Product/81 is in a unique position in Wynwood. We’re a creative lab, not a gallery. Therefore, nothing is for sale. Since we’re not worried about selling art, we can do unconventional things like covering our walls in rainbow colored vinyl skulls offset by black typhoons.
Al Mal Tiempo, Buena Cara roughly translates to “show your best face in bad times.” The collaboration between Pedro Varela of Brazil and Maria Isabel Rueda of Colombia was our humble contribution to Art Basel. This video show’s just a fraction of the hard work, thought and soul put into the exhibition.
ART BASEL 2012 GUIDE
Let’s be real, planning your Art Basel Miami experience can be a little overwhelming so we’ve compiled a list of our top recommendations of the year.
Spinello Projects presents the encore solo exhibition by Nicaraguan self-taught painter Farley Aguilar, Americana, running December 4th to December 20th, 2012. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.
By John Hood
Halloween comes around but once a year; the First Annual HALLOWYNWOOD, in contrast, happens but once in a lifetime. That’s why all the kooky cool creatives who live, work and/or play in the ‘hood known as Wynwood will be getting their spook on at The Armory this Saturday night. The way Niki Em explains it, we can all expect to have the single most fabulous fright night of our wild lives. Read on, you ghoulish guys and gals!
The District Factory Chicks Wing it to Wynwood
Just when you thought everything under the moon and the stars and the sun had been done with regards to Art Walk, along comes a couple of with-it chicks intent on making everybody think twice the next time they wanna jump to assumption. We’re talkin’ ‘bout the kinda tag team that puts the awesome in twosome, dig? A pairing so perfect you’d suspect it was designed by a top shelf chef to fit with his favorite wine. Only in this case it’s a merging of fashion and art and music to the fine food.
We mean Grace M. Castro and Chelsea Conklin, the dynamic duo behind The District Factory, who’ve decided to wing south a few blocks in order to set up a promising-looking something else called The Wynwood Squat. Folks who’ve flown with the ever-on-the-go gals know full well that this won’t be the first time they’ve put together a mad happening of a mashup; you can bet your proverbial bottom dollar that this won’t be the last time they do so either. Culture Designers decided to get with the chicks before they reach the stratosphere.
They said it couldn’t be done. Which was the wrong thing to say if they really didn’t want it to happen. See there’s a certain set of folks who take “No” for a green light and use doubt as if it were ammunition. To these types saying something can’t be done is akin to giving ‘em a back-handed push forward toward a follow-through; a follow-through those naysayers nayed in the first place.
Okay, so we hyperbolize. This really didn’t happen like that at all. When the Krisp cat Dean Taha first got with Product/81 point men Joel Fernandez and Alex Fernandez-Casais about having the band play the latter’s infamous Wynwood art house, nobody said anything couldn’t be done — they all just agreed it couldn’t be done then. Why? Krisp was on a hiatus. That’s why. Not surprising since the lads had spent the better part of their two year existence wowing Miamians in every joint that would have ‘em. So as much as the keen young guns wanted to step up to the stage for the opening of Brian Butler’s wowful and whimsical Fordistas 8 – Let’s Get Lost, the time just wasn’t right.
By now you’ve undoubtedly heard word of last week’s graffiti bombing of Britto’s Wynwood headquarters, after all, everyone from Beached Miami (who had it first) to WSVN (who had it in first-person) has covered the damn thing.
At Beached the question arose about whether or not such an act was deserved, let alone warranted, with most folks claiming it was wrong to mar the man’s building, no matter what one feels about his art. (Since this attack seemed personal, it seemed superfluous to note that nearly every Wynwood building gets bombed at one time or another.)
Given the option, Brian Butler would rather use a map than be led by a GPS. Granted maps can be misread, and on occasion even incomplete; they can rip, they can stain, they can even be misplaced. But that only opens up entirely new routes, routes that may just lead to happy accidents. And happy accidents are a helluva lot more fun than Going Places Safely.
Pop cult throwbacks probably think of director David Lean’s classic Doctor when they hear the name Zhivago; those purely pure purists likely take it all the way back to Boris Pasternak, who wrote the Revolutionary novel that became the epic motion picture. Here in Wynwood however, Zhivago means only one thing: Zhivago Duncan, perhaps the most vivid visualist to hit the ‘hood since the ‘hood’s been worth hitting.