Our Trip To Wynwood
Our takeaways and experience of the murals at Wynwood Art District, MIA.
Josh Medina, Claire Slattery
For Claire and I, visiting the Wynwood Art District this past January was one of our year's highlights. Along with the amazing tropical weather that Miami has to offer, we were fortunate enough to tour this wonderful outdoor exhibit showcasing large-scale murals by some of the world's top renowned street artists. The district itself had a terrific atmosphere of craft breweries made from converted warehouses, late-night bars, bistros, clothing boutiques, and of course, art galleries!
If you aren't familiar already, Art Basel is an international art fair that is staged annually in Miami. Art Basel was started in 1970 in Basel, Switzerland by gallerists Ernst Beyeler, Trudl Bruckner, and Balz Hilt. It is a huge attraction, and the organization that puts the show together also collaborates with the city's local institutions to help grow and develop art programs.
Although we didn't quite make it in time for Art Basel, we were still enamored by all of the murals and were able to walk through a few of the open exhibits. Each mural was uniquely beautiful and represented the voice of the artist who created it. They ranged from kaleidoscopic, large scale walls of color, to powerful black and white portraits. There's something really exciting about being able to experience and almost become a part of artwork on such a grand scale.
This year, we were thrilled to see some of Shepard Fairey's work on display and the power behind his murals. He is someone who always has a lot to say and uses his artwork as a form of activism. Frank Shepard Fairey is an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, and illustrator. He is best known for his clothing brand, OBEY, which emerged from the skateboarding scene and used many of his masterful designs and graphical illustrations for their clothing line. Many people are familiar with his brand and the associated artwork, but to see it in a setting catered specifically to street artists was a totally different experience. It shows you why, as artists, we should never put a ceiling on our creativity and vision.
All in all, being in that setting and being around so much artwork was very rejuvenating. Watching how so many different styles can complement each other was exciting and left us with an overwhelming feeling of new inspiration and purpose for what we do and how we approach our business.
Sometimes being in a different environment is enough to spark a new idea that turns into a future project. Being in the same environment can stifle creativity and make you less productive in the long run. We learned that it's essential to take advantage of these moments and allow yourself to embrace other people's work from time to time. It was a fun experience, and for fellow painters and art enthusiasts, it is a great way to spend the day if you ever get the opportunity. There's so much to see that you can make an entire day out of it. We can't wait to visit again!