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New Art Works in Miami

March 10, 2010

Washington, DC

Art Basel Miami is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Miami?s vibrant contemporary art scene. The Miami Design District, a collection of more than 130 art galleries, design firms, and showrooms, is giving tourists a reason to drive over the causeway from Miami Beach.

During our February 1st tour of Miami, we stopped at Locust Projects, a not-for-profit space founded in 1998 by three Miami-based artists who wanted to create a space for artists to create experimental, site-specific work without the pressures of gallery sales and the limitations of a conventional museum space. The art space has hosted more than 65 exhibitions representing more than 210 local, national, and international artists.

The current installation was created by Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, a Miami-based artist whose work references suburban culture. In this case, the artist took a 1970s icon -- shag carpeting -- as a starting point, and blanketed the entire space with undulating hills covered in hot pink fuzziness. At Locust Projects, artists are encouraged to work in whatever medium they choose, and each show transforms the space completely. With the outrageous and unsettling pink landscape on display at the time, the next artist will have a hard act to follow.

Photos by Yamila Lomba

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