Beatriz Monteavaro's all-black diorama "Castle Churchill's: Fortress of Mystery and Power" is a monument to Miami's famed den of musical sorcery, Churchill's Pub, a venue for the drummer's fast-and-furious punk-metal duo Holly Hunt. Her sculpture, which she says is built from "kitty litter boxes, cardboard, junk mail and a lot of glue," is wallpapered with fliers hyping pub regulars such as Plan B, Crucial Taunt and Kenny Millions. Hand-drawn images of vampiric women, grinning human skulls other figures line the diorama's winding network of dark passageways.
"It's an iconic fortress. It's like the Castle Greyskull of Miami," says Monteavaro, referring to the fictional abode of Skeletor from the cartoon series "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe."
"Castle Churchill's" may as well be the centerpiece of "Echos Myron," the collision of art and South Florida-spawned music on view through Nov. 2 at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. The creation of curators Monteavaro and Priyadarsini "Priya" Ray, violinist for the punk duo Kreamy 'Lectric Santa, the show contains paintings, drawings and zines created almost exclusively by veteran local musicians. Monteavaro says "Echos Myron," titled after a song by the indie-rock group Guided by Voices, also refers to "reflected sound" and Myron, a Greek bronze sculptor from fifth century B.C.
"Almost everyone here has experience playing in bands in the Miami music scene," Monteavaro says. "A lot of the imagery here is culled from horror and fantasy narratives, from cult horror movies, from [bands like] Black Sabbath and the Misfits. It's very satanically tongue-in-cheek."
Scattered around the gallery are works that, yes, are plenty fantastical. Punk and metal influences can be found in Chris Garcia's drawings of Mohawked, jean-jacket-sporting zombies, and in David Alexander Bennett's painting on wood, showing an androidlike figure whose body is built from rusted automobile parts. For their installation "Orion Tempanum," the artist collective 3PQ attached microphones to a 600-pound block of solid plaster, which visitors to the museum's Sept. 5 opening reception were asked to destroy with slegehammers.
"We were interested in amplifying the sound of violence. It's very cathartic," says Sinisa Kukec, a sound artist who operates 3PQ with collaborators Stephan Tugrul and Freddy Jouwayed.
Kevin Arrow's installation "Untitled (Dead Tape Collector, Jeff)" is a meditation on music fanaticism, featuring a five-shelf music tower filled with roughly 700 bootleg Grateful Dead recordings. While he purchased the majority of Dead tapes from eBay, some, he admits, came from his own collection.
"I may have been to a Dead show or 20," Arrow says. "Jeff is a character who represents a lot of Deadheads I know, and he deals in these hand-drawn, traded tapes. I wanted to approach this like a cultural anthropologist. People worship one or two bands, which is a mistake, because they're missing out on other great musicians."
"Echos Myron" is on view 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St. Admission is $4-$7. Call 954-921-3274 or go to ArtAndCultureCenter.org.