Miami Galleries Prepare Exciting Artwalk Shows

As I’ll be getting into further this Thursday in my next Weekend Events Roundup, this is a very busy time for art and culture in South Florida. There will be music, dance, theater, movies and art exhibitions to fit just about any taste, not to mention the opening night of the Miami Book Fair, which we’ll get into next week.

For now, just to make sure it doesn’t get lost in the mix, let’s take a look at some of the more intriguing exhibitions opening as part of the Second Saturday Artwalks in the Design and Wynwood Districts in Miami.

Black Square Gallery, 2248 NW First Place, Miami

Technically, this show opened last weekend, but it will remain an unmissable show amid all the new openings. Black Square Gallery scored a major coup with its mounting of “Milestones,” a revered experimental work by Ukrainian artist Victor Sydorenko which was first shown in pieces in the 2003 Biennale of Art in Venice. The first gallery presentation of “Milestones,” the exhibition also marks the artist’s first in the United States. A major figure in eastern European modern art, Sydorenko emerged from a totalitarian regime in the USSR to break boundaries in the liberated present. “Milestones of Time” includes installation, video, photography, sculptures and paintings.

Locust Projects, 155 NE 38th St., Suite 100, Miami

Locust Projects’ previous exhibition, Valerie Hegarty’s “Break-Through Miami,” was a site-specific installation that used the gallery’s walls to create an optical illusion. The space’s new show, which opens Saturday, also employs the physical space itself. Miami-based artist Jim Drain has transformed the gallery’s window facade into a faux stained-glass getup for a show titled “Saturday’s Ransom.” The stained-glass material, inspired by his Catholic-raised youth, will be composed of translucent drawings created from melted wax and found books. The unorthodox art materials continue inside the gallery, where knit fabric, painted cedar and welded furniture comprise unique sculpture collages.

Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, 2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Opening Saturday, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts will feature new work by Michael Scoggins, whose ingeniously

juvenile drawings will likely prompt as many “My kid could do that” dismissals as they will complements. Inspired by the iconography of childhood pop-culture – comic books, TV shows, robots – and drawn on deliberately bent, torn and crinkled paper from spiraled notebooks, Scoggins’ art reflects a time of youth and innocence, where responsibilities were minimal and inspiration was copious.

Dina Mitrani Gallery, 2620 NW Second Ave., Miami

Simplicity, isolation and loneliness seem to be connecting threads between the numerous photographs on display at Dina Mitrani Gallery beginning Saturday night. Titled “Exposure II,” the group show gathers the work of 11 photographers from Miami to Chicago to Latin America to celebrate the second anniversary of the gallery.