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Wrinkled Wing by Geandy Pavón:  2015, 30 x 40 inches, oil and acrylic on canvas | Courtesy of Mindy Solomon Gallery
Wrinkled Wing by Geandy Pavón: 2015, 30 x 40 inches, oil and acrylic on canvas | Courtesy of Mindy Solomon Gallery
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Art Shows To See This Summer In Little Haiti And Little River, Miami

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Updated: 6 June 2016
If you live in Miami, you are no stranger to hearing the words art, real estate, and gentrification in one sentence. Enough has been written on this topic, so this article will only address, “where does one go to find great art?” Step away from the Wynwood crowds and its street art, food trucks, traffic, and trendiness and venture a little north into two areas called Little Haiti and Little River.

There’s no need to be intimidated by the area’s gritty appearance because these neighborhoods are homes to industrial properties and (primarily) the Haitian community. The local flavor is intact, but now fused with some of the best places the serious art lover should get to know.

Here are a few destinations not to be missed…

Spinello Projects: Cathedrals of Consumption

Ends July 30th

On view at Spinello Projects until July 30th, Cathedrals of Consumption examines themes of consumerism and mass consumption within the context of art, design, and the home. The group exhibition opened during the Maison & Objet design fair. However, this project is no trade fair or a staged photo op for a luxury design magazine. It is an opportunity for the viewer to deeply reflect about those household objects that we often associate as icons of self-worth and economic success. The exhibition includes works by Gabriele Beveridge, Andy Coolquitt, Kalup Linzy, Ad Minoliti, Bert Rodriguez, Amanda Ross-Ho, and Mika Rottenberg, and is curated by Guillermo Leon Gomez.

Spinello Projects, 7221 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33150 +1 786 271 4223

Installation view of Cathedrals of Consumption | Courtesy of Spinello Projects
Installation view of Cathedrals of Consumption | Courtesy of Spinello Projects

Mindy Solomon Gallery: Geandy Pavón: Political Fold and José Manuel Mesías: About the Absolute Truth

Ends August 13th

Mindy Solomon Gallery presents Geandy Pavón: Political Fold and José Manuel Mesías: About the Absolute Truth. Works by Pavón, a Cuban-American and Mesias (Cuba) are on view together for the first time in Miami. Two distinct styles find a mutual discourse someplace between historical memory, reality, and dreams. In his new series Political Fold, Pavón uses archival photographic material and then wrinkles, cuts, or folds them creating a “still life” for his paintings. In speaking about his work, Mesias says: “Silent and mysterious large-format paintings, expressionistic portraits, and small creations—with rich textures and a certain poetic and spontaneous air—are the main tracks of my creativity.”

Mindy Solomon Gallery, 8397 NE 2nd. Avenue, Miami, FL 33138, +1 786 953. 917

Wrinkled Wing by Geandy Pavón: 2015, 30 x 40 inches, oil and acrylic on canvas | Courtesy of Mindy Solomon Gallery
Wrinkled Wing by Geandy Pavón: 2015, 30 x 40 inches, oil and acrylic on canvas | Courtesy of Mindy Solomon Gallery

Pan American Art Projects ANNEX SPACE: The Caribbean: A Collector’s Point of View

Ends July 30th

Pan American Art Projects (PAAP) has two locations: The Gallery and The Annex (exhibiting works from PAAP’s archives.) Paper Trail by Gustavo Acosta recently closed, but The Caribbean: A Collector’s Point of View will run through July 30th. Artist and exhibit curator, Edouard Duval Carrié has selected and grouped works by Caribbean artists, from Robert Borlenghi’s (PAAP owner) extensive collection that began when he owned a Los Angeles gallery in the 1990s. Three island nations are represented by three artists: Cuba — Santiago Olazabal, Juan Roberto Diago, Manuel Mendive; Haiti — Burton Chenet, Marilene Phipps, Edouard Duval Carrié; and Jamaica — David Boxer, Milton George, and Gene Pearson.

Pan American Art Projects Main Gallery Location: 6300 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33150

PAAP ANNEX Location: 6999 NE 2nd Avenue, Ste. 274, Miami, FL 33138 +1 305 751 2550

Installation view of A Caribbean Collector’s View | Courtesy of Pan American Art Projects
Installation view of A Caribbean Collector’s View | Courtesy of Pan American Art Projects

Yo Space Gallery & Studios: Metaxy and the Magic City by Kareem David Piper

Ends July 23rd

Yo Space Gallery & Studios presents Metaxy and the Magic CityKareem David Piper‘s MFA thesis exhibition featuring works created during his time studying at Miami International University of Art & Design. The series is based on photos Piper took while riding the Miami Metrorail. These experiences transpire into reflections of the human condition, where people seem to live in a transient or state of “betweenness”. “Metaxy” says Piper, refers to “an oscillation that can be seen and felt not only in the aesthetics of the artist’s work, but in the cultural dynamics which exist in urban settings, whether here in Miami or the world over”. Since its beginnings in 2011, Yo Space has served as a hub for local emerging artists.

Yo Space Gallery & Studios. 294 NE 62nd St., Miami, FL 33138

Metaxy by the Corner by Kareem David Piper, Pastels on Board 22 x 30 | Courtesy of Kareem David Piper
Metaxy by the Corner by Kareem David Piper, Pastels on Board 22 x 30 | Courtesy of Kareem David Piper

Fountainhead Studios: Open Studio Nights

The Fountainhead Studios opened in 2008 and has expanded from its original 10,000 square feet to over 25,000 square feet – containing studios for over 30 artists. Artists collectively organize a couple of open studio nights each year providing a rare opportunity to learn about their materials, practice and inspirations. Current artists include: Don Lambert, Juana Valdez, Lori Nozick, PJ Mills, Karen Starosta-Gilinkski, Temisan Okapu, Carla Fache, Julie Davidow, Tom Bollinger, Marco Beria, Juan Raul Hoyos, Nereida Garcia-Ferraz, Andrea Nhuch, Paolo Ambu, Judith Robertson, Elaine Defibaugh, David Rohn, Marisa Telleria, Peter Hosfeld, Roberto Ojeda, Claudia Calle, Sandra Ramos, Patricia Schnall Gutierrez, Alex Trimino, Nicole Burko, Sara Stites, Erni Vales, Eurydice, and Regina Jestrow.

Fountainhead Studios, 7328 NW Miami Ct, Miami, Florida 33150 +1 305 776 8198

Fall II by Marco Beria (Artist-in-Residence at The Fountainhead Studios) 2016, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 48x43 | Courtesy of Marco Beria
Fall II by Marco Beria (Artist-in-Residence at The Fountainhead Studios) 2016, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 48×43 | Courtesy of Marco Beria

Lisa Morales