The first Miami Art Walk of 2013 in Wynwood was jump-started in a rather dull way after the full of incessant art activities, satellite fairs, gallery openings that took place during Art Basel Miami Beach Week 2012.
Unusually, the densely packed NW 2nd Avenue was suddenly seemed to empty allowing locals in the neighborhood to move freely in and out of galleries while listening to electronic beats by eager DJ's and MC's willing to spice up the artsy outdoor atmosphere with excitement.
On 23rd Street, Gallery Diet's director Nina Johnson welcomed guests to the first solo show of the year with an exhibition entitled "The Umpire" by Miami-based artist Daniel Milewski, the owner of Lester's Miami in Wynwood.
Milewski, 35 is an emerging artist who graduated in 2005 with a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with a concentration on drawing and painting and he also received a BFA in 2005 from Tufts University with a concentration on theory and criticism.
The same year, Milewski made his first mark of artistic development in Miami at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery. His first solo exhibition at Gallery Diet was in 2009 with an exhibition entitled "The Best of Intentions" and another solo show entitled "Three Color Sunburst" at Dimensions Variable in 2010.
In "The Umpire" Milewski includes works produced in 2012, photography, collage, and sculpture in which the artist continues to explore themes of myth and social structure.
"In a way I feel most of the pieces are found objects or at least reflect the impulse to reposition," says Milewski.
Mostly banal in their object-hood and process, the banality of geometry, clothing, photography, nature and memory, activities and things that apparently lack in originality are turned into more complex situations by the artist.
"Structures create distortions and mutations and these works endeavor to highlight micro spaces that have the capability for more complexity," adds Milewski.
Milewski dedicates his solo show (on view through February 16th, 2013) to the memory of Timothy Edward Johnson, Jr., a 33 year-old Miami pilot who fatally plunged his plane into John Prince Park in Lake Worth on December 10th, 2012.