Sunday, April 14, 2024

From Constructed Dreaming to Reverse Archaeology

The Boca Raton Museum of Art may be closed for another month for restoration, but don’t let it stop you from checking out the best art South Florida has to offer. Elsewhere in the tri-county area, September is a bustling month in the art world.

ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale just opened a hip multimedia show called “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” which runs through Sept. 24 and combines visual artwork, installation, fashion and music by local performers. This Friday, the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood launches its 2010-2011 exhibition season with three shows, including the sure-to-be-exciting sculptural exhibition “Sinisa Kukec: And Yet Another Wayward Landscape,” which features globular shapes growing from found objects, the walls, the floor and the ceiling.

A week later, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami will open “Shinique Smith: Menagerie,” the first large-scale museum show for the New York-based artist, who employs found objects and secondhand clothing in her referential (and reverential) sculpture and installation.

And, as usual, Miami’s Wynwood and Design districts will be founts of art, with more than two dozen galleries staying open from 7 to 10 p.m., showing off new work. Here are a few of the highlights.

Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St.

“Ruta 2010.” This international juried exhibition celebrates Mexico’s bicentennial of independence from Spain in 1810, and it features the work of 100 artists from 18 Spanish-language and Latin American countries.

101/Exhibit, 101 NE 40th St.

“Aaron Morgan Brown: Arcana du Jour.” My most anticipated artist to see this weekend, Brown considers his work to be representations of “constructed dreaming,” a seemingly banal hyper-realism that belies its photographic roots to create alternative realities.

Locust Projets, 155 NE 38th St., Suite 100

‘Valerie Hegarty: Breakthrough Miami.” In a technique she dubs “reverse archaeology,” Hegarty adheres a layer of painted paper to the walls and floors of the gallery, only to peel back her work and reveal what appears to be an old, historic Miami building interior, complete with fabricated portals to the outside, where wildlife seeps into the installation. It’s a unique exhibit that should live up to its literal title.

Nina Torres Fine Art, 2033 NW First St.

“Rafael Lopez-Ramos: Mirroring Nature.” This exhibit addresses manmade urban industrialization and how it affects the natural world, tying symbolic power of objects with nature’s conquest – an elegy, perhaps, to a vanishing countryside.

For a full list of galleries, visit

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