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," collaborat
Ruben Millares' "Lotus Heart," detail, collaborat
Augustina Woodgate's tent
Locust Projects tent: mobile/ins
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
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"
viewer looking through face hole at "Participa
The Bakehouse Art Complex's tent, with Gerry Stecca's "Mangrove" made of clothespin
"2407 Ave./The House Inside My Head," (detail) a multimedia collaborat
fair entrance with "Hopscotch
collage by Matu Croney in ArtCenter/
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
Lina Hargrett seated in Tomorrowla
Sharon Lombard Miller and Heidi Chisholm's installati
"Oil" by Manuel Millares (pre-exist
"The Riddle of the Blue Sphinx," Ben Fain & Frank Van Duerm's tent
Marc "Spazz" Grubstein of the performanc
Ruben Ubiera painting his piece, "Miles in Space," on found objects and cardboard
"I Built This Garden for Us," installati
David Zalben, seated, with his wire installati
Miami Poetry Collective creating a collage of poems to go in Lotus House
"Red White and Grey," a video installati
Jessy Nite working on painting for mural organizati
The Minsky Sisters with David Burgos, "Soapbox Dance"
Lotus House residents Nery Fernández and Patti Kerstein
Off the Wall Projects displays documentar
The Rhythm King Warriors playing djembe and congas
Afro-Cuban batá drummers Renée Chávez, Marisol Blanco, and Corina Fitch, with Miami Folklórico
Zoe Onyewenjo being outlined in chalk by her sister Yanina Onyewenjo