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ART BASEL’S PERTH CONNECTION
Per th ar tist Stormie Mills – whose dark ly humo rou s wo rk s eschew graffiti a rt’s
traditio n ally lumin escent palate – was invited to atten d 2010’s A rt Basel Miami
Beach an d featu re in the Fresh Prod uce exhibitio n of Graffiti Gone Global
(gggexhibit.com). He tells us about his experiences.
What similarities and differences did you observe bet wee n the Miami and
Perth design and art scenes? I’ve had plenty of people come up to me
when I’ve bee n painting walls in Perth a nd say they liked my work , but n ever
have people actually than ked me fo r it. In Miami, [they did] – they knew it was
making a significan t a nd lasting difference in their community.
What was the most cutting-edge work? The standout was Kenton Parker’s
exhibition at Graffiti Gone Global. Retna’s solo show (Silver Lining) at the Primary
Flight space was also amazing – since I first met him in the early 1990s, his work
has become fa r more refin ed and co nceptual, while staying true to his ro ots.
What work did you think lagged behind? Some of the work in the art fair tents
wasn ’t as stro ng as I expected. There were so me fan tastic pieces in the pop-u p
galleries and on the street, but it’s just so vast – I can’t imagine how you’d curate it.
Where were your favourite places to eat, d rink and be merry? My favourites
were: the Latin Cafe 2000 on Biscayne Boulevard for breakfast and Cuban
coffee; Ba rdot’s in the design district fo r a beer; a nd, fo r the best ho me-coo ked
Italian food, you can’t beat La Locanda. It’s right next door to Love Hate Lounge
in South Beach where, if you’re lucky, DJ Tom Laroc is behind the decks. See p128
for more on Stormie a nd stre et a rt. Visit a r tbaselmiamibeach.com, storm ie.com.a u .
Sto rmie Mills at work at
Art Basel Miami Beach.
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