Primary Projects returns to the Design District with Unfinished Gem: Intrinsic Beauty a show by Miami-based artist Karen Starosta-Gilinski, her first solo show with the gallery.  Positively moving in its simplicity, empty glass jars, found objects, and tiny bits of metal –screws, scraps, nuts, and bolts– are elegantly displayed on pedestals and clear Plexiglas shelves throughout the Primary Projects pop-up space.  The throwaway jar of a gourmet jam once enjoyed at the breakfast table, or a plastic container picked up somewhere along Starosta-Gilinki’s travels, are given a second life in this exhibition. 

Set under Sou Fujimoto’s glass facade in the Miami Design District’s Palm Court Plaza—an allegorical ode to South Florida’s seasonal downpours and blue skies—Mad Hatter, Mouse, March Hare, and the usual suspects from the Miami Center Theater hosted an interactive social in the neighborhood, transporting guests through the rabbit hole for a reenactment of Alice in Wonderland’s famed tea party. While kids from the neighborhood gathered at a table singing “Twinkle, Twinkle,” the dreaminess of a breezy October evening under the stars was not lost on the rest of us, who have been waiting for this weather since March. 

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As the De la Cruz Collection’s 2014 – 2015 exhibition comes to a close on Saturday, it’s worth reflecting on its origins: as described, Beneath The Surface was a selection of pieces from “a generation of artists redefining post-war art movements.” More specifically, Beneath The Surface contains a cross-section of new abstraction and figurative painting, their set-up alone often blurring the distinction between the two disciplines. Examining the American landscape through a lens both jaded and transformed by a lack of boundaries between the organic and technological selves, the works of this exhibition are loaded: existing in this particular century is to be equally technologically over-stimulated and wonderfully connected. If the self has shifted into something more self-referential than ever before, then so too has the figure, its setting, and its meaning.

In a recent interview with 032 magazine, photographer and artist Roe Ethridge discusses an early body of work that examined fugue states—an amnesiac, in-between sense of being. While he’s slowly moved away from this theme, it’s fair to say that Ethridge’s entire oeuvre is itself a fugue state: part commercial photography, part free form photography, always vivid, strange, and brimming with an odd sensuality. His personal photography, inherently conceptual, seems to seep into his commercial work, while the latter makes its way into the former too, sometimes quite literally. It’s a symbiotic exchange that ultimately forms a referential narrative, both humorous and thoughtful.

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The work of Miami-raised, New York-based artist Daniel Arsham combines art, architecture and performance to distort the line between the real and the imagined, calling to question our understanding of structures, space and form.

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