Jose Elias has been a heavy hitter in the Miami music scene for decades, playing with some of the best Miami bands. Through the years I’ve witnessed him perform with the Spam Allstars, Nag Champayons, Elastic Bond, and Cortadito. Only recently did I learn that Elias is the man who began the Afro Roots Festival 20 years ago; Elias and some friends formed the musical collective the Afro-Polyphonic Space Orchestra and performed at Tobacco Road as a tribute to the music of Sun Ra. All these years later both national and international acts have been participating in the event, and this year includes a performance by none other than the Sun Ra Arkestra.Continue Reading …
Alex Mitow is the co-founder and director of Superfine! who along with his partner James Miille began the organization a little over two years ago. A Florida native, Mitow grew up around the food and beverage industry and made the likely transition into the business, garnering his own success. His crossroads came at a culmination of events including catering an art fair, meeting Miille (an artist in his own right), and reminiscing on early Miami Art Week experiences. The pair decided to take on organizing a solo show in New York, exhibiting Millie’s photographs and the inspiration grew from there.
Michael Mut is a multitasking musician from Hialeah who plays in a couple of different bands around town. We met a few months back at work, where we bonded over the bass guitar and our love of music. Michael plays everything from classic rock to new wave 80’s music but his main project Electric Piquete is a funky Latin fusion that gets your body moving.
I knew I liked David McCauley immediately when we met on South Beach a couple of years ago; he has a welcoming and easy going aura about him. It wouldn’t be until much later, after attending an event at his Laundromat Art Space, that I learned about the innovation and detail he puts into his work. David is a multi-disciplinary artist who thinks outside the box; he can turn any found object into a work of art. I admire his ability to transform these used and discarded artifacts, whether it be words, skateboards or steel. By redefining the objects, he creates an awakening of the hidden beauty and adds a depth of meaning.
Blair Hess is South Florida’s Ambassador of Skateboarding. Ask anyone who is serious about skating, I’m sure they have either skated with him or heard of his legend. We go back to the early 90’s and Blair has always had this impact in the skate community. He’s the type of guy who creates and spreads positive vibes in everything he does, including his art. Blair’s love of skateboarding runs deep and he attributes this as his main artistic influence. Continue Reading …
I met Kevin Havelton, director of Aureus Contemporary, one year ago at Art Miami. He was manning the booth that contained my first major art purchase, fa.fn47 (Female with Dog) by Karim Hamid. Kevin manages Aureus from the north east coast with no physical space, which works out because the artists he represents live all over the US and Europe. An active artist and painter, he juggles creating his own work with running the gallery. With no brick and mortar location Kevin takes Aureus on the road and curates for the fairs based on experience and the atmosphere of each city. What work he chooses to bring to an event in Los Angeles could differ from another in Paris or Miami for example. Thanks to Kevin, Aureus is nowhere and everywhere at once including my dining room.
I spoke to Kevin Havelton over video chat recently to discuss his preparation for Art Wynwood, the dynamics of Aureus Contemporary, and his background as an artist. Be sure to make it out to Art Wynwood and say hello to Kevin. The images below are a sample of what he will be showing. Festivities begin February 16 with a VIP preview and run through to Monday February 20.
I became an instant fan of Elastic Bond after hearing their Excursion album years ago. The funky, multi-cultural instrumentation, positive message and polished delivery of the vocals are what drew me in. The same elements that attracted me to their music have evolved to the point of refinement and maintained my loyalty throughout the years. Elastic Bond’s core members have melded together into a fine tuned machine: Sofy Encanto, Andres Ponce, Buffalo Brown and David Burgos. From the beginning, the band gained local popularity and continued an upward trajectory to include the following accomplishments: their music has been featured on radio and TV stations like: KCRW, KEXP, & MTV; performing at the Latin American Music Conference (LAMC), and ultimately signing on to major label Nacional Records.
Episode Three of Profiles finds two longtime friends in conversation about politics, what it takes to make art, and the power of… knitting circles?
I’ve known multi-disciplinary artist Autumn Kioti for the better part of my life which is, frankly, mind-blowing. We unexpectedly ran into each other on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Pérez Art Museum Miami; we were both there for Now Be Here #3, the South Florida edition of Los Angeles-based artist Kim Schoenstadt‘s “gathering and photograph of female and female identifying contemporary artists”.
Thank you for tuning into Episode Two of Profiles with the Huffer Collective, comprised of Jason Handelsman (Handelsman), David Anasagasti (Ahol Sniffs Glue), and Jacob Katel (Swampdog). I’ve been following Anasagasti’s work as Ahol Sniffs Glue for nearly a decade and recently learned about his teaming up with Handelsman and Swampdog through their exhibit, Save Yourselves at Locust Projects. For our featured conversation I met Ahol and Handelsman, and Swampdog joined us by phone.
Save Yourselves is the collective’s largest and most formal work to date; a fifteen foot tall, custom built shelving unit shaped like a pyramid. The shelves are overflowing with hundreds of personal effects contributed by each member linked by the unifying theme of societal decay. I spotted antiquated electronics, dozens of printed photos & flyers, TVs looping different home videos, musical instruments, and sketches. The first night I visited with the collective they guided me around the pyramid, pointing out significant objects then providing the history of the relic. One example that stands out was a photo of President Nixon together with Elvis, which Handelsman related to Donald Trump’s recent encounter with Kanye West. Be sure to stop by Locust Projects to experience Save Yourselves as often as you can before it disappears on January 21.
Welcome everybody, thank you for tuning into Episode One of Profiles with Master Feathers! For the inaugural episode I had an early morning meeting with Master Feathers in his undisclosed lair deep in the heart of Miami. He was in full costume for our conversation while we talked about his involvement in the Bermuda Triangle and performances with Otto Von Schirach. Your next opportunity to see Master Feathers in action with his crew is coming up December 31, so be sure to make it out to Wynwood Yard for the Tropicalien NYE Bass Drop to ring in the New Year with some of the best local music in the city including: Serious Jorge, The Galactic Effect, Telekinetic Walrus, Afrobeta, and Otto Von Schirach! To get you in the Christmas spirit, please follow this link to Otto Von Schirach‘s latest video Jingle Bass shot by the good people at Miami New Times.