Throw away those old canvases and paintbrushes; the art of the future is created from an explosion of materials including rubber ducks (TP Hardisty), crushed drinks cans (Roberto Longo), fabrics (Miha Kim), Barbie dolls (Leanor Anthony), silk ties (Kim Young-Suk), layers of metal mesh (Georgio Tentolini), old buttons (Augusto Esquirel) , Gummi bears (Castle Fitzjohns), wooden block and sticks (Sean Newport, Gil Bruvel), extruded polymers (Tzuri Guenta), fabrics, rope and plaster (Ola Rondiak), and even old loved teddy bears have a new life as artworks. And, new technology and optics are here with amazing infinitely reflective mirrors by Anthony James, LED lights and optical fibres by Pablo Arnesto and, thinking of sustainability, recycled steel by Mark Winter and old cameras by Brancois Bei.
95 galleries from around the world have been showing what is new and innovative at CONTEXT Art Miami, the younger sister of Art Miami with a good balance of displays comprising several artists presented, for example, by the UK galleries Woolff Gallery and Rebecca Hossack and others focussed on one artist such as Roberto Longo and Castle Fitzjohns alongside the fascinating Hofmann University installation ‘This is Addictive’ from the Samuel Owen Gallery.
Outside in the courtyard are a few sculptures for those inevitable selfies. This space however lacks the curatorial buzz inside the fair and perhaps presents an opportunity for something different and exciting in the future.