When Worlds Collide: YoungArts kicks off
Miami Art Week
A One-Two Punch of Stellar Art Exhibitions
By Allison Weiss Brady
With lifelike chalk moldings of Leica cameras, keyboards, microphones, Goodyear tires, telephones and teddy bears, Daniel Arsham’s interactive exhibition entitled The Future Was Written at YoungArts on Tuesday night gave you a chance to decorate the walls with abandonment. The young and old picked up pieces of chalk off the floor--- where I witnessed a gentleman picking up a full size basketball made of chalk, and inscribing his name on the blackboard wall that fully encompassed the first floor at the YoungArts Gallery. Mazdack Rassi, whose wife is the beautiful Zanna Roberts Rassi of the Project Runway TV show, was seen getting into the fun of it all by taking a selfie with a youngster with a Blackberry made of chalk.
Creative ideas and inspirational quotes from the guests flowed onto the blackboard walls - everything from “Reve,” which means “dream” in French, to “Turn dreams into plans”, to spaceships, blossoming flowers and self-portraits. People rewriting their words in even thicker chalk in hopes they were everlasting on the chalkboard. Many found this event very therapeutic, as it gave a freedom to anonymously express what we are often afraid to express out loud. Because of it, I’m thinking of installing a ceiling to floor blackboard in my home. A must visit for the kids and the young at heart.
In the adjacent building called the YoungArts Jewel Box, was the installation by British artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien’s commission for the Rolls Royce Art Program. To enter the event, one walked down a black runway carpet, with stunning Rolls Royces delicately framing you on both sides of the aisle leading you to the Jewel Box building. When I got off the elevator, I noticed the “who’s who” of art patrons at the event including Sarah Arison, Daniel Novela and Amy Rosenberg. Once inside the room, the seventh floor’s famous stained glass windows were darkened into the background, and the video installation across 15 screens by Isaac Julien entitled “Stones Against Diamonds (Ice Cave)” was brought to life, engulfing the viewers into a magical world of sea and serenity. The blackened room popped with video images of frosty white and seafoam greens and blues, moving at a slow, calming pace. It was easy to let your mind wander to a far away place for a few minutes, only to get back to reality quickly and realize you’ve got a ton of amazing events to attend, artwork to buy, and people to see during this fabulous art-filled week in Miami.
Both the Daniel Arsham and Isaac Julien exhibits at YoungArts are open to the public through December 6th.
Until next time. Basel to your heart’s content. Xoxo