Unit 1's Unclad and Rad Show Has "Clothing Optional Room and Naked Karaoke"

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"You're really looking for trouble this time," we told Unit 1's proprietor/evil genius Jacques de Beaufort when we heard about this weekend's show.

"Yes, we are," he agreed enthusiastically. "That's what we do."

"You could end up with someone calling the cops," we said.

He laughed. "That would be the perfect touch, wouldn't it?"

See also: "Invisible Horde" Art Exhibit Opens at New Lake Worth Venue Unit 1

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Street Artist and Toy Designer Tristan Eaton Creates Massive Mural in West Palm Beach

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Internationally known street artist Tristan Eaton landed in West Palm Beach last Monday and hit the ground running. L.A.-based Eaton is, among other things, a spray-painting ninja and toy designer for Kid Robot and Fisher Price. He's creating a ginormous, 7,000-square-foot mural on the eastern-facing side of the redone six-story Alexander Lofts. The building was once the headquarters for Southern Bell but is now getting a "historical, modern living" face-lift -- soon to be decorated with Eaton's interpretation of Alexander Graham Bell.

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Hollywood Artcenter 2020 Art Walk Opening Features Sri Prabha's "Noise Reduction Experiment # 3"

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Courtesy of Sri Prabha

A new art space in Hollywood, FL, is getting some hype from Kimmy Drake, the singer of the city's super popular indie band, Beach Day. Drake calls Artcenter 2020, "really raw and super rad." She told us that tomorrow night is the perfect time to check out this hot spot. For one night only, at this month's Hollywood Art Walk on March 15, the gallery is showing an interactive, super spaced-out installation by Sri Prabha, Noise Reduction Experiment # 3.

Prabha, originally from Hyderabad, India, is one of seven local, contemporary artists showing at the Harrison Street space. The others are: Victor Delgado, Guillermo Mazzotti, Courtney Ortiz, Ketey Penner, Daniel Pontet, and Ana Ubal.

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Three Women Artists to Catch This Weekend in Fort Lauderdale

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We're all emerging from Art Basel fatigue, again, wide-eyed, bushy-tailed, and ready for more visuals. And just in time, too, since a new gallery warehouse space is popping up this Friday just a few minutes outside of FAT Village. Presented by Pyramid Collective and Intuit Media Group, the opening will feature around 15 artists, including many you've read about right here. For instance, the show includes work from skateboarder collagist Chris Piller, whose pieces draw heavily from Basquiat, David Hockney, and Warhol, as well as painter and sculptor Jack Kearney, the man who, as the owner of '90s spot Squeeze, is pretty much responsible for any semblance of a scene this city enjoys today.

But because we don't get to highlight Broward County female artists as much as we'd like -- the Bubble's annual grrly art show notwithstanding -- we've compiled profiles of the three kickass ladies presenting work at Friday's show. We think their stuff would make excellent presents this holiday season.


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MOCA and Vanity Fair Party: Tracey Emin Draws Kevin Spacey and Huge Art Crowd

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Yes, we cut in front of the paparazzi to take a shot of Kevin Spacey posing with Tracey Emin. And what?

The black walls inside the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami are glowing and buzzing with Tracey Emin's work. Lines like "People Like You Need to Fuck People Like Me" and "My Cunt Is Wet with Fear" become iconic when emanating flattering light from delicate neon tubes.

We met Jay Thomas, an attendee at the opening of "Angel Without You" who wasn't familiar with Emin's work. He observed that the interior "looked like a bar," and that "this is what the inside of Twitter looks like."

After briefly meeting her, we can assume that the British art star would contest this crass assessment. But if you take a look at what's hanging on the walls, he's not totally off. Neon does often signify something's for sale, and there was a sexy bar vibe at MOCA last night that's not typical for a museum. Also, re: the Twitter comment, the neon-sculpted phrases were intimate and seemingly scribbled -- some poetic, some about anal sex. (Hey, why not?). And there were those works showing a pretty bird or -- in true Tweeter fashion -- a woman's uncrossed legs, revealing a glowing crotch.

Like the Internet, there was nothing boring about the show and everything emotional. But unlike the Internet, it felt warm, personal, and memorable.

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Alejandro Franco Reveals Computerscape Art at Revel on the Block in Fort Lauderdale

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Inside your PC tower right now is a city. It's a grid of lights, chips, and wires. Miami-based artist Alejandro Franco added streets and highways to rejected computer parts to create his art form.

His computerscapes, like one called Urban Resemblance that took two and a half years to create, are debuting at Revel on the Block this Saturday night in Fort Lauderdale.

"I have something worth showing now," Colombian-born Franco said. "There is a fascinating association between the city in the physical and the electronic circuits that inhabit everyday household items." He studies and works in fractals. A fractal is based in mathematics and is a geometric form that repeats. It is a pattern that is shown in both minuscule and grand scales.


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ArtServe's RedEYE Brought Art to Life and Life to Art

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As a victim of its own popularity, ArtServe's alt exhibition RedEYE sent the public to park their vehicles at Parker Playhouse's field next door. This meant patrons had to take a half mile jaunt through fields, parks, and parking lots to get to the visual assault that they were so anticipating. Google warned: This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths. It wasn't kidding.

Once we made it to RedEYE, what lay inside made hoofin' it worth it. The rooms housed installations, an eclectic mix of pierced, tattooed twenty-somethings and very, very confused seniors. A non-traditional art exhibition, RedEYE represents a new way of experiencing art. These days, it's not always enough to just walk into a room and see a thoughtful creation, we want to be surrounded by art, have it stimulate all our senses. This is what RedEYE managed to do skillfully. Here are a few scenes we stole from our day of gazing at living art.

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RedEYE Gathers Graffiti Artists, DJs, and Fashionistas in Fort Lauderdale

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Provided by RedEYE

Grab your caffeinated beverage and skedaddle down to ArtServe this weekend to experience the gritty counter-culture art gathering that is known as RedEYE.

"Forget that nervous little adjective: 'edgy,'" notes Byron Swart, Managing Director of ArtServe and event founder. "RedEYE is an overstimulation of the eye. As you walk through the spaces, you confront so much, that you're often not sure if you're a viewer or part of the installation."

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Noise. Water. Meat. Shows "Anything Can Be Music with the Right Listener" at PRL Euro Cafe

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"Noise is everyday fucking life," or at least it is according to the notoriously loud Kenny Millions, of experimental noise duo Death Fuk. And while Broward County is surely brimming with the sounds of "everyday fucking life" as well as contributions from a diverse range of talented and homegrown musicians, the 954 lacks a pulse on the noise beat that heartily thrives in Miami. It fosters festivals like the International Noise Conference, held annually for the past decade, or weekly series, like Be Creative or Die, where life becomes one big experiment in sound and performance.


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Artist Mike Diana on Blowfly: "It Was Like Nothing I'd Heard"

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Show of hands. Who's surprised that the first time an artist in the U.S. was convicted criminally on obscenity charges, it was in the State of Florida? No one? Exactly.

Mike Diana was initially approached by cops at 18, fingered as a suspect in the Gainesville murders because of his suggestive underground comic books. DNA tests proved his innocence, but the po-po still insisted on riding his ass into court for his gory but artful and amusing works Boiled Angel #7 and Boiled Angel #ATE.

Diana is back in the Sunshine State, speaking at Miami Art Museum tomorrow about his evolution as an artist and his legal strifes. He also has a show up at Bas Fisher Invitational with those whose works he's influenced. We wrote a full article on the man for Miami New Times, but wanted to expand upon his musical experiences growing up in this weird part of the earth.

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- Mike Diana Returns to the State That Convicted Him of Obscenity


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