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Bubble Raft opening at Dorsch

bubble raft at dosrch

Putting together a group show during the Summer is pretty obligatory for Miami galleries. That, plus all the closed galleries, make July and August artwalks usually worth skipping. Well, Dorsch was closed for August, but launched its September show early and with a bang — Bubble Raft is a collection of mid- and large-scale sculpture that fit really well with the five bands selected to play at the opening reception. The result was the sort of meta-cultural event that couldn’t have happened anywhere else.

bubble raft at dosrch

Jay Hines’ elegantly balanced chair sculpture was in the gallery’s main space, which contained the more cerebral and material-dominated work.

bubble raft at dosrch

The smaller gallery, meanwhile, was dedicated to brightly colored and playful pieces such as this hair-band and scrunchy sculpture attributed to “Shoplifter.” Instead of spotlights on the pieces, this space was flooded with light from a bank of overhead fluorescents, giving it a very different mood.

bubble raft at dosrch

The exhibition spilled over into the gallery’s adjacent yard with two pieces. This is Justin Long’s pirate booby-trap.

bubble raft at dosrch

Also outside, the anti-sweat lodge, a building that wouldn’t be out of place in a third-world shantytown, except that…

bubble raft at dosrch

… it houses a mysterious overhead contraption …

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… that delivers regular blasts of liquid nitrogen.

bubble raft at dosrch

On to the music. Pocket of Lollipops opened the evening. After a few songs, Tony proclaimed, drolly, “we have 16 to go.” After the next song, “15 to go.” He kept the joke up for two more songs, at which point the set was over.

bubble raft at dosrch

Boise Bob and his Backyard Band, a bit of a Miami old-timey supergroup, featuring Clifton Childree on the washtub bass.

bubble raft at dosrch

This fancy contraption included a ladder that invited the viewer to climb up and look into the mirrors, which showed the real dart and the wall-embroidering to merge into one.

bubble raft at dosrch

Carlos Rigau’s speaker-rock sculpture, replete with a calf’s head of black tape, a mask-wearing toy chimp, a soundtrack of knocking sounds, and a Picasso scarf.

bubble raft at dosrch

Meanwhile outside, Dino Felipe took the stage with his usual swagger. “I don’t have a website,” he proclaimed, and he may very well not have one. Right on the cusp between existing and not existing (though with dozens of albums spanning almost two decades, decidedly leaning towards existing), his music is ethereal and ephemeral, but anchored by Ana Mendez on tambourine and Ricky on drums.

bubble raft at dosrch

Do not miss Liz’s writeup at the New Times.

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Bohemiami, in a nutshell

swampthing · Sep 3, 10:25 PM · #

GO HEAT!!!!!!!!!!

— Ivan Santiago · Sep 3, 11:55 PM · #

I am truly glad this mixed evening actually happened. It reminded me of the feel of Miami in 10 yrs ago. Can’t wait for someone to make their own new one. I am also glad we have ppl like Alesh and Liz that spend their valuable time posting up reviews like this. :)

— Tasha · Sep 4, 07:39 PM · #

Great post….typo in the title.

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Rick · Sep 6, 03:15 PM · #

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