Hello and happy holiday weekend to all of you. We are in San Diego in support of the Contemporary Art Fair and will be closed 8/31 through 9/02. Thank you and see you soon.
Mindy Solomon Gallery is traveling to San Diego this holiday weekend for the San Diego Contemporary Art Fair. We will be located at Booth 56 at the Hilton Bayfront and presenting the works of Sungyee Kim, James Kennedy, Kang Hyo Lee, Josh DeWeese and Wanxin Zhang. The San Diego Contemporary Art Fair takes place September 1—4 and if you or your friends are in town, please contact us at the gallery for complimentary passes and exhibition entry. See you soon.
Gareth describes, “Some objects, works of literature, music, painting, or simply moments in time can be charged with life and significance. I associate these with the arena of feeling. The best art, irrespective of the discipline, is felt first and reasoned later. This belief is my creative bedrock. It springs from a child-like curiosity and relish of the stuff of earth, an evolving well of experience and a love of mystery. Beauty has many guises. I value the voluptuous and the visceral in equal measure. Art is at its most potent when it exposes something of the artist’s humanity. The Spanish know this and call it Duende but this phenomenon has a pan-cultural blood line, thus a personal act of risk and disclosure can be both gift and revelation, if we are alive to it.
Technique, material and process are all springboards. They are also straight-jackets. I fire as high as I dare in a gas kiln in reduction; nothing special. Fire is not necessarily the final act: I often return work to the fire, sometimes years after it was made, revisiting the canvas; always pushing. Obsessive-compulsive flirtation with disaster is the only process that keeps me creatively on my toes, engaged, alive. Materials can give so much more than orthodoxy dictates. Viewed in this light, ‘glaze’ reveals its true potential: conduit of gesture, malleable, corruptible or simply glue. I treat diverse surface qualities like jazz improvisation, trying out different relationships, energies and moods.”
Look forward to seeing you in Chicago. Please look out for the upcoming issue of Ceramics Monthly, as we are featured in a full page ad. See you soon.
Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to introduce a showcase of seven artists in a themed exhibition entitled, “Contradictions,” September 24—November 5, 2011. “Contradictions” takes a close look at worldly themes and their opposing viewpoints that features photography, ceramics, textiles and glass pieces with a public opening on Saturday, October 1, 6—8PM.
“The world is a perpetual caricature of itself; at every moment it is the mockery and the contradiction of what it is pretending to be.”
“Contradictions” features a close look at worldly perspectives united by the exhibition’s central theme. “Contradictions” allows each artist to freely explore life’s nuances through lenses of irony, humor and personal introspection. Invited artists include: Richard Bassett, Russell Biles (SC), Einar and Jamex de la Torre (CA), Muir Vidler (Scotland), Gregory Green (FL), Chris Riccardo (FL) and Bonnie Marie Smith (NY).“Contradictions” confronts perceptions of the world through a cohesive presentation of whimsical and inventive artworks.
Featured images: Top/ Russell Biles, “Trouble with Mexicans,” porcelain/ slip cast, porcelain cone 6, H-13″ W-32″ D- 32″ and details featuring Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Russell Biles, needlepoint pillow by Richard Bassett and detail of Chris Riccardo.
We have a had a busy year and the best is yet to come. Mindy Solomon Gallery will continue exhibiting a select grouping of photographers, sculptors, painters and ceramics artists.
At Mindy Solomon Gallery we have a passion for important contemporary artists and love to share in the spirit of the arts. If you, family, friends or work associates are visiting in any of these cities, please let us know, as we would love to meet and happy to provide complimentary passes.
Proudly, Hero Worship opened to an energetic crowd featuring local art supporters as well as visiting artists—Pavel Amromin, Matt Shaffer and Jeremy Chandler. August 13 was great in the neighborhood as the gallery played host to the St. Petersburg Downtown Arts Association.
The opening was a great evening with artist’s introductions, discussions with collectors and great friends. When you get a chance take a quick look at our feature article in “Creative Loafing.” And if you subscribe to Art in America, please look out for us each month. Hero Worship is now on display through September 17 and look forward to seeing your again soon.
Josh De Weese will be exhibiting a series of vessels, jars and new works at the Mindy Solomon Gallery in November. Josh is a passionate pottery artisan who puts his heart and soul into what he does, as he writes, “Perhaps pottery’s greatest power lies in its association with the human body. The language of pottery is the language of the body, with necks and feet, bellies and shoulders, and lips to touch our lips. The intimate relationship that develops with use strengthens this association. A personality develops, and the pots become our friends. In this friendship they become reflections of our humanness, and help give meaning to our lives.”
Josh DeWeese is showcased in this month’s issue of Ceramics Art and Perception, an ad promoting his November 12 to December 24 exhibition with an opening on November 12 from 6PM to 8PM at the Mindy Solomon Gallery.
Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to present “Hero Worship” on August 6 through September 17 featuring the inspired work of Pavel Amromin, Jeremy Chandler, David Hilliard, Mark Newport, Gilad Ratman and Matthew Shaffer.
“Hero Worship” features the works of a select group of contemporary artists examining the role of male identity in our society. Each featured artist addresses the show’s theme with an array of eclectic art pieces that work in concert with one another, as showcased through the medium of photography, sculpture, painting and works on paper. (Mark Newport above)
Hero-Worship” is in a sense, a reconciliation between expectation and outcome. Ultimately, we all learn to honor the make up of a true hero—an individual who works through the mundane with no expectation of grandeur, secretly hoping for just a small measure of gratitude from those they have dedicated their lives to protect. “Hero Worship” opens on August 13 from 6 to 8PM and will be on exhibition through September 17. (David Hilliard above)
We are pleased to share recent fine art developments and dynamic expansions over the hot summer months. “Hot” is the appropriate term, as the gallery continues to deliver a fevered focus in the contemporary art genres of ceramics, assemblage, painting and construction.
Passionate artists and dynamic exhibitions are being displayed in our home gallery, as well as art fairs around the country including: Art MRKT San Francisco/CA, Art MRKT Hamptons/NY, SOFA Santa Fe/NM, SOFA Chicago/IL, and the innovative talent of Sungyee Kim (featured above), Wanxin Zhang, Diane Ding, David Hicks, Josh DeWeese and Kang Hyo Lee. As well as the dedication of Northern Ireland fine artist, James Kennedy to our talented line up of inventive artists.
We invite you to take a close look at our artists and feel free to get in touch with the gallery for complimentary passes to SOFA Santa Fe (08/04—08/07), Art San Diego 2011 (09/01-09/04), (E)merge Art Fair in Washington D.C. (09/22—09/25) or to take a closer look at our emerging artists and complete inventory.