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.