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Miami's Art World Insiders

BY Riki Altman-Yee & Luis R. Rigual | November 27, 2017 | Feature Features

Art Week brings out the best of Miami's creative spirit, which likes to reveal itself in unexpected ways. From forward-thinking artists to a newcomer you need to know, here's a curated sampling of those seven days and the culture season ahead.
Designer Katie Stout is showcasing her ironic takes on furniture at Nina Johnson gallery this December.

Furniture less ordinary is Katie Stout’s calling card.

Stuffed organza chairs... lamps resembling awkwardly positioned ladies... rugs with evil eyes—Katie Stout’s creations more than just poke fun at domesticity. “Furniture has so many preconceptions that need to be broken,” she says. “Unlike a painting, I like that furniture invites a person to touch and use it and make their own marks in it. Usable objects that invite people to touch them are an avenue of subconscious change.” America first encountered this RISD grad’s talent when, as a 25-year-old Brooklynite, she won HGTV’s Ellen’s Design Challenge in 2015. Her $100,000 winnings helped forge a career now being celebrated at Stout’s first solo show, Narcissus, for Nina Johnson (the designer’s first Art Week appearance). Gallery-goers can expect to encounter a commentary on female duality illustrated with large ceramic lamps, carved wooden stools and a table, embroidered wall hangings, chairs, a mirror, wall divider and a chandelier, all made of wood, ceramic, muslin, silk, metal or paper pulp. Let the decor irony begin. Dec. 4-Jan. 6, Nina Johnson gallery, 6315 NW Second Ave., Miami, 305.571.2288

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