Art Basel Miami Beach
The North Florida arts scene showed up in record numbers for Art Basel 2013 in Miami Beach. Beyond the main fair at the convention center lies a seemingly infinite world of international eye candy to explore via art fairs in massive tents, shows in intimate gallery settings and endless street art.
Shaun Thurston painted the sides of a school bus representing CoRK arts collective, which invaded the Wynwood arts district. Thurston and I both attended this year's Moksha Art Fair (Return to the Dreamtime), featuring live painting by Alex Grey and music from Jacksonville electronic jam outfit Greenhouse Lounge sharing the stage with Nag Champayons and didgeridoo master Stephen Kent.
The Florida Mining Gallery multimedia event "North of Modern" focused on rebuilding the neighborhood. Partnering with Majestic Properties to overtake six unused retail spaces transforming them into pop-up galleries, art shops, renegade street murals, and even a post-modern no-wave club where Quintron and Miss Pussycat staged a puppet show and a full-on freakout deep inside the guts of the the abandoned retail space.
Florida Mining Gallery owner and artist Steve Williams brought together many art enthusiasts from North Florida. A theme of reconstruction and repurposing unused space into social centers seemed to prevail summed up best by Kedgar Volta's installation "Urban Impositions."