ART BASEL MIAMI: OHWOW AND JULIA CHIANG

by Marina Garcia-Vasquez

[Editor's Note: Quiet Color is extremely pleased to have Marina Garcia-Vasquez reporting on Art Basel from Miami. More of her work can be found on her website Pairs of Chairs]

Let’s be honest, I traveled to Miami to support my New York art friends. Art Basel and all the beloved art fairs and exhibits that cuddle South Beach, downtown, and Miami’s design district make the non-stop canoodling, gawking, and hob-knobbing worthwhile. My first stop was to congratulate sculptor friend Julia Chiang at the opening for It Ain’t Fair 2009, put on by Miami-based collective O.H.W.O.W.

Artist: Final Fantasy
Song: Lewis Takes Action


Thirty international artists many of whom are NY-based like José Parlá, Neck Face, and Aurel Schmidt brought on by Aaron Bondaroff aka A-ron The Downtown Don will be on display through the end of the week. Julia’s three installations “Sincerely Yours,” “Hugs + Kisses,” and “Love Always” were created using Ring Pops. The visual display of melting candy on a white wall is dizzying up close and romantically nuanced from afar, saying something about how colorful and messy such emotionally charged messages can turn in a matter of time. Groups of girls posed to take pictures in front of the candied “Love” and “Kisses,” furthering the feminine sweetness of Julia’s art, while outside a live roof performance by the French composer Koudlam filled the full moon night with grit and noise. The mobs of fashioned hipsters and the weight of Miami humidity harkened a rave environment, and all those candied messages of love just about make perfect sense.

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