Guest Post: Miami, Art Basel

Guest Post: Miami, Art Basel

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Maxwell Ryan
Dec 20, 2006
(Introducing Carly Yates, an interior designer and colleague who brings back news from Miami!)

I left Art Basel in Miami with more of a buzz as to who was throwing which party than who was the new "It" in Design or Art. Spread throughout Miami where shows and exhibits of Art, Design, Photography, with it's main Stage at the Miami convention center. I went in search of something new at Design Miami, located in Miami's design district. What struck me most were a few pieces by Paula Hayes located at the Mosaic Building, 155 NE 40th St Miami. The pieces were done for R 20th Century Design in NYC. Hayes's successful recreations of natural forms and vessels using synthetic materials such as silicone & polyurethane create a playful contrast for interior or exterior spaces. Shown here the biomorphic silicone planters are large soft planters that create an almost cartoon world vessel for this tree, slightly translucent its surface seems a permeable & natural skin. Blue Bird Series, A large aluminum tree with molded polyurethane birdhouse. Edition 2 of 25. I love this piece, It's aluminum braches draws your eye around it's delicate branch pattern & hanging from it's fractal branches is a home, inviting and organic. The best crash pad for a bird I've seen yet. I would love to see this piece in an urban interior space that needs to utilize it's ceiling height. Located within the Design District is my most recommended discovery, the photography of Ghada Kunji. This is an artist on the verge of a gallery demand explosion. As I inquired about her history and her work I learned she has won Discovery of the year at the Lucy Photography Awards, and Images of the year from American Photo Magazine in the last two months! and the galleries are lining up to show her work all over the country! I won't overindulge in raving about the images their message of social perception and intensity speak for themselves. My advice is buy her work while it's still affordable a piece from the Dominican series 40" x 40"will cost you $5,000 a fraction of what they will be in 2 yrs! Ghada's work is available threw www.filtrofoto.com or Khunji directly at gkhunji@hotmail.com -carly yates
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