WLRN's Rising Tide Shows Art Basel Through the Eyes of Local Artists
|The Funner Projects crew in 2011.|
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Andrew Hevia, a member of Knight grant-winning Borscht Corporation, directed the piece. Speaking over coffee at a Kendall coffee shop, near his home/workspace, Hevia recalls his final year at the New World School of the Arts and the hype Art Basel brought to Miami Beach when it debuted in December of 2002. "I was in high school. We took a field trip," he says, "and I remember the attitude was, 'This really a big deal. This is a really big fair. It's going to do a lot for us.'"
The impression he got, as a young visual artist, was that Miami's art scene was about to change in a big way. That informed the choice of local artists he included in this documentary, which he shot in and around Art Basel 2011. "We focus on a group of artists who were coming of age as Basel arrived because I just wanted to focus on that mindset, that attitude that Miami is a city of possibility."
Among the artists documented in Rising Tide: the TM Sisters talk about how they transform sibling love and rivalry into digital/performance art. Justin H. Long and Robert "Meatball" Lori grin through their plywood destroying 2x4 projectile art at Funner Projects. Paper artist Jen Stark shares her pride in coming from a long line of South Florida residents (though she has since moved to Los Angeles). Brookhart Jonquil, a mixed media artist obsessed with dual imagery, was actually seduced to move down from Chicago to be a part of Miami's art scene. Hevia says of Jonquil, "As an artist who came to Miami, found it incredibly welcoming and succeeded, while still showing elsewhere, he knows the kind of opportunity these artists have of going to Berlin, New York or LA. He would have gone somewhere else, but Miami is working out for him."