Art Walk Guide: Vagina painting and apple bongs

By | February 7th, 2012 | 10 Comments

Just as the Art Basel hangover is wearing off, galleries in Wynwood and the Design District are ramping up for Art Wynwood, a fair that will feature more than 50 exhibitors during President’s Day weekend. While certain galleries seem to be holding off their new exhibitions until closer to the fair, which is based in Midtown (for now), there are plenty of new shows opening this week in time for Art Walk on Saturday. Below are all the new exhibitions on our radar.

The Naked Truth: Nudes and Erotica in Art and Big Bang @ PanAmerican ArtProjects

An exploration of nudity, sex, and eroticism in art, The Naked Truth examines the representation of the unclothed female body through different time periods and media. The works include a painting from the 1940s by Wilfredo Lam, “very explicitly erotic drawings” by Carlos Enriquez, and videos by Tracey Snelling that let the viewer spy on her through her own motel windows. In its project room, the gallery will be screening the video “Big Bang” by Spanish artist Cristina Lucas. “In this sui generis video, Lucas … hired a professional to star in her video, literally writing the words ‘Big Bang’ with a brush held in her vagina.” To learn more about the exhibitions, visit PanAmerican ArtProjects.

'Femme' by Wilfredo Lam

entropy and Bad As I Wanna Be @ Primary Projects

A multimedia installation by filmmaker Autumn Casey, entropy brings together petrified apples that once served as makeshift bongs, images of Nicolas Cage as Jesus Christ, and an old music video shot at Sears, featuring Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth. From the exhibition description: “As a self-confessed assembler of ‘metaphors’ and a mirror to the unusual happenings in the urban world, Casey combines these seemingly random elements into a dedicated spectacle; one which heightens the power of the unscrupulous and lures the public into the lesser-known regions of cultural ephemera.”

Jessy Nite’s Bad As I Wanna Be is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Miami. She invites viewers to lie down on a bed with the words “Bad as I wanna be” hovering over them and wear her customized, risque jewelry. The point is to experience Nite’s urban feminine perspective on rebellion, success, work, and life as she uses jewels and overt sexuality to channel her dangerous riot grrl persona. Her exhibition also features sculpture and print works. To learn more about both exhibitions, visit Primary Flight’s website.

Jessi Nite: NiteRider Porno Series

archiTECTONICS @ Diana Lowenstein Gallery

This exhibition features the work of artist Julie Davidow, who calls herself “a frustrated scientist collecting specimens of the organic and inorganic worlds.” Abstract and layered, the paintings in archiTECTONICS look like super-magnified images of an organism under a microscope and, somehow at the same time, vast landscapes viewed from huge distances. “Each painting is a snapshot,” Davidow says in her artist statement, “a momentary glimpse of an interaction. The imagery is drawn from biological, sexual, botanical, geological, cartographic, and architectural influences. Like characters in a story, the shapes animate the space and create a narrative as they appear and reappear throughout the body of my work.” To learn more about archiTECTONICS, visit Diana Lowenstein’s website.

'Diagram #27' by Julie Davidow

Short Stories @ Dina Mitrani Gallery

Photographer Guillermo Srodek-Hart traveled through the rural towns surrounding Buenos Aires and brought back stills of cluttered bars and old shops. His photographs capture places that seem to be caught in the past, abandoned, while each picture has a companion text description of the people whose lives revolved around the photographed places. “My photographs are filled with traces of human presence: objects, furniture, stuff hanging from the walls, accumulations on display,” Srodek-Hart says. “They speak to me of the invisible, that which can’t be seen but is there, stories to be imagined, and, ultimately, the acknowledgement of our own transience in this world.” To learn more about the exhibition, visit Dina Mitrani Gallery’s website.


Picaresque @ David Castillo Gallery

In the description for Picaresque, which features oil paintings by Harumi Abe, Vera Iliatova, and Yui Kugimiya, DCG’s artspeak is, as usual, nearly indecipherable: “Abe, Iliatova and Kugimiya use oil on canvas to elucidate home as a perpetual maturation of dasein relative to the human body and its environment. Home is not a haven but a hermeneutics of suspicion ripe for deconstruction and contradiction. The motility of being-at-home is picaresque. Abe, Iliatova and Kugimiya striate the trope of the road of life into an episodic journey of the phenomenological anti-hero. In the tradition of Mary Cassatt’s domestic scenes, the picaresque home is expressive yet unsentimental, real yet nonessential. The picaresque home is an evolutionary resting posture consistent only in its appetite for line, color and texture.” To learn more (or less) about Picaresque, visit David Castillo Gallery’s homepage.

'Picareque' at David Castillo Gallery

Interaction I and Miami Heart Gallery @ the Bakehouse Art Complex

The BAC only opens its doors until 5 p.m., so consider this an early bird special. Interaction I is a two-part experiment in collaboration. First, two artists work together on a piece while in different cities. From the show description: “Choosing the topic ‘Archetypen’, Richmodis dm created 12 pieces of artwork. They are large-scale photocopies that were worked over by paint. The pieces of art were sent to New York to Stefan Eins who on his part had the option to answer to it with own works. He decided to work directly into the pieces of art by Richmodis. Finally Richmodis added a statement to the works that were sent by Stefan Eins.”

Part two is a sound installation by cellist Gunilda Worner that comprises eight aluminum pipes bent as sound columns. Each column represents one of eight recordings that will be playing in a loop on a CD player nearby. The interactive part comes in when viewers walk by the tubes and recognize the sound each shape represents.

To learn more about the exhibition, as well as Miami Heart Gallery, a traveling collection of portraits of children that are up for adoption through Miami-Dade’s foster care system, visit the Bakehouse Art Complex website.

Magnetic Poetry, 1001 Dreams of Occupation, The Politics Of Time @ Dorsch Gallery

In The Politics of Time, Kyle Trowbridge examines technology and its impact on daily life with paintings in which “the old and new uncomfortably coexist,” including several from a series of large, hand-painted QR codes. Magnetic Poetry features installation and sculptural works by artist Carlos Rigau that were “inspired by Afro-Carribean religious practices and their survival despite prohibitions against them.” With “emphatically allegorical” work by Magnus Sigurdason, 1001 Dreams of Occupation depicts “[t]he attempt to reach out to the Other over and over and over again despite preordained failure.” All three exhibitions open on Friday, Feb. 10. To learn more about them, visit Dorsch Gallery’s website.

Magnus Sigurdarson: 1001 Dreams of Occupation

Last Call Wrecking Ball @ Swampspace

Going until midnight, the self-described “un-gallery” invites Art Walkers to “join the community of Design District artists to commemorate a decade of emergence and fruition.” The flyer for the event lists a slew of artists, including including Naomi Fisher, Jim Drain, Bhakti Baxter, and Daniel Arsham, but it is unclear whether they are showing, attending, either, or neither. To (attempt to) learn more about the event, visit Swampspace’s blog.


These are all the new shows on our radar. To learn about current shows that opened before the January Art Walk, including the Richard Höglund exhibition at Gallery Diet and Alice Raymond’s Unit at Dimensions Variable, check out last month’s guide.

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10 Comments on “Art Walk Guide: Vagina painting and apple bongs”

  1. 1 SteveBM said at 11:45 pm on February 7th, 2012:

    Thanks for this. I usually roll to Art Walk with friends who are guides and know what galleries are where. Any chance you got a trail map?

  2. 2 Jordan Melnick said at 8:18 am on February 8th, 2012:

    SteveBM, many of the galleries mentioned in this guide are pinned on our “Miami Art Walk” Google map, which you can see HERE.

  3. 3 Ills said at 9:30 am on February 8th, 2012:

    Fantastic article. Thanks for keeping us ignant folks informed.

  4. 4 Maria Murriel said at 11:52 am on February 8th, 2012:

    It’s my pleasure! Hope you can make it out on Saturday.

  5. 5 Sam said at 6:05 pm on February 8th, 2012:

    I know this will be dumb questions, but here goes. I am in need of some art for my bare walls. I have never been to a Wynwood gallery nor to art walk. I was considering going, but I’m not interested in the drinking, food, bar thing. I’d seriously like to peruse art and possibly buy some. Is art walk good for that? Can one actually buy reasonably priced art? Or am I better off going another time, or to another place entirely? If anyone has an opinion, I’d appreciate it. Thanks.

  6. 6 SteveBM said at 7:04 pm on February 8th, 2012:


  7. 7 James said at 7:09 pm on February 8th, 2012:

    Sam, Wynwood is a great place to find great contemporary art. The best day is any Saturday or day of the week between 11 – 5. I know that the Gallery Walk starts at 2 pm, and after 8 is a total mess. I bougtht some amazing contemporary photographs in a gallery called The Lunch Box Gallery, they got a reasonable prices… but hey, good art is never cheap!

    Good luck

  8. 8 Brook Dorsch said at 7:55 pm on February 8th, 2012:

    To Sam: Check the galleries web-sties… many of them (dorschgallery included) open the gallery shows the day before second Saturday. These are typically for more art-centric patrons that are not in wynwood solely to see the crowds.

  9. 9 Jordan Melnick said at 5:49 pm on February 9th, 2012:

    Sam, James’ comment originally went to our Spam folder (twice). You decide. James, I’m sorry if I’m wrongly casting doubt on your comment.

  10. 10 Sam said at 8:21 pm on February 9th, 2012:

    Thanks, folks, for the advice.

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