Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Post-Basel coverage

As you may know from El Capitan's post, we went wandering Wynwood (impressed by my alliteration there?) for Art Basel. And by wandering, I mean El Capitan and El Padrino dragged me off El Hombre's Peavy amp at ISM gallery.

I'm glad I went, because there were many new openings that I loved, most of which were on side streets.

Of course there was ISM. This is a family-managed gallery that has several different artists on display. The main display was the father's work, pictured below:
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The boats are made from copies of the papers the US Coast Guard distributed during the Mariel Boat Lift in Miami.
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I really liked these displays for a number of reasons. First, I love the contrast of the red against the white walls. It commands your attention. I also like that these are very symbolic of what many people experienced, coming to this country, without being overly political. It, to me, appeals more to the emotions.

The only other gallery where I took pictures was Animal Farm, mainly because my camera battery died. This gallery was like arts and crafts on steroids. It was absolutely awesome. I appreciate artists that have fun with what they do, and the artist definitely had a blast. The gallery was complete with hay, which made it seem more realistic, both in the crunch under foot, and the smell of it in the air.
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Every part of each piece was made from things one would find around the house, pencils, shoes, golf balls, corks, etc. it was really fun to see the whole display, and then get close to each thing and see how it was constructed. I look forward to seeing more from this place, so hopefully the artist was local.

And what would one of my art entries be without pictures of street art? I know you've been waiting for it:
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As Emeril would say... Bam! (I dunno, it's the medicine)

3 comments:

swampthing said...

cant swallow celeb chef but wowow! where's that mural? will be pissed if it gets painted over, bldg owner fined.

El Capitan said...

it's on 24th or 25th street near n. miami ave (can't remember totally).

Christina said...

its on 24th street, between NW 2nd Ave (I think that's the directional) and N. Miami ave.

I can't wait to see what it looks like completed. If you wander many of those side streets you find really interesting murals....