Miami New Times: Wynwood Art Walk Top Picks
What better way for the Design District’s 101/Exhibit to cap its year than a grotesque display of terrifying creatures? After all, 2012 was downright monstrous for the space’s owners, who expanded to a second location in L.A.’s West Hollywood neighborhood in October.
That kind of bicoastal success was far from guaranteed when Sloan Shaffer opened the space just as the recession hit in 2008. “You had Sloan talking about opening a gallery in that economic climate, and I thought it was perhaps a little unhinged,” says Kevin Van Gorp, the gallery’s director. “But his enthusiasm swayed me.”
That enthusiasm is on full display in the gallery’s latest, “SE7N,” one of the highlights of this month’s Second Saturday Art Walk. The exhibit features Chambliss Giobbi‘s psycho-sexually freighted photo collages depicting the seven deadly sins in haunting, mutating images.
The New York-based Giobbi tackles wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony in works where business types, corporate CEOs, and women of questionable repute appear to have been mutilated on an autopsy slab before being stitched together like Frankenstein’s monster.
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