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"Postgraffism"

Miami graffiti runs through The Surface Merchants’ blood, and on Saturday in Wynwood they will show you how.

 

The trio of artists plan to push the boundaries of the art scene in South Florida with a new eye-popping exhibit titled “Lost and Found: Freedom in Postgraffism.”

 

“It’s something new and fresh — No canvas work, installed large scale pieces with 3-D cutout pieces,” said Michael Marguiles, of the Marguiles Agency, who curated the show.

 

Daniel Fila, also known as Krave, Raymond Adrian, aka Gems, and Alex Yanes are visual artists. They have the edge of vandals, who used to roam the streets of Miami with spray cans in their pockets, but now as sharp professionals they have also added to their pockets pay checks from companies such as Publix, The Ritz Carlton and MTV.

 

From painting an elephant in pink to building a boat with a TV installed inside, the artists worked around the clock for weeks inside a warehouse near the Tamiami Airport in Kendall.

 

“We are very excited about the show, and also about the positive feedback we are getting from others,” said Fila.

 

Although the technical aspect of graffiti directly influenced their work, their use of film, sand, wood, paint and other media explores a new genre that has been evolving for the past five to six years and is starting to pick up some steam, said Marguiles.

 

With their mixed media explosion, the artists hope to communicate their frustrations with the Recession in America. Special guest DJ Tom Laroc will be playing during the exhibit, which opens to the public this Saturday.

 

“Postgraffism” Opening, Saturday, April 9 from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at Cafeina Lounge, 297 NW 23rd St., in Wynwood.

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