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A Wonderful Art Fair for a Wonderful Cause
by Eduardo Alexander Rabel

Wynwood Art Fair
October 21-23, 2011
Photographs & text by Eduardo Alexander Rabel

The first annual Wynwood Art Fair (WAF) took place over three days on five blocks of NW 6th Avenue. All admission proceeds from the fair go to support Lotus House, a shelter for homeless women and children which is located in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami. Not your typical short-term shelter, Lotus House provides free housing and comprehensive support services for up to a year, with the ultimate aim being to nurture and empower women so that they can become self-sufficient. Appropriately, the first annual Wynwood Art Fair was not your typical art fair, but rather, in the words of WAF president Constance Collins Margulies, "a groundbreaking, performance-based, contemporary art fair like no other." Yes, there were booths containing art objects for sale, but, more interestingly, much of the work was interactive or participatory in some way. Your correspondent attended two out of the three days, and used the medium of photography to try to capture the amazing, positive energy of the fair.

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supplies for Ruben Millares' "Lotus Heart"

Ruben Millares' "Lotus Heart," collaborative sculpture in progress

Ruben Millares' "Lotus Heart," detail, collaborat
ive sculpture in progress

Augustina Woodgate's tent

Locust Projects tent: mobile/ins
tallation by artist Monica De Lopez with high school students Lino Fernandez, Vincent Granela, and Damay Perez

from the series "With Eyes Closed" by FIU grad student Edward Rossel

FIU grad student Gabrielle Wood presents her project "Consume My Desires" in which she sells dessert items that she has denied herself during her ongoing diet

sidewalk chalk

Tom Cocotos working on collage portrait of Ultra Violet (Andy Warhol superstar)

Jerry Mischak wrapping furniture in tape to create "Living Room" from his project "Homeless Is Where the Heart Is"

Lotus House volunteers assisting with artist Jerry Mischak's "Dining Room" from his project "Homeless Is Where the Heart Is"

ory installation by Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo and Chad Cunha, in Gallery Diet's tent

detail, participat
ory installation by Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo and Chad Cunha, in Gallery Diet's tent

viewer looking through face hole at "Participa
te, Perpetuate," installation by collaborative art group Gorilla Tactiks (Ariyo Banjo, Javier Gonzalez, Christopher Miro, Jose Felix Perez, Alex Sweet, and Michael Vasquez), sponsored by the Art Gallery System, Miami Dade College

The Bakehouse Art Complex's tent, with Gerry Stecca's "Mangrove" made of clothespin
s (right) and Javier D'Ambrosio's "The Wetlands Are Alive" (left)

"2407 Ave./The House Inside My Head," (detail) a multimedia collaboration by RPM Project (Rhonda Mitrani, Patricia Schnall Gutierrez, and Marina Fonta) with audience participation

fair entrance with "Hopscotch
" by Agustina Woodgate

y project in Barry University's tent

collage by Matu Croney in ArtCenter/
South Florida's Small Wonderz (art) Salon

Joshua Von Nonn's painting "I'm Leaving" (with Kevin Triana playing guitar)

"When I Think About Sex" by Tracey Emin, in the Hadley Martin Fisher Collection tent

"Vanish" by Jonathan Monk, in the Hadley Martin Fisher Collection tent

exquisite corpse drawing by Legal Art Residency artists, made into T-Shirt

student work from nearby Eneider M. Hartner Elementary School, with Viviana Agosto, PTA President and School Security, in center

"Art Bouffet" presented by FIU's Art & Art History Department
: butterflies made by Lotus House residents, with student Kathy Aoun in foreground

Bert Rodriguez'
s "My Most Memorable Feature" presented by the de la Cruz Collection

Lina Hargrett seated in Tomorrowla
nd tent with work by Shelter Serra (couches from Overtown, cast in fiberglass and resin) and George Sanchez-Calderon (pool paintings from "Falla Americana" series)

Sharon Lombard Miller and Heidi Chisholm's installati
on, "Mr. Somebody and Mr. Nobody's Amazing Afro Pop Up Shop" at the Wolfsonian-FIU tent

Antuan Rodriguez'
s "Words That Kill" (bronze microphone)

"Oil" by Manuel Millares (pre-exist
ing murals in background)

"The Riddle of the Blue Sphinx," Ben Fain & Frank Van Duerm's tent

Marc "Spazz" Grubstein of the performanc
e collective The Fantastic Nobodies

Ruben Ubiera painting his piece, "Miles in Space," on found objects and cardboard

"I Built This Garden for Us," installati
on and performance by Belaxis Buil

David Zalben, seated, with his wire installati
on, "My Room," at the Pink Bastard Art Forum tent

Miami Poetry Collective creating a collage of poems to go in Lotus House

"Red White and Grey," a video installati
on by 3PQ collaborative (Freddy Jouwayed, Sinisa Kukec & Stephan Tugrul) at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood tent (Michael Dean in foreground)

masked dancer

Jessy Nite working on painting for mural organizati
on Primary Flight (with pre-existing mural in background)

The Minsky Sisters with David Burgos, "Soapbox Dance"

Lotus House residents Nery Fernández and Patti Kerstein

Off the Wall Projects displays documentar
y photographs from Brenda Ann Kenneally's series "Upstate Girls," focusing on the working class residents of Troy, New York

The Rhythm King Warriors playing djembe and congas

Afro-Cuban batá drummers Renée Chávez, Marisol Blanco, and Corina Fitch, with Miami Folklórico

"Wash," interactiv
e video installation by Dr. Van, of FIU's Art Department

street installati
on by Sleeper

Zoe Onyewenjo being outlined in chalk by her sister Yanina Onyewenjo

Posted by Eduardo Alexander Rabel on 10/23/11 | tags: mixed-media

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