Saturday, December 25, 2010

December Art Crawl

Friends of MAM

The Miami Arts Movement is in no apparent rush in the aftermath of Basel 2010. Like Russell Crowe in the film "a beautiful mind" our bewildered community has morphed into a schizophrenic prodigy. And like any good cypher, decoding the cryptic crossword puzzle that is the Miami Arts Movement will take a Mt St Hellen of hackers. Simply put, is it possible to formulate a cohesive analysis from within? I don't think so.

Design Desert

This post may be a bit tardy but what's the rush when the mayhem and frenzy of ArtWeek 2010 gives way to tumble weeds and dust bunnies of the swamp.

Wreck the Halls

Wynwood Second Saturday was a scuttle of locals and first-time art enthusiasts of inditerminate origin. The wandering crowds behaved predictably with the now scripted kabuki that galleries foster. There were some notable observations and anomalies worth e-ink. Here goes.

Stranger than Faction

The caliber of street art has risen to the level of intrigue with mind-bending monumental sanctioned murals.

Dorsch Doors

While several of the blue-chip were predictably closed for the Artwalk, others were opened in what can be characterized as auto-pilot openings.

Mash Up n Down

There is something captivating around every corner. With no shortage of talent and a willing mass of property owners eager to avoid getting bombed, murals are going up constantly.

Going Golen

The Harold Golen Gallery is a precious rhinestone in the pirates booty of Wynwood galleries. I love Harold's keen eye for the best low-brow stuff available. He is a soldier and an admiral in the cultural war.

Sinatra Smarts

Great new york city vignette mural at the Goldman wall, can't say who did it?

501 See

The Catch is a not-for-profit collaborative endeavor brought to us by a group of very enterprising DASH seniors. Well worth the visit on the next go-round in January. Here are some scenes from the grand opening of the CATCH...

Angels with dirty faces, the Kids are all right.

Decaff Comish

The Question is, How did they manage to get off-duty Commissioner Sally Heyman to park her coffee truck out front? She has a commendable voting record and reps my district w likeminded principle so I would do an entire post on this but best not to rattle the forces that be. Suffice to say for a lady that peddles my all-time fave elixir, she has a big problem w second hand smoke... even in windy wynwood outdoors. The truck and it's trafficer could use a bit of paint-staking upgrade, if you know what i mean.

Spino enjoys a cup of java with gallery goers.

Butter did good with this whimsical piece. again who did this?

Kill the Book

The "book tree show" though very impressive on the level of ambition and panache, is particularly disturbing for anyone who actually respects the bricks and mortar of literature. This is a disturbing show that relies heavily on the demise of literacy in the age of information. If these popular works are an attempt to put humpty-bookty back together, then it fails not just environmentally but also mentally responsibly. I actually like the assemblages but left the moneyed gallery with a sense of morbidity for intellect in general.


This place takes the cake. You know the routine, intrepid venues lay the groundwork, flashy vapid bandwagoneers follow.

Food Truck Art Mess 2010


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mrs Swampthing Approved

Grolsch, USA

Proud Sponsor of the Swampspace Gallery

Wishing You a Merry Holiday Season

The proprietor would like to thank the Grolsch Girls for their visit,
making the Kissing Booth Show a smooching succcess.


Friday, December 3, 2010

riot @ kissing booth


The ether of the Design District was aglow last night with transcendent splendor of Friend With You park and N.E.R.D. concert. Eager spectators waited in line for some time with the aim of getting inside but Fire Marshal Bill kept many out back over at swampspace craning their heads over the event fence.

The Menu

ABMB - 2010

The Kissing Booth Show at Swampspace Gallery

A Fundraiser for Design and Architecture Senior High



1. Pity Kiss Pay Any Price

2. Nerdy Teeth Bump 1.oo

3. Peck on the Cheek 1.oo

4. Smack on the Lips 2.oo

5. Hollywood Smacker 3.oo

6. Brown Nose Smooch 4.oo

7. Hit and Run 5.oo

8. Rock Slobber 6.oo

9. Euro Air Kiss 5.oo

10. Alien Mind Meld 5.oo

11. French Chocolate Market Price

12. Blessing on the Forehead 1.oo

*All kisses include a Breath Mint and a Sanitary Wipe.

**Complimentary Grolsch Beer While Supply Lasts.

The kitchen ran out of French Chocolate so curious participants attempted a sample of the Nerdy Tooth Bump ...

Things got feathery when Johnny the resident rooster awoke to peck his way up the plank of honest recreation by selling a few Pecks on the Cheek.

Polaroid moment for unidentified visitors...

It's One Leg Up for Robert Meatball after a few good stiff drinks from down the street...

At half past midnight Dear Rain Drop watched the fence come down...

Ethereal Park

At day break the scent of grolsch and wet heat quickly evaporated to lift the veil of night from a new day of sophisticated walking in a new pair of Natives.

Low and Behold

It takes twin Clydesdales to parade about on this Humdinger of a carriage for another day in the Basel Bonanza.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Kissing Booth Show



What: The "KISSING BOOTH" Show

When: Opening December 1, 2010 (closing Dec.15)

Where: 3821 N.E. First Court Miami, Florida 33137

Calling All Smoochers

Join Swampspace Gallery to celebrate the romantic nostalgia of love with the much anticipated "Kissing Booth" show, featuring artworks by Kenny Scharf and Oliver Sanchez. Kissing Booths were light spirited attractions at carnivals and fairs of days gone by. On the surface these contraptions were used to tantalize and loosen our pockets. They are sentimental relics with an enduring practical purpose. Reviving their benevolent tradition, the Kissing Booth show is a fundraiser benefiting the students of Design and Architecture Senior High school. But the gallery installation like the "Eternal Kiss" is much much more.

Love is Blue

In 1907 sculptor Constantin Brancusi took a chunk of stone and with a few simple cuts, transformed the rock into an iconic sculpture. With the canons of amour that preceded him, Brancusi illustrated the soulful power of this singular carnal contact. His work serves as a constant reminder that there is no substitute for kissing. Chiming in with salacious intent, the very kissable Bob Hope once said "People who throw kisses are mighty hopelessly lazy". At the risk of smothering the flames of the kiss, the huggable Confucius proclaimed, "Kissing is like drinking sea water. You drink, and your thirst increases". Today many find themselves at the crossroads of emotions. With salty tears we proceed along the paths of contentedness and despair. The intimacy of a kiss shared by two being in a single space in time is like happiness, it feels best when you give it to someone else.

Pucker Up

During the festivities of the prestigious ABMB 2010 art fair and the sophisticated reveling in the Miami Design District, one destination certain to be unique and uncouth is the Kissing Booth.

Whet Your Whistle with a swampy cold beer, compliments of Grolsch USA.

Friday, November 5, 2010

a Swampsky opening

Swampspace Gallery
"Sky's The Limit"
Alvaro Ilizarbe

This new work portrays our cultures' indulgence of guilty pleasures through entertainment.

Opens November 13th 7-11pm

3821 NE 1 Court
Miami Design District

This show will feature a large scale projection of clips of American pastimes and Juke songs
that are layered and mixed into dance music videos.
The artist is superimposed on the video embracing the moment by dancing and celebrating.

The video strives to satisfy our never-ending desire to have fun and be entertained, invoking a feeling of momentary fulfillment.


Friday, October 8, 2010

October Terror Alert

Who Turned the Sun Off

Now that the summer is over and the sun is setting for a new season of tourism and terror, get out and enjoy the chilling nights of October's Art Walk in South Florida.

Spinello's House of Execution

Check out the marc chagall of the swamp.
Go see the creepi-crawly fantastic paintings of Farley Aguilar at Spinello Gallery.

Out on the Town for a Bite of Culture


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

another Swampy opening

is proud to present


Samuel Lopez De Victoria

Opening Saturday October 9th 6-12pm

3821 NE 1 Court
Miami Design District


“Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things”
George Carlin


Artist Note:

An illustration and interactive art show dedicated to everyone's past pets, Gingersnap licks your heart with fish and hamster hands. Either lost, in a better place, or with someone else former pets gain recognition for their instinctual efforts of having some affect on a life.

Gingersnap features the work of:

Samuel Lopez De Victoria
Devin U. Caserta
Sebastian Castro
and more (to be announced)

In part Gingersnap is sponsored by Interactive Initiative, a foundation focused on facilitating the interactive arts.

My Pet Cock

Recently disappeared from the hood, never to be forgotten, Randy Rooster, where are you?


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September ArtCrawl

Turtle Traffic

As Miami gets re-constructed in anticipation for this years tourist season and much ballyhooed ArtBaselMiamiBeach, there are several questions local artists want answered.

Who will give them a show?
What do they have to do to get a show?
When will they get a show?
Where can they show?

Locust Projects Goes Swampy

Break-Through Miami
Valerie Hegarty

Romance with Erosion

But if there's an erosion at home, you know, Thomas Jefferson warned about a tyranny of an oligarchy and if we surrender our democracy to the tyranny of an oligarchy, we've made a terrible mistake.
Pat Robertson

I wish the press were paying more attention to the erosion of the Constitution and the slippery slope that we're getting into, by giving up the right of the Congress to talk about when and how and where we go to war.
Barbara Lee
If you look over the course of a hundred years, I think the gradual erosion of the consensus that's held our country together is probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings.
Pat Robertson

Proto Synthesis

Biaophelia by Nellie Appleby
More swampiness at Dimensions Variable


Star of TYPOE

"Bang Bang" at Spinello

An open letter from actor Jon Voight to President Obama:
June 22, 2010

President Obama: You will be the first American president that lied to the Jewish people, and the American people as well, when you said that you would defend Israel, the only Democratic state in the Middle East, against all their enemies. You have done just the opposite. You have propagandized Israel, until they look like they are everyone's enemy — and it has resonated throughout the world. You are putting Israel in harm's way, and you have promoted anti-Semitism throughout the world. You have brought this to a people who have given the world the Ten Commandments and most laws we live by today. The Jewish people have given the world our greatest scientists and philosophers, and the cures for many diseases, and now you play a very dangerous game so you can look like a true martyr to what you see and say are the underdogs. But the underdogs you defend are murderers and criminals who want Israel eradicated. You have brought to Arizona a civil war, once again defending the criminals and illegals, creating a meltdown for good, loyal, law-abiding citizens. Your destruction of this country may never be remedied, and we may never recover. I pray to God you stop, and I hope the people in this great country realize your agenda is not for the betterment of mankind, but for the betterment of your politics. With heartfelt and deep concern for America and Israel,

Jon Voight
(pops is as stupid as his daughter Angelina Jolie is stunning)

Flier Fly Girls
Scene at Swampspace

Forever Young

After his death last year, self-taught artist Purvis Young left behind a treasure trove of outsider art. He also left his studio unchanged for the fortunate self-taught artist Juan Rozas to have access to. Both have painted on discarded objects as their canvases, including doors, cardboard, and pieces of wood. Rozas draws his inspiration from the passionate Purvis, his work and his spirit, forever young.