Raw Style: Miami Art Week

Art, Fashion & Entertainment Recap

Oil on Wood piece entitled "Dave" by artist Lina Hsiao from the Superfine! House of Art and Design exhibit
I was excited to head to Little Haiti for the Superfine! House of Art and Design exhibit (pictured.). Housed in a previously abandoned building, this pop-up gallery was a raw space filled with broken pockets of holes in the wall and stark cement floors. Over 30 artists showcased at the pop-up gallery filled the walls with colors, creativity and imagination that brought this previously abandoned space to life.

The crowd gathered around Alexander Kuhn, who was creating artwork right in front of our eyes using a process I had never heard of before called pyrography – which is the art or technique of burning details onto wood with a metallic pointed tool. And Alexander did just that, as the art patrons watched him live working on a giant slab of wood, while his leopard artwork grew and grew into a realistic looking beast.

The Image Gallery from Brooklyn had a range of super cool and affordable pieces, including an oil on wood piece called “Dave” by Lina Hsiao, a small steel image peeking through a wall entitled “Volume II (Quiet Place)” by Damien Vera, and mini acrylic and wood pieces by Anthony Pinata. There were a range of prices on items at the event, from about $200 to $10,000. As we walked around, life-size sequined mannequins dangled from the ceiling from the famed New York City/Little Haiti-raised artist named Diego Montaya whose installation was called “Ascend with You.” A super cool, downtown vibe where club kids mingled with hip Brooklynites, all celebrating various forms of art and expression.

Then we headed off to events in Wynwood, where many of the usual galleries were open late, and the streets were filled with people, drinks, and pop-up shops full of art, fashion, and flair.

Sculpture made of metal and bullets by artist Charles Edward Soto from a Wynwood pop-up gallery on NW 24th Street
After being lucky enough to find a parking spot on the street, we noticed a colorful pop-up shop (right across the street from the A. Mijares art show at 151 N.W. 24th Street in Wynwood) – where this warehouse was full of fun art, jewelry, and fashion – and we headed in. Amazing 3D sculptures called Bullets and Heartbreaks, made from real bullets, metal, and heartbreak were created by Charles Edward Soto and adorned the front walls, while sexy art by Jess hung on the middle walls. Jewelry by Erika Pena with whitewashed beads in turquoise, soft pinks and warm grays, with textured knots, tassels, and the occasional skull became an immediate favorite of mine, and I was excited to hear that SocialMiami’s own super chic Elysze Held owns jewelry by this designer too!

Also inside the warehouse were fun, brightly colored over-the-shoulder bags by Luxchilas with a percentage of sales benefiting the Sol Azul charity, which provides food and strives to improve the quality of life of children in need. Layered across the wall were hip sneakers with cartoon graphics by Kruzin, which are also available at their store on Washington Avenue in South Beach. This pop-up store had great range of appeal from street wear style for the super hip, to amazing jewelry for the well-traveled.

And here is a little secret to getting around during Art Basel. The stars of the new reality show “The Real Women of Telenovelas,” filming at The Temple House, along with some of Danny and Russell Simmons’ guests attending his Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation art auction at One Park Grove in Coconut Grove, used Miami’s newest and best way to get around called MiRide, a new App for a VIP luxury car service, which launched in Miami during Art Basel. My friends used it and could not have been happier.

Until the next fabulous event.

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