ART WEEK 2k15 GUIDES:
MUSEUM EXHIBITION GUIDE + MUSIC BASEL / PARTY GUIDE + SPECIAL PROJECTS GUIDE
Cristin Tierney Gallery presents a selection of Peter Campus’ single-channel artworks in Booth S10 at the 2015 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. Between 1971 and 1976 Campus created nine videos, including the now iconic 1973 Three Transitions. This will be the first time in history that all nine of the videos are shown together as a complete group.
Campus’ interest in cognitive psychology, identity construction, and the existential questions of human existence is well reflected in them and most of the works are formal in their approach, focused on issues such as perspective, color, and the figure/ground relationship. Each of the works explores the connection between the subject and the camera, and thus the nature of representation. Campus’ exploration of form pushed the boundaries of this new medium, and his work has influenced generations of artists ever since. The integration of form and content in these works is remarkable. In these videos,
Campus uses literal explorations of the actual world to illuminate our struggles with an imagined one. As time unfolds and each piece progresses, it gradually becomes apparent that the physical spaces recorded by the video camera are metaphors for our psychic ones.
Wendy Wischer: Escaping Gravity
The Screening Room presents Escaping Gravity, a new body of work by Wendy Wischer. With these three new pieces, a sculpture, a video and a multi-media installation, Wischer turns her focus more directly to nature, reflecting poetically on our surroundings, the cycle of life, as well as the major signals of our current environmental issues.
Through the use of sound and video mapping, one mound of rocks sits on the floor and the other suspends from the ceiling, mimicking cairns or path markers. With these mounds defying gravity as if on another plane, Wischer explores her shifting relationship with nature and with herself. To complement, a haunting video explores notions of shifting landscapes and a sculptural piece questions the possibility of reversing an oil spill. With this new body of work, Wischer finds herself at a crossroads, confronting gravity’s pull.
Fordistas and FilmGate present UNRESERVED – an experimental audio experience created by Halsey Burgund, fellow at MIT Open Doc Lab. Users are invited to participate in the creation of a collective work of art by contributing to an evolving collage of sound throughout Wynwood with the geo-sensitive app. The project strives to eliminate the barriers of participation and foster expressive freedom – without reservation. More Free download: iOS
The headlining event in Art Basel’s film program, curated by Marian Masone under the theme “Our Hidden Futures,” is James Crump’s land art documentary. There are interviews with Walter De Maria on The Lightning Field, Michael Heizer on Double Negative, and Robert Smithson on Spiral Jetty (which is possibly endangered due to the ongoing drought). In addition to the main screening on Friday night, short films will be screened throughout the week at locations including SoundScape Park and the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Florida University’s The Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th Street. Miami, December 6, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Venezuelan artist Carola Bravo exhibits “Blurred Borders” at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU. You are probably familiar with Carola Bravo from her immersive exhibition at the Screening Room in 2014. In the nine videos of “Blurred Borders” the Venezuelan-born Bravo, known for her work that addresses space, time and shifting territories, mines her personal history, using symbols like butterflies and white doves to evoke the contemporary migrant experience. It remains on view through February 28, 2016. MORE
The inaugural event in the museum’s new performance series has been produced in partnership with Performa 15, and is paired with “A Public Character,” a solo exhibition at the ICA featuring Ebner’s photography, sculpture, installation, and video. All three artists are incorporating elements from their own practice into a new site-specific piece that looks to bridge the gap between performance and visual art. RSVP
Also at ICA, you can see Alex Bag’s The Van, a 2001 video work that will be restaged with a site-specific installation. The original customized Dodge vehicle that provided the setting for the film will serve as an unconventional screening room at the ICA.
Galerie Perrotin will showcase the French street artist’s new 14-minute film starring Robert De Niro in a pop-up exhibition in Miami. The show also features photographs of JR‘s ongoing installation “Unframed—Ellis Island,” the first art exhibition ever shown at the island’s abandoned hospital complex. JR pasted archival images of 19th and 20th century immigrants on the facility’s crumbling walls, then shot De Niro walking amid the ruins, with a poignant script about a migrant turned away from America. Trailer
Daniel Arsham: The Future Was Written
A son of Miami returns home this Miami Art Week with a new interactive installation curated by Franklin Sirmans. Arsham, who received a visual art award from YoungArts in 1999 as a high school student, has created nearly 2,000 chalk “Future Relics” that visitors can use to paint on the exhibition’s chalkboard-painted walls. MORE
Dedicated to showcasing socially-engaged art, A Blade of Grass is screening the first season of FIELDWORKS, its documentary series on the beauty and power of such work, produced by RAVA Films and One Hundred Seconds. The short, roughly-five minute long episodes cover such artist project as Mel Chin‘s “Operation Paydirt,” a nationwide initiative to end childhood lead poisoning, and Jody Wood‘s mobile beauty salon, which services New York city homeless shelters.
Amor Bakshi: Portals Exhibit & Installations
There’s a reason the Sagamore bills itself as Miami’s “art hotel,” and it’s not just its Cricket Taplin Collection of contemporary art. There’s Bakshi’s “Portals,” a golden shipping container that is hooked up via live video link to similar spaces in Tehran, Havana, Mexico City, and Herat, Afghanistan, allowing visitors to interact with people in distant countries as if they were in the same room. Alan Sonfist has also created an environmental sculpture made using elements from nature sourced from around the hotel, and New York-based arts nonprofit Electronic Arts Intermix has installed a selection of video art curated by Lori Zippay throughout the hotel’s public spaces. Finally, don’t miss the swanky Saturday brunch, which is welcoming Art Basel VIPs for the 14th straight year.
Various Artists: Refuge
Architectural Digest has teamed with the hotel to commission five outdoor art installations from contemporary artists, curated by Camille Obering. Phillipe Malouin‘s Movements includes a 12-piece swingset and handmade planters crafted from sand, while Michele Oka Donerwas inspired by the South Floridian mangrove tree to create Mangrove Retreat, a welcoming environment for Art Basel fairgoers. The 1 Rooftop will also be home to 3-D graffiti sculpture from London artist Zeus, as part of the “CANVAS Art Presentation” (December 1–4).
Pop-Up Gallery @ The Bungalow 252
The Edition welcomes Bill Powers‘s Half Gallery, Harper’s Books, and Louis B James Gallery for its second Miami Art Week pop up. The first floor will include Tom Sachs sculptures, hand-painted books from Justin Adian, and new material from Richard Prince. Upstairs, Louis B James is showing Somewhere on Mars it’s Daytime and the Wind is Blowing Dust Down from a Mountain and Into a Valley, an intense virtual reality work by Jeremy Couillard. The hotel’s Basement will also showcase “Future Memories,” a permanent installation from Nashville-born artist Olivia Steele.
Adrien Missika: Open Art Project
Missika, a French artist, is bringing an immersive site specific installation of a leather hammock to Natuzzi Italia’s new Design District store, as part of the Italian design brand’s new contemporary art project, Natuzzi Open Art. Alexandra Richards, daughter of Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, will be on hand to DJ the opening party, which will feature a specially designed cocktail by Di Saronno.
ART BASEL FILM
From December 2 through 6, 2015, Art Basel will present a premier program of over 50 films and videos by and about artists selected under the title ‘Our Hidden Futures’. Screened on the 7,000- square-foot outdoor projection wall of the New World Center, the program is again curated by David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions and London’s Artprojx.
First-time Art Basel film curator Marian Masone, Senior Programming Advisor at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, has selected the feature-length film ‘Troublemakers – The Story of Land Art’ (2015) by filmmaker James Crump for a special screening at the Colony Theatre on Friday, December 4. Gryn’s program of film and video works, drawn from the show’s participating galleries, will include work by Ida Applebroog, Anna Barham, Breda Beban, Janet Biggs, Sue de Beer, Rineke Dijkstra, Tracey Emin, Barbara Hammer, Shirazeh Houshiary, Jaki Irvine, Anna K.E. & Florian Meisenberg, Jumana Manna, Howardena Pindell, Cauleen Smith, Catherine Sullivan and Marnie Weber.
PROJECTS, the platform by which PULSE presents large-scale installations, sculpture and performance will include an interactive new media project by Amir Baradaran during the Private Preview Brunch and live performances by Kate Durbin and Kalup Linzy during the Opening Celebration on Tuesday, December 1. For the duration of PULSE Miami Beach guests will also be able to enjoy the following installations throughout the fair:
- You are (on) an Island, 2011-2013, a thought-provoking neon piece which switches between two statements – one metaphorical and the other geographical – by Dallas-based artists Alicia Eggert and Mike Fleming courtesy of Sienna Patti, Lenox, MA.
- Trees, 2015, a playful yet unsettling sculpture by multi-media artist Gordon Holden who is known for ongoing commentary on pop culture and consumerism, courtesy of Paul Loya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
- Everyone Is Somewhere, 2015, the fictitious “apartment building” sculpture that is a juxtaposition of notions of community and isolation by Chris Jones courtesy of MARC STRAUS, New York NY
- Over and Under, 2013, an object born of industry and hand through the combination of textile and metal scaffolding by Frances Trombly courtesy of Miami-based Emerson Dorsch.
- Corbu Bench, 2015, a small scale architecture piece which was inspired by Le Corbusier’s tiled lounge at Villa Savoye in Paris by New York-based artist Jim Osman courtesy of Lesley Heller Workspace, New York NY.
The Digital Museum of Digital Art [DiMoDA] and The Wrong New Media Biennale bring their mobile oculus rift station to the Surf Med Pharmacy in Miami Beach and we can’t wait to get our hands on it!
Inspired by the main character in the 1992 cyberpunk novel, Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson, the project features works by Claudia Hart (NY/CHICAGO), Tim Berresheim (DE) Jacolby Satterwhite (NY), and a project by Aquanet 2001 (Salvador Loza & Gibran Morgado) from Mexico City.