Captivated by the lush tropical environment of downtown Miami, I began to prepare for an exhibit with IMAGE Gallery, a new contemporary art gallery based in Brooklyn, New York. Miami during Art Basel expands and comes to life in every way, with massive creativity pumping through every vein of the city. I’ve often said that seeing other artists thrive is what pushes me to keep creating, and this experience was no exception!
Upon arriving to photographer Tomas Loewy‘s edgy art condo in Edgewater, I stepped out of the elevator into a gallery of back-lit photographs on mixed media, like aluminum, and life-size glowing cubes. Staying with long-time burner Tomas was such a treat. Among many projects, he has a published burning man photography book, Radical Burning Desert, that will give insight into the art and heart that goes into Burning Man.
Preparing an installation and works for a city I’ve never been to before while not knowing anyone seemed like a challenge. But what felt like an impossible feat soon turned into an adventure of a lifetime. Searching for reclaimed wood and metal shops in the culturally rich Little Haiti district of Miami, which some call the new Lynwood, I came across two industrial warehouses and got in a car to see what materials I could find to work with. With my friend Ashley by my side for moral support, safety in the somewhat dangerous neighborhood, and artistic inspiration, we ended up at a metal shop having rusted metal scraps and chains cut to size. Next, we headed around the corner to the wood shop, where we met an incredible man who built me 6 wooden panels of reclaimed wood. They were more perfect and unique than I ever could have imagined, and he quickly became one of our favorite people we met on the trip.
The show came quick, and the next day it was hanging inside the lofty pop-up warehouse, Superfine House of Art + Design in Little Haiti. The main men behind the operation, Alex Mitow and James Mille put together a beautifully curated gallery full of art, design, performances and unique large-scale installations. Check out the video below to see how Superfine! brought art and design to life. Huge thanks to Che Morales, curator of IMAGE Gallery NYC for including me in the exhibit, and Miami Ad School for inviting me to hang a piece of artwork in their beautiful headquarters in Wynwood. Miami, I can’t wait to embrace your spirit again.