It is often the case that the best things in life are shared. Join Product/81 Creative Lab and Butter Gallery this Basel season when it opens its doors to welcome the great city of Detroit as part of the collaborative exhibition, Mi Casa es su Casa. This collaboration, inspired by the differences and similarities surrounding Miami & Detroit, will be hosted in both the Product/81 Creative Lab and the Gesamtkunstwerk building. The weeklong program, designed to house the creative community, will include a series of events, talks and a shared workspace.
Art Basel is the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world. At the nexus of North America and Latin America, this show presents premier artwork from across the globe. Throughout the first week of December, on what has been referred to as Art Week, Miami embraces the art world with special exhibitions and dynamic cultural events at museums and galleries across the city.
Cannon Fodder, resented in Miami by the Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) and the Israeli Consulate at O Cinema, marked the the Florida premiere of the first ever zombie movie made in Israel. As part of the MJFF pre-festival programing, writer-director Eitan Gafni and actress Yafit Shalev attended the screening to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A.
In case you missed it:BES Films and local artist, Gabriel Gimenez aka GG, recently released a documentary on the blossoming Wynwood artist. BES co-founder and lead cinematographer, Raymond Linares,created a truly local experience that not only promotes GG’s artwork but also exemplifies what makes Wynwood great.
That’s not all! In September, GG also exhibited a few artworks at Wyn317 and created a new mural for DWNTWN Art Days. Last week, GG revealed a pretty sweet collection of T-shirts inspired by the three master artists he admires most – Frida, Basquiat, and Warhol.
“Musically Speaking” Panel (left-right) - Patrick Walsh, Lauren Reskin, Jose Duran, James Quinlan, Laura Sutnick, Carmel Ophir
It was hot out during the III Points Festival in Wynwood, a weekend dedicated to music, art, and technology. It was so hot that even in the aftermath, an objective view of the III Points experience seems stale. A review would feel forced without acknowledgement of my part in it and the effect massive amounts of sweat have on any recounting of any experience. So the very possibility of traditional journalism died of heat stroke.
On a large screen on the outside of the Intercontinental Hotel, DWNTWN Art Days was advertised for all passerby to see, attracting observers inside. The lobby looked almost futuristic. Glowing square shaped fixtures slowly changed from one eye catching color to the next, lingering on each one for a few minutes before starting to shift.
On screens attached to the fixtures, videos from theWet Heat Project played, showing artists (many of them Miami locals) hard at work at their respective mediums.
A large screen on the opposite wall of the clean and high-end lobby of Miami’s South East Financial Center is most likely first thing one notices walking in. This past weekend it took a break from the commercial ads to screen Interior Islands, a video project created for DWNTWN Art Days. The experimental short film was screening next to an AuBon Pain, an unusual setting for this style of art. Expressive and modern art doesn’t usually come with one’s morning coffee and croissant.
The 5 minute video by Miami-based artists Liz Ferrer and Brookhart Jonquil began with a few eery hovering lights in the background, reflecting off of dark rippling water. They slowly moved towards the camera to reveal two people holding a lantern in each hand. Things got strange.