Second Saturdays Art Walk Guide: Pop Portraits and Fake Churches
|Francesco Lo Castro|
Jim Drain: In "Saturday's Ransom," the artist uses translucent drawings on the pages of found books and melted wax to create a stained glass effect on Locust Projects' façade. As he told the New Times, "Researching the early history of the church for the show, I discovered that people believed that when sinners stood outside of a cathedral and the light shined through them from the stained-glass windows, they would become purified." Cleanse your soul this Saturday night. Locust Projects, 155 NE 38th St., Ste. 100, Miami. Call 305-576-8570 or visit locustprojects.org.
Miguel Paredes: See a sculpture version of Miguel's painting In the Name of America, which has never been shown in Miami, and a first look at Miguel's all-new series, "Elements of an Artist." There'll be music by DJ Ari X and complimentary cocktails by Alambiqu Mixology, Grey Goose, Plymouth Gin, Beefeater Gin, Appleton Estates Rum, and Ice Tropez. Paredes Fine Arts Studio, 2311 NW Second Ave., Miami. Visit miguelparedes.com.
Michael Scoggins: The Brooklyn artist taps into the playful doodling from school days via his enlarged notebook paper pieces in "#1 Fan." Using bubble-letter scribbles and exaggerated exclamation points, he scrawls "Best Drawing Ever!" and "Bad Artists Copy. Good Artists Steal." In the gallery's project room, find "Precious," an exhibit emphasizing the weight that culture places on artistic ideals. It features videos by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir and Davida Nemeroff, paintings by Eduardo Consuegra and Mary Anna Pomonis, and installations by Gomez De Molina and Peter Harkawik. Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, 2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Call 305-576-1804 or visit dlfinearts.com.
Francesco Lo Castro: The Italian-born, German-raised pop-surrealist
painter displays 30 oversized portraits of South Florida creatives such as
Karelle Levy. Butter Gallery, 2301 NW Second Ave., Miami. Call
305-303-6254 or visit buttergallery.com
Xaviera Simmons: In her solo exhibit, "(Harvest): Any Number of Myths and Stories," the NYC-based artist, in the words of our art critic, "explores awareness and expansion in a series of staged scenes employing photography, sculpture, text, performance, and video. In her work, Simmons often appears like a stranded astronaut on a desert planet or a disoriented wanderer clutching a map. She also mines the relationship between predator and prey in dramatic found images such as one depicting a majestic barrel owl shredding a mouse in its claws." David Castillo Gallery, 2234 NW Second Ave., Miami Call 305-573-8110 or visit davidcastillogallery.com.
3: In this exhibit, Rosario Bond, Alette Simmons-Jimenez, and Randy Burman examine consumerism, greed, obsession with beauty and youth, and overrated art. One of the installations includes a paper shredder and during the Art Walk, the public is encouraged to feed in famous art works to be ripped to shreds. Artformz Alternative,171 NW 23rd St., Miami. Call 305-572-0040 or visit artformz.net.
Alvaro Ilizarbe/Freegums: According to his web site "Sky's The Limit" is a "large scale projection of clips of American pastimes and Juke songs that are layered and mixed into dance music videos. The artist is superimposed on the video embracing the moment by dancing and celebrating." Sounds. Pretty. Freaking. Awesome. Swampspace 3821 NE 1 Ct., Miami. Visit freegums.net.