At first sight, the walls of Wynwood during ArtBasel Miami look like some free-for-all among artists. Days leading up to the festival, the Wyn-hood is littered with material: plastic sheets stashed in corners and spray cans rolling down alleys like tumbleweeds.
Artists scurry around like ants rebuilding a damaged hill. Ugly walls and last year’s murals quickly disappear under fresh coats and vibrant new work. Painters are sporting headphones, beer cans, and trying as hard as they can to detach themselves from the outside world. No, you can NOT borrow that ladder, man.
Max Zorn solo-show
Rocking up to this scene with a tape artist is a relief. We don’t have to jump on the freak-out wagon about walls, paint, ladders or daylight. Even in the urban art Mecca of Wynwood, it’s a breeze to hang a Max Zorn solo exhibition. “What? No one is interested in that dark, little dive bar with almost no lighting? Excellent.”
But straddling Max’s indoor exhibition at Wood Tavern and our project with our Caleidoscoop friends meant we worked our butts off like everyone else. Max was certain we’d start a fire if lightning hit his outside installation, and I had calls at 4am from buyers wanting to make a deal like, NOW.
To sum it up: ArtBasel Miami is a must for anyone serious in the urban art industry. You network just by standing on the street. You’re surrounded by the newest work. You rub elbows with the latest talent. You get a ton of free drinks. And if you’re lucky, you might find time to hit the beach.
As for the manager, walking away with dough from a sold out exhibition felt pretty damn good for a first-timer.
Photos (C) by www.maxzorn.com