Luis Gonzalez Palma is a myth weaver whose sumptuous, gilded photographs echo inexorably across time. The Guatemalan artist creates baroque imagery of mysterious characters in opulent theatrical garb shanghaied from a faraway place and delivered unexpectedly to tenebrous shores. His subjects often appear trapped in small, ornate, antique cases exuding a sense of intimacy while ironically twanging the chords of status anxiety, class, and wealth. Guarded, his solo show at 7 p.m. at the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery (3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami) examines a decade of this provocative artists craft. Call 305-573-2700, or visit bernicesteinbaumgallery.com
Michael Costello cranks up the tension during Wynwoods Second Saturday crawl with his psychologically freighted canvases trafficking in perceptions of beauty, sexuality, and maturity among societys underbelly. At 101/Exhibits (101 NE 40th St., Miami), catch his wicked portrait of a naked, tatted mook cradling a plate of fried eggs in front of a table bristling with paint brushes and stacks of canned spam. Call 305-573-2101, or visit 101exhibit.com.
Sat., April 10, 7 p.m., 2010