Miami Art Walk Guide: Braving the Swamp

By | July 6th, 2011 | 7 Comments

My scouring for this month’s Second Saturdays Art Walk guide turned up precious little in the way of exhibition openings. Snitzer, Diet, Dina Mitrani, and Dorsch are all sticking with the exhibitions that placed them on our June guide, so pay them a visit if you didn’t get a chance to stop in last month. As for this Saturday, here’s what dilated my pupils so far.

1. DCG Open @ David Castillo Gallery

An annual survey, the 2011 DCG Open features 28 South Florida artists working in various media and standing at various points in their respective careers. In the group are Borscht Film Festival director Lucas Leyva and Misael Soto, who has compiled our Art Walk guides for the last umpteen months and will be “sitting on the gallery’s floor looking at a laptop or walking around the space while texting on a smart phone” when you walk into David Castillo Saturday night, according to a recent Sun Sentinel article. Antonia Wright is also among the artists showing in the DCG Open. Wright first caught my eye with her video piece “Are You OK?”, in which she stands on a New York street corner conning sympathetic strangers with alligator tears. It’s a cruelly deceptive and quasi-megalomaniacal piece, but my indignation is tempered by the fact those famously streetwise New Yorkers had it coming. Learn more about DCG Open on the gallery’s website.

2. The LAB @ Locust Projects

The self-proclaimed “pioneers in the Miami art scene” at Locust Projects are taking a select group of pubescent South Florida artists under their wing. Directed by Monica Lopez de Victoria, the older of the two TM Sisters, Locust Art Builders is a summer project inviting 15 local high school students to “experience the invigorating and arduous process of conceiving and executing original artworks.” I’m not sure what visitors to Locust Projects’ Design District space will experience at the opening of LAB on Saturday night — LP’s website is short on the details — but I’ll be there with my scout’s cap on.

3. Broadcast Against Recording @ de la Cruz Collection

This exhibition description defies paraphrasing: “As part of ongoing radio programming, [Nicolas] Lobo and [Terence] Hannum will present a performance, stage set and radio broadcast in the rear courtyard at the de la Cruz Collection. Hannum will be performing a ritualistic vocal invocation disturbing the surface of a dye filled trough designed by Lobo. The sound will be broadcasted on FM radio and will be audible throughout the building.” I’ve never missed the disturbance of a dye-filled trough and I’m not going to start now. Plus, Hannum, a Chicago-based artist whose work, says de la Cruz, culls “the periphery of heavy metal music subcultures”, seems the perfect antidote to Art Walk’s much maligned frivolity.

4. S C A L E @ Swampspace

Swampspace has had me stumped since the pseudonymous “Swampthing” first left a comment on our October Art Walk guide. It was a polite invitation to visit “the un-gallery” next time I was in the “designed district”. For no good reason, I’ve failed to heed the enigmatic invitation all of these months, but that prolonged rudeness will end this Saturday. I don’t know a damn thing about S C A L E other than that it is by Desiree Almodovar and has to do with music. (Again, the exhibition description is short on description.) What I do know is that Swampspace threw a banger during Art Walk last month (see pictures of general rowdiness) and that the space is home to a mural co-painted by Jeiddy Lopez, one of the seven featured artists at last week’s inaugural Sketchy Party. So I’ll be entering the Swamp on Saturday and, God willing, you will never hear from me again.


Screw pique technique! Call me old-fashioned, but I like my lists in multiples of five. Help this one get there by adding another Art Walk exhibition/event/performance in the comment section.

Update: See comments for information on Metrouroboros.

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7 Comments on “Miami Art Walk Guide: Braving the Swamp”

  1. 1 Artman said at 9:52 am on July 6th, 2011:

    Antonia Wright also has two works showing at Dorsch Gallery in the Noise Field show. That Girl gets around!

  2. 2 Rick said at 8:37 pm on July 6th, 2011:

    You gotta take your camera when you visit Swampspace. Trust me on this one. Oliver is a great host.


  3. 3 Jordan Melnick said at 9:36 pm on July 6th, 2011:

    Thanks for the heads up, Rick. Looking forward to my first Swamp submersion.

  4. 4 Jordan Melnick said at 12:57 am on July 7th, 2011:

    Found a fifth! Ashley Ford’s exhibition, Metrouroboros, at the U.M. Wynwood Project Space. Ashley is a U.M. MFA student whose art book, also titled Metrouroboros, we featured in our post on U.M. special books collection back in April. To learn more about her exhibition, which opens this Saturday, check out Cultist’s interview with Ford.

  5. 5 swampthing said at 8:48 am on July 7th, 2011:

    Big ups for the props, psyched about the attention. We’ll make the libations extra swampy.

  6. 6 swampthing said at 8:58 am on July 7th, 2011:

    Curious Nick Lobo.

  7. 7 Jordan Melnick said at 10:04 am on July 7th, 2011:

    @Swampything, once you see that fascinating freaky homeless dancer fluttering about Miami, you don’t forget him.

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