Sagamore, The Art Hotel and the Cricket Taplin Collection of contemporary art presents special edition programming for Miami's art fair season: exclusive in-room viewing of video artwork and documentary films on Channel 55 from WetHeat.TV, Miami's online contemporary art documentary film network.

Documentary films produced by Grela Orihuela, directed and edited by Bill Bilowit.
http://www.wetheatproject.com/about/


 Artists of the Cricket Taplin Collection   Short films capture Miami artists from the Cricket Taplin Collection at work in their studios, from the "Studio Drive-By" and "That Happened" WetHeat.TV documentary series.

Loriel Beltran
Pouring, coating, mixing, dripping, slicing, spraying and tamping; no idle moments for Loriel Beltran on a stifling hot overnight shift of manipulating time, gravity, chemistry and categories.

For more info:
→ http://www.lorielbeltran.com/


Carlos Betancourt
Carlos Betancourt brings together his closest friends and family to stage and photograph a large-scale, collaborative vision of his "The (LAST) Supper" at Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts.

For more info:
→ http://www.carlosbetancourt.com/


Pablo Cano
On a hot July night, a small form takes shape on Pablo Cano's worktable, its found-object limbs and carved head awaiting the gift of kinetic life as a marionette in "The Blue Ribbon".

For more info:
→ http://www.canoart.com/


Robert Chambers
In a warehouse-bay studio on a stormy summer afternoon, conceptual artist and sculptor Robert Chambers commands his custom-built, laser-targetting automaton to create abstract sculptural paintings on a tight deadline for an upcoming show in Switzerland.

For more info:
→ http://www.robertchambers.com/Work.html


FriendsWithYou
A world of playful and sometimes fierce spiritual totems-as-toys, dream-like parades, immersive installations, mass merchandising, silkscreen, and traditional paint on canvas altogether expands the art of FriendsWithYou (collaborators Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III) beyond the niche confines of a gallery setting.

For more info:
→ http://www.friendswithyou.com/


Lee Materazzi
One particularly hot July afternoon, Lee Materazzi staged a sculpturally-inclined photo shoot integrating a live, high-heeled and steadfast model (conceptual artist Tatiana Vahan) and an "everyday" object, pursuing the perfect shot.

For more info:
→ http://www.leematerazzi.com/


Gavin Perry
In a studio crowded with sculptural work in various stages of near-completion, Gavin Perry moves from piece to piece, wielding power tools and mixing resins, to meet a days-away deadline for a major solo show.

For more info:
→ http://snitzer.com/page11/page25/index.html


Manny Prieres
With acute, elaborate details, Manny Prieres' intricate pencil techniques render the icons, objects and emblems of a proud family mythology on a life-size scale in the large-scale work on paper, "Mother".

For more info:
→ http://spinelloprojects.com/artist/manny-prieres/


Jen Stark
Jen Stark makes precise and incremental cuts following her exact predetermined measurements on hundreds of sheets of colored paper to create intricately layered sculptural "explosions" of vivid color and form.

For more info:
→ http://www.jenstark.com/


Mette Tommerup
From thumbnail images encountered during random internet searching, Mette Tommerup paints intimately-scaled provocative moments, moving from canvas to canvas in her small corner studio in a quintessential tree-shrouded 1920s Coconut Grove house.

For more info:
→ http://www.mettetommerup.com/index.html


Agustina Woodgate
Overflow onlookers pressed against the street-front window of Spinello Gallery as Agustina Woodgate spun a transcendent fairy tale of captivity, commitment, and the (literal) threads of humanity that connect artist, participant and viewer.

For more info:
→ http://agustinawoodgate.com/


 TIMESCAPES   A large-scale immersive installation was commissioned by Sagamore Hotel proprietor and collector Cricket Taplin from two dynamic students of Dean Maggy Cuesta's Visual Arts Department at Miami's renowned New World School of the Arts. This film captures the exhaustive action of the two New World BFA seniors (Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo and Jeffrey Noble) completing a paint-and-glass interior vista in the upper stories of a spectacular open stairwell on the hotel's beachfront property.

For more info:
→ http://duncan-portuondo.com/artwork/2691507_Timescapes_entrance.html
→ http://noblejeffrey.tumblr.com


 The Stairwell Project   Under the aegis of proprietor and collector Cricket Taplin, six students from Miami's renowned New World School of the Arts produced a unique connected mural the entire length and breadth of the interior stairwell at The Sagamore Hotel main building on Miami Beach. Selected to participate by the school's Dean of Visual Arts, Maggy Cuesta, each emerging young artist conceived and produced a large-scale, finely detailed work of personal and aesthetic expression.


 Project X: Chicago   Four action-packed documentary short films present artists with a Miami practice creating and installing large-scale public installations in a cutting-edge mall as it is constructed: Fashion Outlets of Chicago. A total of 11 installations, commissioned by the Miami-based Arts Initiative and curated by Miami's own Primary Projects team, challenged each artist with complex structural requirements and demanding working conditions. The artists featured in our program are Jim Drain, Bhakti Baxter, Andrew Nigon, and Austyn Weiner.


 Miami: Going & Coming (Art21 Blog)   As produced for our guest series in the Art21 webmagazine, these documentary short films visit three visual artists with Miami in their past and future: celebrated Miami-raised painter (and photographer) Hernan Bas at his studio in Detroit, sculptor/conceptualist Brookhart Jonquil soon after his Miami arrival from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and Miami-born sculptor/conceptualist Jessie Laino during her New York City practice.


 miamiHeights: Hernan Bas   Excerpt scene from our feature documentary film about the renowned young Miami painter Hernan Bas, the story of a balancing act between the relentless demands of a global art market and the enduring desire to create something important.

For a full list of on-camera participants, more film excerpts and DVD info:
http://visitmiamiheights.com/


 making sh*t up   Preview of our feature documentary film on the rise of conceptual artist Bert Rodriguez. After a world premiere as an official selection of the 2011 Miami International Film Festival, the film has been screened at the Core Club in New York, Soho House in Los Angeles, by the Los Angeles Art Association at the new West Hollywood Library, and at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.

Appearing in this preview: Marina Abramovic, Vito Acconci, Jerry Saltz, Fred Snitzer, Amy Cappellazzo, Steven Henry Madoff, Bert Rodriguez, and Bert's dog Wilson.

For a full list of on-camera participants and more film excerpts:
http://www.makingshitup-themovie.com/



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