This has been a big year for Locust Projects, a not-for-profit exhibition space “dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces.”
In the Miami art scene, August is usually even deader than July, with every sane moneyed person traveling elsewhere during this brutally hot month. So it’s surprising that galleries in Wynwood and the Design District have plenty of new exhibitions opening in time for Art Walk on Saturday. Another pleasant surprise: the shows aim squarely at locals. Here are the exhibitions on our radar.
With the summer sun exerting its withering force upon Miami, galleries in Wynwood and Design District seem to be cooling their heels this month. There are precious few exhibitions opening for Art Walk on Saturday — in fact, I turned up only three new shows amid a host of holdover exhibitions. That said, here’s what’s on the radar.
This coming Saturday galleries in Wynwood and the Design District will open their doors for the first Art Walk of the summer. In the spirit of the season, expect high heat, threat of rain, and a lot of missed putts on a golf green (see Get Lost below). Here are a handful of the new exhibitions on our radar.
Salon de Notre Société @ Primary Projects
Richard Florida, author of The Rise of The Creative Class and a leading thinker on the modern city, spies in the evolution of Miami’s Design District a “tipping point back toward urban downtowns”, not just here but nationwide: “After years of neglect, decline, and abandonment, downtowns across the United States are poised to come back — and not just as redoubts for hipsters, artisanal food, indie music, and trendy boutiques, but as major shopping destinations.”
The food truck roundup that usually accompanies Art Walk may be cancelled once again this month, but several Wynwood galleries are still serving up promising new exhibitions. Here’s what’s on our radar.
Live…Suburbia! @ Workshop Collective
Love ‘em or lament ‘em, the food trucks are going to be back in full force at Art Walk Saturday night. The organizer of the food truck roundup, which sets up in a lot west of N.W. Second Avenue, between 22nd Street and 23rd Street, just sent out an email to all the trucks eligible for the event proclaiming, “WE HAVE A PERMIT AND THE EVENT IS OFFICIALLY ON! START TWEETING AND GET THE WORD OUT!”
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
Though Scope New York stole a few Miami gallerists’ attention this month, there are still a handful of new and promising exhibitions opening in time for Art Walk in Wynwood and the Design District on Saturday, starting with …
Shortness of Breath @ Locust Projects
Locust Projects’ first exhibition in a new space at 3852 North Miami Avenue, a few blocks west of its former Design District home, Shortness of Breath features large-scale paintings by Miami-born artist Natalya Laskis, who used everything from broom brushes to skis to apply paint. “Moving beyond the scenes of socially exclusive groups, such as motorcycle gangs and isolated farming communities that characterized Laskis’ former work, Shortness of Breath pushes the artist’s exploration of social archetypes into a realm of engagement rather than observation,” according to the exhibition description. In addition to Laskis’ show, there will also be a site-specific installation in the project room by Miami artist and designer Emmett Moore called High, Low, and in Between. To celebrate its new space, Locust will have food from Harry’s Pizzeria at the openings. To learn more about the exhibitions, visit locustprojects.org
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.