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O.H.W.O.W on the fringes of Miami’s Art Basel 2008

20 Dec

The O.H.W.O.W. art space, directed by Aaron Bondaroff and Al Moran, was an interesting venue. It was a pretty large space with three main exhibition areas and a club. They brought a variety of projects such as the Deitch Projects among many others. This event gathered the work of thirty artists in a gallery/warehouse west of the Wynwood District. In the warehouse part of the space, graffiti decorated the walls were a DJ started the night with Miami style bass.

pfahler_work_6Two notable pieces in this art space were the pieces by Ara Peterson and Kembra Pfahler. O.H.W.O.W. not only brought art, but music as they started of the week with DJ JD Samson from Le Tigre and A.R.E. Weapons. On Dec. 4th The Gossip’s Beth Ditto and guitarist Mick Jagged hosted a Karaoke event with guests. Outside an ice cream truck handed out ice cream, and free Camparis and Grolsch’s were served to the people that slowly trickled in from other events.

In all reality, The Gossip’s Beth Ditto commanding soulful voice should have kicked off Art Basel on the beach, and Yelle would have been a more suitable performance for this artsy industrial space. But it seems to me that O.H.W.O.W organizers are in tune with the ongoing rise of Miami’s art scene, and they are investing in quality music and art.

Video of Beth Ditto at a UK Awards Ceremony dueting with Jarvis Cocker

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Happy Surprises at Art Basel Miami 2008

20 Dec

Dweckimage22Art Basel 2008 Miami edition ran from the 3rd to the 7th of December, and brought happy surprises like: Yelle, Teresa Margolles, Red Truck Gallery, Tim Tate, My Barbarian, side exhibits like O.H.W.O.W. & Kill Your Idols, and music events such as Panda Bear, MSTRKRFT, and DJ A-Track.

This year a new addition to the art fair scene was Art Asia and the In Fashion Photo exposition. The festivities started as early as Saturday November 29, and the surrounding art fairs included usual suspects such as: Scope, Pulse, The Bridge Art Fair, Miami Art, NADA, Photo Miami, Red Dot, and the Aqua Fair.

For me the most intense pieces of art in this fair were, Tim Tate’s, My Barbarian’s and Teresa Margolles’. I will review their work along with a series of small blogs on Art Basel 2008’s events… 

Video of Art Basel’s Positions (Shipping Containers on the Beach)