the Kissing Booth Show at swampspace gallery 12/1/10

the Kissing Booth Show
dec 1, 2010, 12noon
swampspace gallery
3821 NE 1 Court
Miami Design Distirct

Join Swampspace Gallery to celebrate the romantic nostalgia of love with the much anticipated “Kissing Booth” show, featuring artworks by Kenny Scharf and Oliver Sanchez. Kissing Booths were light spirited attractions at carnivals and fairs of days gone by. On the surface these contraptions were used to tantalize and loosen our pockets. They are sentimental relics with an enduring practical purpose. Reviving their benevolent tradition, the Kissing Booth show is a fundraiser benefiting the students of Design and Architecture Senior High school. But the gallery installation like the “Eternal Kiss” is much much more.

In 1907 sculptor Constantin Brancusi took a chunk of stone and with a few simple cuts, transformed the rock into an iconic sculpture. With the canons of amour that preceded him, Brancusi illustrated the soulful power of this singular carnal contact. His work serves as a constant reminder that there is no substitute for kissing. Chiming in with salacious intent, the very kissable Bob Hope once said “People who throw kisses are mighty hopelessly lazy”. At the risk of smothering the flames of the kiss, the huggable Confucius proclaimed, “Kissing is like drinking sea water. You drink, and your thirst increases”. Today many find themselves at the crossroads of emotions. With salty tears we proceed along the paths of contentedness and despair. The intimacy of a kiss shared by two being in a single space in time is like happiness, it feels best when you give it to someone else.

During the festivities of the prestigious ABMB 2010 art fair and the sophisticated reveling in the Miami Design District, one destination certain to be unique and uncouth is the Kissing Booth.