Contradictions reviewed on Art Taco

The word for art is “community” exclaims Luis, art critic for Art Taco. Recently, Luis posted a in depth review of our recent group show, “Contradictions,” now on exhibit through November 5, 2011. Read the review here and please stop by the gallery to learn more. (Russell Biles featured above).

Texas Contemporary Art Fair Booth 811

The Mindy Solomon Gallery is traveling to the George R. Brown Convention Center for the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, October 20—23 and featuring the contemporary work of the de la Torre Brothers, Sunkoo Yuh, Wookjae Mang and Sean Noyce. We will be located at Booth 811 featuring sculptural works and paintings.

Einar and Jamex de la Torre
Brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre were born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Jamex 1960, Einar 1963. They moved suddenly with the family to Southern California in 1972, going from attending an all-boys Catholic school to public Schools in the beach town of Dana Point. Presently living and working on both sides of the border with studios in Ensenada, Mexico and San Diego. Jamex started flame-working glass in 1977, attended California State University at Long Beach and received a BFA in Sculpture in 1983. Einar started working in glass in 1980 while also attending California State University at Long Beach.

In the 80’s they ran a flame-worked glass figure business while also developing their assemblage style of work. In the early 90’s they began working collaboratively as studio artists; later in the decade they began work in installation art with participations in Biennales such as inSITE and Mercosul (Brazil).

In 2000 they began their work in public art; they now have six major projects completed. They have exhibited their work internationally, participating in exhibits in France, Japan, Canada, Germany, Venezuela, Brazil as well as in the US and Mexico. Their irreverent use of hot glass and mixed media work combines a respect for Mexican culture with a satirical perspective focused on the dogmatic practices dictated by religion and political corruption.

Sunkoo Yuh
Sunkoo Yuh was born in Seoul, Korea in 1960. Before embarking on the study of art, Yuh was conscripted as a sharp shooter in the South Korean Army. Despite a childhood desire to be a professional baseball player he followed the path of art and studied ceramics at the prestigious Hongik University, receiving a BFA in 1988.

From 1988-1995 Yuh attended graduate school at California State, Long Beach. In 1995 Yuh attended Alfred University where he received his MFA in Ceramics. Yuh began developing his signature work in 1997, combining traditional Korean folk painting, Korean Choseon Dynasty pottery, and a contemporary narrative platform that he entitled “My Mundane Life”. Sunkoo Yuh is currently Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens. He has exhibited widely and has received many awards and honors.

In 2005-03 he was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, the Grand Prize at the 2nd World Ceramic Biennale International Competition, Icheon, Korea, The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize and the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. His work is in the collections of The Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea, the Oakland Museum of Art, CA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA., and the Houston Museum of Art.

Wookjae Maeng
Wookjae Maeng is part of the new vibrant art movement coming out of Korea today. He honors traditional materials and practices while making sculptural work that communicates his thoughts and feelings about contemporary social concerns. His work speaks to the theme of the complex, ambiguous and uncomfortable relationship between man and the environment.

The natural world has long been the subject of artistic expression. Maeng acknowledges that there are many living species on the planet earth and that humans reside on the top of the ecological pyramid, and rule over other creatures. He is concerned that this position of power is harmful to the future of our world. His beautifully articulated sculptures convey sensitivity for the animal world, while utilizing a sometimes mutated and disturbing amalgamation of human and animal components.

Sean Noyce
Sean Noyce received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a drawing emphasis from the University of Utah. He has had a number of awards and accolades in his young career. Drawing from his youth and early adulthood in Utah, Noyce directly and indirectly criticizes the stringent and inflexible practices of the Mormon Church.

Noyce states: “Paintings from my “Cloud Watching” series are subject to the conditions of the moment, evolving between creating closure and leaving the image open, much like forming shapes in a fleeting cloud. The end result is a chaotic amalgam of characters that share a unique coexistence with each other.”

Gregory Green Film Premiere 10/13 at 7PM

Gregory Green presents his documentary film, fifteen years in the making, “How To Start Your Own Country,” on October 13 at 7PM, FAH 101 at University of South Florida. Directed by Jody Shapiro, this 72 minute documentary presents a humorous and compassionate look at micro-nations—countries seldom recognized by the outside world that beckons, “What makes a country a country?”

Gregory Green is internationally recognized for his challenging work and the numerous controversies it has spawned in the USA and Europe. Since the mid-1980’s, Gregory has created artworks and performances exploring systems of control and the evolution of individual and collective empowerment. Green’s work considers the use of violence, alternatives to violence, and the accessibility of information and technology as vehicles for social or political change. “How To Start Your Own Country” features Gregory Green’s 15 year ongoing project entitled, “The New Free state of Caroline.” Hear introductions and questions and answers featuring Jody Shapiro and Gregory Green, October 13 at 7PM at the USF School of Art, FAH 101 and sponsored by the Mindy Solomon Gallery.

Richard Bassett in “Contradictions”

“Contradictions” is now open and features a diverse grouping of contemporary artists that are earning a variety of press, including featured artist Richard Bassett. Richard Bassett, in kind thanks to the Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, presents two pieces from his Comfort Level series. Richard Basett describes, “The Comfort Level Series uses anonymous images from bank robberies and convenience store hold ups. Seen rendered in needlepoint on the face of small pillows, these images are a shock that remind us both of the violence of the original events, as well as their prevalence on the 24-hour news cycle. These pillows suggest that we maintain our distance from the numbing inundation of this type of exposure.

Richard Bassett’s Comfort Level art pieces are now on exhibit. Please visit “Contradictions” through November 5, 2011.

Muir Vidler featured in Art in America

London based, Muir Vidler has been attracting plenty of world attention to his photographic works documenting worlds less traveled. Israeli Death Metal, Libyan Beauty Pageant, Istanbul and Rebles Without a Pause are all mini documentaries that capture life’s essence in the darkest corners and hard to access  people who live out  against preconceived notions. Muir Vidler is currently showcased in, “Contradictions,” now on view through November 12, 2011. Muir Vidler, in compliment to Steve Jobs’ most successful ad campaign for Apple Computer “Think Different” expresses a photographic eye like no other.

Learn more about Muir Vidler here or experience his work up close. Look out for Muir Vidler in the November issue of Art in America and look forward to seeing you soon.

Day Greene “Contradictions” Review

Gallerista Mindy Solomon weaves seven artists into a tapestry of powerfully poignant, yet lighthearted social commentary in her latest show “Contradictions.” From the de la Torre brothers’ monumental colonial triptych “La Reconquista,” through the ironic narratives of Muir Vidler’s unlikely portraits, the exhibition subconsciously seethes with a satirical warning of a cynical civilization edging on kitschy unrest.

Two pieces in particular caught our fancy as encapsulating the thematic gist of a show that spans the spectrum of emotional volume: from explosive intensity through a taciturn whisper…With “Biblebomb #1907,” Gregory Green delivers mixed media with a literal bang. A double pipe bomb sits sinisterly ensconced inside a hollowed out Bible, surrounded by enough potential shrapnel to make a demolition expert shiver. There’s no other way to put it…As art, this piece is so scary it’s witty (or vice versa). Having been dubbed a “conceptual terrorist” by some critics, Green not only calls into question the idea of violent revolutionaries as indulging the ultimate in public spectacle (Guy Debord must be spinning as we speak), but the artist also succeeds in triggering a visceral psychological tension in the unsuspecting individual viewer.

Meanwhile, at the far side of the gamut, we find Bonnie Smith’s “Heaven and Earth”… A hushed assemblage of doll-sized ceramic artifacts arraigned in an enigmatic, diamond-shaped tableau. Bits and pieces, heads and hands, like the dreamy detritus of an antique childhood, Smith’s work is gently whimsical and nostalgic, yet like her colleague Green, it also packs a deeply psychological punch.

Once again, Mindy Solomon has used her space to showcase serious artists with an insouciant flair… For the gallery-hopper looking for fun, it’s there for the taking, while simultaneously, the slow and discerning eye will find so much to see. “Contradictions” is now on exhibit through November 9, 2011 at the Mindy Solomon Gallery.

Written by Day Greene—Art Activist and Enthusiast—Sunday, 10/2/2011

Hyperallergic Reviews Muir Vidler at (e)merge Art Fair

Mindy Solomon presented the dynamic talents of Muir Vidler, Becky Flanders and Jeremy Chandler at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington D.C. this past weekend. Fortuitously, critics who visited were impressed by the thought-provoking, culturally evokative pieces created by three contemporary photographers.

Earlier in the week, we reported immediate response to Becky Flanders work by the DCist and today we’re excited to report a feature story and review of Muir Vidler by Hyperallergic. The article, written by Claire Breukel reports, “ I was curious if anything would “stand out” among the many of exhibitors. I then came across a curious series of six standard size loose photographic prints simply pinned to the wall, by Edinburgh-born, London-based photojournalist Muir Vidler.”

We are honored and excited that our contemporary photographers are receiving critical notice. Muir Vidler is currently showcased in our most recent show, “Contradictions” and you can see more of his work here. Read the Hyperallergic review of Mindy Solomon at (e)merge and visit Hyperallergic.com