Pretty Days: MIA
Edward Shenk
Midtown Parking, Elevator Landing, 2nd floor, Miami


EMI/RFI-shielding Faraday tent, grounded aluminum mat (cloverleaf pattern), HTC Droid Incredible 2, found video “crickets” on loop (1) [0:56 sec, 2015, includes sample from Faeries (‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite) by Mannheim Steamroller (2), rose quartz mezuzah case, plastic bag, original psychiatric living will signed by artist, hand-gilded book of poems by self-identifying T.I. Sharon Rose Poet (3), aloe drink bottles, shoes, rubber bands, magnets, power strip w/ assorted chargers available for use by viewer

(1) User name withheld for privacy concerns
(2) As identified by app Shazam

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Pretty Days is an exhibition series using a group of industrial tents as its primary platform. These structures are set up in various locations and feature opening receptions where visitors can experience works installed inside the tents as well as the exterior environments. The project embraces how artworks can be nuanced and emboldened by location as well as how tents with specific conventions can be repurposed into contextual containers for these works. Using an infrared pain relief tent, a grow tent and a faraday tent, the project enables alternative ways of putting together exhibitions by promoting mobility, experimentation and locational context. This series seeks to engage with how we think about exhibitions and their documentation, and how they can be situated in the world outside of institutional conventions.

For Pretty Days: MIA, a series of exhibitions will come together in Miami set up around the city and will feature the work of both domestic and international artists.
Pretty Days: MIA is organized in collaboration with Anna Frost and Bas Fisher Invitational (BFI).

This programming was commissioned by 501c3 nomadic arts space, Bas Fisher Invitational. Funding for Pretty Days was provided by a Knight Arts Challenge grant, City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Council, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and State of Florida.