Our good friends at OHWOW are at the centre of Art Basel Miami 2010. If you’re headed to Miami, heres a schedule of events worth basing your visit around.

IT AIN’T FAIR 2010
Opening reception Thursday, December 2, 8pm
Exhibition design by Rafael de Cárdenas
81 NE 40th Street
Miami Design District, FL 33137

It Ain’t Fair is the third edition of OHWOW’s annual group exhibition, presented to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach. Offering an alternative to the overwhelming mazes of art fair booths, It Ain’t Fair will highlight a cogent selection of leading-edge art. From painting to sculpture, the exhibition delivers a comprehensive survey of emerging and established artists’ most recent work. It Ain’t Fair is exactly that – not a fair, but a multimedia production, providing a critical scope of contemporary art innovation.

Participating artists include Daniel Arsham, Scott Campbell, Julia Chiang, Dan Colen, André Ethier, FriendsWithYou, Phil Frost, Michael Genovese, Luis Gispert, Gustavo Godoy, Tomoo Gokita, Diana Al-Hadid, Trenton Doyle-Hancock, Julia Ziegler-Haynes, Michael St. John, KAWS, Robert Lazzarini, Nate Lowman, Brendan Lynch, Ari Marcopoulos, Barry McGee, Neck Face, José Parlá, Rey Parlá, Kembra Pfahler, Aurel Schmidt, David Benjamin Sherry, Lucien Marc Smith and Nick Van Woert.

December 2-5, 2010

Special thanks to Cymbal Development

SKINS
Opening reception Thursday, December 2, 8pm
Curated by Alex Gartenfeld
81 NE 40th Street
Miami Design District, FL 33137

Skins is an exhibition of artists whose approach to media looks beneath and beyond the surface. The title of this group show refers to the culture of tattoos, presumed by anthropologists as “messages fraught with spiritual and moral significance… not only to imprint a drawing onto the flesh but also to stamp onto the mind all the traditions and philosophy of the group,” as methods of establishing communities, ascending or descending social ranks. Today, when tattoos are ubiquitous and body modification cannot be conflated with progress, we look nostalgically to a time when simple marks or punctures communicated participation in a community. The artists here share object-oriented practices; they are painters, photographers, and sculptors, working in and against the histories of their inscribed mediums. They wonder if it is possible to use permanent marks that create or hold memory. They also wonder the opposite: if boundaries of taste and conventions or presentation still persist in the shadow of an art fair.

Featured artists include Hwan Jahng, Sam Moyer, Reto Pulfer, Mariah Robertson, David Scanavino, Ryan Sullivan, Josh Tonsfeldt, Ned Vena and Andrea Longacre-White.

December 2-5, 2010

STND/OHWOW STORE
Opening reception Wednesday, December 1, 6pm
The Standard, Miami Beach
40 Island Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

OHWOW has partnered with The Standard, Miami Beach to create a new retail store that will carry a selection of curated products including exclusively published art books and select art in addition to accessories, jewelry, beachwear, gifts and hotel guest essentials.

Both OHWOW Gallery and The Standard Hotels have cultivated a community of artists who both exhibit work and design custom products who will be represented in the new space, including Tim Barber, Scott Campbell, Julia Chiang, Dan Colen, Luis Gispert, KAWS, Terence Koh, Andrew Kuo, Ari Marcopolous, José Parlá, Agathe Snow, Julia Ziegler-Haynes among others.

The STND/OHWOW space is designed by acclaimed architect Rafael de Cárdenas. True to his signature approach of incorporating unusual materials and highly graphic touches in his retail projects, de Cárdenas has created a space that is unmistakably OHWOW and yet complements the holistic and relaxed atmosphere of The Standard Spa. A restrained palette of glossy white and hits of turquoise permeate throughout the space, with recessed pyramidal wedges and glass-top triangular black columns that serve as impactful pedestals for editions and merchandise.

The STND/OHWOW shop will open during Art Basel Miami Beach on December 1st with a series of book signings and events that will continue through 2011.

THE ISLAND
Presented by LAND and OHWOW
Flagler Memorial Island Art Basel Miami 2010
A one-night, site-specific exhibition
Friday, December 3, 4-8pm
Organized by Aaron Bondaroff, Shamim Momin and Al Moran

Participating artists include: Bozidar Brazda, Stefan Bruggemann, Scott Campbell, Brody Condon, Naomi Fisher, Michael Genovese, Luis Gispert, Adler Guerrier, Terence Koh, Kate Levant & Michael E. Smith, Hanna Liden, Justin Lowe, Kori Newkirk, Jack Pierson, Marina Rosenfeld, Rona Yefman and others.

a message:
“the earth seemed unearthly. we are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there – there you could look at a thing monstrous and free.”

a message:
“nobody needs to go anywhere else. we are all, if we only knew it, already there.”

the island
as the sun hangs lower in the sky, and coincidences and actions intersect, the clocks will strike four. and we will all be there. on the dock. waiting to never be there again.

Special thanks to Havaianas, Why-Q and Deleon

FriendsWithYou
Building Blocks
Opening reception Thursday, December 2, 6pm
3930 NE 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor
Miami Design District, FL 33137

To coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach 2010, OHWOW is proud to present FriendsWithYou’s Building Blocks – a collection of paintings, over a decade in the making. Known for their reductive approach to geometric abstraction and playful imagery, Building Blocks introduces a series of paintings, executed in the artists’ customary style.

Rather than merely flat wall pieces, these paintings act as two-dimensional extensions of their prolific sculptural, graphical and experiential installation works. They are quasi portraits; the abstraction of human visage allows viewers to project their own emotions. In this manner, the portraits become vacillating reflections, reliant and transformed via audience interaction. This exchange, echoed by the artists’ experiential sculptural installations, delivers these paintings from flat to dimensional, aesthetic to conceptual.

Presented alongside the new series of paintings, the artists exhibit select sculptural pieces, meant to illustrate the progression between their installations and the “portraiture.” Continuing on the trajectory of interactive focus, the air-inflated sculptures experiment with the experience and result of relational artwork. This relational approach is at the heart of the artists’ core philosophy and forms the building blocks of their creative output.

December 2, 2010 – January 9, 2011

Rainbow City
By FriendsWithYou
Opening Friday, December 3, 10am
3800 NE 1 Avenue
Miami Design District, FL 33137

Rainbow City is an environmental installation addressing the potency of interaction, ritual, and play. Inspired by Holi, a festival effectuated by Hindu followers throwing brightly colored water and powder at each other, FriendsWithYou presents a vibrant collection of mutable, air-filled sculptures. Fabricated of intensely colored and receptive materials, the installation encourages visitors to be active and explore – subsequently, inventing their own ritual. The individual structures are simple, minimal forms, borrowing aesthetics from toy-like geometry and design, which tower over guests, as each element’s height ranges from ten to forty feet. By dwarfing the audience, the totemic pieces trigger a sense of reverence, similar to the visual objective of a monolithic monument. During interaction, the inflated sculptures “embrace” visitors, while repetitive sound elements further enhance the sensory experience. The overall installation creates a surreal landscape of psychedelic scenery intended to provoke a religious and childlike awareness, simultaneously. Rainbow City invites spectators to participate with a responsive environment, offering an opportunity to connect physically and psychologically with an energetic, yet ephemeral, setting.

December 3 – December 5, 2010

Special thanks to Aol, Native Shoes, Paper Magazine & Dacra