ArtServe's RedEYE Reboot Stimulated Fort Lauderdale in Every Sense

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Monica McGivern

Every now and again an event or party will really stick with the community. Starting as a whisper, these great ideas become fully evolved concepts that start to screamingly draw people from all walks of life under one roof. You grow to love these events so much that you wonder what the area would even be like without it. ArtServe's RedEYE has turned into this sort of beloved beast.

Branded as a "Reboot," RedEYE featured just about everything possible that appeals to the senses. In the evening open air, couples enjoyed a wildly diverse mix of live music. There was everything from a West African drummer to a fire and dance performance to the coos of local singer Corey James Bost, no stranger to the Fort Lauderdale arts scene.

See also: Full Slideshow of RedEYE Reboot at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale


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Jenna Balfe Dances in Mangroves: Healing with Performance and Nature

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Jenna Balfe climbs through mangroves. Her strong, lean body weaves through the intricately tangled branches. This is her art, her dance, and her healing. She knows that she probably won't fall, but if she does, Balfe, a clear-thinking, creative individual, will take whatever shit situation befalls her, learn from it, and use that new knowledge to help other broken people mend.

For a few years now, Balfe has been committed to her Body Movement class. "I don't want it to be like a normal dance class," she says. And it certainly isn't. Each lesson allows regular folks, as well as those more in tune with their physicality, to explore their and each others' bodies, the space they occupy, and a natural environment. Balfe calls these free classes democratic, adding that the students are oftentimes teachers, that she's merely providing the place and some guidance. But that would downplay her very important role in this complex project, one that continues to evolve with an upcoming performance, People/Trees/Here, taking place in a Coconut Grove mangrove forest.


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Fsik Huvnx or David Brieske: the Visual Side of Musicians

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Sometimes it's hard to explain to outsiders just how rich and deep culture truly runs in South Florida. Blame it on Miami Vice or the excesses of ruinous Fort Lauderdale Spring Break youth behavior. It's just not easy to break the stereotypes. At least we locals can take some comfort in knowing that we know what's up.

There is a large contingent of musicians down here who are also visual artists. In this series, the Visual Side of Musicians, we will showcase their dual natures and help promote across creative outlets the communal fabric that makes our tip of the U.S. a unique and fun place, regardless of others' perception.

David Brieske is a local painter and collage artist who has for the last five plus years operated as Fsik Huvnx. His is an ambient/experimental project that has involved the improvisational use of digital applications with the organic ruminations of found objects and tweaked instrumentation.

See also: MP3 of the Day: Fsik Huvnx (David Brieske)


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Jade Masters Wants to Feed Your Mind, Body, and Soul

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Eco-friendly artist Jade Masters' former pop-up gallery and lounge had a focus on both LGBTQ art and manifesting inner peace. The 36-year-old Florida native is planning an upcoming event with the same ethos -- Mind, Body, & Soul -- but at a different spot in Wilton Manors, the Train Station. Held at an actual gym owned by Allison Parnell, this is an atypical setting for a unique art exhibition.

Masters promises to feed all of your senses and parts with organic chow from Food Islands Organics and Mama Juice, kava from Kavasutra, live painting, fitness demonstrations, and some environmentally conscious art all to the sounds of Es Oh and DJ Gemini. Appealing to a mixed crowd, Masters wants to bring people from all walks of life together for a healthy event inspired by her various passions and spiritual outlook on life.

And, according to the artist, this is the last chance to see her artwork on display in her home state before she moves to North Carolina to help run Banner Haven Bed and Breakfast for the next two years before finally settling in Asheville.

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Strutter USA's Rob Budowsky Brings Rock and Roll to Hollywood

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Stacy Budowsky

Strutter USA's Rob Budowsky just wants to see everyone have a good time.

Budowsky brought together his duality as a successful CPA and serious rock 'n' roll fan by moving much of his business into the entertainment sector and becoming the CPA of choice and a financial advisor of sorts to many of the artists currently making waves in the garage-rock, punk, and psych worlds.

Since last October, Budowsky has taken it upon himself to shoulder the responsibility of bringing some of these artists to South Florida for the first time, and worked hard to dispel the notion that South Florida is a pointless risk for artists other than metal bands to tour.

While most of Budowsky's bookings have gone off with smashing style at our beloved and sadly changing Churchill's Pub in Miami, he himself is a resident and champion of Hollywood Beach and is hoping to foster a new era of fun in his hometown. He'll do this with his latest venture, a free show featuring two of the most hyped artists to come from the recent proliferation of new garage rockers, Bleached, from LA, and Miami's own Jacuzzi Boys.

We spoke with the CPA/Promoter/musician about how things have changed for him since October, staying positive amid negativity, and why tomorrow's Bleached gig could potentially be the first of many awesome dates to hit Broward County's shores.

See also: Bleached Sisters on Being "The Best for Each Other"


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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

Categories: Artsy Fartsy

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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.

See Also: ArtServe's RedEYE Brought Art to Life and Life to Art


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

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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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