Second Saturday Art Walk Guide: Robot Brawls, Teddy Bear Pelts, and Identity Crises
|Ian Arena Exhibits with Funner Projects|
You'll also find a mysterious couple pledging their eternal love from across time and distance. There's even a tongue-in-cheek institutional critique emanating from the Magic City's newest and smallest gallery space. There's something for even the most jaded arts trawler to smack those lips over. And contrary to the rumors, Wynwood has not gone as dry as a Baptist preacher's Adam's apple. You can still find enough complimentary hooch to gargle down the food truck vittles. Here are our top-shelf openings on tap this weekend. Keep those peepers peeled.
The event is part of a promotion for the opening of Bots High later at 10 p.m. at O Cinema (90 NW 29th St., Miami), where the demolished carcasses of the night's robot combatants will be exhibited.
Borsch@Dorsch: An additional component of the evening's high jinx, "Borscht@Dorsch" will display some amazing props from the film fest's movies. At the Dorsch Art Gallery, you can discover everything from a latex eel used in the short film "Glitch" -- Borscht's collaboration with Waverly Films and DJ Otto von Schirach -- to installation boards from "The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke," a collaboration among Borscht, Rakontur, Jillian Mayer, and Luther Campbell. Dorsch Gallery 151 NW 24th Street, Miami. Call 305-576-1278 or visit dorschgallery.com.
Jillian Mayer's "Family Matters": Her first solo show, Jillian Mayer's "Family Matters" incorporates elements of performance, sculpture, video and drawing to create episodic fables reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons, popular sitcoms, and even Pee Wee's Playhouse. Anthropomorphic figures, youthful angst, the relationships between people and domestic animals, explorations of love and the conflict arising between a search for identity and contemporary displacement, as well as an insatiable curiosity to explore the margins of imagination are part of the realms Mayer navigates in her quixotic show at Castillo. David Castillo Gallery 2234 NW Second Avenue, Miami. Call 305-573-8110 or visit davidcastillogallery.com.
Funner Projects: The brain trust behind Miami's Funner Projects is known to traffic in the weird and wacky. Their last nomadic exhibit featured homemade weapons of mass distraction including crossbows and cannons. Now they are opening a new spot in the tony Design District that---at about the size of an old-fangled phone booth---isn't big enough to shoehorn much art into.
But that isn't deterring the shockmeisters from hosting Ian Arenas's ridiculously long-named "Debut Miami Exhibition: Entitled, #UNTITLED_POLYPTYCH (and: Drink All Day, Play All Night, Let's Get it Poppin')" into the 108 cubic feet of space in what must officially be Miami's smallest gallery. Arenas is offering his institutional critique on the contemporary art world and is part of the organizer's efforts to bring "fresh meat" to our city. More Funner Projects Buena Vista Building First Floor lobby, 180 NE 39th Street, Miami. Call 786-512-4130 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.