Wednesday July 18, 2012
I talk with artist Misael Soto about his gigant beach towel tour, Cuban-Americans and the terms Latino and Hispanic, and the Midtown Miami Walmart.
- Misael Soto
- The beach towel (Kickstarter)
- Gigant washing machine
- DwnTwn Art Days
- Pepe Billete: I’m Not a Latino, I’m Not a Hispanic, I’m a Cuban American!
- Pepe Billete: I’m Not a Latino, I’m Not a Hispanic, I’m a Cuban American! (Part Dos)
- Census race language
- Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is
- Save Midtown
- Midtown Community Bitterly Split Over Big Box Retailer’s Still Secret Plan (New Times)
- Beached Miami on Midtown Wal-Mart
Tuesday August 14, 2007
Mike Taylor Animal Science. This thing spins, and has multiple images painted on several panels, all in a space separated from the gallery with old sheets. It won me over. The rest of the show? Not so much.
Next door at the Buena Vista Building, Skip Van Cel’s installation (69 mattresses acquired from a closing hotel), Now lie in it. No thanks, but impressive anyway.
Downstairs, some sort of cute interactive activity involving painting and photography.
Jetting to Wynwood. Target left, empty condos right (um, audience-right, not stage-right).
Tom Scicluna’s Mast at Twenty Twenty Projects. A sailboat mast traversing the gallery. You were expecting something more?
Check out the shoes on John Hancock’s keyboardist. John realized he couldn’t compete and kicked off his Reeboks.
I liked this piece from Ralph Provisero’s show at Dorsch.
Wednesday July 18, 2007
A nice overview of what’s been happening in Wynwood this decade in, of all places, the Washington Post.
Monday March 12, 2007
Pictures from Saturday night, and yes — mixing images of art with unrelated photos of the evening. Here are Abner Nolan’s found negatives at Leonard Tachmes Gallery.
AA spot in the Design District I can never seem to catch the name of (Update:
it’s an annex of the Moore Space Update #2: madebythem says: “That space as well as the show was is in no way related to the Moore Space. My friend and I wrote a proposal to get the space and decided to have a show with no theme, flyers, invites or any sort of publicity.”), a big exhibition involving live dogs in uncomfortable-looking costumes, video, a lawn-sized patch of live sod, copious piles of broken furniture, an altar, and at least one boy in neon-orange briefs.
This is not art. Actually, I don’t think I was supposed to be upstairs, as the whole floor was linoleum-recently-removed sticky.
Tarot card altar by l’elk!
I am sometimes asked to explain the difference between the Design District and Wynwood. They are adjacent art districts, with roughly separated by I-195. The Design District has some notable architecture and history, and contains several non-profit art spaces, along with high-end furniture showrooms.
Wynwood is mostly old warehouses, many of which have been occupied by the hottest commercial galleries in town. (There are also a few private collections and the MoCA annex.) There used to be a rivalry of sorts, but I think the DD folks largely gave that up when they changed their gallery walk to second Saturdays to coincide with Wynwood’s.
Sara Stites at the Buena Vista Building.
A Jen Stark peephole piece at the Bas-Fisher Invitational.
Kerry Ware at Dorsch.
Monday January 22, 2007
Honestly, I was a little too far gone to even realize where I was at that point. Circa 28, as it turns out. Seemed nice enough.
Thursday November 16, 2006
There are areas where parking spaces are a genuine scarcity compared to demand — anywhere near the beach, Downtown, the airport. Then there are places where that status is more dubious — Coral Gables, Sunset Place, downtown Hollywood. I think Midtown falls squarely in the latter category.
It isn’t necessarily even the money — it’s the feeling of being ripped off and made to jump through hoops. Parking in a garage is already a hassle, but making me fuck around with a ticket that needs to get validated and keeping an eye on the clock is a great way to make sure I only to to Target when I really really need to. For the life of me, I don’t see how that’s good for business.
In some areas, there might be a genuine concern that someone will park in one garage and then go somewhere else where the parking is more expensive. But in Wynwood? The only thing around there is galleries. If folks going to the galleries get in the habit of parking for free at Midtown, I’d think that would be a welcome development. I just don’t know what they’re thinking with those rates — it’s like they don’t want to make enough money to cover the expense of having the garage attendant and enforcement, but want to charge enough to be a pain in the ass.