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TM Sisters in Making Miami

Press Release

Making Miami is an exhibition, a book, and permanent digital archive featuring the work and telling the story of Miami artists who lived and worked in the city between 1996—2012 and who built the foundation of the modern Miami we know today.

For its participation in Making Miami, Locust Projects invited the TM Sisters (Tasha and Monica Lopez de Victoria) to create a new installation that revisits and reflects on their 2009 WHIRL CRASH GO! kaleidoscopic installation of light, sound, and action that was Locust Projects’ first major activation in the Design District in an empty storefront on NE 38th Street which became it's home from 2009 - 2012.

WHIRL CRASH GO! combined the artists’ athleticism in synchronized swimming and roller skating along with animated video projections and a vivid Miami spirit brought to life through collaborations with Miami-bass audio composer, Otto Von Schirach, designer Karelle Levy of Krelwear, and a supporting crew of performers who came together to make an unforgettable Miami moment happen. All are documented and featured in the Locust Projects pavillion at Making Miami. 



Organized by Jayaram, MAKING MIAMI, will feature work from nearly 50 artists throughout four specifically curated indoor galleries that are connected by a courtyard Sculpture Garden, and accompanied by dynamic on-site programming. Capturing the essence of the Miami Beach art scene from the early 2000s, this cultural event is a love letter to the dawn of Miami’s art scene and aims to tell the story of the artistic landscape pre-dating the inception of Art Basel. Incorporating cultural, artistic, and architectural history while drawing on a multitude of disciplines and mediums, MAKING MIAMI pays homage to storied Miami artist-run non-profit spaces Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI), Locust Projects, Bas Fisher Invitational (BFI), and Dimensions Variable by inviting them to showcase the now world famous artists they were original catalysts for.

The four inside gallery spaces are connected by a Sculpture Garden curated by Katerina Llanes featuring works by Miami artists including a sculpture by artist Daniel Arsham’s Snarkitecture, a collaborative practice known for their multidisciplinary approach that blends art and architecture; a large scale mural by multimedia artist Jen Stark; and a massive inflatable by FriendsWithYou, the artist collaborative of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III.

The Sculpture Garden will also showcase works by artists Loni Johnson, Naomi Fisher, Carlos Betancourt, Antonia Wright + Ruben Millares, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Jillian Mayer, Rimaj Barrientos, Robert Chambers, Jason Hedges, and Swampspace/ Kenny Scharf.

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