Second Saturday Art Walk: Six Must-See Shows This Weekend
Meredyth Sparks is presenting her first-ever video animation, as well as her largest installation to date. Sparks employs a concept she calls "extraction," dicing up imagery culled from musical subcultures, art history, labor, and gender, creating works oscillating between the minimal and decorative. Locust is also presenting "Lines" by Anya Kielar, who has created a theater stage-like installation using dyed and painted fabrics she has cut up into both figurative and abstract shapes and strung up on a clothesline along with some found objects. Inspired by Man Ray, Kielar's work exudes a distinct surrealist nature. While driving around the Design District or Miami Beach this month also keep your eyes peeled for Kielar's "sprayogram, Yellow Lines" covering over 30 bus shelters and commissioned by Locust as part of a public art initiative called "Out of the Box."
Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Ave., Miami. Call 305-576-8570 or visit locustprojects.org.
For artist Kate Kretz, motherhood has been both a source of inspiration and a reminder of life's delicate nature. After the birth of her daughter, she nearly became agoraphobic, believing if she never left home with her child, nothing would harm her. The experience led to a body of work created from her own hair fashioned into nests or embroidered on her baby's garments. On one of the girl's blouses she even sewed the words: "Your fragility in this sharp world is paralyzing." Kretz says she began working on her art until her hands shook, and felt like she was banging her head against the wall to create a beautiful stain.
Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, 72 NW 25th St., Miami. Call 305-576-1645 or visit hardcoreartmiami.com.
2239 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL