Joan Cox’s Picks from Aqua Art Miami 2015
The vibe at Aqua is familiar like your favorite neighborhood art walk—-cocktails in hand, doors open to the night air, and brightly lit rooms bursting with energy and art on two open levels of this upscale motel-style hotel. The art is interesting, varied, and international without being overly slick… and also featured several DC and Baltimore area artists.
Walking through Aqua feels like hanging out at your best friend’s art opening. It is teeming with people you don’t know yet but want to meet and by the end of your walk through all 50+ rooms/galleries you have certainly made a few new friends. Whether you are a curator, artist or collector, everyone is genuinely interested in talking about the art and about the fairs they’ve already seen or still want to see.
The center courtyard offers cocktail bars and a Gelato stand along with lounging spots where you can soak up the art, check your phone, or just enjoy the people watching.
I saw lots of lenticular art at the fairs, you know the kind of art that has two images you see as you walk past, but this was my favorite with a Trueblood reference: “I wanna do bad things with/to you” by Nathan Sharrat
Thanks to my Art Miami co-star, Laura Amussen, for hitting all the fairs and parties with me and for frequently holding my drink so I could snap photos — my feet are just now recovering!
Author Joan Cox is a Baltimore native, is a painter, photographer, graphic designer and writer. Cox left town in 2005 to open an art gallery in New Orleans and returned to Baltimore in 2011, by way of Alexandria, Virginia. She is a recent MFA graduate from Massachusetts College of Art’s Low-Residency MFA Program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Cox’s work consists of large paintings, photographs and watercolor monotypes. She uses narrative, historical art references, and fantastical elements of costumes and autobiography to depict taboo intimacies between women, acknowledging and emphasizing the female gaze. View her work at joancoxart.com.