After two full days of Art Basel, my head is spinning and I never even made it out of Wynwood to see any of the events on Miami Beach. Over the years, the number of satellite events has spread from South Beach to Brickell, the Central Business District and, especially, to the art & design districts in Wynwood and Midtown. On Saturday, I visited just three expos in Wynwood: Art Miami, Red Dot and Art ExpoMiami+Solo.
I do not pretend to be an art connoisseur, can’t boast a large collection… I simply like what I like and don’t worry about deeper meanings. That said, I was overwhelmed with the number of exhibits that caught my eye.
At Art Miami, I particularly enjoyed Catherine Nelson’s work. She displayed part of her “Future Memories” series, of which “Forster” had me mesmerized. From her bio: “The ‘Future Memories’ series comprises of 20 floating worlds, meticulously composed with thousands of assembled details. Visual poetry, nature photography and digital techniques blend together to give shape to these transcendental landscapes. The result is a contemporary pictorial mythology that subtly reminds the viewer of a profound truth: that it is in the flourishing variety of the local that the fate of the world resides.”
I was also fascinated by Ransom & Mitchell’s photography, though to simply call it “photography” does it a grave disservice. The collaborative work of husband and wife team Jason Mitchell and Stacey Ransom combines her amazing set designs with his photography to create surreal portraits that are stunning in their depth and detail. This one from their conceptual fine art collection is my favorite. It is not easy to see here, but there are sharks swimming outside that window!
Over at Red Dot, my favorite artist was Sean M. Flynn. After being stopped dead in my tracks by his Rio landscape, I had the pleasure of meeting Sean to discuss his work. He told me about the Rio shoot, how he could see a magnificent sunset in the making so he was stretched out flat on the ground taking photo after photo. He uses a photographic method called “high dynamic range imaging” which is accomplished by taking multiple photos using bracketed exposures and merging them into the final image. He then prints some of the limited edition images on a metallic medium, resulting in a breath-taking saturation of color. When he applied this method to his “Roman Bath House”, the result is a moody scene that blurs the line between photography and painting, yet still feels like you could walk right into the picture.
As I was walking past Art Expo Miami + Solo, there was a sign that said “look up” so of course I did. Above my head, balanced on a high wire like a circus performer was a bronze statue of a boy. Naturally I had to go inside to see more of Jerzy Kedziora and his balancing sculptures. There I learned that the material he uses is actually a composite that looks like bronze and acquires a patina like bronze, but weighs far less than bronze – a fact I found comforting as I stood under the beautifully balanced pieces.