Monday, March 29, 2010

Miami 2009

Another year of Art Basel Miami craziness. Another year where I post this stuff three+ months late! I guess it's better late then never. I had over 600 pictures to go through, so it took a while to figure this one out.

Got to see the Salton Sea on the way out. Thing is massive.

When I got to Miami I found that my paint had emptied out in my suitcase, luckily I zip locked em', but man, three bags of paint exploded, put a damper on some of my painting plans.

First night met up and hung out with the Jonathan Levine Gallery staff, went to Primary Flight (the exhibit) in Miami Beach, got some dinner, and ended up at the Max Fish pop up bar. Eric White was there, Mr. Levine, Carlo McCormick, Tristan Eaton and a whole slew of other characters.

Next morning slept in a little, watched the manatees down below in the lagoon and picked up my friend from the airport. Went to a couple art fairs, found Dabs and Myla and some giant seed pods. Miami is kinda crazy, always weird shit to see..

Some art, Dave Cooper, Doze, Maya Hayuk, etc… a few of my watercolors I exhibited...

Next morning got started on my mural. Primary Flight hooked it up, got me a nice wall and supplied us with some paint. Even had access to scaffolding which was very appreciated. One of the highlights of my trip was getting to meet (and get photographed by) Martha Cooper. For those in Miami it is at 6th and 2nd. streets.Finished in one long day. Painted until it was dark. Probably could have done more, made it more intricate. I was planning on coming back the next day but so much of my paint was emptied and besides, I was happy with it when I saw it in the daylight. Tristan Eaton was painting on the other side, he put in a lot of hard work and several days! End of the evening burger was pretty good, even though I ate all the paint off my fingers too.

Third day we checked out my mural, looked finished to me, besides, it was raining. So we headed out to the Everglades. Didn't realize it was so close to Miami. It was nice to get away from all the visual overload and take in some nature. Such a different world from all the saturated graffiti and urban ugliness that is the Wynwood district. I got very close to a couple alligators, very dumb, I didn't know how fast they were. Luckily, they were sluggish or maybe just liked me. Saw some giant spiders, jumping gators, and got rained on and then ate some traditional Florida cuisine. Frog asses and alligator nuggets.

Part 2 coming soon...


musicisart said...

love yr mural, looking forward to miami pt 2!! :)

sven said...

man, lmao at you getting all fonzie in that alligator picture!

you ever seen happy gilmore? 'goddamn alligator bit my hand off!'

DebK said...

Jeff, luv'd the pix of the trip. Remember, you are the turista and the wild life is just that...WILD ! You coulda been man bait to those gators, Dude !

Alyssa Cieslak said...

diggin' the watercolors