One Night in Hipster Heaven

Deep in the heart of Miami, snuggled between graffiti art and warehouses, is Soho Film Studio. From the outside, it looks like a massive firehouse. Last Thursday night, however, it was the setting for the Absolut X party. Fancy hipsters on bicycles and scooters formed a line that curved all the way around the red building. I felt like I was in an episode of “Portlandia.”

The theme of the event was “Masquerade Ball,” which looked like an artsy, industrial rave deep in the land of Narnia. There were strobe lights, strange costumes, blaring music, photo ops, and an open bar. This was a recipe for an amazing night or the remnants of a discarded Ke$ha song.

My mission on this night was to talk to artist Agustina Woodgate. Talented and lively—with actress-like qualities—Woodgate definitely lives up to the idea of the “artistic type.” She greeted everyone as if they were her best friends, offering a warm hug and a kiss before dancing around the room with a “hello” and “how are you?” Her sparkly, colorful sweater mirrored the bright ceiling art piece she created for the event.

Escaping a cloud of smoke, I was lucky enough to speak intimately with the artist just outside the venue.

Q: How did you get into art? What were you doing before you studied at University?
A: I was always into art since I was very young, but I wanted to be an inventor. I first studied graphic design for one year, then traveled for a few months around Europe and when I came back to Buenos Aires I switched to Visual Arts.

Q: Who are your greatest influences in life? And in art?
A: My life and my art is one same thing. My influences are all across disciplines, from politics to Euclid, music, my grandmother, space and places.

Q: What sort of music are you into? Who are your favorite musicians? Bands?
A: I am quite open when it comes to music. Tango, cumbia and David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, The Knife, Stevie Nicks, Dire Straits, Talking Heads … and I can go on and on.

Q: What’s your work regiment like? Do you lock yourself in a studio, do you listen to a certain song, do you bounce ideas off of a group of collaborators? What is the process like?
A: Most of the times my process starts with a thorough organization of my studio, putting things with things and looking through the stuff I already own. Sometimes I work in silence for hours, some other times I hear books on tape or podcasts or music. Most of my projects are very labor intensive and require a long time to create. I work with people. My process is very collaborative; my team is like a band. I like collective brainstorms, dialog and play time.

Q: What are you working on next?
A: I am working on a public project for Lincoln Road. It will be a memorial bench for the founder of Lincoln Road Mall, I. Stanley Levine. I’m also working on an exhibition for the Bass Museum, the Hollywood Art and Culture Center, amongst others, with Spinello Projects.

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