Bas & Bacon in Vienna

Bas & Bacon– no, it’s not a sandwich. This Sunday afternoon, Hernan Bas will be with Francis Bacon in Vienna. No, it’s not a séance. It’s a film screening of our feature documentary miamiHeights: Hernan Bas and Michael Blackwood’s Francis Bacon and the Brutality of Fact. That’s a provocative pair of artists for a double-feature.


You can order the homevideo DVD of our film, with 4 additional scenes and booklet, from the Whitney Museum, New Museum and other outlets here:

A moment from our film as Hernan Bas works on his large-scale painting “Ubu Roi (the war march)”


Wet Heat Project on Public Television


The TM Sisters episode of our own WetHeat.TV series Studio Drive-By is scheduled for broadcast on Miami’s Public Television station WPBT Channel 2, this Tuesday evening at 7:30, as a segment of their new show art loft.


Frame grab from our TM Sisters episode of Studio Drive-By, to be broadcast on WPBT2 TV.

Visit the TM Sisters’ web site here:

The high-powered music in this episode of Studio of Drive-By is by Datamouth:

Be on the lookout for more Drive-By episodes on art loft in the coming months.


Our Producer Curates Rising Stars at New World School of the Arts

UPDATE: The Miami Herald reviewed the Rising Stars exhibition:

New Crop of Rising Stars at Miami’s New World School of the Arts

Wet Heat Project’s Producer Grela Orihuela has curated the 2013 edition of New World School of the Arts‘ Rising Stars Visual Arts Exhibition.


The school’s dean Maggy Cuesta asked Grela to select exhibition-quality artwork of the most ambitious and accomplished visual arts students and design the show’s arrangement for the downtown Miami building’s main gallery. Grela selected the work without knowing any information about the artists– not their names, genders, whether they were high school or college level, or their primary disciplines.

The resulting exhibition is a dynamic representation of the strong ideas and techniques that thrive at the school.

Make your way to visit the gallery for opening night on Friday March 15, or anytime during business hours through Friday March 29.

Rising Stars Visual Arts Exhibition
Opening Friday, March 15,  5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
(Through Friday March 29)
25 NE 2nd Street, downtown Miami 
Exhibition is Free and Open to the Public

An essential part of an art student’s education is to be exhibited, and to be seen. But being seen is an experience no school can guarantee, it depends on a local and greater art community to show up. To the advantage of these students, showing up is something Miami is often good at, it’s a quality that keeps the city’s art scene genuine. And showing up for nascent and emerging artists is just that much more meaningful, for them and the community. (FYI, visual arts alumni of this school include Hernan Bas, Bert Rodriguez, Michael Vasquez, Jen Stark, Loriel Beltran, Naomi Fisher, and many more.)

Keep in mind this exhibition is not just about being seen: some artworks are for sale. Being collected is another essential artist experience no school can provide on its own!

Our Guest Video Column at Whitewall


Wet Heat Project producer Grela Orihuela curates a series of video artwork for a guest column at featuring an embedded player with a complete video (or excerpt from a longer piece) plus a companion interview with the artist by Wet Heat Project director Bill Bilowit.

First up: Lauren Kelley’s Froufrou Conclusions.

Watch her video piece and read her interview here.

The HOTBED 2012 Artworks

Our four HOTBED 2012 student artists completed unique video work, characteristic of their emerging practices, with concepts that transversed their primary mediums of painting, sculpture and photography.



Image from Azizi DeSouza’s “Flock of the Killing Fields”


Image from Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo’s “I Came Fallen”


Image from Steven Marquez’ “Foreign”


Image from Jeffrey Noble’s “This One Time”

In a fast-paced schedule, each artist focused on manifesting the most specific visual and temporal expressions of their idea, free from the steep learning curves of production and post-production as per our one-to-one technical assistance and mentoring.

Learn more about the projects and see excerpts of the work:


HOTBED 2012 @ NADA Miami Beach


DECEMBER UPDATE:  Press links for HOTBED 2012 can be seen here.

Our annual HOTBED project is this year hosted by NADA Miami Beach, and will feature four New World School of the Arts BFA seniors at the Deauville Beach Resort, December 6 thru 9.

Watch a short video about the artist’s ideas:

Mid-stream in production of the works on November 7, the artists presented elements of their progress to a special mentor workshop panel including artist Dara Friedman, RFC Co-Founder Mera Rubell, Director Mara Sartore of the Circuito Off Venice International Film Festival, and Miami-based collector and Locust projects Board member Jorge A. Garcia.

About the project:

Our Producer @ NADA Hudson


Wet Heat Project’s exec producer Grela Orihuela curated the video program at NADA Hudson 2012 this weekend, as covered by Art in America:


Read Our Guest Blog Series @ Art21


Starting today we’re publishing a series of posts on the guest blog site at Art21 about artists and curators who have chosen to come to Miami, and those who’ve been based here that decided to leave. The theme is “Going & Coming” and profiles previous and new subjects of Wet Heat Project; new video produced for the series will be included in posts.

Thanks so much to Claudine Isé, the Art21 Blog Editor, for her expert support, advice and enthusiasm.

UPDATE: read all four posts here.

Thanks so much to our participants, in order of appearance: 


Diana Nawi at Miami Art Museum (soon to be PAMM)


Jessie Laino in Brooklyn


Brookhart Jonquil in Miami


Hannes Bend in Miami


Amanda Sanfilippo at Locust Projects, Miami


Hernan Bas in Detroit


Now Watch WetHeat.TV in HD


All of our Studio Drive-By, That Happened and Why Me? series, plus all of our recent Specials programs are now streaming in HD. That’s more than 40 documentary short films revealing and personifying a diversity of the artists, art professionals and performative installations that have shaped and energized Miami’s transformative contemporary art scene.

With more than 4 hours of viewing already online, WetHeat.TV will continue to add new episodes and films throughout the year, so stay tuned…



Michael Sellinger has published an interview article about our feature documentary film making sh*t up in Dirty Magazine, which includes an exclusive video time lapse of our subject artist Bert Rodriguez’ installation/performance at Oh Wow in LA.


MOVING at Inaugural Art Wynwood

As seen in today’s NBC Miamiblog



Our Producer Produces at Art Wynwood



WHP’s Executive Producer Grela Orihuela is independently producing a multi-artist video exhibition at the inaugural Art Wynwood International Contemporary Art Fair, February 16 – 20.

The exhibition is titled MOVING and is designed as a cluster of eight independent viewing rooms. A total of eleven works are featured (some are world premieres) by the artists Monika Bravo, David Antonio Cruz, Teresa Diehl, Guerra de la Paz, Rivane Neueshwander in collaboration with Cao Guimaraes, Martin Murphy, Lindsay Scoggins, and Diana Shpungin.

From the exhibition description:Video art is a medium defined by its multifarious technologies, but trying to classify it is aiming at a moving target. This exhibition is about moving– visually, temporally and emotionally.”

For info about the fair:



Five episodes of our short documentary series “That Happened” about performative installations have been added to WetHeat.TV Channel 2. From Xavier Cortada’s DNA nucleotides to Cheryl Pope’s crashing crockery, the viewer experience is as diverse as the artists and their practices. These films are a brief but vivid condensation of a truly ephemeral artwork. Watch a current total of 11 films in this series.


Wynwood Art Fair Experience

As seen at the Lotus House booth at ArtMiami 2011, here is our short film that captured sights and sounds of the 3-day Wynwood Art Fair 2011.

To learn more about the Wynwood Art Fair and about its Open Call to Artists for 2012, go here: