The Best of the Rest: Miami Art Week 2014 Pic Fest

Welcome to our Best of the Rest: Miami Art Week 2014 Pic Fest. Hopefully you’ve seen our impassioned (jk) Miami Art Basel roundup (you can always bounce back over to it by clicking on the magic ‘here‘).

This smorgasbord of pictures is culled from the fairs we really enjoyed this year, including the new Latin American fair- PINTA. I try not to take pictures wantonly at the fairs, knowing how mind-blowing it is to come home and sift through thousands of images. Even then, I round down the amount of artists I think you’d like to know about.

So if it’s here, it was amazing to look at, I had the gallery owner help me explore the background of the piece, or it simply talked to me in that way (you know what way).

Go on…check it out.


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Ulf Puder / MARC STRAUS Gallery @ The Miami Art Project. This was my ‘One To Grow On’ moment at the fair. Puder, a German artist whose paintings depict haunting environments filled with abandoned architecture. It’s the color choices and sneaky geometrical deconstruction and construction of shapes that draw you in.

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I will always take pictures of Kris Kuski’s insane sculptures. Can only a mad man be this intense when it comes to detail? His work is on my ‘Lord, please let me own one one day’ list. @ Miami Art Project

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Jenny Morgan: Into The Blue, Oil on Canvas @ Miami Art Project. Her subjects continue to give morose, a beautifully poetic way.

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Won Ju Lim: Kiss d4, Plexiglass, light. Haines Gallery. So many pieces that dealt with capturing natural light were at Miami Project – this diptych was one of my favorites.

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I’m a sucker for anything that looks like it walked out of well imagined book description of unusual curiosities. This piece, ‘Cabinet of Craving’ is by the conceptual artist, Mel Chin.

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God, Geoff Mcfetridge makes art look easy. Clean lines, pretty shapes, great depth perception. His works are often clever and non threatening – yikes, those sounds like reasons not to purchase. But I dare you to try and resist them. @Miami Art Project

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This is from the late Jason Rhoades – Untitled (Chandelier), 2004. Glass, wire, neon, plexiglass, fabric, and plastic. The Rubell Collection.

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Detail of the Jason Rhoades piece, Untitled (Chandelier)

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Maurizio Cattelan / La Rivoluzione Siamo Noi, 2000, The Rubell Collection.

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Alex Yanes / Amigo Totem (3 stacked 55 gallon oil drums). Joseph Gross Gallery @Miami Scope.

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You take the picture because it’s a freaking Ray Caesar. It’s perfection. @Miami Scope

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Phantom Limb / 2014 / Chris Roberts-Anteau / Fabric Applique. Stumbling across new work is thrilling. I was especially encouraged to keep checking out this work after reading Anteau’s nicely explained, hand-written artist statement. @Miami Scope

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Second year running now that I’ve been getting close up on these Chang Park paintings and just staring into the void. These oil paintings are a perfect blend of great painting technique with the skilled hand of an illustrator. The subjects could start talking in word bubbles at any second – I swear. Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts @ Miami Scope

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Chang Park / Untitled_F / Oil on Canvas

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Photographer Jim Payne found an interesting way to catalog moments through viewfinders. Really enjoyed the momentary intimacy with the subjects that lay within. @Aqua Art Fair

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So much fun to see Andrea Heimer showing at Aqua Art Fair in Miami. She’s was by far, one of the funniest/down-to-earth artists I ever interviewed. This piece is titled, ‘If you’re ok then I’m ok and we can do this until we’re very old.’ Acrylic on canvas. Good Luck Gallery

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Detail of Andrea Heimer’s, ‘If you’re ok then I’m ok and we can do this until we’re very old.’ Acrylic on canvas. Good Luck Gallery

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Javier Abdala / Van Gogh / Guerra Gallery – wood (found objects), metal, paint ,wood Carving, 96.457 x 70.866 inches @ Pinta Art Fair

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Colombian artist Omar Castaneda. Castaneda is committed to the local culture of Columbia – exposing their socio-political issues with concepts and materials related to food and animals, since according to him, that is the basis of the people, the culture and their habits. @Pinta Art Fair

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Colombian artist Omar Castaneda @Pinta Art Fair

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Colombian artist Omar Castaneda @Pinta Art Fair

Hilary White’s ‘The Endless One’

It’s been awhile since Hilary White had a proper exhibition and now she’s back stronger than ever with a new solo show ‘The Endless One’. Most of White’s pieces combine intricate wood working with brightly colored acrylics. Though its the large scale size of her works and the unique way she infuses science, faith and imaginings into her pieces that truly make them gems.

Opening night of the show was a blast and I thought I’d give you guys a sneak peek. This however should not deter you from running down to Paradigm Gallery and seeing the show in person if your in Philly.

The Endless One will be at Paradigm Gallery & Studio (803 S. 4th Street) until June 21, 2013.









Phrequency artist stickers: Hilary White


Hilary’s work is a cut above the rest with mediums ranging from digital graphics, paint and canvas, to all out stunning sculptures. If you have yet to see her work in person, do yourself a favor and go to her next show. You’ll be taken a back to say the least. Check out the sticker she designed for us and read through our interview.


Phrequency: When did art introduce itself into your life?

Hilary: Art never really introduced itself, it just kind of barged in and started sleeping on my couch and eating my food. I never thought about doing anything else. People would ask me at a young age what do you want to do when you’re older? “Be an artist” was always one of my top answers but was often followed up with a veterinarian, a fireman, as well as working for Disney World on some level.

P: What do you think of the current art scene in Philadelphia?

H: The art scene here continues to impress me. There is no end of talented people working in all sorts of mediums and styles. The variety and accessibility to the arts in this city is encouraging. It used to be old city was were all the “happening” venues for art were located, but that is no longer the case. The art scene is not limited to one section of the city anymore. A lot of artists have created their own galleries for visual and audio art in their own neighborhoods. This has created a lot of opportunity and exposure for a younger generation of creative people. It is not stagnant and I think that is what really matters… it’s continuing to grow.

P: What/who are some major influences in your work? What kind of mediums do you use?

H: My work is built around the symbolism and imagery from Biblical text and my faith in Christ. The love that God confronts me with and the wrestling match that ensues with my own pride and weakness. The result is hope. I build my imagery off of these moments. The darkness in the imagery is there but I try to integrate a sense light, and renewal as well.

I work mostly in oil and acrylic paint, along with wood, plastics, and vinyl. Sometimes motors…


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Phrequency Artist Stickers: JP Flexner


We’re so excited to be celebrating Phrequency’s 2nd year of Philadelphia art, music and culture. For this special occasion, we’ve decided to collaborate with four talented Philadelphia artists for a limited edition sticker release. Bradford Haubrich, JP Flexner, Hilary White, and Scott Albrecht all took to the task and produced some very unique, fun, and fantastic stickers.

This week we spoke with JP Flexner, a Philadelphia-based freeleance artist who has a passion for illustration and everything art and design related. His work is fresh, vibrant, and ranges from clean and linear to colorful and illustrative. Check out his sticker below:


Phrequency: When did art introduce itself into your life?

JP: I think this one went the other way around honestly- My father Paul (now a professor) was working professionally as an illustrator for accuweather when I was born so, thankfully there has never been a shortage of art in my life from day 1.

P: What do you think of the current art scene in Philadelphia?

JP: I really love it, and I’m not just playing favorites. This city has a HUGE print making community populated by some of the hardest working creatives I’ve ever met.

P: What/who are some major influences in your work? What kind of mediums to you use?

JP: Well, direct influences include the likes of R. Crumb, Basil Wolverton, Jim Alteiri, Chuck Anderson, Ron English, Post Typography, Lure Design, Shepard Fairey and many, many more typographers, illustrators and designers. I’ve also always really loved graffiti, paste ups, sticker art and creative people reclaiming public space in general. As for mediums, I start virtually everything as a drawing or a pile of thumbnails in my sketchbook which I then re-draw any number of times before moving on to inking or vectoring (depending on the piece it self and the eventual method of reproduction). My favorite medium and the one my illustrations end up in the most is definitely screen printing.


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