Open-air exhibit pops up in Wynwood in time for Art Walk

By | February 7th, 2012 | 1 Comment

'Sagebrush Gulch' by New Hampshire artist Sam Trioli -- photo from site95.tumblr.com

The vacant lot at 44 N.E. 29 Street, next to Morgan’s restaurant in Midtown, is usually nothing more than a patch of grassy land with an abandoned old rusty trailer. But since Jan. 28, the property has been re-purposed as an open-air, pop-up gallery as part of a national project to promote emerging artists.

“I loved the idea of using an available space,” said Meaghan Kent, director and chief curator for site95, a nonprofit established last November to present exhibitions in temporary urban locations. The Wynwood exhibit is site95’s first.

Called “Sagebrush Gulch”, by New Hampshire artist Sam Trioli, the solo show features as its center piece a V-shaped, wooden sculpture made out of 250 hewn logs indigenous to the New Hampshire area.

Facing the sculpture on the 7,000-square-foot property is a grey and black minimalist mural showing what looks like shifting planes laying on top of each other. Then there’s the trailer, which serves as a mini gallery.

On one of the white walls inside the 41-foot-long trailer are colorful linear print works not bigger than a letter-size page. The main piece on the trailer is an intimate diary in which the artist recorded daily activities for months and drew maps of his daily trips.

Kent says the exhibition is abstract.

“It really is open to what people want it to be,” Kent said.

The vacant lot is owned by Wynwood developer and broker David Lombardi. The exhibit runs through Feb. 25 and will be open for Second Saturdays Art Walk on Feb. 11.

Kent first experimented with open-air exhibitions in New York, where she’s worked at Chelsea galleries for the last 10 years. She then decided to take her idea to vacant lots at major cities throughout the U.S.

“Having exhibitions on available spaces allows us to promote artists from other places down here and vice versa, so it’s this kind of exchange created between these different locations,” Kent said.

The next exhibition will probably take place in New York, but Kent is already looking for a new venue in Miami.

“Since I’ve been here, I’ve found that people have been incredibly welcoming to the idea,” she said. “I’m hopeful that things will grow.”

Artists looking to get exposure and solo shows can email site95 at info [at] site94 [dot] org.

See more photos of the exhibition at site95.tumblr.com.

What: “Sagebrush Gulch” open-air exhibition
Cost: FREE
When: Fridays, Feb. 3-24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Saturdays, Feb. 11-25, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. during Second Saturdays Art Walk on Feb. 11)
Where: Vacant lot at 44 N.E. 29 Street, next to Morgan’s restaurant in Wynwood

This post was produced in partnership with Open Media Miami.

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One Comment on “Open-air exhibit pops up in Wynwood in time for Art Walk”

  1. 1 SamEagle said at 5:23 pm on February 7th, 2012:

    Is “abstract” the new “conceptual?” When did conceptual become a dirty word? For the man in the street, or in this case, the empty lot, this is BS. Still, the site95 “concept” is a worthy one and I hope it grows as a showcase for Miami artists. Why its first show in Wynwood is with a New Hampshire artist is hard to understand but I guess that’s the “abstract” part of the exhibit.


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