Second Saturday Art Walk: January's Five Most Exciting Shows
At Gallery Diet, Daniel Milewski continues exploring life in Miami's artiest neighborhood in his solo show "Umpire." The exhibit includes photography, collage, and sculpture riffing on the "banality" of everything from clothing to photography to memory, Milewski says. "What most interests me are the circumstances or things hidden in the mundane," he says. "That can be as complicated as a crazy spectacle, but the circumstances often go unnoticed.
The collection, created in 2012, also reflect his experiences of the vagaries of daily life while running Lester's, his bar/coffeehouse/art space just down the block from Diet. On view is a sculpture that looks like a pair of stilts draped in tie-dyed T-shirts, a sepia-tinged portrait of Henry Flagler, and a photo collage depicting smooching punk rockers sporting porcupine Mohawks. "I like the idea of the 'Umpire' because he's like a governor watching over a game," Milewski adds. "The umpire makes the rules but doesn't determine the outcome of what happens in the game."
Gallery Diet, 174 NW 23rd St., Miami. Call 305-571-2288or visit gallerydiet.com.
"Recent Work: Rafael Ferrer"
This can't-miss solo show by prolific Puerto Rican artist Rafael Ferrer features a trove of works by the talent whose oeuvre defies easy pigeonholing. The septuagenarian Ferrer has earned a reputation for experimentation in fields ranging from surrealism, process art, and new-image painting. He'll present several massive installations at the David Castillo Gallery, including his vaunted paper bag paintings that first appeared in public in 1972 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. His new installation depicts angular, primitive-style masks and visages of expressionistic characters that suggest a tide of multicultural humanity. Ferrer's loosely modeled faces, often rendered in an intensely colored palette of crayons, are as much about the gesture of mark-making as they are of a pictorial presence. In addition to the artist's recent works on paper, the gallery features Empire's Mirror (2012), a piece composed of 95 blackboard paintings in an insightful, humorous installation exploring Puerto Rico's perpetually conflicted local politics.
David Castillo Gallery, 2234 NW Second Ave., Miami. Call 305-573-8110 or visit davidcastillogallery.com.