THROUGH THE LENS
FULL MOON – SPINELLO DECADE CELEBRATION
Wednesday Nov. 25, 2015 - “Full Moon” reflects a specific time on the lunar calendar characterized by mystery, magic, and mayhem. The Full Moon is understood, both within vernacular and occult cultures, to be a time of transition, of letting go, and of reaching full potential. A symbolic, purifying gesture is undertaken during this phase of the Lunar Cycle, whereupon old identities, attitudes, and behaviors are shed in favor of more vibrant, more vital possibilities.
All ten Spinello Projects represented artists will participate: Farley Aguilar, Kris Knight, Aramis Gutierrez, Sinisa Kukec, Manny Prieres, Santiago Rubino, Naama Tsabar, TYPOE, Agustina Woodgate, and Antonia Wright. Special live performances by past collaborators will include Psychic Youth, Inc. and Franky Cruz.
In Photos: Franky Cruz and Ana Mendez during her performance
Photographer: Broken Leg
Every year on December, Miami gets completely submerged for a week into a frenzy of art fairs, art parties, art tourist etc. Last year was not the exception and "art week" or "art basel week" had an array of things to see and do.
A pleasant surprise we got this year was finding local, Emmett Moore with a very impressive exhibition at Design Miami. The event marked the fair’s first exhibition by a Miami-based designer as well as its first collaboration with a Miami-based gallery (Diet Gallery).
Photographer: Juan Pablo Velasco (juanpablofotografo.com)
Rio San Juan is small town in the north of Dominican Republic. The town is surrounded by beautiful beaches and lush nature and filled with wonderful hard-working people. This was the setting for the Artesano project, Hosted by Evoca1 and curated by INOPERAbLE Gallery.
In the past few years mural festivals have become a common thing, specially in big cities, but few projects have focused on bringing art and culture to regular people in locations where art is rare, uncommon or completely unavailable. It was truly remarkable to see the positive response and pride the people of Rio San Juan took on the Artesano Project. The project aimed to promote and inspire young artists and give knowledge and recognition to the Dominican Republic in the world of urban arts and muralism and did so by hosting over 30 local and international artists.
These were the participating artists: AXEL VOID / BIKISMO / ELIAN / ENTES / EVER / EVOCA1 / FILIO GALVEZ / FRANCO "JAZ" FASOLI / HOXXOH / L.E.O. / JADE1 / PASTEL / PIXELPANCHO / VERO RIVERA / 3TAMAROOTS / ANNGURRIA / BAD6 / GABZ / JOHANN DOVENTE MODAFOCA / POTELECHE / REUBEN / SEB / SHAK / WILLY GOMEZ / TOSTFILMS / NATALIA LASSALLE / GULLYART / ELISSABETTA RICCIO
More info at artesanoproject.com
Buwalda's Body Shop
“Right or Wrong, it’s very pleasant to break something from time to time.” –Fyodor Dostoevsky
A body shop’s main goal is the assurance of change or overhaul to the battered remains given to them for repair. Body shops give new life to a car and sand down previous histories that have existed. They can fix dreams or repair problems; that is their promise.
The transition from Buwalda’s previous work is manifest as he expands out into the realm of rebuilding and customization, using both as a metaphor for art. Our continued desire to create cars as an extension of personality and ourselves relate directly to the artist’s desire to express her/himself with both additions and subtractions within painting. Automobiles have become increasingly personal objects from the carburetor you choose to the color.
The car itself is interwoven into the American ideology and Buwalda is fascinated by it more for what the automobile represents than what it is. Ballardian sexualized and masculine underpinnings can not be avoided. Women draped over and posed with cars have been iconic images for decades. Why have these conversations been so inextricably tied together since the inception?
To open the dialogue and explore the implications, Buwalda has placed his body shop in a specific era of the 1980’s. When asked why he chose this particular period, he responded, “There is a pureness and rawness to the body shops of the decade that I certainly romanticize from growing up around and looking up to particular people who worked within them.” It was also a time where customizing became more popular and the allusion to cars and women’s bodies was more apparent.
The Body Shop is rife with both questions and metaphor. The notion that we can salvage a dream or create one is a powerful symbol for our cultural philosophy. The body shop offers an opportunity to erase history or control our experiences and it’s an enticing proposition. Buwalda implores us to take a closer look at how we internalize these ideas of broken fantasies and constructed realities.
Written by Charity Von Buwalda
Photos by Juan Pablo Velasco
Thursday, December 18
at 6:00pm - 10:00pm
7220 North Miami Ave. Miami, FL