Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Magic Hour by Jose Felix Perez


Opening Reception May 25  7-11pm

Jose Felix Perez - The Magic Hour

The Everglades is a test. If we pass it, we may get to keep the planet.” 
Marjory Stoneman Douglas

On the evolution of American landscape painting, Jose Felix Perez is perhaps best defined as the Charles Burchfield of the swamp. A Miami native, Jose attended New World School of the Arts where he readily embraced romantic landscape painting to depict the threatened wilderness of our tropical home, in all of its wild, colorful vibrancy. He follows the legendary Highwaymen and Backus with his distinctive renditions of our most precious resource. Spaces between colors and rhythm of shapes are interwoven with a hypnotic tranquility of our alluring and seemingly endless natural environment. Perez deftly blends a palette of prismatic colored brilliance to create enduring compositions more akin to Jackson Pollack than Clyde Butcher. During the magic hour, that perfect time photographers and painters embrace, everything seems bathed in bronze, crisp light. But it's elusive and fragile, just like the tropical nature that surrounds us, threatened from every side. With his unique vision of our beloved river of grass, we are privileged to witness nature at its best, be it within our backyards or deep in a cypress hammock. For his first solo show at Swampspace, Jose Felix Perez offers recent works for your allegorical mythic experience.

Special thanks:  Miami Design District

Overgrown 2018 Jose Felix Perez

Monday, April 30, 2018

Swampy Symposiums

Please visit the Public Space Challenge and show your support for our Storytelling Project by posting a comment. 


SWAMPY SYMPOSIUMS - Tales from the Tropics

This is our chance to gather, discuss and contemplate the last remaining stretch of fragile natural shoreline along Biscayne Bay mainland. From Brickell to Aventura, there is now a concrete sea wall that obfuscates and imperils the most vulnerable microcosm of marine sea life. This continuous barrier separates us from nature while defending against rising tides. Join us for lively storytelling and discussions on how to best interact with our surroundings and preserve a sustainable approach to balance our urban lifestyle and nature conservation.


SWAMPY SYMPOSIUMS - Tales from the Tropics
Gatherings where Storytellers and open discussion help shape our urban-centric view of nature.

1. Story Time on the Shoreline - Pallot Park
2. Lemon Rhymes on the Causeway - Stearns Park
3. Rough, Ready and Freddy - Martell Park

STORY TIME ON THE SHORELINE is the first in a series of nomadic gatherings presented by local artists to raise awareness of our natural environment often hidden in plain sight. We begin at PALLOT PARK where one can wade along some of the last remaining natural shoreline on this stretch of Biscayne Bay. The gathering aims to inform visitors on the importance of a healthy microcosm, from tiny creatures to birds and dolphins that inhabit our tropical treasure, Biscayne Bay.
LEMON RHYMES ON THE CAUSEWAY - Next we venture south just a few steps to STEARNS PARK to stand firmly at the edge of a concrete sea wall. In the shadow of the bridge we find another microcosm of tiny creatures and algae that reveal arguably the unchanging rhythm of the sweeping tides. Here we discuss local history with a focus on poetry as a form of personal expression.

ROUGH, READY AND FREDDY - Lastly those in attendance can take a walk on the rough side to visit MARTELL PARK but take caution as Martell is also canine friendly. Here we discuss the dogginess of our self-correcting environment and look for clues to understand our roles in this unique microcosm of Miami.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Ilian Velasco - I Swim...

We are thrilled to host the Premier of  

I Swim Even When the Water’s Cold  by Ilian Velasco 

Opening Reception March 24th  7-10 pm

With pen in hand and a passion for precision, Ilian Velasco creates delicate abstractions of intricate geometric compositions worthy of prolonged contemplation. Her work invokes serenity of thought coupled with the tension of our improbable quest for idyllic achievements.  Mrs. Velasco illustrates that the shortest path between two points is indeed a straight line and with many lines she weaves an infinate web of labyrinths for our crafty meditation of the meticulous. 

“With these drawings I contemplate the tension between illusive perfection and the luring appeal of discreet imperfection. Mistakes that make my work human contrast with the commonplace unsympathetic renderings by computer programs.  The geometric integration of ink on paper in space invoke illusionary objects of deliberate vulnerability as the work takes ownership of the maker. There is something cumulative and liberating about repetition that compels me to take pause from the mundanities of daily doldrums.”

Special Thanks: Miami Design District - BoxElder Beer - Douglas Hoekzema 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Kiki Valdes Drawing Chronicles

Kiki Valdes
The Drawing Chronicles

Opening Reception; Friday December 1, 2017 6-10pm
Open December 1, 2017 - January 1, 2018

The recent works of Kiki Valdes are a maniacal storm of ink on paper.  The drawings are delicate yet aggressive compositions of comedic abstractions and figurative visions of the artist’s recurring dreams.  Mr. Valdes skillfully appropriates ethereal art history themes of captivating muses, love triangles, social angst and piercing anguish. His ability to convey depth captivates viewers with a unique and powerful sense of emotional engagement. The work leaves us satisfied with our desire for beauty, humor and social relevance. 

Special thanks:
Miami Design District
PBR Miami
LaLlave Coffee

The Sofas Show by Sharif Salem

Swampspace invites you to The Sofa Show by Sharif “Slimting” Salem. Best known for the IG handle, Sofas of Little Havana, Sharif has been photographing discarded furniture as a chronicler in the greater interest of ethereal materialism that includes others such as Ad├ín Hernandez aka @ataritacos in Anchorage, Alaska. Together, their quirky visions of our cast away sofas are a sober reminder of our fleeting comfort and temporariness of art in a spinning cycle of usage and abandonment.

Special Thanks to our Partners:
Miami Design District
Pabst Blue Ribbon Miami