Keeping It Weird

Surrounded by steaming swampland rife with 20-foot pythons, man-eating gators, and marauding skunk apes, our station at the end of the continent is a certified hot spot for the dangerous, deranged, and bizarre. We’ve already had sex offenders under a bridge, cat killers in our midst, and tar balls on our beaches. But now, it’s getting stranger.

Enter the city’s creepiest crannies at “Weird Miami,” a Sin City-centric art show occupying the offices of the Bas Fisher Invitational (180 NE 39th St., Miami) until September 19. In one corner, there are the remnants — frog legs, spatulas, grease — of Jason Hedges’ unholy cooking experiments. In another, there is Peggy Levison Nolan’s Bar Mitzvah Boys and Prom Queens, a hauntingly benign living-room setup featuring a worn-out bamboo chair, kitschy knickknacks, and found family photos. Then in a dark, adjoining room, Alyse Emdur’s 20-minute video documentary Weatherwoman With Lissette Gonzalez loops unendingly, painting the walls with a hot TV glow. Additional weirdness comes courtesy of Artists Autumn Casey, Adler Guerrier, Nicolas Lobo & Kenneth Andrew Mroczek, Justin Long, and Isabel Moros. Admission is free, but the gallery is open only by appointment. Call 305-879-6978, or visit basfisherinvitational.com.
July 24-Sept. 19, 2010

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