Wynwood: A Concrete Forest

By October 19, 2014 A&V 2015 No Comments

If you’ve never been there, Wynwood is one of those places that you hear about all the time–and you hear good things–but you can never appreciate the things you hear unless you’ve been there. Wynwood is like your everyday run of the mill ghetto after a nuclear bomb of art and cognitive genius exploded in the middle of it. I have never been there before going there last week with my fellow A&V’ers, but, by the beard of Gandalf, it was awesome. I wasn’t prepared for all the creativity sprayed along the sides of the buildings. I had no idea that everywhere I stepped would be on one form of artistic expression or another. Instead of going on and on about what I saw, maybe showing you a few photos will help you picture the place with a bit more accuracy.

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Or maybe this.

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Who am I kidding. I’ve seen photos like this. Look, just go. Trust me.

During our visit, we visited a number of galleries. Now we happened to go on a 2nd Saturday (the 2nd Saturday of the month). I always heard that this was the best time to go because some galleries give out free drinks, and the crowd is bigger and crazier, but while we were there we learned the 2nd Saturday’s aren’t particularly a good thing for the galleries. They tend to attract the wrong crowd–people who may not be all that interested in art–and drives away collectors or serious buyers. It is a common thing in Wynwood for a particular gallery to open one day and close its doors a year later. Generating enough income from selling art and, at the same time, keep the gallery afloat is not easy. Because of this, some of the galleries actually close early. The fact that 2nd Saturday’s actually hurt a gallery’s business is kind of sad. Especially since we WERE there on a 2nd Saturday, and we were having all kinds of fun.

So, if you’re planning on going to Wynwood anytime soon. Try going when the crowds are light and the galleries are open. I, for one, recommend stopping by the Oxenberg Art gallery. The owners happened to be there when we visited and they showed us around the gallery, explaining the different pieces of art displayed there. They even let us see some of the art they had in their office, which was really nice. This was there:

By Heriberto Mora

By Heriberto Mora

I thought it was beautiful. Apparently he is sometimes inspired by poetry like this:

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Pretty awesome right. You can checkout more pics of Wynwood in our gallery, but I recommend going and seeing it for yourself.