Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Local spotlight: Martin Casuso

Martin Casuso.
Miami Beach artist Martin Casuso (photo credit: Annette Baddour)

Martin Casuso, a Miami Beach artist who spent around 15 years working in the antique business, says his appreciation of objects and their untold tales began as a child when he and his brother would go to the seawall in their Coconut Grove neighborhood and build forts from treasures they found there.

Their finds included rusty copper, sun-bleached detergent bottles and abandoned boats, which they would use until someone took them away. “I remember as a kid just being fascinated by these objects,” Casuso says. “I knew what they were, but in this environment they gained a sense of drama and mystery, because how did they get here and whose were they?”

The multimedia artist, who earned his master in fine arts from University of Miami last year, brings a similar sense of wonder to the afghans he fondly refers to as “scary grandmother quilts.” Fourteen years ago, he began searching them out in thrift stores, where he'd buy as many as 50 at a time for about 50 cents each.

To read the rest of the story, which includes a Q&A with Casuso, visit Palm Beach ArtsPaper

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Monday, January 28, 2013

FLASHBACK: Revel on the Block

Fort Lauderdale's F.A.T. Village held its bi-annual mega walk on Saturday night. Revel on the Block. The village's sequel to Build a Better Block, held last summer, was a fun night out. I brought back pics ... Here are just a few. Intersection, the exhibition held at The Projects, will be on exhibit again on from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.

What's a Revel on the Block party without a reigning queen? I think I found her at Samsara Folk Art Gallery. "Queenie" by Theresa Disney, is priced at $225. Isn't she beautiful?

There was a good crowd at Samsara Folk Art Gallery.

Another work from Samsara Folk Art: "Pizza Parrot" by Brian Dowdall. Here's a video of the artist telling his story.

In addition to a gallery, Project Fine Art is a workspace for Helium Creative. Who wouldn't want to work here?

This month, Project Fine Art is showing work by Houghton Kinsman.

Hey, is that a blue light special? This week F.A.T. Village artist Alfred Phillips will be heading to Gainesville, so he had a moving sale on Saturday night, and sold six or 7 of his works by 7:30 p.m.. If you missed it, he will be selling the remaining paints through Jan. 29.

I'll miss seeing Alfred Phillips smiling face at each art walk, but he promises to return for some shows etc. and is excited about his move. Good luck Alfred!

While I had already seen and enjoyed the Small Works: Large Concepts show at World and Eye, there was a new addition: Music.

Sixth Star Entertainment: Forever looking like a disco scene from the street

Project Fine Art and Cadence co-curated Intersection at The Projects. This portion of The Projects contained art including some very impressive tables, cabinets and other works made from reclaimed wood and designed by Cargo. These horses are made from driftwood. Check out Cargo's site, Designlikewegiveadamn.com.

Paintings by Joseph Fischer, furniture by Cargo

Another Cargo-designed work and more art by Joseph Fischer and (at left) some other artists.

I walked right into the middle of Deborah Gregg's interactive project Why Interact? People were inviting other people into the circle, so I went. I hadn't read the accompanying artist statement yet, so was trying to figure out what it was about. The tall man in red seemed to be in charge, so I asked him if he was the circle moderator. He said he was the pop-up moderator, which made people laugh and broke the ice a bit ... I heard someone say it was about getting as many people into the circle as possible which made me a little nervous as I was in the middle and get claustophobic, but it turns out it's about interacting face-to-face with all of your senses, rather than just your texting finger or via a computer. There were two circles. This one was full, and the other was empty at the time. Would be fun to see a video of what people did in the circle throughout the night. 

Revel on the Fence!

Art in every corner of The Projects.

A shot inside C&I Studios

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

SUNDAY: Average Joe Art Sale at Yo Space in Miami

This adorable work by JNGL is priced at $200.
Average Joe Art Sale, now in its eighth edition, will feature original works, limited edition prints, apparel, accessories and merchandise, all priced at $250 or less (with the exception of some works in resident artist studios) to make art more affordable for "the average joe."

This lineup for this month, billed as its Back to Basics edition, includes resident artists Kazilla and Lorie Setton, and guest artists Trek 6, Lizzie Easton-Montes, GG, James Brutus, Teepop, Andres Carmiol a.k.a. JNGL, Ivan Roque, Trap, Anthony Jackson, Vince Herrera, Goop Massta, Natalie Molina, Raul Santos II, Ulises Baine.

"Jimi" by Teepop (Images courtesy of Yo Miami)
Average Joe Art Sale is kicking off 2013 with something new. Starting this month, If: Miami will bring a featured entrepreneur to each event. The first is JoJoTea, which will be offer teas for everyone to try., and selling it's merchandise.

Also, the Los Chamos food truck will offer empanadas, arepas and other edibles, and as usual, Touching Miami With Love, an 18-year-old organization that helps families in Overtown, will sell custom-made $40 Art That Feeds plates to raise money for hot, nutritious meals for children.

The event will kick-off with a pre-sale friendly ping-pong game at 3 p.m. Jan. 27, followed by the sale which runs 5-10 p.m. at Yo Space, 294 N.E. 62nd St., Miami,. Call 305-898-2065 or visit Yo-miami.com.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

REVEL ON THE BLOCK: F.A.T. Village's big fat super-sized art walk

It's been a hectic week in the land of Arterpillar. As a result, I didn't get to post about everything I would have liked to include, and now it's Saturday ... so after doing a few chores, we'll be heading off to Revel on the Block in Fort Lauderdale's F.A.T. Village. Only now did I get a chance to look over the info that's been coming my way about the big fat super-sized art walk that runs 2-11 p.m. and it looks like a perfectly fine way to wind down a week.

 Just in case you haven't already heard about it, or need a few more entails. Here's a rundown on a few of the events:

Alfred Phillips is leaving F.A.T. Village (photo courtesy of the artist)
 • Last Chance Exhibit & Art Sale by Alfred Phillips who will soon be leaving the village that has served as his workspace and the inspiration for much of his paintings. Phillips will be heading to Gainesville ... Stop buy and see him, and his work, at Alfred Phillips Studio is at 113 N.W. Fifth St.

  Making Waves, Judith Schwab's exhibition inspired by the gulf oil spill and the artists wish to rally support for environmental organizations, will include a reading by poet Charles Fishman, whose poems about water inspired the artist's series, Gallery 17, 17 N.W Fifth St.

Small Works: Large Concepts features works by artists who have created small works to share big beliefs in a show includes spiritual, social commentary and whimsy. The roster of exhibiting artists includes Cenigma, Jessica Concepcion, Wolfkant Denis, Dominick Daniel,  Lauranda Hook and Magali Wilensky, at World and Eye Studio, 109 N.W. Fifth St.

Sara Nichols took an end-of-year trip to Bali, so he usual Southern Folk Art, with a splash of Bali at Samsara Folk Art Gallery, 501 N.W. First Ave.

Girls' Clubs' interactive screening of Rachel Perry Welty's Karaoke Wrong Number 
(Image provided by Girls Club)
Intersection, co-curated by Helium Creative and Cadence, will feature works by Brian Buzzella, Virginia Fifield, Deborah Gregg, Julie Davidow, Marina Gonella, Sarah Michelle Rupert Heather Davis and Michael Harris, as well as a video-installation by Girls' Club (an interactive screening of Rachel Perry Welty's Karaoke Wrong Number) and a chance to screenprint your own custom graphic art with Museum of Art's All Together Now. This will all be taking place at Projects North, 517 N.W. First Ave

 Francisco Sheuat and Julio Green, will be showcasing their mixed-media works, abstracts and metal works (many made from soda cans) in their studio at 115 N.W. Fifth St.

  Dick Sauer will exhibit his geometric designs on canvas at the Good Hands Gallery (because it's in Allstate Insurance office) at a show that includes a wine bar and  munchies, 501 N. Andrews Ave. (Suite 102).
Houghton Kinsman's solo show on exhibit at Project Fine Art.
(Image provided by Project Fine Art)
  Art Within Reach will features works by local artists, all of which are priced at under $100, by artists including Richard Vergez and Akiko Iwata.

 Houghton Kinsman will exhibit at Project Fine Art, 500 N.W. First Ave.,

Hillary Putnam will exhibit ceramics at The Puppet Network, 504 N.W. First Ave.

Brooklyn in the Village, featuring portraits by Al Su, creative work by brothers Joseph and Steven Baum, a live fashion shoot and a DJ, will be presented from 8 to midnight by Revel on the Block co-organizers C&I Studios, 541 N.W. First Ave.

Also on-site will be retail pop-up shops by Radio-Active Records, Public Image, Fresh Toast and The Trendy Truck and music by Corey James Bost, Jeff Durham, The Bonfire's Gaby Duran & Anthony Alvarez and Radio Active DJs.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

ABRACADABRA: Four exhibitions open Friday night at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood

Carla Fache's "Alucinación" (24 x 24 acrylic on canvas) in Abracadabra (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
1650 Harrison St., 954-921-3274, Artandculturecenter.org

Francesco LoCastro's "Flux Equilibrium" 2012 C-print
(Image provided by Art and Culture Center)

Abracadabra: Sixth Annual Exhibition and Fund-raiser kicks off with an exhibition of more than 100 donated works by invited artists and culminates with a raffle of the works in the main gallery. Every ticket holder wins an original piece of art, all of which are on exhibit starting tonight, affording ticket buyers an opportunity to preview the art before claiming a piece at the main event. On raffle night, if your ticket is called first, you have well over 100 works from which to chose, if it's called second, 99 ... and if it's called last, you don't have to decide.

Donating artists include Andrew Nigon, Farley Aguilar, Francie Bishop Good, Pip Brant, Leah Brown, Tom Cocotos, Natasha DuwinCarla Fache, Virginia Fifield, Marina Font, AdrienneRose Gionta, Freddy Jouwayed, Ernesto Kunde, Sinisa Kukec, Tina La Porta, Don Lambert, Antonia Wright, Agustina Woodgate, TYPOE, Nina Surel, Peter Symons, Lisa Rockford, Oliver Sanchez, Sarah Michelle Rupert and around 90 others. 
(Tickets for the Feb. 21 raffle range from ($30 for admission-only to $375 for one raffle ticket and admission for two, to $1,000 for three raffle tickets and admission for six.

Abracadabra opens 6-9 p.m. Jan. 25 and runs through the raffle which will be held 6-9 p.m. Feb. 21. Admission to the exhibition's opening reception is $10, but will include three other openings, so read on ...
David Leroi: Amusez La Galerie  (Image provided by Art and Culture Center)
David Leroi: Amusez La Galerie feaures work described as Lichtensteinesque but leaning towards "an edgier form of Agitprop Art."
According to the Art and Culture Center, "He does this through his use of political comments, which turn the capitalist system against itself. Leroi’s work is very much influenced by the Situationist International movement, which emerged in the 1950s as an offshoot of the Paris-based collective Letterist International, a radical group of artists and theorists. This movement was influenced by the preceding avant-garde movements of Dadaism and Surrealism. While informed by these earlier art theories, Leroi’s work refers to the realm of contemporary issues." The exhibition opens 6-9 p.m. Jan. 25 and runs through Feb. 24.
Matu Croney: Bravelion and the Class of 2000 opens Jan. 25.
(Image provided by Art and Culture Center)
Matu Croney: Bravelion and the Class of 2000, an exhibition in which the contemporary artist will exhibit work that "presents interplay between drawing, photography, collage, sculpture, and performance in the form of esoteric assemblages and audio/visual installations. Croney’s practice is informed by ancient history, counterculture movements, metaphysics, personal mythologies, cultural appropriation, and internet proliferation in an ongoing search to unify the digital and archaic experience." The show opens 6-9 p;m. Jan. 25 and runs through Feb. 24.

Perry Pandrea: If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times, a site-specific installation about clichés that become an invisible and acceptable part of our speaking lives, often without thought. Pandrea investigates the mundane and utilitarian platitudes by mining phrases that are colorful and even insightful in mirroring a feeling or reinforcing a mood. What results is a tapestry of the mindset of our culture in which constantly recycled language endures and enlightens." The show opens in the Project Room 6-9 p.m. Jan. 25 and runs through Feb. 24.

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SATURDAY: ArtHeart's Freedom is two shows, one day, 28 artists on Jan. 26

"And Now I See" by Emilee Rose McGovern (Photo provided by ArtHeart)
Ramp 48
6290 N.W. 27th Way, Fort Lauderdale, Artheart.com

"Flying" by Cary Polkovitz (Courtesy of the artist)
Freedom, presented by ArtHeart, will feature works by 28 artists, all of whom will exhibit at two events, including a 9.5-hour party at Ramp 48 followed by a four-hour bash at the Green Room.

Artists (who will exhibit at both venues) will include Alexis Colbert, Detourbutterfly, Cary Polkovitz, Ian M. Santos, Eduardo Mendieta, Niki Lopez, Blair Hess, Katya Neptune, Oleander & Mint, Sole del Real, Kris Starry and others. ArtHeart, which holds local art exhibitions to raise money for charities, is currently trying to raise money to help support orphans in Rwanda through Zoe Ministry.

The Ramp 48 event will feature an art exhibition, live art, a mural collaboration, installations, a 2 p.m. skate competition, art raffles, music, live screen painting and special guest Steve Caballero, artist and pro-skater. The event runs from noon to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Admission is $5, $10 for those who are also skating. There's also a $10 entry fee for those participating in the skate competition.

After Ramp 48, the artists will head to Green Room (109 S.W. Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale) where more of their works are being featured at a four-hour party that starts at 10 p.m. and will feature music by DJs Andie Sweetswirl, Mig and Jasper Delaini and an auction of a collaborative piece completed by five of the artists in the show. Admission is $5.

You can preview a few of the works in the slide show above. To read the accompanying captions (which include the artist's name and title of work), click the lower right hand corner of the slide show and click "show info" (at top) so you can read the text for each ...  or simply view the Flickr set.

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FRIDAY: ArtHouse 429 party in WPB

ArtHouse 429
429 25th St., West Palm Beach, 561-231-0429, Arthouse429.com

Inaugural opening exhibition for the Northwood Village gallery, which will specialize in contemporary paintings and sculpture, is a group exhibition of emerging and mid-career artists curated by Bruce Helander.

Cheryl Maeder's "Cloud Nine I" will be on exhibit at ArtHouse 429
(Image courtesy of the artist)
South Florida artists will include Asif Hoque, whose subject matter includes astronauts and handguns (see a video of him working above), Donna Long, who will present portraits of animals, Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz, who have collaborated on sculptures, John Martini, whose figural sculptures were welded in a converted Key West theater, and Cheryl Maeder, who has been experimenting with blurred dream-like observations of beach life in photography and prints such as the one shown here.

The show will also feature art by New York-based painter Edwina Sandys, who will show works from her Frolic series, Raul Vega , who will exhibit works inspired by what surrounds his historic Pennsylvania studio, Cameron Gray whose square grid paintings reveal a secret upon closer inspection, and other artists including Sergey Fedotov, Bruce Helander, Christopher Leidy, Robert R. Zakanitch, John Torreano, Dan Rizzie, Carol Munder and William Halliday (who is a sculptor and gallery owner and director of ArtHouse 429).

The exhibition opened with an invitation-only bash last week, but will host a party for everyone else who wants to check out the show from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 25 during the Wine and Food Promenade. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

JAN. 23: DBA 2013 Exhibition opens at Broward County Main Library

Klawdia Proia will exhibit in the DBA 2013 Art Exhibition (Image provided Ry Nielsen)
Broward County Main Library
Gallery Six, 100 S. Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale, Artistsdoingbusinessas.com

DBA 2013 Art Exhibition, coordinated by DBA Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute grad Ry Nielsen, with assistance from Frank Crowley and JoAnn Nava, will feature works by painters Jim Bobick and Renee Falsetto, fiber artist Isabel Perez Salazar, photographers Candy Childrey and R. Lewis Hooten, and ceramicist Klawdia Proia.

"Living Thermophiles" by Candy Childrey (Image provided by Ry Nielsen)
The show will also include works by DBA Alumni artists Susan Clifton, Frank Crowley, Liora Davis, Virginia Fifield, Michael D. Harris, Henning Haupt, Jacklyn LaFlamme, Amelia Monroe, JoAnn Nava, Elle Schorr, Steven Sylvester and LeeAnna Yater.

For those who are not familiar with theArtist as an Entrepreneur Institute, it's a program featuring 20 classes with lectures, panels and discussions spread over four Saturdays.

The annual course, held at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale, is for artists who want to advance their business skills. The participation fee is $100 and includes classes, a coursebook, refreshments and free parking. (The next annual session starts in June and a schedule and contact info can be found here).

Meanwhile, you can check out this year's exhibition, which opens with performances by
poet Mary Rose Harding songwriter Tate Earle and performer Alexis Caputo, who will present poetry and spoken word excerpts from her multidisciplinary project Afro Diaries.

The two-hour reception starts at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23 and the work will will remain on exhibit through the closing reception and forum, which will feature special guest Brainard Carey, author of Making it in the Art World, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

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JAN. 22: Artist Misoo Filan will discuss her work at Art, Women and Culture Salon

Misoo Filan will talk about her work at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach.
Armory Art Center
1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-832-1776, Armoryart.org

Misoo Filan is an artist, student, wife and mother. Many of her paintings, most of which she considers self-portraits, address the pressures of juggling multiple roles.

She will talk about her work, including two recent series (Deformed Baby Series and Raped Doll Series) at the Art, Women and Culture Salon, coordinated  by artist Elle Schorr. The event runs 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in Studio 101 (in the two-story building behind the garden). Admission is $10. For more info on Boca Raton artist Misoo Filan, read Arterpillar's Sun-Sentinel story about Filan

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

THE ART OF SATURDAY: Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts Group Show and more

1310 Gallery (Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts)
1310 Middle St., Fort Lauderdale, 305-975-6262, Sailboatbendartists.com

Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts: Group Show features art by Niki Lopez, Louis Davis, Nicole Kent, Phillip Curtis, Eliane Harvey, Richard Chang, Claudia Polzer, Tabatha Mudra, Jeremiah Jenner, Yudelka Tavera, Emily Wolverton, Brooklyn Murphy, Nzingah Oniwosan, Asanyah Davidson, Christine Velez Stone and Sonia Baez-Hernandez. The exhibition, which will also feature open mike/performances by Michelle Riu and DJ Onestar, will open 7-11 p.m. Jan. 19.

Locust Projects

3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-576-8570, Locustprojects.org

High Performance Stiffened Structures, an exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Karl Haendel, will feature "the artist’s archive of 35mm slides projected on the walls of Locust Project’s main space by a cacophonous array of automatically advancing slide projectors."

As the gallery notes it in its announcement: "The installation will feature the artist’s archive of 35mm slides projected on the walls of Locust Project’s main space by a cacophonous array of automatically
advancing slide projectors. Haendel, who is mostly known for installations of large-scale
graphite drawings that explore contradiction, anxiety and power, has accumulated over
10,000 slides in his archive, each one representing a potential or completed drawing. While
the slides themselves are organized into categories such as Local Churches, Ampersands,
Babies Crying and Terrorism, each projector in the installation will only show an edited
selection that attempts to draw connections between different types of categories or
imagery. The advance of the projectors will not be syncopated, allowing for over a million
combinations of image relationships to illuminate the space."

The artists lists of categories appears outside of the space. “Reading the list sort of tells you what my concerns are, in a distanced, objective (and funny) manner," the artist notes. "I think they also tell you something about navigating a messy world with too much information, and how one comes to make sense, and ultimately meaning, from it."

Diana Nawi, associate curator of Miami Art Museum, will moderate a discussion with the artist at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 and the show will then open with a 7-10 p.m. reception and continue to run through Feb. 23. Carlos Rigau will exhibit in the Project Room.

Downtown Boca Raton
Along North Federal Highway between Palmetto Park Road and Northeast Mizner Boulevard in Boca Raton, Hotworks.org

4th Annual Boca Raton Fine Art Show, presented by Hotworks.org, will include national and local artists selling original paintings, clay, glass, sculpture, wood, fiber, jewelry, photography and more at a show that also includes art demos and live entertainment, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 19 and 20. Parking is is available at First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Boca Raton Road, Boca Raton.

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SATURDAY: Bird Road Art Walk

BIRD ROAD ART WALK: "Pretty Pretty Flower" by Monique Lassooij  will be on exhibit at Inspired by Red at Mano Fine Art (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Bird Road Art Walk, a night of "visual and performing arts, demonstrations, spoken word and more than 30 open studios and galleries" is held on the third Saturday of each month in Bird Road Art Distruct. The next is tonight.

Bird Road Art District is located just off the Palmetto Expressway between Bird Road and S.W. 48th Street in Miami. According to organizers, there is plentiful free parking and a complimentary shuttle that will take guests to venues which include 3rd Door Art Project, Abuela Art Gallery, Aperture Studios, Luisa Mesa Artspace and The Yellow Canopy and Mano Fine Art.

A few of tonight's highlights:

Inspired by Red at Mano Fine Art

Inspired by Red will feature works in which a dozen artists artists will explore one of my favorite color.s

"In some works it is used literally to represent things that are naturally red," the announcement notes. "In others it embodies a metaphor. However, it is the underlying emotional qualities of the color itself that dominates the extent of the exhibition which includes mixed medium, painting, sculpture and a live demonstration of body art.
Exhibiting artists will include Toa Castellanos, Antonio Guerrero, Monique Lassooij, MANO and Derek Wilson.

"Red is strong and confident," Mano notes in an announcement about Inspired in Red. "Red is exciting and sexy. Red is the color of life."

Inspired by Red will be open 7-10 p.m. at Mano Fine Art, 4225 S.W. 75th Ave., Miami, 305-467-6819, Manofineart.com.

Face 2 Face at Miguel Rodez Art Projects

Face 2 Face, which Miguel Rodez Art Projects describes as exhibition of "contemporary self-portraits the likes of which you have never seen before."

Rodez notes that artists have been depicting themselves in their work for as long as there has been art, but that self-portraits as a means of expression gained popularity during the Renaissance, which brought greater emphasis on individualism.

Face 2 Face opens Jan. 19 at Miguel Rodez Art Projects
(Photo provided by Miguel Rodez)
As he notes in the show's announcement: "Some artists have, in different levels of discretion, placed themselves in a populous painting, such as Sandro Botticelli's self-insertion in 'The Adoration of the Magi' (1475). Others, like Diego Velazquez, boldly placed themselves in a prominent spot on the canvas, such as when he placed himself among members of the King's family in the famous masterpiece 'Las Meninas' (1656). Other artists, like Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh, and Frida Kahlo explored their inner emotions by making themselves the central theme of their artworks."

At Rodez, artists will share works that reflect "their inner world" in an exhibition that will include works by E.F. Angel, Antonio Coro, Aleli Egues, Laurence Gartel, Barry Gross, Frank Izquierdo, Pablo Lazo, Laura Luna, Mano, Jesse Paz, Abdon Romero, Jorge Santos and Fredy Villamil.

Face 2 Face will open 7-10 p.m. and run through Feb. 9 at Miguel Rodez Art Projects, 4229 SW 75th Ave., Miami. Call 305-799-3898 or visit Miguelrodez.wordpress.com.

For info on other Bird Road Art Walk events  visit Thebirdroadartdistrict.com.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

FRIDAY: Hip to Be Square Opens at Bear and Bird Gallery in Lauderhill

"Little Baguette Goes to Paris" (acrylic on wood) by Smallrus
Bear and Bird Gallery
Upstairs at Tate’s Comics, 4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, 954-748-0181, Bearandbird.com

Hip to Be Square, a mega-group show of square works by local artists, will feature 100+ square works, all 14-by-14 inches or smaller. Exhibiting artists will include Brenna Verner Ian M. Santos, Heather Doucette, Lisa Rockford, JR Linton, Kris Starry, Janet Gold, Blair Hess, KeShaunda Parrish, Nathan Lumm, Ursula Decay, Amanda Valdes, Erika Hagarty and Fern Bird.

The show will open 6-10 p.m. Jan. 18 and run through March 2.

Read Arterpillar's story about the show in the Sun-Sentinel.

ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES: Calls to artists, an open mic, a flash-mob and other fun stuff

Of course it's ridiculous, and that's the whole point .... Details from the event  artist Cat del Buono is planning are below. Keep them quiet because you wouldn't want to ruin the surprise. (Photo courtesy of Cat del Buono)
 Artists and other interested parties are needed for an event being organized by artist Cat del Buono. A message from Cat: "Please join me on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. for a flash-mob type of event. We will meet at 924 Lincoln Road (ArtCenter) where I will hand out balloons and wax candy lips for everyone to wear (see attached photo). Once we prepare our 'wardrobe,'" we will all exit at once and overtake Lincoln Road. I need a lot of people to make an impact! But please email me at citykitty@earthlink.net to let me know if you are joining me so I can have enough lips and balloons for everyone. (Don't forget - keep the event quiet! It's suppose to be a surprise.) Thanks!!!"

• Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program will commission one or two artists or artist teams to "design, build and install functionally integrated public art projects" at Broward Addiction Recovery Center and the Nancy J. Cotterman Center, which assists victims of sexual assault and child abuse crimes.

As stated in its call to artists: "Artwork opportunities include but are not limited to durable, low- maintenance enhancements to the building interiors, exterior courtyards and therapeutic gardens.  Specific locations for artwork opportunities are to be determined as a result of collaboration and interaction with project team and agency during design team meetings after the artist is selected.  The addition of functionally integrated public art to this project is intended to affect attitude, emotional state and perception in a positive and uplifting way, create hope and help clients better cope with difficulties, and result in environments that are more welcoming and uplifting for clients, their families and visitors. These projects are on a fast track for the artist selection process ... Interested artists should apply only if they are able to commit intensive time to the project during the spring of 2013 when the most effective collaborations with the design team are anticipated to occur." More details can be found here.

Deadline to apply is midnight (Mountain Standard Time) Jan. 29. Questions should be direction to Public Art and Design Project Manager Claire Garrett, 954-357-7236 or Cgarrett@broward.org.

  Green Room in Fort Lauderdale seeks artists to submit one to three works for its Love & Poison show. As stated in the call to artists, "This event will feature works highlighting love, lust, the busted break ups, the mushy, the edgy, and whatever in between. Painting, sculpture, photography, illustration, mixed media, live artists, and body painters are welcome." 

Confirmed Artists include Wicked Apple Body Art, Gina Bentivegna, Dibbie Jane, Cary Polkovitz and others. Art must be delivered to Green Room 6-9 p.m. Feb. 7  and picked up 6-9 p.m. Feb. 28. The event will also feature  films by Humaya Films, a performance by Cupcake Burlesque, goodies from Sweet Spot Catering, and a raffle. The four-hour opening party starts at 10 p.m. Feb. 13.
Admission is $10 and include drink specials and live music. Questions should be directed to Gina at electriccanvas@yahoo.com.

 Broward artists interested in entering the public art field may apply for the Duane Hanson Allied Artist Program, which Duane Hanson, an international recognized sculptor who lived in Broward and served on the Public Art and Design Committee, established 19 years ago.

As the Broward Cultural Division's Public Art and Design Program noted in its ongoing call to artists:

"The purpose of the Award Program is to provide local artists the opportunity to assist experienced artists commissioned for major projects of $50,000 or more by the Public Art and Design Program, in order to gain the technical and administrative expertise needed to compete within the field of public art. Allied Artists are matched up with commissioned artists based on their level of experience, artistic medium and general interests. Pre-qualified artists who are chosen for a specific project will be compensated for their serviceas an Allied Artist.  The responsibilities of Allied Artists include, but are not limited to, coordinating and attending community and agency meetings; conducting research regarding materials, design issues, and building codes; assisting in the coordination and installation of artworks; writing reports, and any other duties requested by the commissioned artist that relate to the design, fabrication and installation of the artwork.

Mid-career professional artists who have resided in Broward County for a minimum of two (2) years, and who have a strong interest in gaining expertise in the public art process are encouraged to apply. Artists working in all media are eligible. No prior public art experience is required. Broward artists are asked to submit: letter of interest, professional résumé, a CD with 10 digital images of recent work, an annotated image list. "

The Broward Public Art and Design Committee will develop a list of local artists who may be considered for future Allied Artist Awards, and notify them by mail of their acceptance. More details can be found here.

Wynwood Warehouse Project, a 1500-square-foot gallery that holds solo and group exhibition, offers details about its program on an Artist Co-op Project. Regular yearly dues are $3,000 and details of what they promise in return are on WWP's Artist Co-Op Info Page.

One Struggle Monthly Open Mic seeks musicians, spoken word artists and comedians. Evan Rowe will  MC this month's event, which will feature comedians Ron Beau and Mike Alexander and singer-songwriters Travis Newbill and Ian Wehmeyer. Suggested donation is $10 and include a few beers. The event runs 8-10 p.m. Jan. 17 at Undergrounds Coffeehaus, 3020 N. Federal Hgihway in Fort Lauderdale. 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

THE ART OF THURSDAY: Annie Leibovitz exhibition kicks off at Norton Museum of Art

Norton Museum of Art

1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-832-5196, Norton.org

Annie Leibovitz, an exhibition of 39 of the renowned photographer's works, is the result of 10 months of negotiations that resulted in the Norton becoming the first museum to own this large of a body of her work.

While the photographs offer celebrity portraiture more subtle than Leibovitz's famed depiction of Whoopee Goldberg, Steve Martin and John and Yoko, Norton Museum of Art assistant director Charles Stainback, the exhibition's curator,  deems these portraits even more provocative and interesting.

The exhibition, according to Norton, "shifts the focus from Leibovitz’s elaborately-staged sittings to work that is direct, straightforward and relies on an essential element of all great portraits – a vital connection between artist and subject."

The show, which features black-and-white and color images, will include American Soldiers and Mary, Queen of the Negritos, Clark Air Base, The Philippines (1968); Cindy Sherman, New York City (1992); The Reverend Al Sharpton, Prima Donna Beauty Care Center, Brooklyn, New York (1988) and portraits of Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Andy Warhol and others.

The exhibition will open to the public during Art After Dark, which runs 5-9 p.m. Jan. 17 and will include two hours of mix-tape music (in the atrium) of David Byrne, Rolling Stones, Blues Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Patti Smith and other musicians Leibovitz has photographed, as well as a sketchbooking activity, a 6:30 p.m. tour of the exhibition and live blues music from David Shelley and Bluestone.

The exhibition will run through June 9. Admission to the museum is $12, $5 for students and free for kids 12 and under.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Q&A: Misael Soto discusses The Status Update

Misael Soto (Photo credit: Nadja Sayej at Art Stars)
As an artist, Misael Soto is forever dreaming up ways to turn the things people often do alone into communal events. As such, he's been seen sitting in front of a TV with newfound friends on the streets of Wynwood, dancing to the tunes people choose from his iPod and taking complete strangers for sunset drives.

Soto continues dreaming up new such ideas, even as he completes an artist residency in Berlin.

This and other images below provided by Misael Soto.
This time around, the loner activity he's targeting is the status update. So how do you turn this into a communal event? Get a bunch of people to gather around your computer while you write it? Hope you get likes or comments?

No, that would be too easy and, well, boring. Soto strives to create experiences that are memorable, something that will stand out from other status updates. "Do you remember your last online status update?" he asks in the invitation. "I doubt it. I guarantee you’ll remember this one. It will only happen once. Let’s make it count."

For starters, no computer or phone is  needed in the project he calls The Status Update. As Soto's instructions go: "Leave your computer and put away your phone, open a window or step outside, go somewhere comfortable or special to you, close your eyes, and scream. "What’s on your mind?" No need to record it. Don’t post it. Keep it for yourself. Trust for a moment in your own words."

You can plan it, let it come to you in the moment, whatever you choose, but at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 (or the corresponding time in your time zone), you are to scream it out ... and let it go.  Everyone ... all at once.

"Just yell. Really, it's that simple."

Recently Arterpillar (I say that like there's a big team of us or something but it's just me) did an e-mail Q&A with Soto about his vision for this project, and his Berlin residency. Here's what he had to say:

What have you been doing in Berlin?

"I've been at HomeBase Project's BuildIV residency program in Pankow. As a live-work situation in which the two often become one and the same, it's been an intense three months. Besides the occasional dip into Berlin's sprawling art scene and many dance parties, the cold outdoors have given this Puerto Rican an excuse to stay mostly indoors thinking, reading, and discussing. I've been pretty glued to my laptop, finally focusing on something I've been somewhat afraid of tackling head-on with my art: the Internet."

What do you miss/not miss about Miami?

There are many things I miss and many things I've been happy to live without. I definitely miss my cat Keats the most, but of course the close-knit community of artists we have there. Most of my favorite people ever are home. Being here in December, away from all the Art Basel Miami Beach madness, I definitely did not miss the obnoxious and pretentious sides of art that the fair brings to glaring light.

When and how did you come up with The Status Update project?

The idea was directly inspired by the famous "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" scene from the 1976 film Network. I've been wanting to do something like it for over a year and still had it deep in my notes. After much reading, discussing, thinking, and experimenting about what I could do in response to the web's plethora of useless information, I took a step back looking at my past work and realized the two ideas meshed quite well together. Given this contemporary focus, I was able to justify as well as adapt and modernize this very basic, almost prehistoric act of raising one's voice. After that, online promotion became a huge, glaringly ironic asset. A way for me to push the project globally using the very same media I am calling into question.

So this is about participants updating their status, but rather than doing so online via Facebook, they should abandon their computers and cell phones and open a window and yell it, or step outside and scream it?

Essentially, yes. Letting it go into the air without fear for no one, anyone, and possibly everyone to hear and feel.

Have you planned what you will scream  and where you will do so? Would you like to share or do you think participants should keep this a secret until they scream it?

I made a personal decision to not plan it at all and just feel out the time and place. However, this is how I approach many other things in my life, including my internet and social media use. It ebbs and flows (these days it's been like a monsoon) and is a product of the moment. Of course, I've thought about what I'll yell, but I'm really trying not to. As for others, I hope I've given them a framework here that they can play with and make their own. I can make suggestions, such as how they shouldn't record or post their update, but of course it's ultimately up to them.

When was the last time you yelled?

New Years morning! Sometime around 4 am, reminding myself of where I was. A kind of refocus amplified by the celebratory nature of the holiday and the urgency associated with it. I'm really jealous of the silly yet inescapable energy this day carries. It's all about the here and now at midnight on the 1st.

After everyone has done this, will there be followup on The Status Update site? Will people share stories of how that felt or what they screamed?

After MUCH thought, I've decided not to promote this but not to do the opposite either. Memories become more real as we share them, but they also often change, like a game of telephone. I'm sure some will share amongst their friends and possibly even post around, again that's up to them.

Will you yell your status update alone or with others?

The scheduling of The Status Update was chosen not only because it carries no obvious association or traditional weight, but also because it is the first day of the final festival (exhibition) here at the residency I am in. I'll be updating my status amongst hundreds of festival-goers, and residency artists and friends. I can't wait to experience it on my side.

Are you nervous about public screaming, or you are perfectly comfortable with that? Do you think about how people may react?

I'm not nervous at all, but excited and happily anxious at the possibilities. Reactions always vary wider than I predict for a piece, good and not-so-pleasant. I've learned to push this kind of anticipation aside and go in open, ready to listen.

Are you aware of any groups of people who are doing this together, or of anyone that has picked out a special place to do this?

Some Facebook-ers attending the event are beginning to post where they'll be updating from, not doing it together, but essentially they are. It's very exciting! Some friends here have already told me they'll be running to their closet or bathroom to yell.

Given that your work often involves making a communal event out of things people typically do alone ... what future ideas, are currently floating around in your head?

Yell your status update ... Know that others are doing the same.
Well, I've been attempting to approach the Internet as an experimentation with the space and time we inhabit on the other side of our personal computers before and after posting things online.

Playing with what is trusted online and why. I've also decided to tackle the business side of art in this way, incorporating it slowly into my existing practice. The idea of presenting alternative business models as art intrigues me more and more lately. Other current obsessions include DJing and interior decor.

When do you return to Miami?
April at the latest. I'm missing the 305 <3.

South Floridians who wish to participate in Soto's project The Status Update need only to scream what's on their mind at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 ... Remember: Scream loud. Make it count. 

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Monday, January 14, 2013

TEENSY WEENSY SOLO EXHIBITION: "Drowning" by Brandy Rumiez

Image courtesy of Brandy Rumiez

 Last summer, I launched an occasional feature titled Teensy Weensy Solo Exhibition.

 It's been awhile since I've run one of these but over the holiday season I came across an image of "Drowning," a mixed-media (pastels and acrylic on paper) work by Fort Lauderdale artist Brandy Rumiez. The sad-looking and seemingly huggable creatures made me think about how difficult and tremendously sad it can feel to say farewell, for good, to someone or something that is such an integral part of one's life.

I wondered what Rumiez was thinking about as she created this, so I contacted her and asked her if she would like to write a little something about the work.

Here's what she had to say:
"Like water, ideas are flowing constantly. Happy thoughts tickle and float like bubbles. Negative ones bury us into the darkest of depths. To me this piece is about accepting fate whatever it may be. It's about letting go of the bad, embracing the good, and losing yourself to yourself.

I've been told my art is cute but sort of creepy. I think that maybe to some degree I use 'cute' to mask terrible, horrific things. That would explain why my work turns out the way it does, but it isn't a conscious effort on my part.

I've always loved stories and I feel that this is my way of telling them. When people talk to me about my work it's almost as if they're acknowledging the three-dimensional existence of the creatures and the world I paint. It makes them more real to me knowing I'm not the only one who sees them."

Previous Teensy Weensy Solo Exhibitions include:

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

FLASHBACK: Annual Interest at Young at Art Museum

I went to Annual Interest, the group exhibition/fundraiser, at Young at Art Museum last night and brought back a few pics.

We pulled into Young at Art and encountered a giant "I Love You" on the way to the massive parking lot, which was nearly full.

The museum was as crowded as one might expect from seeing the parking lot. It's sort of felt like a maze, and everywhere you turn people are chatting, sampling food such as Knucklehead Burgers, pasta and frozen bananas, and drinking beer from teensy weensy shot glass-sized mugs.

And what goes better with teensy mugs of beer than tiny little cupcakes? Not that I had any, I picked the wrong day to have a big fat lunch.

I was thrilled to see that Martin Casuso's "Steer on Stilts," made from thrift store afghans, was given such a wondrous presentation.  I like to imagine that steer eavesdropping on all the people passing through the corridor, saving up all those little stories inside his afghans.

Wandering off the path of the crowds at this fundraiser has a payoff ... You'll encounter secret rooms such as this one, a wall of Etch-a-Sketches or a Mad Hatter's Tea Party which turned out to be the perfect quiet spot for listening to Tina La Porta's audio installation "Chasing Rabbits"   as it was broadcast over the PA system of the museum.

Not so quiet was the museum's Knight Gallery, where people were crammed in like sardines as they tried to get closer to the local art works in the group exhibition No. 1 and the raffle area. Here's how the raffle worked: A small wall contained printed-out pics of the works (many of which you can see up high on that back wall). When a ticket is drawn, a sticker bearing the name of the ticketholder was stuck onto the picture representing the work of their choice.
It looked sort of like this. Well, exactly like this but with better lighting.

No. 1, the group exhibition, featured mixed-media sculptures by Pepe Mar.

Pablo Cano's "Ladies in White," one of the works being raffled, was nicely displayed in a glass case.

Tina La Porta's "Racing Thoughts, No. 3" was among the works raffled. As she put it in a tweet: "Once I crossed that threshold to the point of obsession I started crushing pills into bits and pieces."

Artists Leah Brown and Peter Symons collaborated on this work. Look closely at the projections.

While Annual Interest, the food-drink-and-raffle event, is over, all of the art (including the raffled works) from the group exhibition No. 1, will remain on exhibit through Feb. 7. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $13, $12 for children and seniors. For more information, call 954-424-0085 or visit YoungAtArtMuseum.org.

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