Friday, November 30, 2012

Remember November

Art conquers many things.  Like clockwork, art brings throngs of gawkers and grinders to the swamp every December.

With all the art on display at ABMB and at the myriad of satellite fairs you hope no one will notice that the sea level has indeed risen. 

But ask any of the thousands of residents from the low lying areas and the verdict is in.  The sky may be blue but so are the streets in much of South Florida.

Some say water is everything, indeed it is everywhere these days.  Certainly some clever artists will float ideas and projects based on the effects of H2 ohoh...

But Miami is still in its infancy. there is sufficient space to sprawl and or go tall.  Problem is it is mostly soggy swamp. 

No matter. Art must go on as the explosion of cultural revitalization kabooms with creativity and cash.

You know art is not the only allure here. People, mostly europeans and such from coooool places, come here for the flesh and bones of our bordello bodega ways.

And so it is that trees are planted, shops are opened, drinks are free so where you be?

I love Miami. I live the peeps and the streets. There is an I don't know what here that works overtime because people want certain things real bad.  They want 305 pride.  There is not a dry eye in the house.

But dry blight is what much art typifies, particularly publicly funded art that must jump through  flaming hoops of bureaucracy to get made so a few lowly artist can get decent food, housing and art supplies.

The power structure knows there is only so much that money can buy.  How much you are  loved by others is everyone's game.  It is the true measure of success.

Who does not love the sound of Cash.

Who does not beat heart for art.

Whoever paid big bucks for this wall sculpture has a message for you...

He and She who lives, breaths eats and shits art is probably happy on inside and out.

Art is the most powerful force.  Just ask any longtime resident of Wynwood.

Art is both big commodity and worthless mulch.

Art is a multi-disciplinary mastodon.

Art is whatever, eek.

Art is the La Rive Gauche of the swamp.

ABMB is an anthropological reality carnaval.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pataphysics Show 1913-2013

Swampspace presents

100 Years of Artitude  1913 - 2013  Pataphysics for Dummies

Opening Reception December 1   6 -10 pm

December  1 - 28,  2012

Swampspace requests the pleasure of your company for a centennial celebration of artistic development in the Miami Design District.   One Hundred years since the Armory Show of 1913, esthetic seismographs have detected rumbling tremors from artists studios throughout the swamp resonating at a frequenting pace.  To mark this year's ABMB,  Swampspace delves into the subjectivity of experienced reality; the inseparability of past, present, and future; the power of language as a pataphor for amplitude in art market nihilism resting on the truth of contradictions and exceptions.

"What I have most wanted to do throughout the past ten years is to make political writing into an art. My starting point is always a feeling of partisanship, a sense of injustice.”  
“Why I Write,” by George Orwell.

About Swampspace

What would become of our beloved River of Grass without the water that sustains it.  What would South Florida be without the arts that nourish culture and civility.  
Launched in 2008 from the studio of artist Oliver Sanchez, Swampspace presents monthly exhibitions of innovative talent.  On the leading edge of Miami's Arts Awakening,  Swampspace defines a brand that is both sophisticated and unvarnished.    Ocean Drive Magazine's Brett Sokol wrote " Miami's Best Kept Art Secret".  Biscayne Times Anne Tschida said " Sanchez is likely the most talented and prolific Miami Artist you've never heard of."    But the truth is everyone knows about Swampspace and the wizard behind the curtain.   Now at a new deluxe location in the Design District,   Swampspace continue to deliver cutting-edge exhibitions for arts lovers of varied lifestyles who come together and share a unique creative experience.   Because it is perhaps the preeminent artist run project space in Miami,  Swampspace is a recognized destination.    Because it is the antithesis of commercial galleries and institutional museums,   Swampspace is aptly called the Un-Gallery.   Because people are thirsty for culture, they visit Swampspace like mariners to Morocco.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Birth of Swampthing

Creature from the DesignDistrict

Be There or Be Somewhere Else.

Snooze You Lose, and Bring Some Booze

Back to the Od Old Nights

Big Book Don't Lie

All that Glitters is Shiny.

Obama Endorses Swampthing @ Swampspace Tonight.