James Kennedy // m o r p h o s i s November 14th – December 26th

Named a 2014 Top 100 Fall Show to See Worldwide by Modern Painters Magazine

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James Kennedy // Fiction 2 // 2014 // 60 x 60 inches acrylic polymer and glazed graphite over gesso on eucalyptus masonite panel

Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to present m o r p h o s i s, new work by James Kennedy, November 14th through December 26th at 172 NW 24th Street in the Wynwood Art District, Miami. An Opening Reception with the artist will be held Friday, November 14th, from 6-9pm. In his second solo exhibition with the gallery, Kennedy presents paintings and sculptures that characterize structural shifts within his work, evolving components evident in his complex Spatial series into abstract and semi-abstract figurative suggestions. The collection has been named a 2014 ‘Top 100 Fall Show’ to see, worldwide, by Modern Painters Magazine.

Fresh from his Golden residency, which allowed Kennedy the opportunity to explore new ideas and materials, he endeavors to leave the formality of frame and place an emphasis on linear tensions and kinetics—the organic relationship between the subject and structure, habitat and inhabitant. Kennedy will also be introducing sculptural works, manipulating masonite into the constructivist forms so iconic to his two-dimensional art.

Miranda McClintic, independent scholar specializing in twentieth and twenty-first century art, writes of Kennedy: “James Kennedy sees himself in the artistic traditions of both alchemist and master craftsman. With no preliminary drawings, he begins by covering masonite with washes of acrylic paint. The backgrounds are customarily a mixture of titanium white, medium gray, titanium buff, and yellow ochre. Next, Kennedy seamlessly applies emulsions, glazing, and scraping to build up individual planes. Varying hues, tints, and values of tertiary colors are subtly modulated by density of pigment, dilution, and overlay to create a tonal structure across the surface. The absence of visible brushstrokes gives each work an ethereal quality.”

Kennedy’s flawless technique combined with his one-of-a kind imagery serve as a wonderful departure point for this creative evolution of his work; Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to showcase its newest permeations.

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James Kennedy // Fiction 3// 2014 // 60 x 60 inches acrylic polymer and glazed graphite over gesso on eucalyptus masonite panel

ABOUT JAMES KENNEDY

James Kennedy, Irish painter, studied at the Royal Scottish Academy, London School of Contemporary Dance, and Rhodec Academy of Architecture and Design. Upon his arrival in New York in 2003, Kennedy’s early abstract landscapes—moody, blended explorations in the horizon line—evolved into more visceral, textural works (Tectonics and Earthscapes), which employed deeper layers of media, mainly oils and encaustic over acrylic.

It was not until 2006 that material from Kennedy’s early drawings and training in dance and architecture began to appear in his trademark simplistic arrangements on masonite panel. The first exhibition of these works was held in 2007; Architectures and Choreographies presented oil paintings that resonated subtly with the British Post-Cubist, Bauhaus, and Constructivist schools. In 2010, Kennedy moved his studio from the Springs in East Hampton to New York City.  Concurrently, his painting language developed a stronger, more individual, instantly recognizable style.  He employed acrylics exclusively, and embarked upon deeper exploration of color field, use of incised linear connections between shapes and spatial characters, and the added dynamic of dilution and density.

Despite the hard-edged complexities evident in many of his works, Kennedy’s aim is to resolve these self-generated conundrums and present a balanced, unified surface. His recent work develops an emphasis on carving, glyphs, and greater attention to the painted understructure.  Kennedy currently works in his studio in Long Island City, New York.

Generic Art Solutions // Cross MacKenzie Gallery

Cross MacKenzie Gallery, in collaboration with Mindy Solomon Gallery (Miami) and Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans), presents an exhibition of photographs by the collaborating partners Matt Vis and Tony Campbell who practice as ‘Generic Art Solutions‘ on view during FotoWeek DC Thursday October 30 – November 29th, with an Opening Reception Thursday, October 30th, from 6-8 PM, 2014.

This New Orleans-based art duo use nearly every art medium as they examine the recurring themes of human drama and the (dis)functions of contemporary society.  Always rooted in performance, they play every character in their work. In their more distilled “duets” we see something of a yin and yang (a balance between individuals that aren’t quite interchangeable), but in their more elaborate “stageings” the result is as epic as the subject matter itself.  By combining Classical, Romantic, and Baroque compositional elements with contemporary pictorial techniques, they manage to illuminate the common thread that connects past histories with current events. This strategy creates something of a “Déjà Vu effect” that is often driven by the well-known works of art they reference.

G.A.S. // Doubting Thomas 2008 24 x 32 1/2 inches Archival pigment print, Edition 1 of 6

G.A.S. // Doubting Thomas
2008
24 x 32 1/2 inches
Archival pigment print, Edition 1 of 6

In this dialogue between the past and present the viewer realizes several things: 1) that the history of art is inextricably political, 2) that human behavior repeats itself no matter how tragic or brutal, and 3) that this cycle of repetition must be broken so personal and societal progress can be made. Despite all this, their work contains a glimmer of hope and an element of levity.

Their public performances certainly contain their most humorous and irreverent commentary on the function of art and contemporary life itself. More absurd than comical, their performances engage the audience by playing carefully developed roles with a specific task at hand. Their best-known and longest-running performance is the “International Art Police,” or the “Art Cops.” They outfit themselves in authentic police uniforms (complete with badges, police cruiser, and special ticket books) and take to the streets with the mission of “Safeguarding Art Communities Worldwide.” They patrol art galleries, and museums looking for suspicious art activities and issue “Notice of Violation” fines for work deemed “Too Art School,” “Formulaic,” “Too Trendy,” or “Even I Could Do That” infractions.  Washington DC’s extensive museum culture could very well be fertile ground for Generic Art Solutions’ passionate engagement with art history.

CROSS MACKENZIE GALLERY
1675 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC 20007
T. 202.337.7970

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 12-6 PM
Thursday October 30 – November 29th

More Generic Art Solutions at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

Form + Facture: New Painting + Sculpture from New York // Osamu Kobayashi at Stony Brook University

Osamu Kobayshi will be included in an upcoming exhibition at Stony Brook University‘s Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery/Staller Center for the Arts:

Form + Facture: New Painting and Sculpture from New York
November 1 – December 13, 2014

Reception: Saturday, November 1, 7 – 9 pm
Artist Talk: Monday, November 17, 1 pm

Presenting new work by six New York artists, ‘Form + Facture’ delves into the conceptual and aesthetic concerns of contemporary abstraction. The exhibition features large-scale paintings and sculptures by Rachel Beach, Paul Behnke, Matthew Neil Gehring, Osamu Kobayashi, Rebecca Murtaugh and Fran O’Neill.

Osamu Kobayashi // Hazy Block 60 x 70 inches oil on canvas

Osamu Kobayashi // Hazy Block
60 x 70 inches
oil on canvas

More Osamu Kobayashi at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

Modern Painters Names Top 100 Fall Shows Worldwide // James Kennedy

Modern Painters named its 2014 list of Top 100 Fall Shows to see worldwide; James Kennedy‘s ‘m o r p h o s i s,’ on view November 14-December 26 at Mindy Solomon Gallery, is on the list!

Modern Painters Top 100 Fall Shows 2014 James Kennedy Mindy Solomon Gallery

Modern Painters Top 100 Fall Shows 2014 //
Featuring James Kennedy at Mindy Solomon Gallery

More James Kennedy at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

2014 United States Artists Fellows Announced // Einar + Jamex de la Torre

United States Artists (USA) is pleased to announce the 34 new USA Fellows for 2014Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to share that Einar and Jamex de la Torre are among the 2014 recipients of this prestigious honor.

“As one of the largest grant-making organizations in the country providing direct support to artists, USA spotlights the importance of originality across every creative discipline, from literature and performance to crafts and theater. Celebrating the breadth of American artistic practices from coast to coast, USA cultivates a creative ecology that is diverse in age, race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. USA honors innovative, accomplished artists at all stages of their careers, who are nominated by their peers and field experts for the quality, imagination, and enduring potential of their work in the following disciplines: Architecture & Design, Crafts & Traditional Arts, Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater and Visual Arts. Awards are entirely unrestricted and may be used by Fellows in any way they choose.”

The 34 recipients of this year’s awards were selected from 116 nominated artists living in the United States and Puerto Rico and were chosen by a panel of expert peers in each artistic discipline. Founded in 2006 by the Ford, Rockefeller, Rasmuson and Prudential Foundations with $22 million to support artists in America, USA is currently funded by a broad range of philanthropic foundations and individuals. Since inception, through its signature USA Fellows program, USA has distributed $19.1 million in support to 405 artists.  Each artist or collaborative will receive an award of $50,000 to support his or her practice and professional development.

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Einar and Jamex de la Torre // Somos Jugetes // 2014 // 150 cm x 150 cm // Animated GIF

Past recipients of USA Fellowships include visual artists Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, Theaster Gates and Catherine Opie; cartoonist Chris Ware; designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy (of Rodarte); performing artist Meredith Monk; jazz composer Jason Moran; ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied; choreographer Bill T. Jones; and writer Sapphire.

See the full list of 2014 Recipients //
Visit the de la Torre Brothers’ ‘Folkloric Acid’ Exhibition at Mindy Solomon Gallery //
More Einar and Jamex de la Torre at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

Miami New Times // Folkloric Acid Best Second Saturday Show

Thanks, Miami New Times, for naming Folkloric Acid one of the best shows for October 11th’s Second Saturday art walk in Miami! Come see the work of Einar and Jamex de la Torre in Wynwood from 6-9pm:

“The work of Einar and Jamex, AKA the de la Torre Brothers who hail from Guadalajara, Mexico and are based in California, teeters from the sublime to the mind blowing and is freighted with ironic and side-splitting iconography. The infamous siblings typically hijack pre-Hispanic and Catholic motifs in their surreal assemblages to great effect and are presenting a garishly colorful collection of glass sculptures, lenticular prints and Led lightboxes at the Mindy Solomon Gallery that are among some of the more original and attention-grabbing works you’ll discover in Wynwood this weekend.”

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Mindy Solomon Gallery Einar + Jamex de la Torre Miami New Times

Mindy Solomon Gallery Einar Jamex de la Torre Miami New Times

Read the article on Miami New Times //

Learn about the Folkloric Acid Exhibition //

More de la Torre Brothers at Mindy Solomon Gallery //