Monday December 10, 2007

Moore space, Design Miami, Scope, Pulse

Wow… lots and lots to get through here. And I’m leaving out lots more great stuff. Tonight is the party in the Design District/Wynwood, otherwise try to make it to the Positions party — I have photos from last night which I’ll post later, but it was wacked out. OK, here’s yesterday:

Art Basel Miami Beach

Moore Space: Claire Fontaine, Instructions for the Sharing of Private Property. An actual, unabashed, lockpicking how-to.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Loris Greaud, Illusion is a Revolutionary Weapon, M46 paint ball gun with IKB (International Klein Blue) paint balls. Can you imagine?

Art Basel Miami Beach

Design Miami: DM takes itself very very seriously, but that’s not to say there isn’t great stuff to see, both from a practical/beautiful and a spectacle perspective. Lodged firmly in the latter, Demisch Danant’s concrete chair.

Art Basel Miami Beach

“Designer of the Year” Tokujin Yoshioka’s Chair that disappears in the rain. Much more about Yoshioka’s gorgeous installation here.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Scope: As always, Scope rocked. To boot, at least 6 Miami Galleries (7?) have set up shop there. Here’s Shang Hui’s fiberglass Mermaid. She has a temple on her head.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Didn’t catch the artist or gallery (shame on me), but here’s a ~4 foot paper airplane carved from marble. Shocking craftsmanship.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Li Wei, Bright Apex.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Marchesi’s sculpture (bigger then it looks) at Blanca Soto Arte.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Who knows what people do at art fairs, really? And why? This guy was popping balloons. Clearly he feels he’s on to something big.

Art Basel Miami Beach

These incredible recycled-tire sculptures were all over. Didn’t get an artist on them, either.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Oh, sorry. This was a wall of “old country” photographs, and the “real” photo I took of them didn’t work out. It’s hard not to feel sorry for the guy standing next to them — he’s probably a perfectly reasonable person, unwittingly turned symbol of something profoundly disturbing.

Art Basel Miami Beach

ADA Gallery, Richmond. Yeah. What he said.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Oliver van den Berg, Kameras (sold, btw).

Art Basel Miami Beach

Christina Pettersson’s drawing at Spinello. This piece (actually all her work) wins the ‘photo doesn’t do it justice’ award — it’s just stunning. (And BTW, she’s having a solo show there opening January.)

Art Basel Miami Beach

Last supper army doll photo and attacking snake tie at {CTS} creative thriftshop. (And let me tell you, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Don’t miss the whole booth.)

Art Basel Miami Beach

Ryan Brennan, Witan Projects, Miami.

Art Basel Miami Beach

No info here, either, but the monk dude sure was photogenic, what with a live flame flickering out of a gash below his right nipple. This probably symbolizes something. (Just kidding — it was a beautiful, solemn piece, ok?)

Art Basel Miami Beach

John Sanchez. Not pictured: Kyle Trowbridge’s Fuck You sign language skateboard sculpture or Brook Dorsch’s french fries.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Zasadni Wojtek, Watchtower, You might be happy despite problems.

Art Basel Miami Beach

They’re skittish, and ran off before I had a chance to properly adjust my camera.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Ain’t they ever? Some random take-away piece.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Dey is making art.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Pulse: I didn’t finish Pulse, but it’s a contender for the #2 spot: highly recommended. Here’s a painting by Helen Garber. There was quite a bit of this sort of thing.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Catharina van Eetvelde’s glu video at galerie anne barrault (booth E-12). Doesn’t look like much here, but this is my #1 must-see piece from any fair so far this year. Completely non-narrarative, computer-generated line-art animation (a 3-minute loop). (The wave pattern is a byproduct of my photo of the screen, not part of the art.)

Incidentally, my #2 must-see piece was also at Pulse, Jade Hughes’ Reliquary for Matthew Benedict, Ailanthus wood, yellow pine, copper, brass, a datura seed pod, bone and water gilding. Magnan Projects, E-10. Ask the gallerist to demonstrate it for you. (I took a few pictures but they don’t do the piece justice — more in a later post if I make it back.)

Art Basel Miami Beach

Big ceramic(?) TV set, artist unknown. I was all “yeah whatever” at the time, but it’s growing on me.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Meat painting by Marc Dennis, porn star photos by Timothy Greenfield Sanders. More LATER go look at some art!

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  1. A.T.    Mon Dec 10, 09:05 PM #  

    Great coverage, Alesh.



  2. onajide    Tue Dec 11, 04:01 PM #  

    Yes, Alesh you did a great job. I was with ppl from out of town several times and was just plain worn out at the end of the day. However, I’m adding images to Flickr and I requested you add pics to the Miami Art Exchange Photo Project on Flickr so that all of our images could be found in one place. Pablo added 200+ images already.

    Fountain, yes, I went by there twice but, neither time were they completed with installing. Oh well, bad preparation on their part.

    Okay, I’ve got another final to give tonight. Thanks for the pics!



  3. Jim Thorpe    Sat Dec 22, 05:57 PM #  

    I didn’t see anything here and I can’t seem to find any info, but what the hell was that “Boyz of Bazel” that I saw posted all over the place?



  4. grandma    Tue Dec 25, 04:19 AM #  

    obviously its some sort of gay rights movement in miami…..
    duh….
    it makes me hot all over