Palm Shores Florida Exhibit

Exhibiting with Robot Love

If you are in the Palm Shores area March 31st and April 1st, 2017 stop by and see my work exhibiting at Robot Love.

Adventure HQ
5270 North US Highway 1
Palm Shores, FL 32940

Photo of my sculpture Skyla Exhibiting. wynwood miami sculpture Amir Shakir

Art + Music + Dance + Tech = Love

Robots are throwing a party, full of colossal murals, immersive art installations, dance performances, live music, bouldering demonstrations and a family experience day. View Map

The Schedule – Live Music Performances and Art Exhibit

Musical performers include SWIMM, Gary Lazer Eyes, the Dull Blades, Konglom, plus bands and guest DJs yet to be announced.
Opening Night: Friday March 31, 2017 6pm-midnight
Closing Night: Saturday April 1, 2017 6pm-midnight
Family Experience: Saturday April 1, 2017 11am-4pm

Ticket Sales: $20 presale single night entry (tickets available online until midnight March 29th) $25 at the door single night entry. $35 presale Friday & Saturday night entry (tickets available online until midnight March 29th). $40 at the door Friday & Saturday night entry. *Last paid entry 11:30 pm. 18+

Family Day tickets available thru Eventbrite for $5 (tickets available until midnight March 29th) $10 at the door. *Last paid entry at 3pm.

Sponsor Packages

Robot Factory location: 5270 N. US Hwy 1, Palm Shores FL 32940 Cash bar provided by Sol-Tree Event Services, beer by Intracoastal Brewery.

Food available including by Base Camp Cafe, located inside Adventure HQ serving their menu through the weekend. VIP and sponsorship packages available.

VIP Humans will experience the full weekend plus a private show preview, private concert and have personal interactions with the artists and curators of Robot Love.

A portion of proceeds benefit Code Craft Lab and the Verdi EcoSchool
Full Details available on Robot Website:
Contact: Derek Gores, Robot Love Art Curator,

Painting in Photoshop

A digital sketch I painted in photoshop using a pen tablet. A reminder that colors transition through the color temperatures from light to shadow. A study on creating atmospheric distance with a subject in the foreground.

What is Art?

Everyone has an opinion and art truly represents the culmination of one’s personal idea or opinion. Many of us have pondered the question, what is art? It is a difficult question to answer and I think one that deserves a fair amount of focus to unravel. Everything that humans understand is categorized and listed so that we can easily communicate ideas. We’ll use the same approach here. Art falls into two categories. Art that requires explanation and that which doesn’t.

“Art that doesn’t require explanation” is universally accepted as beautiful by most viewers which makes it difficult to achieve interesting and most importantly new ideas in this category. “Art that doesn’t require explanation” also contains natural beauty. The source of beauty for all living things is nature.

The second category is “art that requires explanation” to reveal its hidden beauty. This doesn’t mean that beautiful art wont also have an interesting story to go with it or maybe an unusual method of production. However, its beauty would stand alone without any explanation needed.

Its not an easy task to use traditional beauty and create something new and amazing because so much has already been done. It requires lots of skill development to produce art that contains natural beauty because the artist must start from the basic ability of mimicking reality in their work before progressing to more complex ideas.

This leads us to our main topic, what is art? In order to really understand we must break it down to its simplest terms. Art is an “idea” and nobody can discredit that idea as being art. All art starts from an idea and an Artist defining their idea as art makes it 100% art.

The best art takes the most time and effort to achieve. The worst art takes the least time and effort to achieve. Things that require skill and practice to achieve are universally beautiful because they are at the core of nature’s ability to exist. Some creatures grasp concepts easier than others or have the benefit of slight physical advantages that culminate in a major advantage for skill development in the long run. However, practice will make any person better at a particular skill and give them the possibility of being the absolute best of themselves at that particular activity.