A couple-dozen art fairs and work from thousands of artists takes over Miami each December. Here, we’re looking at pieces inside and outside just a few of those venues, distributed between Miami and Miami Beach. Click through to see some of the works that grabbed our attention while surveying the city.
With an atrium filled with projects curated by Hi-Fructose Magazine, SCOPE Miami Beach 2018 welcomed thousands through its entrance, which was adorned with an often-photographed installation by HOTTEA. The artist was joined by OKUDA and AJ Fosik in the trio of installation work handpicked by this magazine. See photos of these fair features below, as well as Logan Hicks’s enormous painting in the fair’s Porsche Lounge. Read our Q&As with the atrium artists here, here, and here.
Filipino artist Leslie de Chavez explores imperialism and religion of his native country in his distinct oil paintings. These textured scenes carry both a bleakness and arresting luminosity, with a tone that tethers the allegorical to the gritty. A recent show at Arario Gallery Shanghai offers both installations and canvas work from the artist.
Using only currency, Mark Wagner constructs surreal, intricate collaged scenes. Differing from fellow money collagists such as Joey Colombo, Wagner’s distinct monster-building adds an absorbing, pop quality to this strain of the form. Wagner’s Instagram profile has a humorous and apt shorthand for this approach: “art made from money made from art.”
Kenta Torii’s vibrant paintings are a striking blend of traditional imagery and contemporary sensibilities. The Japan-born artist, who has been based in Mexico for more than a decade, offers this in both traditional works and murals. WIthin these works are also hints of tattoo and street culture, integrated into his fantastical creatures and scenes.
In Ryan Villamael’s paper sculptures, cityscapes and military structures protrude out of books. The artist rummaged through shops and garage sales to find wartime books that serve as the foundation for these creations. Elsewhere, the artist has created paper installation that resemble organic matter, rather than manmade weaponry and vessels.