming it. Pre-conceived techniques during the taking of the photograph as well as in post-production, become the set for the visual trap, making the impossible, possible."
Exhibiting photographers include Sandra Torralba, Stefano Bonazzi, Christopher Lee Donovan, Michel Rajkovic, Serrah Russell, Kaveh Hosseini, Polly Chandler and Alba Tenas. The show opens 1 p.m. May 12 (And remains open that night through Second Saturday Art Walk) and runs through July 12. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Now Contemporary Art
175 N.W. 25th St., Miami, 305-571-8181, Nowcontemporaryart.com
Augusto Esquivel, often referred to by casual acquaintances as "the button guy," became interested in sculpting five years ago after taking an artist assistant job at ArtCenter/South Florida. He had studied acting, singing, dancing and cinematography, but "nothing as intense as sculpting." he said in my interview with him last year. His two- and three-dimensional sculptures, made from buttons and fishing line, represent many hours of work and contain, in some cases, more than 10 pounds of buttons. For more details, read the story I wrote about him last year. His show runs from 3 to 10 p.m. May 12.
2390 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 305-677-3952, Panthercoffee.com
Beats & Brew IX, the cafe's ninth monthly showcase of DJS and performers and painters. This month's guests include SpinnZinn, Dume, DJ AnaM and Albert Jeffers painting live. The event runs 8-11:30 p.m. May 12.
4141 N.E. Second Ave., Suite 104, Miami, Primaryflight.com
In the Valle de los Caidos, an exhibition by conceptual artist and University of Arizona professor Lawrence Gipe, will include large-scaled mixed media paintings, a video installation and small works addressing "fascist-era iconography and structures of his contentious subject: the Santa Cruz de la Valle de los Caidos cathedral – a gigantic Roman Catholic basilica built by Generalissimo Francisco Franco as a tomb for himself." The show runs through May 31.
|Troy Abbott's work is on exhibit in 9 at Robert Fontaine Gallery.|
2349 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 305-397-8530, Robertfontainegallery.com
9, a group exhibition of nine artists represented by the gallery, will feature work by Troy Abbott, Simon Chetrit, Jesse Faber, Nick Gentry, Kathy Kissik, Josafat Miranda, Tina La Porta, Paul Rousso and Scott Snyder, opens 6-9 p.m. May 12 and runs through June 10.
Waltman Ortega Fine Art
2238 N.W. First Place, Miami, 305-576-5335, Waltmanortega.com
Passengers, an exhibition of Arturo Rodriguez's recent works that offer "a hypnotic meditation on the human condition and the passage of time" features scenes from airports, bus stops, parking lots and train stations. "All are a source of fascination and anxiety for me," Rodriguez notes in his artist statement. "With their constant, yet anonymous flow of traffic, these places embody some of the most impermanent and poignant paradoxes in life. I have composed each picture as both an interior and exterior landscape, in which space becomes a metaphor for loneliness." The show will run through June 6.
2534 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-438-3737, Zadokgallery.com
Entangled, an exhibit of works by grad students from Florida International University's MFA program in the visual arts, will include work by Alex Trimino, Edward Rossel, Gabrielle Wood, Joanna Carter, Joey Meyer, Katia Danilova, Pepe Mar, Peter Hammar and AdrienneRose Gionta who will be selling autographed limited edition commemorative posters of herself as part of Three Times a Lady, 2012, a performance in which she mimics the promotional event of a pop icon. The show opens 6-9 p.m. May 10 and 12 and will run through June 12.
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