Locust Projects Debuts Ruby Sky Stiler Solo and "Sounding Room"

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Courtesy of Ruby Sky Stiler
Sun Breaker Diptych (2015)
Brooklyn-based artist, Ruby Sky Stiler's conscious constant has been the female figure. But where others might choose more stereotypical representations of the female form, Stiler's work has a firmness and weight that, while celebrating the form, also cements it as a symbol of authority. The artist's firm solo show in Miami, hosted by Locust Projects, is a "sculptural engagement with the female form and its manifestation in the varied dialects of twentieth century abstraction."

This installation at Locust, Sun Breaker, takes its cues from the architectural technique of brise soleil, a decorative and functional application of perforated surfaces that allows for the free flow of air and light through a building's façade. For an example of brise soleil, take a look at Miami's skyline, the tropical, modernist architecture is practically native to the Magic City.

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Victoria Gitman Turns Vintage Fashion Into Contemporary Art

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Artwork by Victoria Gitman / Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami
A Beauty (2008)
"Is there a way it can go faster?"

Victoria Gitman peers at the monitor and impatiently taps the laptop's down arrow. On the screen, photos of purses scroll past in a rapid, jerky rhythm. She's using a borrowed computer; at home, she says, she flies through these listings twice as fast, watching the colors and shapes in the pictures blend together as they fly by.

Gitman knows exactly what she's looking for. The Buenos Aires-born artist, now based in Hallandale Beach, has spent 15 years scouring antique markets, thrift stores, and websites like eBay and Etsy that sell secondhand items, searching for just the right purse or piece of jewelry.

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Street Art Reinvigorates Architecture in Little Haiti

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A close up of Chernin's mural
A boxy, sharp-edge tree skeleton crawls down the side of a pale building; its branches are a multi-colored rainbow of pink, purple, and blue hues. If you stare at the mural long enough, it starts to appear animalistic and wild. But a peaceful kind of wild. The roots are hidden underneath a cloud of colors, giving the tree a floating appearance. It is painted on the side of a building after all.

Murals have spilled out of Wynwood and through various parts of downtown and Miami, and now the trend has made its way to the Miami Jewish Health Systems building -- street art has officially infiltrated the healthcare community.

The mural was commissioned by the healthcare provider to both beautify their Douglas Gardens campus and help promote a happier lifestyle for its residents.

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Pedro Reyes' Baby Marx at ICA: A Missed Opportunity for Locals

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Marx and Smith, kinda like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
This past Thursday, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) hosted a screening of Mexican artist Pedro Reyes' film/puppet/performance project, Baby Marx. Only about 20-odd people showed up to the screening, which was a shame. Reyes' project was smart, funny, and politically poignant.

Though Baby Marx might be extremely politically relevant, its lessons are masked in comedy, a rather unintentional comedy of errors brought on by the protagonists, Karl Marx and Adam Smith. The fathers of opposing economic theories are recast in Reyes' piece as old-timey chums who continually teeter-totter between love and hate after being revived in the present day. That they are puppets who occasionally exhibit sentience beyond the hand that controls them is part of the charm, as are the mannerisms of the puppeteers.

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"Purvis Young, Quiet Riot" at Guccivuitton: An Honest Look at the Miami Artist's Legacy

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Purvis Young, Untitled
The honest question should be: Who really appreciated Purvis Young's work before his death at the age of 67 in 2010? The answers will surely be gushing with the hallmarks of insincerity and indignant self-righteousness of those who will claim to have been on the Young wagon before anybody else.

And maybe I'm being a bit harsh; Young's work has its fair share of local admirers alongside the colorful cast of celebrities who have collected his work. But the reasoning behind that opening salvo is because there hasn't been an honest showing of Young's radical and politically charged work.

Guccivuitton might go the cheeky route in their latest exhibition, "Quiet Riot," a themed exhibitions of Young's career. But as one of the very few self-reflective exhibition spaces in Miami, it makes sense to entrust them with an event that heralds the artist's legacy and mirrors the spark of his creative output.

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Waves Debuts at PAMM With Artists Physical Therapy, Gobby, and Jeffrey Joyal

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Photo by Julia Burlingham and Natascha Goldberg
Physical Therapy
Miami's crown jewel, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), has launched a series of time-based art installations, which debuted last week at the museum's bayfront home.

"Waves" is a series of specially commissioned, collaborative performances by musicians, visual artists, and multimedia filmmakers interested in exploring the intersection of music and art in the 21st Century. The installation is meant to transport the viewer from what is usually an individual experience -- watching a musician's interpretation of his sound on the web -- into an immersive, 3D experience that highlights the necessity of sound in such an encounter.

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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Biopic of Miami Cocaine King, Max Mermelstein

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Max Mermelstein
Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in the biopic The Man Who Made It Snow, the tale of Max Mermelstein, a notorious 1980s drug smuggler who pioneered the cocaine pipeline from Medellín to Miami before eventually turning rat and tearing it all down. At the time, Mermelstein was the only American who was ever admitted to the inner circle of Pablo Escobar's Colombian cocaine cartel.

Mermelstein was sentenced to only two years and 21 days in jail even though it's estimated he smuggled upward of 56 tons of cocaine, worth $12.5 billion, into the United States. He received a light sentence because he was a valuable asset to the U.S. government, providing insight into the inner workings of the international narcotics network the Medellín cartel.

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Conan O'Brien Films Episode of Conan in Cuba

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Conan O'Brien at a supporter rally held outside TBS headquarters in Atlanta in June 2010.
First comes Netflix; then comes Late Night. In the latest example of the loosening travel restrictions with Cuba, longtime comedian and TV host Conan O'Brien is filming an episode of his TBS show in Havana.

Deadline reports O'Brien's show flew to Havana last Thursday, taking advantage of the time off for Presidents' Day to film an upcoming episode of Conan on location. Though news crews have made their way to the island over the past two months to report on the normalizing of relations between the United States and Cuba, Conan is the first American late-night show to film on the island since the U.S. embargo began in 1962.

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Art Wynwood 2015's VIP Preview Featured Local and International Artists

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Photo by Patrick Hieger
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Last night in Midtown, the VIP Preview kicked off the 2015 edition of Art Wynwood, the baby sister to Art Miami that features over 70 galleries from around the world. Collectors, artists, and anyone lucky enough to get a ticket to the exclusive event packed the tent at 3101 NE First Ave., looking for the hottest artists in modern international art. Young artists from throughout Latin America, and more than a few works centered on Miami are the focal point of this year's expo, though plenty of pieces from artists like Damien Hirst, Botero, and Keith Herring will keep the novice visitor occupied.

Miami is well-represented at this year's show, with the majority of the northern end of the tent comprised of local galleries. Wynwood's own Robert Fontaine Gallery makes a great starting point for the extensive showcase. He featured a solid collection of Warhol, Rauschenberg, and Banksy to whet the appetite.

Other galleries, like Art Lexing, Irazoqui, and the Wynwood Art Group deliver a wide variety of media, from sculpture to oil paintings and a good amount of artist Hamilton Aguiar's massive recreations of famous works by artists like Jeff Koonz, Damien Hirst, and others. Mr. 305 himself, Pitbull, also shows up at the Kavachnina Contemporary space at the front of the tent.

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February's Wynwood Art Walk Guide: Tameka Norris, New York Artists, and More

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Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw
This year Cupid's holiday coincides with the Second Saturday Art Walk. All of Wynwood will be fluttering with plenty of romance to go with an abundance of new exhibitions where you and your honey can share your love of art and culture.

Beginning at 6 p.m. tomorrow you can rendezvous at Blueshift Project, Wynwood's newest gallery which is featuring a knockout group show by New York artists.

Or you can sidle up with your squeeze at Emerson Dorsch to catch a provocative film by Tameka Norris exploring feminine empowerment.

If you are unattached get your fling on at Dina Mitrani which is offering an unusual take on the birds and the bees by photographer Thomas Jackson.

Whatever your passion we're sure you'll find ample enchantment at our top picks for what not to miss this Valentine.

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