Second Saturday Art Walk Guide: March's Best Gallery Shows
Vladimir Putin's invasion of Crimea has raised the specter of the Cold War era earning him the condemnation of world leaders. Oddly his naked aggression in the region comes at a time when the Russian president has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, if you can believe it.
Find Space Invader, Fairey, Banksy, and more at the Robert Fontaine Gallery.
A new show opening for this month's edition of the Second Saturday Art Walk delivers a timely reminder of the saber rattling insanity that went on between the Soviets and the U.S. during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
At Locust Projects, the exhibition of new work by Miami-based artist Christy Gast, features a full-scale textile replica of a Nike Hercules missile and a single-channel video entitled War Drums, inviting reflection over the escalating tensions in the Ukraine while referencing South Florida's role in the historic conflict between Kennedy and Khrushchev.
It's one of several offerings on our radar beginning at 6:00 p.m. during Second Saturday this weekend.
Here are our top shows on the marquee for what is shaping up to be a provocative lineup of fresh gallery exhibits.
Art by Felice Grodin
At Locust Christy Gast's missile sculpture is her largest textile work to date and is suspended from the rafters as if waiting to be triggered. Constructed from botanical textile designed and printed by the artist, the rocket's surface is overlaid with images of tomato bushes, Brazilian pepper trees and lovegrass. The work references Hole-in-the-Donut, the Everglades site Gast examined for the exhibit which was plowed for tomato fields in the early 1900's and later housed three nuclear warheads that remained on high alert during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Her video War Drums, shot in one of the few remaining stands of pine forest in Dade County, booms with an aural assault of Afro Cuban conga beats and military drum corps cadences capturing the cultural conflicts sparked by Cold War conflicts. At Locust's Project Room don't miss Felice Grodin's A Fabricated Field, the artist's new installation covering the entire floor with bundles of wooden sticks and grids of plywood sheets that combine to form an abstract, quixotic landscape. Locust Projects 3852 N. Miami Ave..; 305-576-8570; locustprojects.org.
Art by Marina Font
At the Dina Mitrani Gallery, Marina Font's solo explores issues of gender, identity, and the woman's body through a captivating series of photo-based and mixed media works. Font's show takes Freud's description of female sexuality as its premise, and the artist employs photos of women's physiques printed on poly-cotton then embroidered with thread and yarn in symbolic patterns and mounted on wooden surfaces as a commentary on the psycho analyst's theories. Various works on display include photographs, or installations that refer to a woman's cycles of fertility and how feminine "biological phases are in constant shifting evolution," according to the artist. Dina Mitrani Gallery 2620 NW Second Ave., Miami; 786-486-7248; dinamitranigallery.com.