The week ahead in South Florida’s visual arts world brings a solo show from an environmentally conscious artist at the Bakhouse, a Pinecrest Gardens exhibition exploring the tropics through art, an artistic celebration at the Deering Estate at Cutler, a fancy fundraiser for Locust Projects and some out-of-the-box temporary contemporary art courtesy of the Bass Museum.
▪ German-born, Miami-based artist Joana Fischer finds inspiration for her work in the plastic pollution of the environment. In Zeitgeist, her new solo show at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood, synthetic and translucent materials are illuminated from within with LED lights to provoke thoughts of over-consumption. The opening reception for the exhibit is April 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. 305-576-2828 or www.bacfl.org.
▪ Torrid Flora, an exhibition exploring the tropics through artworks by Jennifer Basile, Xavier Cortada, Sarah Henderson, Deborah Mitchell and Tina Salvesen, opens April 12 with a special reception from noon to 6 p.m. in the Hibiscus Room at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 S. Red Rd., Miami. Curator Ananda DeMello of Art Habit channels Aristotle and his study of climate zones, an effort in which he rated weather conditions around the world from frigid to temperate to torrid, to express a need for local preservation efforts. Miami is close to the philosopher’s Torrid Zone, an area labeled as uninhabitable. See www.makearthabit.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Deering Estate at Cutler presents the Deering Estate Festival of the Arts Plus One Exhibition in which leading curators, gallerists and working artists from South Florida collaborate to create site-specific works and performances along with tours, a literary lounge, a fire circle poetry forum and interactive activities for all ages. To see the list of participating artists, go to http://www.deeringestate.org. The event is free with admission to the estate and runs from 3:30 to 10 p.m. April 11. Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. Call 305-235-1688 for details.
▪ Locust Projects’ annual Spring Fling fundraiser is April 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the 1111 Building, 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Tickets are $150 per person ($125 for members) and include access to the silent art auction featuring dozens of cutting-edge artworks, the silent luxury goods auction, cocktails by Grey Goose, and small bites by Harry’s Pizzeria, Lyon Frères Petit Marché, Lyon & Lyon, Macchialina, Misha’s Cupcakes and Shake Shack. Members should contact email@example.com or 305-576-8570 to purchase discounted tickets. www.locustprojects.org.
▪ The Bass Museum of Art’s latest addition to its series tc: temporary contemporary is installed in the storefront windows of the Walgreen's located at the corner of Collins Avenue and 23rd Street on Miami Beach. Visual and performance artist Reed van Brunschot collaborated with painter Francisca Twiggs using set design and analog stage tricks, everyday objects and shoreline debris to make up a narrative that depicts the fragility of Miami Beach as a result of global warming. Since the Bass Museum and the City of Miami Beach launched the tc program in 2012, more than 45 sculptures, murals, videos and sound installations have graced the park and the neighborhood adjacent to the Bass, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. www.bassmuseum.org.