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When in Miami… by New American Paintings

There are tons of great fairs and plenty of projects to check out while you’re in Miami this year. Our staff and contributors wanted to give you the heads-up on a few things we think are definitely worth checking out. There are hundreds of other things we could have mentioned, but let’s start here…Big thanks to Brian Fee, Erin Langner, and Alex Ebstein. Check out their recommendations after the jump! And be sure to tell us your recommendations in the comments section!

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Building a Form for Space: Dirk Park Discusses Prole Drift Gallery by New American Paintings

Prole Drift stands within an older mixed-use building, angled between the top and bottom of a steep hill in Seattle’s International District.  Much in the same way its name references a connection between the upper and the working classes, Dirk Park’s new venue inhabits a space of intersection somewhere between a traditional gallery, a studio and an open place for artistic experimentation.

Residing among the affordable studios, Park and artist Jaq Chartier rent and use for their own practices. Prole Drift’s positioning within this modest art center of sorts prompts reconsideration of how commercial galleries can manifest. Anyone familiar with Aqua Art Miami, Park and Chartier’s annual west coast intervention at Art Basel Miami Beach, would expect no less from Park, whose ventures manifest unhindered by the confines of the established.

I caught up with Dirk to find out more about his approach to creating the new gallery. – Erin Langner, Seattle Contributor

Installation view from An Empty Vase. Conceived by Matthew Offenbacher and Jenny Heishman. 2011. Image courtesy of Prole Drift.
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