Second Saturday Art Walk Guide: January's Best Gallery Shows
Beatriz Monteavaro's enigmatic work is not exactly primitive stuff. These aren't works you'd expect to find on a caveman's wall. Instead, the Miami artist's early inspirations stemmed from sources as disparate as horror movies, 1980s British subcultures, and America's fading theme parks.
Her haunting creations are on view in Monteavaro's debut at the Emerson Dorsch Gallery, where the artist and musician will be presenting a series of drawings reminiscent of punk fliers, and a working, interactive kick drum modified into a dark, snake-like sculpture beginning at 6 p.m. during the Second Saturday Art Walk this weekend.
It's one of several offerings on our radar riffing on the performative and ephemeral during Wynwood's first Art Walk of 2014. Here are our top shows on the marquee for what is shaping up to be a festive weekend.
Ouroboros and Chimera
Beatriz Monteavaro's beguiling early works were often nightmarish and appeared as if spawned by the aftermath of some civilization-ending event -- one that transported humanity back to the dawn of history where the likes of Adam Ant, Siouxsie Sioux, Malcolm McClaren and others were reborn as zombies. Recently she has been exploring the self-swallowing serpent from ancient myth and recycling her earlier creations into rough-hewn collages and structures to present hypothetical functions for artworks in a potential post-apocalyptic world.
In addition, Emerson Dorsch is presenting Saya Woolfalk's "Chimera" in which the New York-based artist is presenting her uncanny version of a futuristic utopia called "No Place" where a group called "Empathics" attempt to channel their blissful cultural milieu into the present day to uplift our sagging spirits. On display you'll discover Woolfalk's new videos depicting a figure transitioning into the status of "Empathic," photographs from the video production, and "hide drawings," not to mention some nifty sculptural skulls representing artifacts of the "No Place" culture.
Emerson Dorsch, 151 NW 24th Street, Miami. Call 305-576-1278 or visit emersondorsch.com.
For her solo at David Castillo, Xaviera Simmons presents the first large-scale installation of her ongoing "Index" series, in which the artist creates photographic works which take their cues from sculptural trappings. The results fuse notions of the archive with a complex landscape that demands the viewer's strict attention to decipher in what the gallery press release calls a "dynamic site that challenges notions of artifact and embryo, subjectivity, cognition and cognitive capitalism".
David Castillo Gallery, 2234 NW Second Avenue, Miami. Call 305-573-8110 or visit davidcastillogallery.com.