It may get all the attention, but Art Basel and the satellite fairs are just one side of Miami Art Week. Galleries across the city will also showcase their most intriguing immersive works for the art-loving crowds. From an installation that has become a competitive sport to a sunken living room exhibition where one can both celebrate life and honor the dead, Miami galleries showcase some of their material.
The following alphabetical list is by no means a complete list of the multitude of gallery exhibits you can see during Miami Art Week.
Bonnier Gallery presents “Green Creek”, a solo exhibition of sculptures, oil paintings and works on paper by Kathleen Jacobs. The American artist was inspired to create the works in this exhibition after reading a poem by 8th-century Tang Dynasty poet Wang Wei in which the reflection of trees in a stream illustrates the tranquil vastness of nature. Many works composing “Green Creek” were formed in direct communication with nature, namely trees. Jacobs wrapped linen cloth around tree trunks – sometimes up to three years old – and also applied clay and porcelain to tree trunks. The result of this unique process is a series of paintings and sculptures whose dreamlike lines and curves – direct imprints of the trees with which the materials commune – evoke clouds in the sky or waves on the sea, reminding viewers the beauty that exists all around them. . On view through Feb. 4, 2023, at 3408 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; thebonniergallery.com.
Miami-based artist Clara Varas presents “Between Memory and Desire” in Dimensions Variable, an exploration of both the artist’s personal story and the precariousness of the human condition. Varas emigrated to the United States and counts herself among the generation and a half who have reached adulthood in the United States and she uses personal household items, found objects and industrial materials to illustrate the experiences of Latinx, Caribbean and immigrants from Miami. populations. “The Commonplace of Things” is a solo project by New York and Miami-based artist Marcos Valella, which combines everyday objects like fishing lures, bedbugs and bed sheets with drip painting techniques. open source drip to create hooded and manipulated paintings that raise the question of where is the line between art and the other things you buy. On view through Jan. 10, 2023, at 101 NW 79th St., Miami; dimensionsvariable.net.
Emerson Dorsch Gallery presents the opening of “Be Wild. Bewilder”, where artist Paula Wilson explores themes of fragmentation and regeneration. Wilson, who lives in Carrizozo, New Mexico, incorporates her life in the high desert into her works, often weaving elements of female power, natural life systems, and artistic creation itself. On view through Jan. 21, 2023, at 5900 NW Second Ave., Miami; emersondorsch.com.
Cuban-American artist Richard Vergez combines multimedia collages with train installations in “Trains of Thought”. The collection of works may inspire admiration or bitterness among residents of Magic City, a sprawling metropolis whose public transit system could benefit from investment in rail transportation. Vergez is also the founder of Noir Age, an alternative music label that releases limited-edition albums by experimental artists around the world. He has scored contemporary dance performances for Cuban choreographer Ana Mendez, and he is one half of Za Za, an avant-garde group, along with fellow sound artist Mónica Mesa. On view through Dec. 3 at 7411 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; homework.gallery.
Before moving to Little River next year, Locust Projects is presenting three final exhibitions at its current location in the Design District. “Ule ole go” is an installation highlighting international migration and the ever-changing rules that immigrants are made to follow, and it uses the movement found in sports to tell this story in an unexpected and immersive way. In “Room for the living/Room for the dead”, T. Eliott Mansa incorporates West Africa nkisi nkondi and bocio sculptures and the aesthetics of roadside memorials to reimagine a sunken 1970s living room as a space to gather both in joy and to honor those who have passed away. “Portals of Introspection” is a group exhibition highlighting what connects humans to their environment, curated by Donnamarie Baptiste and featuring video works by Paul Ward, Duke Riley, Mikey Please and Dimitry Saïd Chamy. On view through Feb. 4, 2023, at 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami, locustprojects.org.
Nina Johnson presents the opening of three personal exhibitions. “The Book” by Raúl de Nieves presents 18 multimedia wall works, as well as the artist’s beadwork and ceramic pieces, in a conversation about process and transformation. In the gallery’s newly renovated exhibition library, Korean artist and designer Minjae Kim presents “IYKYK”. Twelve fully functional pieces of furniture and art objects carry the traditional Korean aesthetic, but they could be interpreted as abstract art in the eyes of Americans. Thus, Kim’s work illuminates the cultural erasure that occurs every day in the Westernized world. “Eyelash in the Unknown” is a collection of cast glass paintings and sculptures by Tunisian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Nadia Ayari. With her complex and time-consuming method of creating gooey oil-based canvases that become sculptures, Ayari creates immersive works that draw viewers close enough to almost touch. On view through Jan. 7, 2023, at 6315 NW Second Ave., Miami; ninajohnson.com.
Pan American Art Projects
Pan American Art Projects presents “The Life of Meanings”, a collection of works drawn by Cuban-born, Miami-based artist Carlos Estevez, so intricate they appear like fantastical maps or blueprints of a planner – if they were dreaming when they wrote them That is. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog containing a main text by PAMM’s assistant curator, Maritza Lacayo, and a text by the director of Pan American art projects, Janda Wetherington. On view through Dec. 3 at 274 NE 67th St., Miami; panamericanart.com.
Spinello Projects presents a trio of exhibitions to celebrate Miami Art Week. On the first floor, “Back to Basics” is the first Miami gallery of Vienna-based French-Senegalese artist Alexandre Diop. Using everyday materials like metal, rope, old car parts, rust, books, metal and wood, Diop explores both composition and decomposition to express the themes of existence. and observation. “Nightfall” is the first American solo exhibition by Puerto Rican artist Esaí Alfredo. Inspired in part by Isaac Asimov’s 1941 short story of the same name, “Nightfall” depicts the adventures of a queer couple who become close lovers as they investigate a mysterious week-long solar eclipse shrouding an island in the Caribbean in the dark. Richie Nath’s first solo exhibition in the United States, “This Too Shall Pass”, focuses on the queer male body in works that combine Hindu, Buddhist and Greco-Roman mythologies to depict the exiled artist’s journey from his Native Myanmar in the midst of civil war. Spinello Projects is also presenting at Art Basel this year the work of Miami native Reginald O’Neal and Afro-Latinx artist Juana Valdés. On view through Jan. 14, 2023, at 2930 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; spinelloprojects.com.