“You have one week — here are the artists you need to see.”
Miami Art Week 2014 can be overwhelming even for the most seasoned veterans. Spanning various Miami districts, the weeklong spectacle showcases national, international and local artists and the possibilities to view art are nearly endless. With most people in town only for such a short time, we picked ten from the vast cast that you shouldn’t sleep on.
1. Kris Knight
The Toronto-based artist will be displaying his latest portraits of young men that mirror the artist’s psychological tones that “are secretive, veiled faces that do not directly address the viewer; rather, they are in quiet repose filled with restlessness.” With the help and support of Gucci, Knight’s solo exhibition, Smell the Magic will be displayed in Spinello Projects’ pop-up in the Design District.
2. Yuri Tuma
Exhibiting at Butter Gallery, Tuma’s new work is conceptualized through the use of mobile technologies (cell phone cameras and mobile apps). It’s an even amalgam of Minimalist Op Art and the Venezuelan school of Kinetic Art. Deceitfully simple in its final form, the young Brazilian who works out of Miami, is that rare breed of contemporary artist who sees the future of past movements in the proposed future of the former’s intended tonality.
Arsham’s site-specific piece at Locust Projects, Welcome to the Future, is a chaotic interpretation of archeology that is meta in its dystopic self-awareness. The installation has transformed the gallery into a dig and the trench he’s created is filled with the hubris of modern life’s obsolete-the-second-it-leaves-the-factory necessities like cell phones, cameras, televisions and other forms of electronic gadgetry of the past 30 years or so. Rendered in crystal, volcanic ash and other minerals; the work is an observation on a society that will bury its past faster than it uncovers it by actually dumping more of its present unto it.
4. José Lerma
Lerma’s solo show at the David Castillo Gallery is an exploration of the artist’s interest in the Ponce de Leon story and the fountain of youth as it relates to him personally. Though born in Seville, he grew up in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico – de Leon’s first settlement in the Americas. His oeuvre has fluctuated in execution from concept to concept but Lerma has always retained a natural focus on history and the Old Continent’s continued influence on the Americas.
5. Ashley Oubré
Oubré’s work, stylized photo-realism is a style she calls “hyper-realism.” Her portraits are created with graphite powder, carbon pencils and india ink and capture damaged subjects in a detailed grayscale that minutely suggests motion; perhaps even a tiny glimpse of hope. As part of Robert Fontaine Gallery’s set, she’ll debut a solo show in January at the gallery.
Kennedy’s show, Morphosis at the Mindy Solomon Gallery is a collection of his latest permeations; abstract collage-like paintings made with mixed materials to achieve the impression of the artist’s non-involvement. Seemingly devoid of brushstrokes, the pieces exhibit a cold, almost cyberpunk quality while commanding the severity of weight in an innocuously weightless environment.
7. Andra Ursuta
Ursuta’s fascination with power and modernism continue in this large installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art. In contrast to the space’s concrete and geometric atrium, her sculptures; large and imposing though created by inflation and fabrics, are strengthened by their open defiance of an architecture that deems to impose itself upon them. It is a construct of the David and Goliath story with the psychologically modernized version of a child staring a tank down with a stone in their hand.
Art and design have grown alongside since the recent artistic renaissance and art in public places has benefitted from the association. Award-winning Indian architect and designer, Satyendra Pakhalé joins the often irreverent nature of art and design incorporating with the lush South Florida landscape at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Modern in design, cheeky in religious allegory and as neon pink as Miami during the ‘80s; the chairs will factor into the garden’s landscape until next summer.
Yitzhak’s video installation, WarCraft at the Screening Room is a biting indictment on war and the effects of decades of conflict on Afghan soil. Recreating the tradition of rug weaving into a video platform, she’s taken the once flourishing trade and its symbolic colors, patterns and weave techniques that slowly transitioned during the Soviet conflict into quilt-like memorials of life under the duress of constant war to the digital plane as a reflection of the continued imbalance and chaos of the region in juxtaposition to the wildly popular video game of the same name.
10. Belaxis Buil
In Lifted, Buil’s solo show; the visual and performance artist, musician, dancer, photographer and videographer pulls no stops in her Overstuffed Girl series with characters like “Adipose Tissue,” exploring self-absorption, gargantuanism and detachment. Confrontational, informed by a radical feminism that is inherently nonconformist to society standards and expectations; Buil is a modern woman who often challenges the perceptions of gender politics in an arena dominated by pop culture and Madison Avenue.
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