Spectrum Miami Art Labs

 Art Labs feature specially curated projects by leading galleries, art institutions, and art collectives within the show. Check back in November for information on the Art Labs for Spectrum Miami 2020.

2019 Art Labs

Art Lab 1 | Science and Humanism Presented by artist Yang Yibin

Location: Booth 800

A piece of cloud. Or a shadow of a cloud. Or a reflection in the shadow. They are all very clear and all changing; they are real, existing, yet they seem unreal.

The thing we are seeing is not necessarily true. What we find or what we feel may be just illusions. Perhaps, we can never find the REAL TRUTH, or perhaps the absolute real does NOT exist at all.

There are some issues that neither belong to philosophy nor to science. But they are surely related to human knowledge and experience. With different perspectives, we may interpret the same thing in a different way. But it is the conflict, consensus, and retrospect intertwined with different views that may lead us closest to the truth.

However, if we think of simply using our sensibilities, must the TRUTH necessarily be important? What could be possible if we get the absolute TRUTH?

If the phenomenon we produce in Science and Humanism can trigger the audience’s curiosity and sense of humor, and as long as Science and Humanism is interpreted according to their own experience a will have its significance. After all, the essence of artistic behavior is nothing but a show or game that can stimulate people’s thinking on philosophy, science, literature, and other topics. It is the hope that the work can trigger different life attitudes for different audiences and produce more diverse solutions.nd cognition, the exhibit

Art Lab 2 | Flower Kisses Presented by artist Grace Chadwick

Location: Spectrum Miami Registration Area

Imagine a carpet of colorful flowers and walking through them, luxuriating as the petals kiss your feet. What if the carpet was overhead instead? Flowers flying above creating a flying carpet kissing our dreams, thoughts, and wishes. Imagine an unforgettable image and experience, connecting us all in its colorful array and spirit. Enjoy sculpture artist Grace Chadwick’s creation as you enter Spectrum Miami 2019!

More about the artist:

Experimenting and exploring is Grace Chadwick’s obsession—playing with transparency, luminosity, permanency, and light as it relates to her purpose. She explains: “My work is for transparency and being more honest with who we are. Whether it be acceptance, global mental health awareness, or a world that people can seek help without fear of being stigmatized.”

Chadwick learned early on that only she can push and teach herself. Originally a newspaper photographer at The Oregonian, Chadwick blends her photography with metal plasma cutting, welding, paint, composite materials, and fiberglass.

Art Lab 3 | Igniting the Matador: A Lamborghini Installation Presented by street artist Cloe Hakakian

Location: Spectrum Miami Entrance

Friday, Dec. 6, 12 p.m.

With Spectrum’s curatorial theme [IGNITE] as inspiration, street artist and muralist Cloe Hakakian will use a Lamborghini Aventador-S as her canvas, fueling her creative passions to create a masterful work of art. Coming back to Spectrum Miami, the place that spurred her artistic endeavors, Hakakian will transform the Lambo while we watch.

More about the artist:

Cloe Hakakian is a Los Angeles native and self-taught artist with broad style and experience using many different types of media ranging from spray paints, oil paints, acrylics, watercolors, and everything in between. She graduated from University of California San Diego in 2013 with her bachelor’s in neuroscience. No wonder her artwork always finds a way of reflecting her interest in the mind and body through her attention to fine detail and fascination with anatomy.

Hakakian’s art commissions include everything from murals to traditional canvas work to tattoo and logo design to urban street art. She has shown her work at various art fairs and galleries, and she has collaborated with several widely known artists and brands. Her passion for creating new art and experimenting with new mediums give way to fueling the opportunity to paint a Lamborghini Aventador.

Installation sponsored by Montana Cans, American Luxury Auto Group, and Metro Wrapz

Art Lab 1 | 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!

Art Lab 2 | Spectrum Miami Selects

Location: Look for the Spectrum Miami Selects Awards throughout the show

The Spectrum Miami Selects Judges will make their favorite artworks choices on Wednesday, December 5, at the Opening Night Preview Party! We thank our prestigious panel of judges—each one an influencer in the art and design world of the Miami area.

  • Isabel Fernandez, Director of Event Services for SBE Properties and Delano Hotel, Miami Beach
  • Susana Baker, Curator and Columnist for Art Scene and Bloomberg Radio’s ARTTalk
  • Laura Bruney, President and CEO of Arts & Business Council of Miami

Are their winning choices your favorites too? Walk the show to find each one.

Spectrum Miami Selects

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