With the dead heat of August supposedly slowing things down in Miami, and months away from the avalanche of Art Basel Week, most would think it’s not the best time of the year to throw an artist-driven collaborative show.
Apparently, the organizer of The Collabo Show know this is how it’s best done in the Miami. Founded in 2005 by Bhakti Baxter (and originally inspired by spontaneous artist collaborations erupting from dinner parties), the fourth incarnation of this beloved one night art stand, Back by Popular Demand: The Collabo Show, proved to be no sleeper.
Droves showed up to immerse themselves in pervasive, smoky wafts of local BBQ on the outside terrace. Inside the cavernous warehouse, located off a side street near Midtown, there was eclectic and interactive artwork (one featuring a slingshot and another a cock ring), various live music, and a DJ spinning Jane Fonda’s 1980s workout tapes … you could also say this was a very good night for Miami performance.
The centerpiece of the party/spectacle was a work entitled “Closed Circuit,” a tent in the middle of a gallery housing a closed dinner party. Those not invited inside the tent (the majority) were reduced to having to watch the coveted invitees and their wild antics on a monitor placed just outside of the closed tent. Leaving the viewer to feel very much on the outside looking in, experiencing the abject cruelty and vapidity of those who find validation by gloating remotely via social media.
Did we feel left out or marginalized by this experience? Of course not. Zooey + Lyfe found a teeny-tiny opening in one of the tent’s flaps, and we took our own damned picture.
The evening was very democratic in its own very fun and un-self-conscious way, and featured some of Miami’s best and brightest art stars.
The organizers requested we list them all for you, so in the spirit of Collabo, we celebrate them all below, they are …
Adler Guerrier, Agustina Woodgate, Alan Guiterrez, Ana Clara Soler, Angelica Vergel, Antonia Wright, Aramis Guitierrez, Azizi DeZouza, Barron Sherer, Bhakti Baxter, Brad Lovett, Brandon Opalka, Brookhart Jonquil, Camila Montoya, Cara Despain, Cara Dodge, Casey Zap, COOPER, Colin Foord, Daniel Newman, David Rhon, Danilo de la Torre, David Alexander Bennett, Dayna Louren Goldstein, Dino Felipe, Dion Kerr, Dylan Romer, Eddie Negron, Emmett Moore, Farley Aguilar, Federico Nessi, Five Star BBQ (Little Haiti), Franky Cruz, Gean Moreno, Gendry Sherer, George Sanchez Calderon, Giles Neale, Gio Proflera, Guillermo Gomez, Gustavo Oviedo, Hox, George Owen, Hugo Montoya, Igor Montoya-Laske, Jacob Goudreault, James Duncan Portuondo, Jared Mckay Giancarlo Sardone, Jason Hedges, Javier Sasieta, Jenna Balfe, Jesse McGinty, Jiae Hwang, Joe Soto, Joel Hernanadez, John Bianchi, John Hancock III, Johnny Laderer, John M McMahon, Johnny Robles, Julian Picaza, Kathyrn Marks, Ken Bessemer, Kerri Jonquil, Kevin Arrow, Kizzy Gonzalez, Kool Large, Kubiat Nnamdie, Larry Newberry, Leonardo Valencia, Liz Ferrer, Lizzy Newberry, Magnus Sodamin, Marissa Alma Nick, Martin Oppel, Matthew Schreiber, Mauricio Gonzalez, Max Maynard, Michael Montouri, Nektar De Stagni, Nicole Doran, Oliver Sanchez, Onajide Shabaka, Pablo Antonio AlvarezParker Phillips, Philip Picaza, Raymond Brown, Rainer, Robert Cashinero, Robert Chambers, Ruben Millares, Ruben Pagan, Ryan Hattig, Ryan Maslow Sarah Newberry, Sean Wild Child, Sinisa Kukec, Sleeper, Sofia Leiby, TM Sisters, Tao Rey, the end, Timothy Stanley, Tina La Porta, UOM, and Upahar David Neiburger.
Story and photos by Zooey + Lyfe