Photographs by Jesus Brazon

Debuting this year, the aptly named SATELLITE art fair will transform five North Miami Beach properties into art installations. In various states of repair, rebuild or abandon, the alternative venues are not your typical white nylon tents. Dotted throughout the blocks spanning 67th street to 75th street, a hotel, a pharmacy, a parking garage and the North Beach bandshell will serve as the foundations for the fair, their raw features contributing to the overall curatorial vision.  
Founder Brian Whiteley notes, “SATELLITE is primarily an experience, an exercise in exploratory and participatory art.” That experience has been formatted by a curatorial board formed by Signal Gallery, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, WhiteBox, Trans Pecos and Whiteley himself—along with a few additional friends.

Whiteley and the curatorial team have planned an expansive program. “All of the venues will feature artwork inside and outside and additional works will be located throughout the neighborhood. The variety being shown is impressive; spanning virtual reality, video mapping, sculpture, large scale installations, performance art, music, film & video, and your assortment of standard 2D works,” says Whiteley.

Some of the highly anticipated works include a collective exhibition of Eastern European artists titled Recycling Religion, a virtual sculpture platform Augmented curated by Seol Park and a presentation of performance artists from Clifford Owens.

North Miami Beach

The Pharmacy
7430 Collins Avenue

Ocean Terrace Hotel
7410 Ocean Terrace

North Beach Bandshell
7275 Collins Avenue

The Garage
6625 Indian Creek Drive

The Deauville
6701 Collins Avenue

While the fair aims to attract collectors, Whiteley says that the broader concept is meant to create excitement, “There will be exceptional works for sale, but what will make you want to come [to the fair] is the projects themselves and your inner explorer inside.”

Our inner explorer went to view the raw spaces before the transformation into art fair began, wandering through halls of empty hotel rooms full of vintage lamps and kicking up dust at the defunct SurfMed Pharmacy. Here, a brief look inside before the transformation.

North Beach | Miami Beach
December 5 - 7, 2015