Miami Art Walk Guide: Animals Are Outside Today, etc.

By | June 9th, 2011 | No Comments

Second Saturday Art Walk is on … Saturday, and as usual there’s a lot going on. Here are five exhibitions that caught my eye.

1. Noise Field @ Dorsch Gallery

Curated by Miami-based writer and dance/visual arts performer Annie Hollingsworth, Noise Field will examine “where language patterns begin to form or where, conversely, they dissolve into nonsense” through the work of some great local artists and promising talent from abroad (including London-based word maniac Sam Winston). “In this in-between place, language has an unsettling vertigo effect,” Dorsch explains on its website. “Dreamlike logic rules and nightmare characters are born.” I’m certainly intrigued, particularly with the exhibition’s exploration of how “words fall apart and images get caught between old and new media.”

Hollingsworth’s first show at Dorsch, Noise Field will feature the works of Raphael Lyon, Ruben Millares, Martin Murphy, Kylin O’Brien, Odalis Valdivieso, Antonia Wright, and Winston. Learn more about the exhibition on Dorsch’s website.

I Scream, Therefore I Exist
I scream, therefore I exist (2011; video still)

2. Merzbau-Now @ Fredric Snitzer Gallery

First you need to know who Kurt Schwitters is. An excerpt from Snitzer’s website:

A pioneering artist in the spheres of collage, sculpture, architecture and installation, Schwitters … set the tone for the avant-garde. At a young age in war torn Germany, Schwitters stylistically evolved through genres such as Expressionism, Dada, Constructivism, and European Avant-garde to ultimately generate his signature modus operandi, Merz. Designed as a distinctly Schwitters architectural assemblage, his transformative installation known as Merzbau is recognized today as one of the most riveting artworks of the early 20th century. Unfortunately, the Merzbau was bombed and destroyed in 1943 during WWII.

Nearly seven decades later, Snitzer is “modestly” taking up the task of paying homage to an artist whose “profound impact on art history is rarely given just recognition,” according to the exhibition description. Featuring some of Snitzer’s biggest names — Bert Rodriguez among them — Merzbau-Now presents the gallery’s art stars with a hefty challenge. I’ll admit: I’m walking in a skeptic.

Learn more about the exhibition on snitzer.com.

3. Mayami Son Machín @ Gallery Diet

Put together by Guatemalan art space Proyectos Ultravioleta, this exhibit’s summary on the Gallery Diet website didn’t catch me right away. An excerpt:

Mayami Son Machín is an exhibition which aims to explore common preconceptions about Latin American identity as seen through a fantasized place called Mayami, a city cloaked in a mystic haze of glory and glamour. The title of the exhibition is derived from The Miami Sound Machine, a 90’s era music group, which epitomized the notion of what it means to be latino living in Miami.

But then I skimmed the list of participating artists and ran into Rita Indiana y los Misterios and Noelia Quintero. Ever since I saw/heard this music video about a year ago, I’ve been absolutely hooked.

Learn more about the exhibition on Gallery Diet’s website.

4. Animals are Outside Today @ Dina Mitrani

This is damn good photography. Period. Though a notch down from the gallery’s previous exhibition by Peggy Nolan, Colleen Plumb’s show at Dina Mitrani is nothing to scoff at. The lighting, the colors, the compositions: all superb. As for the choice of subject matter — animals, outside, today — I’ll let you be the judge.

You can learn more about the exhibition and get a sneak peak at the photography on Mitrani’s website.

5. Wynwood Lofts

Follow me. Head west on 23rd Street from N.W. Second Avenue, after all the food trucks, and you’ll come across a bunch of signs urging you to enter a large (the largest in Wynwood) multi-story building. Don’t be wary. Go inside. Dubbed the Wynwood Lofts, the building is full of graphic design and photo studios, as well as art spaces, all featuring emerging artists. Some of the lofts are closed, but many of them open their doors during Second Saturday Art Walk. It might take a little bit of searching, but it’s worth the detour off Art Walk’s main drag.

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Ed. note: As for what to do before Art Walk, head over to O Cinema in Wynwood for Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, which is playing all weekend. To find out who the hell Jack Cardiff is — or just stare at Anita Ekberg covered with powder sugar — read our Cameraman review. There’s a free glass of wine in it for you.

Misael Soto is a South Florida artist who works at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and blogs at misaelsoto.tumblr.

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