As Fall began to lend it's way into Winter here in the Northeast, a trip down to Miami for this year's Art Basel seemed to be the best way to absorb some culture and much needed Vitamin D before the Winter's hibernation set in. With accommodations the only plans set in stone, fresh from the airport it was off to the hostel to get situated. After the first of many drinks imbibed on the patio with fellow hostellers over the weekend, the next move was to Wynwood to check out the art walk and support some of NYC's graffiti icons.
2ESAE & SKI (aka Mike Baca & Fernando Romero) on rooftops, billboards, boxtrucks, or perhaps even bought pieces from them down on Prince St. on the weekends. For those less familiar, you can read up on the UR:NY story HERE.
Buff Monster, Lister, & the London Police.
Lister / Col / Chanoir / Cope2 / Pez / Free Humanity
After stopping briefly through Miguel Paredes gallery to pilfer some Sapporo, it was off to survey the Food Truck scene set up in an abandoned lot down the street. After pangs of drunken indecision, the lure of the Arepabox truck and the "Cachapa", a sweet corn arepa filled with Gruyere cheese and slathered with a variety of green and red hot sauce, proved to be too much to resist.
"largin up full crew, you know what to do"
In dire need of an electrolyte transfusion and some greasy sustenance, Friday started out with a trek to Little Havana to get the day started with the famous Cubana Frita from El Rey De Las Fritas.
THIS Blek Le Rat piece was spotted en route.
Underbelly Project group show. Started in the Spring of 2009, the large scale art project ushered over 100 artists representing 15 countries through one of NYC's long abandoned Subway stations to leave their mark deep underneath the konkrete jungle.
Dubtribe Soundsystem @ Electric Pickle
Porter Contemporary Gallery. Another highlight being the photography of Dulce Pinzon in room 218 curated by Alida Anderson Art Projects.
Miami Horror covering 'Once In A Lifetime' @ Electric Pickle
After a lifetime being shunned by family and peers in NY, it was time for this Dolphins fan to finally be among his people. With an Australian in tow primed for his first NFL experience, we headed to Landshark Stadium around 11am to take in the sights and aromas of the bustling tailgate scene. As hordes of shit-talking Raiders fans descended upon the parking lot, we crushed our remaining domestic piss beers and proceeded to watch the Dolphins absolutely trounce Oakland 34-14.
And the crowd goes wild....
Sunday night's debauchery was provided by the Overthrow's Art Basel edition of their Hard2Leave party at Gold Rush. Track selections were about what you'd expect from a Strip Club DJ'd by Ninjasonik, Craze, and the Overthrow DJs. DJ Assault & DJ Funk would have been proud. Out to Tamara Sky for dropping 'Bassface' and proving that Sound Pelligrino tunes go off in the titty bar too.
Waking up to a severe dent in the wallet and hangover to match, a walk from South Beach to Wynwood seemed the most economical, albeit extremely inconvenient of options. After asking many a local for directions and being told that walking simply wasn't an option, the stubborn New Yorker in me refused to be denied. The causeway connecting the beach from downtown Miami may not have been open for pedestrian traffic, but 7.2 miles later and a few hours worse for ware, it was time for one last stroll through Wynwood before heading to MIA International.
mowing the spot on NE Miami ave, he was also asked to recreate Revok's 'We Own The Night' piece outside of the Underbelly Project warehouse.
The next stop was to the Kohn Compound to check out the murals of the Graffuturim "In Situ" installation. Participating artist Eric Haze provided a foreward for the Co11ective group exhibition which you can find HERE.
Further down the block was a fresh production wall from IMOK's Ewok (5MH), Jick, & Mast. For more fresh Ewok debuted at this year's Basel, you can also check out his Brainlington video blog here.
Last but not least, this year's Ironlak wall centered around a fiery piece from Sofles with a background of paint drips provided by OG, Risky. Other artists participating included VANS, KEMS, VIZIE, JURNE, EWOK (MSK), and REMOTE .
Miami, it was real. We'll be seeing you next year. Special shouts go out to the Miami Beach hostel crew for keeping the vibes lively all weekend long. Out to anyone and everyone I met along the way. Your time!!