July Second Saturday Art Walk: More of a Chore Than an Event (Photos)

Categories: Art, Last Night
Art Walk reactions.
Art is one of those subjective things pretentious people love to circlejerk around. Some of it is straightforward and simple to appreciate and understand. Like Piss Christ, for example. It's just Christ submerged in piss. Simple. Elegant.

Then you get the weird shit that you've gotta nod your head in agreement when the artist tells you the yellow smudge on the corner of the canvas is allegory for greedy corporations. When you get right down to it, art is pretty much just shit coming out of someone's ass. Some would have you believe that's what Art Walk is all about.

The truth is, Art Walk has become more of a chore than an event. You're hanging out on Saturday, not sure what you're going to do, when your damn hipster friend decides you're going to Art Walk and there's not a damn thing you can do about it. So now you're there walking around looking at most of the same art you saw last month, maybe taking a break to check out some Jamaican guy cook up some jerk chicken.

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It's literally coming out of someone's ass. No joke.




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And you make this awesome "sort of want" face. This Billy Zane clone knows what's up.


To break up the monotony, you follow the sound of music. Music is the fun art. You don't have to stand there and explain why the chords the guitar player chose represent Islamic oppression of women or whatever bullshit your liberal arts buddy with chin pubes read in his international relations elective course book that morning.

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Those guitar chords represent a pleasant sound. That's all.
​ Or maybe you're more into the electronic style shit. So you ignore the art on your way to a spot with a DJ "spinning", AKA clicking through an iTunes smart playlist and turning a knob here and there.

DJ Jason Perez
So you bite the bullet and look at some random art then formulate some internal critiques to yourself or your more cynical friends.

"Draw me like one of your French girls."
Inside this horse there's a battalion of Greek soldiers waiting to fuck up all the other art once the gallery closes.
Lady Gaga's mobile phone.

Eventually you stumble upon something you think looks pretty cool, maybe it's because you're a little drunk and delirious, or maybe you genuinely find it pleasing to look at.
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Vivian del Cid
Vivian del Cid

Orlando how dare you insult these pseudo artists! Last night was special for them because with their obvious lack of talent they'll never be shown elsewhere. Pretension is rampant in the Miami 'art' community (if you can stomach that term without laughing) because that's all they can boast about - filling up dingy warehouses with art work even Warhol would call trivial. Let's be serious, Miami is multicultural but extremely uncultured and that includes this rank showing of enough haphazard pieces so filled with angst it looks like they were picked up from a middle school shop room. If you men take Art Walk so seriously - don't run to a 'blog' unless you can take the critique. Also don't be so crabby that Orlando gets paid to do something he enjoys and is good at, your responses reek of envy. Channel your distaste at this evaluation into excessively obvious modern art pieces, then give away free alcohol in hopes somebody will come and write a review if it.

OMGIheartArt
OMGIheartArt

Great writeup.  Restart Artwalk on second Thursdays or something.

And planking is idiotic!  You know it's ridiculous when Channel 7 is covering it, having their anchors plank and interviewing a Dolphins lineman (should I bother to learn their names?) laying dick to butt with his brother, then bragging about the plank they pulled off...

http://www.examiner.com/miami-...

JNL
JNL

I really feel sorry for all the people that were deeply disturbed by this article.. Both, my brother and I are artists that work with all kinds of media and we both felt that this article does a very successful job in describing how much of a joke 'Art Walk' has become. I'm sorry, but it's true.. In an attempt to elevate Wynwood and the Design District to become the official art center of the city, 'Art Walk' has ended up becoming THE event where hipsters come to enjoy free booze. Nothing more, nothing less..

On the other hand, it is very often that I hear from people how "stupid" conceptual art really is, and how ridiculous contemporary art in general has become because of this. Those are a few of the statements I saw repeatedly on this article, and, though they did make me laugh; I have to say that those arguments are definitely lacking more substance. OK, I get it, there are quite a few self-proclaimed 'artists' that are no more than philosophy majors who think they can canalize their social critiques through art and thus will attain more respect for their ideas or whatever. But you cannot generalize that all artists are like that, and even less that all the art found in one of the emerging art capitals of the world is like that. I am not going to turn this into a lecture on conceptual art, but I will tell you that in order to understand it and appreciate it, it definitely involves more thinking than merely looking at it. Conceptual art poses greater questions, and requires a higher level of thinking and reflection. Conceptual art is about questioning the nature of art. If you don't understand it or you dislike its philosophy, it's fine. Just respect the people that do.

And, finally, come on, we all know what Boy Writes Miami's reviews are all about! The reason why they are hilarious is because they all hate on something! Even if he likes the place, event, whatever, he's always hating or making fun of something. That's the reason why we all read his reviews and that is the reason why they are so hilarious. Personally, I loved this article... Looking forward for whatever's next!

Guest
Guest

Wow. Our own newspaper putting down our own art scene. No wonder we culturally pale in comparison to the art scenes in NY and L.A.Wake up Miami.

Kraven1388
Kraven1388

Waaa it is hot as hell out there.  If you you like it great and if you dont like it great.  You all still went. 

Vanessa Thompson
Vanessa Thompson

Just because YOU are too dense to understand the art, doesn't mean it lacks value. The last thing we need in Miami is an article that will discourage people from attending art events. Go ahead New Times and make the art scene even worse around here! Good job! You guys try so hard to be edgy that all you end up doing is being snotty and pretentious yourself!

JohnnySquareFace
JohnnySquareFace

Hahahah that shit was funny, and if you stuck up idiots read between the lines he gave good exposure to the work in an amusing way. viva la revolucion

Beppe
Beppe

damn dude, way to be bitter, how about you stay home next art walk and save your cynicism???

Jose D. Duran
Jose D. Duran

Second Saturdays has become a joke. If you ask me, Orlando was too kind in his review.

Thom Wheeler Castillo
Thom Wheeler Castillo

Really, you two enjoyed this rant? *smile* Well, yes, this was a successful rant because it fits the definition perfectly, as in to communicate in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner. But to be honest, this is subpar. Vice is much more vile, maybe the writer should take notes. You know, I understand that hatin', or ranting, is more than valid if done with a little more substance. Its a shame we are accepting sub par writing in a culturally rich and competent community. The dissidence is welcome but I believe it is most potent when done constructively and/or rationally and with a splash of wit. I love Bill Hicks too but this rant has the personality of Jay Leno.

the0negirl
the0negirl

I quite enjoyed his rant...it was entertaining. Ive been to the Art Walk a few times and loved it!

Dissident
Dissident

Those 2 are full of it. Keep hating on shit

JJ
JJ

Wow. You really should not have taken this assignment. Just a really horrible unnecessarily hating rant about an event you really don't know much about. Stick with the post-apocalyptic pieces, kid. Last night was actually pretty special . . . .  

Thom Wheeler Castillo
Thom Wheeler Castillo

Do you really need to spend your time doing something you despise? Please spare us your tedious rants and write about an event you actually want to be at. This post revealed more about you than about the 2nd Saturday art walk. The sad thing is art walk has become such a monstrosity because there was an attempt to reach beyond the insular art community. And in my opinion, it has backfired. Yes, people show but they drink the free booze, damage the work and shit talk the artists when they aren't around. Maybe 2nd Saturday art walk is an exercise in artists as exemplary sufferers because such a relationship with this crowd could be argued as an abusive one.

One more sad detail: You got payed for writing this. I can't defend everything that is housed under art walk, sure call me pretentious, I call it taking art seriously. But I must point out the humor in your criticism of artists for pulling things out of their ass and calling it art yet you are call yours writing? blogging?

Thom Wheeler Castillo
Thom Wheeler Castillo

I apologize if you understood from my critique of this blog that I was envious in any way. I reassure you that I am not (And, btw, how can a post on a blog reek of anything?). Name calling isn't appropriate when attempting to communicate. And you really shouldn't make assumptions in an attempt to put someone down. They're cheap jabs that come off as childish. And, fyi, Andy Warhol championed the trivial, the banal, etc and also worked out of dingy warehouses.

I clearly communicated my distaste for the blog and retaliated with something constructive. He thinks and some of you think he was being clever, as in attempting to emulate conceptual art. I'm saying he wasn't being clever but being quite obvious and should try a little harder. It would benefit all of us if he tried just a bit more instead of rushing blah to press.

Thom Wheeler Castillo
Thom Wheeler Castillo

I alluded to the monstrosity that this event has become. I arrive early, visit a handful of galleries and leave very early. But without serious art criticism in any of the papers, this ironic jab just seems more malicious than "whimsical and entertaining." And to further prove my point JNL, the only response from the writer is that our dialogue/rage "TINGLES MY NETHERS." A writer has their audience to hold them accountable for all the words they share.

As for the public and their slow acceptance of conceptual art, well, its been around for over 50 years. This disconnection with the contemporary has more to do with the failure of educational institutions.

And we wouldn't have Conceptual art or the last 60 years of art if it wasn't for the art world digging a little deeper in philosophy and attempting to aestheticize their social critiques.

But regardless this dialogue, including all those who shared, was more worthy of blogging than that article itself.

Guest
Guest

Then why don't the writers point out the positive ideas of the art that is worthy of reflection. (Your 'conceptual art' tangent for example, had more artistic points in a few lines than this whole article.) 

Was it easier for this 'Boy Writer' to label everything under 'suck' hipsters this & that? This article is not thought provoking this is pure hating for the sake of sensational hating. Objectivity is needed a smart point of view. Researchers and critics scan art blogs and articles like this constantly, if we put our own scene down what do you think we as a  community of artists will look like to our peers worldwide? You say "We all know what Miami reviews are all about?" - yes we do, a joke, to us and the rest of the art scene again, Worldwide. It is not "hilarious to hate on something", it's plain counterproductive.You say we are "one of the emerging art capitals of the world" I have been hearing that statement for more than 20 years, and we haven't emerged yet! We have no united front, not through the media, sports, art or music scene of Miami.

Orlando
Orlando

This guy gets it.

But let them rage, IT TINGLES MY NETHERS.

Thom Wheeler Castillo
Thom Wheeler Castillo

Yeah, that's where this conversation needs to go! Towards name calling!

Thanks for pointing the obvious out. And sorry that you believe what you wrote.

Dissident
Dissident

Maybe this article wasn't a proper representation of his overall work. I don't want to start defending the writer like some sycophant but I do read his other blog and I think here and there that there is some pretty witty writing. There's also plenty of non sequiturs thrown that's part of the comedic appeal. It seems to balance out well.

Vivian del Cid
Vivian del Cid

I don't usually read BWM for thought provoking reviews, I read it for a good laugh at people who take themselves to seriously. If I want a thought provoking critique I'll read the NY Times - but then again the Art Walk wouldn't be in it. I find the fact that Miami is still being touted as "an emerging art capital" a laugh. All the talented artists I know left Miami for New York as soon as they could. There is no financial support in this city for any legitimate art museums because frankly if you look at the socioeconomic breakdown of the South Florida crowd they either aren't interested in it, and don't have the financial means to support it. As for tourists, let's be realistic, they don't flock to Miami for the burgeoning arts scene. They come here for the night life. If people wanted culture and had the means, they'd visit actual "art capitals" such as New York, Paris and Florence.

JNL
JNL

Ok, first of all, let me point out that when I speak of 'Boy Writes Miami', that is just an alias for the writer: Orlando Winters. You would know this if you were to follow his reviews. I never stated that I believe that "Miami reviews are a joke", because I do not believe so. I take reviews very seriously and I'm a reviewer and a critic myself. I've been following the reviews of 'Boy Writes Miami' for quite a few months now (even before he began writing at the Miami New Times), and whoever has read any other of his pieces would know that they are not meant to be thought-provoking at all; but rather whimsical and entertaining. His reviews are merely a sarcastic description of his experiences in all sorts of places and events. That is why I read them, and that is why other people read them. Period.

Now, in terms of the Miami art scene, please do some research before you come and say that Miami has not emerged as one of the art capitals of the world. I'm sorry, but Art Basel itself and all the events that revolve around it (Art Miami, Design Miami, etc) bring more people in the art industry to Miami than many other similar events happening in Paris, NYC, or LA. Come on, Art Basel is the biggest art event in the world! And Miami has played a vital role in the development of this event. And that's only in the fine arts industry. Miami is also bringing all other sorts of artists to the city (architects, cinematographers, musicians, etc), and you can see this with the recent completion of the projects by some internationally acclaimed architects in our city (1111 Lincoln Rd, New World SH, FIU SOA, etc), as well as with the Miami International Film Festival (attracting some top-notch producers and actors to our own city) and so many other events... If you want to be pessimistic and downgrade the growth of our city, it's fine; that's a personal preference. But the only thing the author wants to convey in this review, is how much of a joke 'Art Walk' has become. And in all honesty, I couldn't agree more with this statement.

Guest
Guest

Miami is what it is. I wish there was a change in attitude starting with our local newspapers, perhaps taking journalistic responsibility for our slack reputation.

Guest
Guest

Not pessimistic, realistic. I know what is meant by 'Boy writes blog' Did you not appreciate MY sarcasm?NY, Paris, London's art scene is year 'round constant - not seasonal.Research:..."Our art scene: As far as it has come in ten years, it needs a downtown art museum with a world-class collection, and its daily newspaper needs a full-time art critic.""We still lack that very basic structure,"  "You can't be an art town just during Art Basel or one weekend a month for the art walk." -Bernice Steinbaumhttp://www.miaminewti....

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