Step inside at Dimensions Variable

French-born artist Alice Raymond is up to some clever tricks over at the Dimensions Variable (a 2011 Knight Arts Challenge Miami winner) alternative art space. She has built a unique wooden structure, raw and unfinished on the outside, smoothed over on the inside, which can fit comfortably two people.

As one of the two visitors at a time, you will encounter an eclectic collection of artworks made by people Raymond met and collaborated with over the years and across continents. There isn’t a particular theme per se to the artworks, it’s more about the ideas and mindsets behind the individuals that are important to the end result. According to Dimensions Variable, “Instead of decisions about materials, Raymond is interested in social choices influenced by her travels and everyday encounters.”

So Raymond collected an interesting grouping to show in her asymmetrical wood house, locals and from abroad, including some familiar artists such as Jenny Brillhart, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, Frances Trombly, Adler Guerrier and Emmett Moore, along with some newer names such as Per Nyström and Sabine Herrmann.

Raymond’s world involves influences from her birth-town of Paris, her formative years in Germany, and studies and travels in Sweden and the United States. She settled on Miami in 2009. Her second show here, “Unit,” opens on Second Saturday, Jan. 14.

“Unit” opens Jan. 14 and rund through Feb. 18 at Dimensions Variable, 171 N.E. 38th St., Miami;