The supersize art walk Art Fallout is bigger than ever this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, with a legion of downtown art spaces throwing open their doors to the public.
This year's event brings the long-awaited debut of urban-art path the Mockingbird Trail, and a new alliance with craft-beer haven Laser Wolf, hosting an interactive video projection in its side courtyard. In all, 10 venues will partake in Art Fallout, stretching from Laser Wolf south to Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts and the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free to all venues.
Because the art spaces are spread too far apart to reach on foot, three free shuttles will scoop up passengers at all 10 venues, which are: Girls' Club Collection, Made in Broward, Glavovic Studio, MASS Art District, MAC Fine Art, Laser Wolf, FAT Village, Cadence, NSU Art Museum and 1310 Gallery. Shuttles will run at 15-minute intervals between 5 and 10:30 p.m.
Here are four ways to celebrate Art Fallout:
To launch a Mockingbird
With Saturday's debut of the Mockingbird Trail, a 2-mile-long fleet of whimsical sculptures dotting Flagler Village, comes a new myth around the neighborhood. Walk the trail, which loops east through FAT Village, Girls' Club and Third Avenue before doubling back via Flagler Drive, and you'll spot new steel-based works from Miami's Valeria Yamamoto: tangerine feathers at Fort Lauderdale City Hall and the Flagler Drive greenway and stepping-stone footprints at Peter Feldman Park. These totems point to evidence of an "elusive, giant orange mockingbird roaming the city, eating Florida's orange citrus," says Ashley Turner, a community engagement manager at Cadence, the design firm that helped launch the trail. Is this Fort Lauderdale's Godzilla? Perhaps a great Halloween costume idea? "We made it up, although it has been called our Loch Ness Monster," Turner says with a laugh. "It's a way to promote walkability in the city, so you get out of your car and explore." At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the Cadence Pop-Up Gallery (435 N. Andrews Ave., No. 2) will host a behind-the-scenes tour of the project using photos and infographs. Yamamoto will also be in the gallery to recall her experience building the sculptures.
No, the pumpkin beer is not tainted: You will, in fact, be witnessing a video projection of an interactive, fortunetelling wolf on the courtyard wall of Laser Wolf (901 Progresso Drive, No. 101). The creation of artist Samuel Lopez de Victoria, visitors must press a blue button connected to the projector, and Lopez de Victoria's wolf "Howler" will spit out weird, "randomly generated crystal-ball wisdom," says Fort Lauderdale artist Jen Clay, his wife. (Example: "Your grandma isn't a disease.") Clay is curating five projection video pieces that will pop up on the facades of the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, the Girls' Club Collection, the MASS Art District and Glavovic Studio. Clay describes her own three-video series, "UnderNeath," as a claymation video loop depicting the building "getting slowly ripped into, showing the imagined anatomy inside."
Thanks in advance, FAT Village!
The funky art collective Bedlam Lorenz Assembly, now independent from the Young at Art Museum in Davie, is hosting the display "Thanks in Advance!" at the Projects space (521 NW First Ave.). A fundraiser for a new exhibit BLA is staging at the Projects in December, the show lampoons the clichés found in old-fashioned telethons ("viewers like you!"), sweepstakes prizes and pledge drives, with a collection of paintings, photographs and sculptures. More works will go on display from Caroline Collette, Ben Morey, Tara Penick, Ali Shrago-Spechler, Zack Shrago-Spechler and Christopher Ian Macfarlane.
Girls' Club goodness
The Girls' Club Collection (117 NE 2nd St.) established Art Fallout in 2010 to draw attention to Fort Lauderdale as a hub of creativity. Some of that downtown cool can be found in "Unframed," the gallery's one-night-only display of paper-based works. Throughout the night, guest judges, artists and members of the public can write feedback on multicolored Post-It notes and affix them near the on-display work, gallery director Sarah Michelle Rupert says. "All of the feedback is color-coded, so you'll have comments from the public, comments from art professionals and even comments from kids," Rupert says.
Art Fallout 2015 runs 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Go to ArtFallout.blogspot.com.