Monthly events have a tendency to get old fast, but somehow Miami Art Walk is not succumbing to that fate. Am I alone here? I suppose I’ll take the thousands of people who came out to Wynwood and the Design District Saturday night as my answer. Poised for hours on the precipice of precipitation, the weather was perfect for a stroll up and down N.W. Second Avenue, slipping in and out of the air-conditioned galleries, sampling of the fleet of food trucks, and, of course, marveling at the parade of strange and wonderful people who have kept Art Walk from going stale for months on end now. By way of example . . .
Just when you thought Art Walk couldn’t get better (and less about art), the glorious game of ping pong made its way into the Wynwood Market Saturday evening courtesy of Chalk, a ping pong and billiards lounge set to open in Miami Beach in the summer.
Myakka, Naomi Fisher’s video piece at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery, showed a group of gals traipsing tribe-like through the wetlands, prairies, and woodlands of Myakka State Park in Sarasota, playing out rituals at once tender and ominous. Shot hand-held, with a taste for light peering through the trees, the video has its origins in a 13-day camping trip Fisher took with friends and fellow artists. Myakka defies a definitive interpretation, but with its heroines stalking the woods in brand-name tees and painting one another’s face with blood, the primordial cosmetic, I had the thought, “After the Apocalypse, girls will still be girls. But they’ll know how to trap snakes, too.” Learn more about Myakka, which runs through May 23, on snitzer.com.
Remember we said that we didn’t know what to expect of Xavier Cha’s performance at the de la Cruz Collection? Well, having experienced it — it being Ms. Cha on a camera dolly closely circling an odd-faced boy making odd faces — we still don’t know what to make of it. You?
We captured this ostensibly tender moment at Praxis International Art, which is showing an exhibition by Shaun El C. Leonardo called “Sleeping Giant”. I’m not sure if the man in the turquoise shorts is part of the show.