Art Week: Miami tech startup brings Wynwood street art to life


It's a beautiful day to check out the walls of Wynwood this weekend, and while you are there pop by Freedom to see a few works of Wynwood's finest -- Kazilla, Miguel Paredes, Lebo and Trek6 -- brought to digital life.

A new Miami startup, blackdove, is creating a distribution platform for digital motion art. The vision is to turn your big screen TV into a canvas with affordable, changeable motion art. The free app is available on Apple and Android, and about 15 works, including the Wynwood pieces, are free to download. Think Spotify for art. Blackdove now is integrated with Google Chromecast; AppleTV and other integrations are on the way. And coming soon: a blackdove marketplace to purchase the art at prices typically ranging from $10 to $100. "The traditional art world wants you to believe arts is not accessible," said co-founder Marc Billings. "We want to make art accessible." 

The startup is launching this week, but the founders have been at the startup game for awhile. Pictured here with a Miguel Paredes creation is Billings, the team's tech wizard, who most recently was part of the co-founding teams of itopia and Boatsetter, and Tito Gaudenzi, who has marketing and advertising experience and ran a global event company. Their third cofounder is Marisa Terrizzi, chief curator.
"We encourage people to come in and see the art and interact with it," said Gaudenzi, adding that the response all week has been overwhelming. The Wynwood pieces, plus a selection of other art, and blackdove team members will be on hand from noon to 8 Saturday and Sunday at 48 NW 25th St.

-- Nancy Dahlberg | @ndahlberg


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Basel Dog: Basel House in Wynwood rescues, reunites dog with owner

Basel House Dog

In all this craziness that’s Art Basel, we thought of sharing a little human interest story, that we’re happy to report, had a happy ending.
Thursday night a stray dog wandered into Basel House in Wynwood - the only place where street artists can freely showcase their work. It’s also the only place that’s free and open to the public. (No wonder this particular dog felt welcomed.) The folks managing the pop-up gallery noticed that this dog was in need of attention.
They took him home, cleaned him up and then took him to the vet. The veterinarian was able to locate the owner of the dog. Turns out that this dog was stolen several months ago. Basel House was happy to reunite the owner to his beloved dog.

Basel Dog!

-- Fred Gonzalez and Dina Allende

Mr. Brainwash leaves his mark on Miami Art Week with a Burger King-inspired mural in Wynwood


By Fred Gonzalez | fgonzalez@mami.com

On an overcast Tuesday during Miami Art Week, pop street artists Mr. Brainwash was drawing a crowd in Wynwood. A crowd of students from the Miami Ad School filming his every move. A crowd of passers by wondering what he was up to. A crowd of Miami-based celebs and reality TV stars, all coming to say hello and snap a photo.

Mr. Brainwash, aka Thierry Guetta, was getting ready to begin pasting his latest mural - this one commissioned by Burger King - on the outside walls of GAB studios in Wynwood, across from Wynwood Kitchen and Bar and Jugo Fresh. But the weather wasn’t letting him start on time, a short, tropical rain shower passing through. So Brainwash did what he always does - he got spontaneous.

So he started painting people’s crisp, white shirts. First an older man in his collared, buttoned-down shirt. Then a young man sporting a white t-shirt and black jeans, and a big fan of the artist, stood up against the wall and Brainwash splattered his shirt with red, then blue, and then green paint. The young man’s smile looked permanent as he showed of his “Brainwash Original”.

“I never met him but he was so sweet, his face, and since we were waiting for the rain let’s do something for fun,” Brainwash said. “I have never done something like that before, but it was like having a show.

“I like creativity in all forms, and I like to be creative for people. When someone comes by with a camera, I want to be creative for them to please them,” Brainwash continued. “And my goal in life is to please people as much as possible. I do my work that I do with one message - that love is the answer, and life is beautiful.”

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Art Basel: Openings for Tuesday, Dec. 2


Photo: Tomas Loewy


MiamiPhoto Salon: Cuban American Phototheque Foundation, 4260 SW 74th Ave. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 2; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 4; 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets: $15. miamiphotosalonfestival.com.


Wynwood Walls: Outdoor street art museum presents “The Art of Collaboration,” a new series of murals executed as a collaboration with two graffiti artists with differing styles. Free. Wynwood Gateway Complex at 166 NW 29th St., Wynwood. 9-11 p.m. Dec. 2; daily 10 a.m. to midnight. thewynwoodwalls.com.

De la Cruz Collection: “Beneath the Surface,” explores the tension between abstraction and figuration. 23 NW 41st St., Design District; www.delacruzcollection.org; 305-576-6112. Free.

MOCA: “Shifting the Paradigm: The Art of George Edozie,” at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art, focuses on the Nigerian painter’s exploration of contemporary subversive expression. With a four-part breakfast conversation about the shift on Dec. 3. 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; www.mymoca.org; 305-891-1472.

Norton Museum of Art: An exhibition of quirky contemporary porcelain sculpture from Czech Klara Kristalova, at 1451 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; www.norton.org; 561-832-5196.


Tony Goldman Way in Wynwood to be dedicated at ceremony on Tuesday

The Miami Dade County Commission will honor one of the city’s most creative visionaries, the late Tony Goldman, during Miami Art Week.  

Goldman, a pioneer who helped establish Wynwood as one of the world’s most exciting arts destinations, will be memorialized with the renaming of the heart of Wynwood, 20th St. to 29th St. on NW 2nd Ave. as Tony Goldman Way.  
A ceremony  will take place at the corner of NW 2nd Ave. and 26th St. at 5 p.m. Participants will include  Wynwood BID Director, Tom Curitore, Miami Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, whose District 3 encompasses Wynwood and the Goldman family.  At that time, the newly installed street sign will be unveiled, and the Goldmans will be presented with a replica of the sign.
Also expected to attend are Miami Dade Commissioner Marc Sarnoff (District 2) City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and members of the City of Miami and City of Miami Beach Commission
At 6 p.m. the Wynwood Walls will open doors for a VIP invitation-only event, to celebrate new art created by international street artists for Art Basel entitled The Art of Collaboration.




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