Art Labs

2018 Art Labs

Art Labs feature special curated projects by leading galleries, art institutions, and art collectives within the show.

Art Lab | Oslo Sardine Bar

Location: Booth 401

Max Robert Daily is a San Diego artist who works in performance and visual arts, using any medium that best expresses the story he is telling. He attended the Cotsen Center for Puppetry at Calarts and performs extensively in puppetry, mime, and clowning, as well as being a published author in children’s illustration books. Being one of two 2018 San Diego Art Prize winning recipients, Daily’s most recent creation the Oslo Sardine Bar debuts at Art San Diego on the first leg of a national tour with Redwood Media Group’s shows.

Daily describes the origins of the Oslo Sardine Bar concept for us:

“The famed sardine bar being called Oslo goes back to the short time I spent traveling the world working on freighters as a sort of merchant marine.  At one point in my trip, I took up work on a Danish flagged freighter, the name of which I cannot pronounce, that later to our dismay broke down at sea. It wasn’t an emergency but a definite few days of boredom with nothing to do. I managed to gather together some of the the emergency supply foods, along with a few non-perishables. And added a few bottles of Czech rum I was hoping to get back to the States.

“Anyway with these items, a portable record player, some Belafonte albums I had brought along, and a backgammon board, I opened up a makeshift bar in a supply closet and opened a port hole to provide a cool breeze. Although I was not at all a very good sailor, the men appreciated my ability to temporarily take their minds away from where they were by simply suggesting that rations presented properly could provide a comfortable meal—alongside the offering of a reimagined space made for a great place to pass the time stranded at sea.

“One of the men remarked that it reminded him of his favorite bar back home in Oslo which served nothing but sardine and herring dishes. The rest of the men made fun of him and then continued on referring to the broom closet we were in as Oslo.

“When we were first building the Oslo installation in the This is Not an Exit Gallery, founded by Bob Methaney in San Diego’s Bread and Salt Building, it was brought to my attention by my father that his uncle Oswald worked in that very building when it was the Weber Bread factory. He also told me that his mother, my grandmother, worked in a nearby tuna cannery during WWII and would bring dented and unlabeled cans of tuna, along with a cooler of beer, to the bread factory to sell to her brother and his friends on payday. They ate copious amounts of white bread smothered in mayo and canned fish. My father also says that because of the heavily diverse immigrant population in the neighborhood at the time, many of the men lacking English or having heavy accents could only get out part of my great uncle’s name. It ended up sounding like Oslo. However, my mother jokes that it was actually because they were saying Oh So sLOw—a knock at Uncle Oswald for the speed at which he worked.”

And so the Oslo Sardine Bar comes to Spectrum Miami 2018—step inside, the proprietor is charming, amusing, and quite talented. It’s an experience to be remembered!

2017 Art Labs


Front Entrance
Sculptor James West / Studio Wild West

Beautiful. Haunting. Interactive. Dramatic. Spectacular. All words to describe Our Path, a monumental, contemporary outdoor sculpture delicately laced with intricate laser carvings celebrating the natural world. Each carving interacts with the environment through the use of positive and negative space—and with each of us as we pass through the sculpture.

James West’s art is always intended to be read on many levels. With Our Path, viewers discover human footprints positioned in black near the sculpture’s base, evocative of man’s carbon footprint and of our great responsibility to Mother Earth.
Some footprints are small, others large, representative of all humankind.

Our Path is a thought-provoking piece, whose intention can be read on several levels, making us contemplate our place and impact in the world. It’s a stunning piece of ornamentation, with its massive steel arch spanning 32 feet and soaring over 11 feet in the air.

Our Path invites attendees to contemplate their role in the world, with fusion and balance called to mind.

Sculptor James West / Studio Wild West
OUR PATH | Sculptor James West | Studio Wild West


Registration Tent
Curated by Noor Blazekovic of Irreversible Projects with the support of Jane Hart of Lemon Sky Projects and Neil Gold of Galleria Farms

One of the great challenges that people confront today is that we often feel untouched by the problems of others or global issues such as climate change, no matter if we could easily do something to help. We do not feel strongly enough that we are part of a global community, part of a larger we. With all of our access to the daily news, we often feel overwhelmed and disconnected, not empowered and poised for action. This is exactly where A Walk in the Clouds aims to make a difference.

A Walk in the Clouds does not intend to show people what to do. Rather, it offers an unforgettable experience with an empowering message: Each of us is connected to the other through our body, mind, and spirit. A Walk in the Clouds hopes to make the world felt and, with these feelings, aims to spur thinking, engagement, and even action.

A Walk in the Clouds
A Walk in the Clouds | Curated by Noor Blazekovic of Irreversible Projects


Hallway A and Booth 917
Curated by Sarah Stieber and Theresa Fulton of Sarah Stieber Fine Art

Sarah Stieber’s Rainbow Ribbon Magic, a contemporary art installation and exhibition, makes its Miami premiere at Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami. Rainbow Ribbon Magic creates a visual language that spans artistic mediums in the service of sisterhood and creative empowerment. Informed by the shows’ curatorial themes of [FUSION] and [IMPACT], Rainbow Ribbon Magic reflects the colorful, energetic, and vibrant culture of women everywhere and creates a magnificent connection between the two shows.

Comprising the Art Lab are a ribbon-wrapped tunnel inviting visitors to walk through the empowered world of Rainbow Ribbon Magic and see themselves in the chrome female forms who hold the structure up, plus a collection of paintings featuring inspiring female creatives.

Experience Stieber’s visual language and open yourself to the excitement of Rainbow Ribbon Magic and the impact of your own empowerment as you experience the ribbon tunnel.

Sarah Stieber
Rainbow Ribbon Magic | Sarah Stieber


Back Patio
Curated by James Echols of Life is Art

Watch art come alive during Art Fusion, as Life Is Art’s specially selected group of artists create its next masterpiece right in front of your eyes. Inspired by Spectrum Miami’s [FUSION] theme, the artists will offer a glimpse into how each piece of art uniquely emerges, giving light to their creativity and medium.

Founded in January 2009, Life Is Art promotes the vibrant, engaged Miami-Dade art communities through arts advocacy, education, and collaboration. Through its dedication to building a stronger society through cultural infrastructure, Life Is Art strives to achieve their goals through education, presentation, and facilitation.

Life Is Art’s approach to consensus-building and community has allowed artists to hone their craft, learn the nuances of earning a living as an artist, and build bridges between disparate communities that might not normally find common ground. To date, Life Is Art has organized over 100 events, exhibitions, lectures, networkers, fairs, festivals, and other arts-oriented happenings, all in collaboration with other entities.

Art Fusion
Art Fusion | Curated by James Echols of Life is Art

Art Loves Fashion

Sculpture Garden

Planet Fashion TV brings their one-of-a-kind vibe to Spectrum Miami with “Art Loves Fashion.” This private event will feature fashion shows, cocktails, and a live performance by a special celebrity recording artist.

Planet Fashion TV is an online magazine and syndicated television series featuring the hottest news in fashion, music, celebrities, and more, created by video production company Sea Star Films. Planet Fashion TV takes you on a global fashion adventure!

Want to know the latest? Just go to Planet Fashion TV’s websites to read about and see global trends in niche markets around the world. Fashion, style, beauty, celebrities, music, art and culture, spirituality, travel, events, and cool news—it’s all there! It’s an online TV channel with original programming, video blogs, and live event video streaming.

The syndicated television series Planet Fashion TV is a half-hour program examining the culture of global style and design. Coverage includes fast, segmented stories on art, architecture, luxury products, cars, cutting edge eco-products, interior design, music, fashion, and cultural trends in different cities around the world. This is a travel-meets-style kind of show.

Planet Fashion TV - Art Loves Fashion
Planet Fashion TV - Art Loves Fashion

[PLATFORM] Artist of the Year Awards

Booth 909

Meet the [PLATFORM] Artist of the Year Awards Winner and Finalists and view their artwork. Be sure to vote for your favorite!

A premier awards contest in search of the next “it” artist and offering prize values of up to $375,000, including a contract with Art Brand Studios and exhibition opportunities at Redwood Media Group’s shows. It’s a program created by Redwood Media Group, in partnership with Art Brand Studios, to empower talented artists and introduce their work to the world.

You! We want to know the Fan Favorite! Vote and tell us which artist and artwork is your pick.

The Finalists’ artwork is on a National Tour, culminating at Artexpo New York 2017. The Fan Favorite will be announced during the Artexpo New York Opening Night Preview Party on Friday, April 21, 2017. Be sure to give us your vote.

RMG - [PLATFORM] Artist of the Year
RMG's [PLATFORM] Artist of the Year Awards

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