A couple of years ago, when I first moved to the Design District/Wynwood area, the now demolished Chiquita Banana Plant (above) was still on NE 2nd and 33rd street. The plant particularly caught my eye because back then we were developing the “tropi” brand and banana’s were one of the symbols we initially used to associate it. As I got to know the locals, I discovered that the Chiquita Banana Plant I had my eyes on had been hit up by a local artist. I’ve gotten to know the artist and have been following his sketches, photography, and street art ever since.
From humble beginnings, street art found its place in the contemporary art world and has made itself right at home in our Magic City. Next Saturday, October 13th, Gregg Shienbaum welcomes back local street artist Poska aka Clandestine Culture for his first solo show.
Robin Van Arsdol, better known throughout the art world as RV, is exhibiting his original paintings and sculpture at Kill Your Idol. The show runs through August, giving you plenty of time to head over to South Beach to witness the work by one of the pioneers of the 1980’s New York City street art movement.
Last night Rod Deal caught David Zalben as he began his poetic installation about love, sex and relationships, “A Love You Cannot Live Without” at the Art/Center SoFl on Lincoln Road.
Jessy Nite has been working with Primary Projects for some time now. Her art is raunchy, provocative, and super rad – so expect to hear a lot more about her in the future. She uses stylized lettering to convey how much of a badass she is. Money, power, and partying are the common thread in most of Jessy’s work, so, thematically speaking, it’s like the gangster rap of typographic art. Her upcoming solo show at Primary Projects, ‘Bad As I Want To Be’ promises to be a balls-out spectacular of the artist’s wildest ideas and most radical designs. While we’d like to give you an in-depth of everything she has in store, it’s probably better if you just take our word for it and go check it out for yourself this Saturday.