More painting like this, please

Published on February 11, 2014 by in Miami

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“New Vibrations For An Old Galaxy” by Kerry Ware at Edge Zones

“New Vibrations For An Old Galaxy” by Kerry Ware at Edge Zones.

The two rooms in the spacious building on North Miami Avenue that houses Edge Zones Projects this month is just right for the large-scale paintings that are hanging there for “Clean Dressed, Dirty Mouth,” featuring seven painters and curated by David Marsh.

But the site-specific one, painted directly onto a makeshift wall, lords over the rest. Kerry Ware’s “New Vibrations For An Old Galaxy” really is a mini universe. The abstract painter mixes brush strokes with materials, subtle and bright coloring, to create this galaxy that, while not figurative, still seems to swirl with planets and coast lines and clouds; the small colored dots that punctuate it also leave a cartography impression, as though this galaxy is also being mapped out. There are other solid paintings in this show, but Ware’s is singular. He’s very good at what he does, and it always nice to see his canvases in town, as he shows too rarely.

Carlos Fragoso

Carlos Fragoso.

Mark-marking of a very different kind come from the hand of Carlos Fragoso at his solo show at the Carol Jazzar Gallery. These are eerie, mystical, intense works of distorted or contorted human and animal figures (some a combination of both). Of the five works here, several are collaged onto papyrus paper, with dark black and brown color schemes. Others are painted on canvas with strange violet and rose-colored backgrounds — those colors don’t calm in this case. The Brazilian-born artist who now makes New York home also adds textural elements, such as a brick-type grid to create what is described as his “fable-like narratives.” These are evocative images from a mysterious world.

“Clean Dressed, Dirty Mouth” runs through February, with special events throughout the month; this Thursday night is a screening of the art doc “Pearls on the Ocean Floor” by Robert Andanto at 7 p.m. Edge Zones Projects is located at 3940 N. Miami Ave., Miami; www.edgezones.org.

Carlos Fragoso runs Thursday through Sunday through Feb. 26 at the Carol Jazzar Gallery, 158 N.W. 91st St., Miami; www.cjazzart.com.

One Response to “More painting like this, please”

  1. Charo Oquet says:

    Thank you Anne, yes its a wonderful show with some very great large paintings curated by David Marsh who is also one of the participants with a super beautiful painting, the others Brandon Opalka, Pucho, Atomik, Kiki Valdes and Arnaud Pages are equally superb. But Kerry’s is amazing and rare as he does not work directly on the wall. The show is not to be missed for all its fresh and inspiring works. Tonight is Robert Adanto’s Pearls on the Ocean Floor and Monday the 17 There will also be a screening of Ms. Lockward’s upcoming documentary: ALLEN REPORT. RETRACING TRANSNATIONAL AFRICAN METHODISM on the 1824-1826 African-American immigration to Saint-Domingue, today’s Haiti and the Dominican Republic. This project is the first Haitian-Dominican documentary and has been awarded in her native country by the National Film Funds (FONPROCINE). The 20th we will have Talk – Prof. Henry Drewal “Art and the Senses: Lessons from Africa”. Musical performance by Kazoots Afro-Indi Rock band. On the 28th: FEAR live performance art Artists: Jenna Balfe and Misael Soto. Its all free. I hope people will join us.
    Its all free

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