After the Circus of “Art Basel Miami Beach” has left town, the streets of Wynwood are once again all but deserted. On a beautiful January afternoon the solitude is broken by the occasional biker pedaling along or the sound of auto body mechanics ordering their lunch from the local food truck parked in the middle of the street.
The only signs that the circus had even been in town are the colorful graffiti murals covering the walls of this warehouse district in transition. But step inside one of the many galleries hiding behind nondescript metal doors and there you will find the smaller acts working hard to present their shows to the public.
A few of the shows now on exhibit in Wynwood are reviewed below.
Dorsch Gallery presents two Solo shows, “Orchestrated Gestures” by Clifton Childree and “Weather Patterns and Paint” by Arnold Mesches.
Upon entering the gallery you confront “Paint” an exhibition of works by Mesches, referencing the many great paintings that influenced him throughout the years. These homages to master works are brought into contemporary conversation by placing them behind the artists tools. Old cans of Cafe Bustelo filled with the artists brushes sit in front of Goya’s iconic painting “The third of May”. A path of paint containers makes its way into a landscape and an artist’s palette piled high with years of paint sits under Rembrandt’s “Carcass of beef”.
In the next room is Weather patterns, lushly painted canvases depicting mother nature in all her fury as acrobats and individuals attempt to navigate their way through the elements.
In the third room you will find “Orchestrated Gestures” by Clifton Childree, an artist and filmmaker residing in Miami. Childree presents us with 3 separate scenarios exposing his visions of the unrealized dreams of composers Scott Joplin, Richard Wagner and Alexander Scriabin. The tragic lives of each of these men is addressed through intimate installations featuring period furniture, arcade machines, re-creations of vintage film and haunting audio of the composers unfinished works.
Fredric Snitzer Gallery presents “Pursuit” by Tmothy Buwalda. These recent paintings by Buwalda shift between representational and abstraction. The artist pushes the paint from tight clean lines to broad brush swaths creating a synergy of emotions and aggressions being played out in off road wipeouts. The large scale canvases invite you into the hot desert where colorfully sponsored trucks challenge the laws of gravity as they fly through the air creating great plumes of dust and sand. In other canvases, calm has settled and we are left with the detritus of the day. Beautiful stacks of slickly painted metal and chrome bumpers are left to bake in the sun.
“Supercluster” at Praxis International Art is a collective exhibition of imagined worlds. The seven artists in this exhibition explore ideas of place through a variety of mediums and styles of expression.
Darlene Charneco creates mixed media aerial views of imagined terrain. These small scale works created with nails, resin, enamel, acrylic and glitter conjure ideas of familiar places we may have been or new places we might like to visit. The possibilities become more real as they are marked with pins like a google map.
Alexis Duque’s acrylic paintings of architectural structures are beautiful statements on urban sprawl in developing countries and Martin Perez Aggrippino takes you into an imaginary world of buildings with no windows and the possibility that man can fly.
Teresa Diehl invites you into her “Dream”, an exhibition room with 3 single channel projections on crochet monofilament. The maze in the room is created with diaphanous panels of monofilament that allows the 3 projections to filter through, creating changing patterns as you move along the path.
Bernice Steinbaum Gallery presents new work by Carol Prusa. “Domus: Home” is a masterful show of intricately drawn geometric and organic patterns enhanced with pinhole flecks of fiber optics.
The fourteen convex domes in this exhibition are three dimensional silver point and graphite drawings, highlighted with white paint and at times aluminum leaf. The subtle use of video and fiber optics becomes part of the pattern, drawing the viewer into a sensual universe of metaphysics and natural beauty.
The hemispheres allow the viewer to experience metaphysical thoughts on a variety of levels. “Domus” 2011 stands alone in that it is an oval sphere amongst many circles. As you experience the object you are drawn into a dark slit that appears to be folding into itself like a black hole pulling you into a world that lies beyond experience. As you return to the object itself you are again absorbed by the many substances used to create the physical surface.
Jami Nix Rahn 2011