by ryan s.

Entering through the 30,000 square foot lawn dawned with chic hammocks, open bars, and path ways to six sound stages lined with contemporary art from around the world, I knew I was exactly where I needed to be. The opening night preview to the NADA Art Fair did not disappoint. Every space showcased a different artist’s work complete with gallery liaisons ready to explain anything and everything. It created a sphere of cultural stimulation that had me internally unhinged, and in a word happy. Best of all, the event accomplished its dual function of fundraising for the New Museum on Bowery in NYC with a nightcap of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.

Artist: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Track: New Year’s Kiss


Personal highlights included Klemm’s gallery in Berlin which highlighted Adrian Sauer whose detailed photo editing seemed to animate his photography. Galerie Juliette Jongma in Amsterdam featured works from Ar Jal Val Helmond who paints haunting interiors that strike a chord with one’s past. Travesia Cuatro out of Madrid had a wall covered in photos of negative space. Specifically, the principal architectural subject of every photo was cut out, leaving a white shape amidst the surrounding landscape. And finally Overduin and Kite out of L.A. had one of the more tangibly impressive pieces, exhibiting a demolished roboticized chair meant to portray the remains of George W. Bush’s robot at Disney’s Hall of Presidents. The reconstructed (torn apart) chair sits in front of a green screen video which you can watch below because an attempted explanation would make my head hurt.


NADA ART FAIR INSTALLATION from Quiet Color on Vimeo.

Around 8:30, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone played a brief set in some brisk Miami weather. The crowd was light but I preferred his sound live eventhough it was heavy with electro playback. I got to take it in with a hot date and a vodka soda on a hammock so dissatisfaction wasn’t really in my vocabulary at that point. These few paragraphs fail to encapsulate the total energy of the evening but it was a perfectly planned and executed party, rich with artistic creation. Check out the photo gallery to see some of the aformentioned works and exhibits and remember that the NADA Art Fair continues all week in the design district of Miami.

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