Studio Visits: Johnny Laderer

To walk into Johnny Laderer’s studio is to experience his work in its most ideal setting. Laderer is a multidisciplinary artist who delves deep into his environment to explore the relationships between tropical flora (plants) and fauna (animal), urban development, and Floridian iconography. The Florida native lives and works in his Miami studio where the precision of his touch is felt in the arrangement of every corner. He’s immersive and poetic in his approach to exploring the correlation between the elements of land, sea, and swamp that surround him. For Laderer, it’s all about the details and similarities, such as the print of native plant life and its resemblance to the scaled patterns on alligators and boa constrictor coats. From recreating road signs to cement casted citrus, his work is the personification of a Florida postcard. Here’s a taste of his Hemingway hideout in Little Haiti and some shots from our studio visit. For the record, he sleeps in a boat surrounded by art and great lighting.

Laderer is also the guy behind the Miami-based lifestyle brand Algae, that’s “a” before “e”. Reflective of its name, Algae carries the seafoam and sunset palette of the Florida Keys in its limited edition artist series of locally manufactured beach wear.

LoCastro | Scarves & Scope

Natology artist Francesco LoCastro brought his signature Miami palette to its sandy beaches this year with a solo installation at Scope Art Fair, while his Geo Scarves launched exclusively at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). LoCastro, who represents the steady progression and presence of a lifelong visionary, greeted the week of Art Basel Miami / Miami Art Week with subtle geometric undertones in two of the its most significant locations. His work, which presents the kaleidoscopic interpretations of structure through layers, shapes, and enamel has taken an evolutionary step into the world of fashion. LoCastro’s latest venture is in creating textile prints of his most iconic pieces, further expanding the way we experience contemporary art.