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June 18, 2015

Amliv Sotomayor: Women with Eyes Closed

Amliv is living and working among us here in Miami. The Cuban artist (who, according to her bio "eats her rice and beans regularly") creates delicate and ethereal imagery - it's hard to place the images within a city so much the opposite. Not only do I admire Amliv for her skill with graphite, but the imaginative nature of her images is also to be revered. As someone who at times relies heavily on source photographs, I'm in awe of the emotion and precision portrayed in these fantastical scenes.

I see Amliv's images and wonder about the story behind the characters and their interactions. What relationship does the artist see between these women and beasts? Almost all of Amliv's drawings of women show them with their eyes closed. I feel as if these women are completely engulfed in their personal experience, whether it be transformation, grandeur, dream, or sleep. It’s a beautiful and strange effect, and it is executed with such grace.

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January 14, 2015

Inky Blue Universe

A couple of months ago I was exploring the artist alley of a comic convention here in Miami, and that's where I spotted local artist Wenjuice's booth. When I came up close to her blue pen ink doodles, I was already thinking that her drawings look spontaneous and laid back with a good dose of kooky - exactly how we like it here at DA. We chatted a bit and I ended up asking her some stuff about her art over email, so here's a quick surprise interview with Wen-Ju Chien.



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January 15, 2010

Colorific

We have always wanted to create a coloring book that is one-of-a-kind. We did it and showcased it for the first time in Miami's first annual Family Day in the Design District.

December 12 fell on a Saturday. The Miami sky was filled with grey clouds and it was exceptionally windy. As we set up our tables, chalkboard and blown-up illustrations - papers flew, chalkboards fell over and the rain began to fall. All signs pointed to a frantic kind of day.

But moms, dads and their mini mes showed and as the sun peaked through the clouds, the crowd grew.

It was four hours of kids drawing and scribbling everywhere. There were many moments where I stood back and stared with amazement at the eager kids and colors scattered all over the floor.

Here are some pictures of the event. We look forward to a DA Coloring Book, Volume 2.



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December 4, 2009

Workshop Workshop

Last night I went to Design Miami (the sister show of Art Basel Miami) and after a few glasses of champagne, I stumbled upon this booth called The Brief and Happy Life of Workshop Workshop. Inside were a group of strangers surrounding a table with markers and papers lying all over it. The folks inside were doodling away and asking passerbys to join in. And so I did.

It was so nice to just sit around and draw with like minded people. Every so often someone came around and gathered the sheets of paper, photocopied them, and started binding them into a zine to giveaway. It was fun all around. Hello to everyone that was there last night.

Here are some of the results

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September 26, 2008

Kinky Cameras

In December of this past year, I was asked to participate in a group show during Art Loves Design in the Miami Design District (same weekend as Art Basel Miami). All the others featured in the show were photographers, but me.

Wanting to keep within the same theme, I decided to call my exhibition: I Think Cameras Are Kinky and doodle as many cameras as I could prior to the show. The above photo is one of a Holga camera, but I did about 29 other cameras by week's end. The hard part was getting hold of the actual camera for each drawing. I plan on posting the entire set soon, maybe even as prints. Let me know if you are interested. Here's another one of a Rolleiflex and one more while in progress.





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