SS15 / MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT

As I prepare for the performance debut by newest artists PROST (PROSTITUTION), commissioned by the Miami Design District for Site-Specific Performance Series season premier, I am honored and delighted to bring LA to Miami and allow my hometown to be the first to ever experience their work. Join me on Saturday March 21, 2015 at 151 NE 40th ST (former Cartier) with afterparty at Soho House and an artist talk on Sunday at APT606

Transforming luxury boutiques into speakeasies, and galleries into soapboxes and stages, Site-Specific is a unique and ephemeral exploration of the Design District. The performance-based series offers a fast-paced platform for any combination of genres in dance, music, theatre and poetry where guests are invited to a series of events taking place in locations all throughout the neighborhood. From de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space and Theory boutique, to the former showroom of Cartier jewelers and still-new Palm Court, Site-Specific returns this Saturday with a parcour of events throughout Miami Design District.
— Dejha Carrington, writer, Miami Design District.

It is with great pleasure, Natology presents the first Miami x LA project of 2015. Miami is home. It is the place that raised, taught, and opened my first studio and gallery doors. Since arriving in 2003, I have been a part of the Magic City’s incredible transformation. We’ve rolled up our sleeves, collaborated, created, and collectively developed the city into a destination for art, culture, music, and fashion. For me, it all started in the Miami’s Design District. From being a gallery assistant at Bitforms Gallery to opening FriendsWithYou’s first flagship to curating and producing fundraisers for CP+B, this is the neighborhood that made me. Thank you to Dacra and the Miami Design District for your consistent support and inspiration.


Coralmorphologic x Bhakti Baxter

Coral Reef City, 2014 -- a collaboration by two of my favorite Miami artists Coralmorphologic and Bhakti Baxter, these guys are organically trippy and redefining Miami's iconography one piece at a time. 

18 Toll Collection Booth Wraps-Port Miami
Commissioned by Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places

Into the Rainbow Vein

Magnus Sodamin is a psychedelic journey in the form of a person with a hint of Austrian country club and Lisa Frank. When I'm with him I know I’m in the presence of a genius, but it’s secondary to the full-hearted energy in his laugh. He’s crazy in the best of ways, but mostly just a curious and dedicated explorer of his craft. Sodamin himself is a work of art and his art reflects that. Developed from an exploratory nature, Sodamin has created a body of work with a visual language that communicates what is difficult to put into words. 

Great artists are tapped into a source that is beyond us. Each receiving a different piece of information that is deciphered and communicated in their work. Like the piece of a puzzle whose picture makes up the whole, Sodamin’s paintings capture universal rhythms in vast landscapes of hypnotic and colorful swirls. Here are shots from some of our studio visits in preparation for his solo exhibition debut: Into the Rainbow Vein, which will open Friday February 7, 2014 at PRIMARY in Miami, Florida. I’m the first collector of Magnus Sodamin's mixed media on boot -- these were my kicks from this past Basel, painted with neon veins and love...but check out the shirt he was wearing when he delivered them!!! -_-

(the neon tear under the cat's eye is a splash of paint from the shoe)

PRIMARY | MAGNUS SODAMIN

Natology is very happy to announce Magnus Sodamin's Into the Rainbow Vein, a solo exhibition debut presented by PRIMARY - Miami, Fl opening Friday February 7, 2014. One of my most anticipated shows of the year, Into the Rainbow Vein will bring viewers into a place where universal rhythms are captured within the hypnotic swirls of Sodamin's palette. Joining two of my most esteemed creative entities, this exhibition brings Sodamin's larger-than-life paintings to the grand walls of PRIMARY's new project space in Downtown Miami.

Opening Reception : Friday, February 7th, 2014 | 6 – 10 PM
Exhibition Duration : February 7 – March 23, 2014

MORE about MAGNUS SODAMIN

Sodamin’s paintings place the viewer directly into the cross-section of the rainbow – the vein the rainbow – illustrating a trip that would even impress the likes of Timothy Leary. Revealing the macro and microcosms that, in the outside world, appear only faintly in plain sight, for Sodamin, this exhibit underscores society’s universal relationship with art and nature, and the never-ending drive to explore it.Magnus Sodamin is a multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Miami, Florida. Sodamin trained at Nansenskolen (Nansen Academy) in Lillehammer, Norway and received his BFA from the New World School of the Arts, Miami in 2012. His work has been featured in group exhibitions throughout Lillehammer and Miami, including Cisneros-Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), the Margulies Collection, Lotus House Women’s Shelter, and PRIMARY.

MORE about PRIMARY

PRIMARY is a multidisciplinary project space in Downtown Miami, at the heart of the Miami World Center, that explores and promotes multiple forms of aesthetic expression from established and emerging artists. Utilizing extensive and wholly specific experience in producing public and private curatorial endeavors, the creative forces behind PRIMARY unite the commercial and critical efforts of artists, curators, critics, professionals and patrons. The result is the vital presence of an intelligent, alternative arts environment with a bold urban sensibility delivered through a diverse range of media.

Regular Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 6 PM and Saturdays – Noon – 5 PM

Cash Cans & Cocaine

Earlier this month Natology announced the Austrian art collective Perfekt World's group exhibition Cash Cans & Cocaine, where an installation of confiscated objects examined the juxtaposition of Miami's drug-ridden past and art-infused present. In a scene suggesting the aftermath of a drug raid, Perfekt World finalized their three-month Fountainhead residency with a two day group show featuring the city's most recognized bad asses. Alongside George Sanchez Calderon, Michael Vasquez, Andrew Nigon, Typoe, and Asif Farooq, Natology artist Jessy Nite presented her pill-typography piece Roll Model and white powder line works, Controlled Substances #1-6, conspicuously peeping out of black duffel bags. In a community notorious for its drug war, I propose we redefine Miami's notoriety by buying art not cocaine.

Photos by  Maria Krasa

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.