Sweet views this weekend: Art Wynwood, Boats and More

Just when the Basel dust has settled, the Art Wynwood Fair pops up to remind us there’s still so much more to see. This year, the 5-day long fair that kicked off last night, features 70 international galleries offering a display of distinct contemporary and modern work. Interestingly, this year’s fair will pay special homage to the kind of work that has made Wynwood Miami’s go-to culture mecca: street art, murals and pop surrealism.

Meanwhile across the bridge, The Miami International Boat Show has made its way to the Convention Center. The voyage for street parking might be a rocky one, but the multi-million dollar mega yachts to feast your eyes on more than make up for it.

And when you’re ready to unwind, be sure to check out the Coconut Grove Arts Festival running Saturday through Monday.

The weather is breezy, it’s a long weekend, and there’s a ton of beautiful things to see. Life is good in Miami.

See you around!

Art Wynwood Fair – Feb.13th – Feb. 17
3101 NE 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33137

General Admission One-day pass: $20
Students 12-18/Senior discount: $15
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Miami International Boat Show – Feb. 13th – Feb. 18
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Adult Admission One-day pass: $20
Combo ticket / Boat show + Coconut Grove Arts Festival: $24
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Coconut Grove Arts Festival – Feb. 15th – Feb. 17th
Runs along the streets of McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive and Pan American Drive.

General Admission One-day pass: $15
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Welcome to The Production Line

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The Production Line is an immersive experience by the street art duo 2Alas commissioned by South Florida Ford as part of the Fordistas program.

Inspired by Henry Ford and the industrial innovations of the early 20th century, The Production Line seeks to recreate the process and vintage style of mass manufacturing by converting Product/81 Gallery into a screen-printing factory.

Working under the banner Made in Wynwood, the artist will produce 25 limited edition prints by process of assembly line in a series of precisely controlled sequential steps. Visitors can follow the floor map throughout the space to experience each point in the process.

Receive 1 of 25 limited edition prints from The Production Line.

Be among the first 25 to upload a photo to Instagram  #Fordistas #MadeinWynwood

The Fordistas program is a platform for emerging arts & culture – powered by South Florida Ford.

Cause living just isn’t enough.

By Natology

Contemporary art is a constant reflection of culture. Its story lines are based on existing topics that dance around the approval or disapproval of what is and what is not. This waltz circulates around the nucleus of the collective consciousness where aesthetics don’t stray too far from home. There is no doubt that great work can come from that center, but it can only be as great as that which it surrounds. In order to do things differently there needs to be space for an untapped inspiration that can only be found when stepping away from the central thought. I recently had the honor of seeing what I consider to be one of the best shows I’ve seen, not just all year but in general.  Cause living just isn’t enough, solo exhibition by Hugo Montoya at Guccivuitton Gallery in Miami, Florida.

First, let’s discuss the location. Guccivuitton Gallery is an avant-garde creative space tucked away to the north of the arts districts. Its location feels real and integrated within the city of Miami in a way that really allows for cultural inspirations to fill the space, while creating a distance from the nucleus that allows for the expansion of thought. This is a hidden treasure in the Miami art scene that should not be overlooked, in fact all eyes should play close attention to this space.

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Hugo and I have been friends for nearly ten years. We went to school together and I have forever been a fan of his work. It’s been a long time since he’s had a show and I can see why. There’s been a nursing of thought and an evolution of ideas far ahead of their time. He gave me the honor of a personal walk through the show last week, sharing the story behind each piece, all of which are found objects adapted and placed with careful precision. For an exhibition strong enough to stand any interpretation, the stories behind the scenes are what add to its value. It’s the culmination of details and the perfection of every angle in which you experience the art.

There’s a small center for worship next door to Guccivuitton, which creates a magical entrance into the space, should you catch it at the right time. We arrived at the space around 7:30pm, well after sunset but still in time for the church choir. As we walked up to the gallery the echos of Haitian gospel increased in volume and you could feel the energy surround the gallery’s entrance. Hugo spent six weeks in the gallery, something that artists don’t regularly have a chance to do. The energy of the gospel choir filled the space that night just as it did throughout those six weeks. From every angle this show presents a new perspective, regardless of the stories behind it or the academic interpretations. It has the ability to stand alone.

The Symmetry of Yuri Tuma

By Natology

There is a universal formula at the basis of all design. Whether it’s in the three-dimensional structure of an atom or the blueprint of a building, a beautiful mathematical equation lays at the foundation of all form. To see the world in shapes, colors, and lines is a blessing. To capture it, mold it, construct it and deconstruct it is another story. Yuri Tuma sees the world in the form of abstract symmetry, which he’s applied to creating a visual language where images replace numbers and patterns shape the conversation.

Yuri Tuma is a Brazilian artist based in Miami, Florida whose art matches the balance of his personality and the vibrational frequency of his name. In other words, Tuma has a harmonious nature that is reflected in his work. He is a photographer who uses shapes and linear structure to develop symmetrical patterns that mirror the nature of design. There is a left-brain and right-brain balance in his work that merges math and intuition to illustrate an understanding of universal geometry. Represented by the established and rebellious Butter Gallery, Tuma has had four solo exhibitions (2008 – 2013) alongside group shows and art fairs in New York and Shanghai. In his fifth solo exhibition, Tuma presents Headlights at Product/81 Gallery, opening Saturday August 10, 2013 in Miami, Fl.  Commissioned by Fordistas, Headlights presents the study of formulaic patterns and optical-symmetry inspired by the headlights of Ford automobiles.. Tuma sees the application of nature’s patterns in man-made structures, which he presents through a kaleidoscopic lens that makes the inorganic, organic. Here’s a sneak peak of Tuma’s latest body of work for Fordistas! fordistas13EVITE




The Endless Art

by Guiseppe Bernstein

In the 1966 surf movie, The Endless Summer, the characters came up with an idea, that if one had enough time and money it would be possible to follow the summer around the world, making it endless. Nothing short of exactly what happens for many who are both financially capable and addicted to exclusivity of contemporary fine art, within white walls of climate controlled convention center corridors. It has become a lifestyle for myself.

Circumnavigating the world in the name of art will have you galloping Hong Kong to Venice in Spring, Basel, Switzerland to the Hamptons for Summer, London to New York City in Fall and finally Miami Beach to Los Angeles in the Winter. Of course there are many more art fairs and cities to visit in between, but I dare not even begin to take note or I will be finishing this post from the comfort of a private jet. The itinerant lifestyle of many art professionals has done some good for the local, less mobile art aficionados.

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There Go-Go’s the Neighborhood

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.