Last month’s Second Saturdays Art Walk in Wynwood and Design District was slow for two reasons: Scope New York stole a few gallerists’ attention and the food truck court got shut down amid controversy. Facing neither of those contingencies this time around — yes, love or lament ‘em, the food trucks are back — Art Walk this coming Saturday is jammed with more promising exhibitions than you will be able to attend in one night. Here’s a preview of each show to help you plot your footsteps.
Let’s Begin With A Line @ Dorsch Gallery
A group show featuring work by 13 artists, including Jiae Hwang and Robert Thiele, Let’s Begin With A Line “is a vignette to observe and enjoy the linear,” according to the gallery. “The works in the show all contain a straight edge or vector. To privilege the mathematical form of the line means that there are associated aesthetic and virtual pleasures — beauty, symmetry and ideality — that are, at times, cut apart or shattered.” On Saturday night, the gallery is also opening Ralph Provisero’s solo show For Old Times’ Sake and hosting mini-performances from Roméo et Juliette by resident singers at the Florida Grand Opera. To learn more about the exhibitions, visit the Dorsch Gallery Website.
Word of Mouth @ Diana Lowenstein Gallery
A solo exhibition by Miami-based artist Michael Loveland (who will be at the opening on Saturday), Word of Mouth is an examination of “the power of the individual’s voice in society” that was inspired by antiwar and activist posters, including those from the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. “Working from mass-produced, found graphics such as pin-up girls and rock posters, Loveland obliterates all but the mouth, the vehicle of the voice, through processes of masking and erasure. The resulting expanses of open space surrounding the figures initiate a dialogue between them — singing turns to screaming, a simple smile becomes overtly erotic.” To learn more about the exhibition, and artist Angela Glajcar’s concurrent solo show, visit the Diana Lowenstein Gallery.
Christy Gast: Out of Place @ Gallery Diet
The artist’s second solo show at the gallery, Out of Place features sculptures that investigate “the collision that occurs when two notions regarding studio practice meet: Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, which locates creation within a physical space, and Daniel Buren’s manifesto The Function of the Studio, which frees the artist from its confines. The resulting group of burlap sculptures, double-sized duplications of a year’s worth of sculptural assemblage, reflects on the artist’s studio as the site of that collision, treating the conceptual and physical space of creation as an archaeological site.” To learn more about the exhibition, visit Gallery Diet’s website.
Collective Memory @ Robert Fontaine Gallery
A solo show by London artist Nick Gentry, Collective Memory features “sombre, Generation X portraits” painted on canvases of gridded floppy disks — “the 3.5-inch pieces of plastic are symbolic of the harsh world of obsolescence”, according to the show description, and their metal hubs serve as the portrait subject’s “startlingly dilated eye. Adding to his haunting renderings are the handwritten labels on the disks and the way the disks’ original blue, black, or gray color contributes to the composite form.” To learn more about the exhibition, visit the Robert Fontaine Gallery website.
Rock, Hard, Place @ David Castillo Gallery
This is a solo show featuring sculpture, video, and photography by D.C.-born, New York-based artist Kate Kilmore. “Gilmore’s taxing, and often compromising, self-appointed tasks reference a history of performance art from Yoko Ono to Marina Abramović,” DCG writes in the exhibition description. “Whether binding hay bales with ribbon or punching a bare-fisted escape through chimney-tight drywall, Gilmore is the magician and the compliant assistant, leaking like paint into the dialogue surrounding the autonomy of the female body. The toughness of Rock, Hard, Place brings new relevance to sociopolitical resolve.” To learn more about the exhibition, visit the DCG website.
When You’re A Boy @ Dina Mitrani Gallery
Featuring photographs and video by Luis Lazo (born in Chile, raised in London, now living in the South of France), When You’re A Boy is an exploration of a child’s maturation into manhood. To learn more about the exhibition, visit the Dina Mitrani website.
In La Valle de los Caidos @ Primary Projects
A new installation by conceptual artist and University of Arizona professor Lawrence Gipe, In La Valle de los Caidos will feature “epically-scaled mixed media paintings on raw canvas, a video installation, and numerous small works that address the fascist-era iconography and structures of his contentious subject: the Santa Cruz de la Valle de los Caidos cathedral, Spain – a gigantic Roman Catholic basilica built by Generalissimo Francisco Franco as a tomb for himself.” To learn more about the show, visit the Primary Projects website.
Inverted Night @ de la Cruz Collection
An attempt by California-born, Miami-based artist Brookhart Jonquil to reveal the “folly of at the root of projections, in which one projects one’s worldview as Truth,” Inverted Night is site-specific installation that “presents an environment of illusion where a large reflective painting causes the background of the space to sublimate into light,” according to the Collection. “A large globe divided by five sections covered with mirrors stands in front of the painting. As they enter the room, the viewers see only a section of the globe at a time, the rest of what is seen is a reflection like a Rorschach pattern made of continents. The dots of varying size on the reflective background seem to be stars, even though here they are the absence of light.” To learn more about the installation, visit the de la Cruz Collection website.
Futile @ Fredric Snitzer Gallery
A solo show by Berlin-based artist Zhivago Duncan, Futile centers around a massive piece called “Maschine” (pictured), which measures 16x21x91.5 feet. “With ‘Maschine’,” the gallery says, “Duncan channels painterly intuition through a remote controlled spray-painting machine. Rather than employing a trained professionalʼs exacting technique, Duncan captures the childʼs fully present and intuitive act of creation by using the machine to distance the painter from his calculated process. Surrendering control, the artist allows the machine to execute unpracticed marks onto the canvas, resulting in an array of sprayed strokes on a gesso white field. Duncanʼs contemporary response to the calculated, solid color planes of the colorfield painters, ‘Maschine’ diagrams the progression of the machine’s life and evokes the struggle between man and machine.” To learn more about the show, visit the Fredric Snitzer Gallery website.
These are all the new shows on our radar, but there are more worthy shows that opened before last Art Walk, including iPhoneography at the Lunch Box Gallery and Breathless at Locust Projects. To learn about them, check out our Art Walk guide from last month.