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Sculpture shines at Art Wynwood 2014

I wasn’t keeping count – just taking pictures of art that appealed to me. When I sat down to write about Art Wynwood 2014, most of the images my camera captured to illustrate the article were pictures of sculptures and other three-dimensional art forms.

Seated Mother and Child, by Elizabeth Catlett.
© 2014 George Leposky
Dog sculpture by Federico Uribe.
© 2014 George Leposky

I have no particular passion for sculpture as such. It can be as good (or bad) as works of art on a flat two-dimensional surface. In this instance, the sculptural offerings were plentiful, and very good.

Here, then, are my favorite three-dimensional works on display at Art Wynwood 2014:

Federico Uribe

The placid pooch greeting visitors near the entrance to Art Wynwood is a sculpture by Federico Uribe, a Colombian who now lives and works in Miami. Upon close examination, you discover that it’s made from hundreds of pencils. Uribe creates art by transforming everyday objects into sculptural forms in a humorous and playful way. Now Contemporary Art, a Miami gallery, brought this charming canine to the show.

Elizabeth Catlett

Several works by Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), an African-American sculptor, printmaker, and political progressive, were on display in the booth of Vincent Vallarino Fine Art / Abby M. Taylor Fine Art, New York and Greenwich. I was especially attracted to a small bronze sculpture, Seated Mother and Child. The obvious emotional bond between the two figures seems intensified rather than diminished by the sculpture’s relatively sparse, almost cubist forms.

Mitsy Groenendijk

A Dutch artist, Mitsy Groenendijk, created Mary’s Sisters, a sculpture of two chimpanzee children wearing girls’ dresses and wistful expressions. Seemingly lost in the vastness of the art show’s corridor, they hold hands as if to reassure each other. Witzenhausen Gallery of Amsterdam and New York displayed this work.

James McNabb

City Wheel 4 is part of The City Series by Philadelphia artist and woodworker James McNabb. He describes his style as “sketching with a band saw,” using scrap wood to depict various aspects of the urban landscape. In City Wheel 4, various abstract architectural forms rise from a circular base toward a vacant center. If you’ve ever stretched out on the pavement in the middle of a big city and gazed skyward, viewing this sculpture will bring that experience to mind. Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami displayed this work.

Gil Bruvel

Gil Bruvel was born in Australia, raised in France, and now lives in the U.S. He says The Wind, a sculpture formed from ribbons of stainless steel, evokes the feeling of wind on the skin and the way in which the wind’s vibrations penetrate one’s own being, resonating with the vibrations of the surrounding world. JanKossen Contemporary of Basel, Switzerland, showed Bruvel’s work at Art Wynwood.

Carlo Pasini

Galleria Ca’ D’Oro, based in Rome with a branch in Miami, is widely remembered for inflicting on South Florida the herd of pink snails that invaded Miami Beach for Art Basel 2010, and the alligators that climbed the Freedom Tower in 2012. Between staging such highly visible pubic spectacles, Galleria Ca’ D’Oro functions as a normal art gallery – often with the same degree of zoological whimsey. Thus you might expect that it would represent Carlo Pasini, an Italian artist whose creations include mixed-media representations of the heads of wild beasts, such as the zebra on display at Art Wynwood.

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