BURNAWAY asked a host of art experts in Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, New Orleans, and Tampa to reflect back on the previous year’s exhibitions and comment on their favorites. Megan Voeller, columnist for Creative Loafing, Tampa, selected ‘Post Coital’ at Mindy Solomon Gallery among her picks:
Before her move to Miami, Mindy Solomon offered up one last sexuality-themed show, a staple of her gallery’s agenda. Post Coital featured works by seven artists, including Becky Flanders’s tea-stained drawings of silphium, a now-extinct plant alleged to have been ingested as birth control in antiquity, Christina West’s ivory ceramic figures in compromising positions, and Georgine Ingold’s oil paintings of quiet interiors ripe with the energy of recent couplings.
Marta Soul // Idillo en apartamento II // Courtesy Kopeikin Gallery
Voeller also named Mindy Solomon Gallery artist Dominique Labauvie‘s exhibition ‘Wire. Paper. Steel.’ at Gallery 221, Hillsborough Community College, as a top choice for Tampa.
The work and insights of Mindy Solomon Gallery artist Scot Sothern appear in an interview with The Airship, by Paul Kwiatskowski. ”Ride down the dangerous and kinky drags of Scot Sothern’s Curb Service,” his new memoir:
Photographer Scot Sothern’s debut memoir Curb Service captures the pathos of an aspiring provocateur adrift in contemporary America. Beginning in the 1980s, the book recounts Scot’s initial drive to photograph prostitutes and his path to single fatherhood on the skids. The interactions between the photographer and his subjects are the device through which solace and introspection flow. Along the road, there are intermittent flashbacks to Scot’s adolescence in rural Missouri during the late ‘60s and ‘70s.
See available Scot Sothern works at Mindy Solomon Gallery //
Mindy Solomon Gallery artist Dominique Labauvie‘s September exhibition ‘Wire. Paper. Steel.’ at Gallery 221/HCC Dale Mabry Campus received the critics’ choice award from Creative Loafing Tampa for Best SRO Art Event. Congratulations!
Artist Dominique Labauvie (center), with daughter Esther (l) and wife Erika Schneider (r), receives the ‘Best of the Bay’ Award
We’d also like to share a wonderful exchange between Dominique and artist, writer, and University of Tampa associate professor Gregg Perkins in regard to the exhibition. Click here to download the PDF of Dominique and Gregg’s conversation.
MSG artists Einar and Jamez de la Torre have recently installed a new work at the Central Library in downtown San Diego. The monumental ‘Corpus Callosum’ took two weeks to install, and its illuminated lenticular prints frame the building’s central elevator, accompanied by eight dioramas inside the shaft itself. This is the most prominent location of public art in the library. Read more in a great interview with the brothers in U-T San Diego.
Einar & Jamex de la Torre // Corpus Callosum at Central Library, San Diego // Photo: John Durant for U-T San Diego
The de la Torres were also recently honored with a grant from San Diego Foundation’s Center for Civic Engagement 2013 Creative Catalyst Fund. The CCF supports the creation and development of new work conceived by San Diego-based professional artists and focused on creating opportunities for civic engagement or advancing social change through arts and culture. “From improving civic dialogue, to defining community identity, promoting cultural tourism, and integrating the creative arts into our learning environments, artists working in communities make us stronger,” said Felicia Shaw, Arts and Culture Director. “Few investments provide such diverse and valuable returns and none is as vital to our quality of life.”
The brothers’ traveling exhibition, currently on view at Glazen Huis in Belgium, will next be on display in Prague at Galerie Pokorna.
Mindy Solomon Gallery artist Scot Sothern was interviewed on Los Angeles’s Guide to Unique Photography (GUP) this week.
Here’s an excerpt:
GUP: “In what way do think the desperation shown by the women in the series reflects your own desperation?”
Scot: “I could’ve easily enough photographed women fully dressed in front of a backdrop, but I think the fact that I put ‘em in these situations, I think it shows – if anything – my anger. I’ve always wanted the pictures to really kick people in the nuts and I think the best way of doing that is to not only expose them fully, but kind of fully expose myself as well. And, I should say that, during the ‘80s when I was doing this, there were times when I had sex as well as taking the pictures… and I’ve written about that. However, since starting again a couple years ago, I no longer do that. I’m only making the photographs.
Quite honestly, they show – oh god, should I say my integrity?! Yeah, that’s about it: they show that I am who they are.”
Read the full interview here //
See Scot Sothern’s works currently available at Mindy Solomon Gallery //
Mindy Solomon Gallery has been chosen as one of the top 500 Best Galleries Worldwide in the Modern Painters 2013 Annual Guide! We are honored to be recognized by such an esteemed publication, and look forward to many years ahead. Thank you to all of our supporters and artists for making the last year an especially excellent one.
The Paintings of Erin Parish exhibition at Mindy Solomon Gallery has gathered press interest from around the web and print, including this coverage by Art Daily:
Read entire write-up // And don’t forget to drop by the gallery through September 14th to see this exhibition!
We had a great weekend at Art Southampton; check out a photo of the MSG booth and critics’ comments on the show on Hamptons Art Hub, Hyperallergic, and Whitehot Magazine:
“Mindy Solomon Gallery presented a clean, curated booth of subtle earth tones, featuring painting by James Kennedy, here a large panel, Flight Component (2013). Kennedy is now based in New York City but maintained a studio/gallery in East Hampton for many years, where he evolved his style from atmospheric abstracts to the current structured line work of pattern and movement exploring space, rather than remaining a rigid grid of generally subdued hues.”
Megan Voeller of Creative Loafing interviewed MSG artist Becky Flanders about her work in the Gallery’s recent exhibition, Post Coital. Voeller’s review, ‘Beyond the Boudoir,’ also discusses work by Gallery artists Rebekah Bogard, Georgine Ingold, Muir Vidler, Scot Sothern, Christina West, and Marta Soul (courtesy of Kopeikin Gallery) as featured in the show; creating a discussion about sex, gender, and intimacy.
Voeller notes that “since Solomon opened her gallery in 2010, such sex shows have become her forte, showing off the gallery owner’s intellectual and aesthetic attitudes—from deeply serious to irreverently provocative—toward the topic.”
Read the full review at Creative Loafing >>
See our Facebook album of the installation >>
The work of Mindy Solomon Gallery artist Gary Petersen was featured in articles on Blinnk and Trendland this week. Blinnk offers a review of Petersen’s current New York City show ‘Tectonic Drift,’ and Trendland highlights his recent work.
In her review ‘Cool Tectonics,’ Janet Goleas writes: “Gary Petersen’s use of line is intuitive, ricocheting from corner to corner to corner like the trajectory of a billiard ball. As his linear motif accumulates across the surface, it crisscrosses at various junctures and—almost accidentally—frames out spacial forms (mostly trapezoids and wedges) that anchor the imagery within the perimeters defined by kinetic pathways.
Petersen animates the picture field with lines that vary from dense color bars to labyrinthian architectures that fracture, push and weave through the composition. His palette is plastic and prismatic, invoking contradiction, playfulness, and a space-bending joie d’vivre that is full of life.”
Gary Petersen // Here We Are, 2012
And, in her feature, Amanda Jakubik said: “Bold, with a touch of eccentricism—Gary Petersen’s paintings are a treat for anyone looking to see geometric abstracted painting with a humanistic touch. The painter utilizes fresh and interesting color combinations in his lively compositions, of which he states, “my longtime interest in early 20th century abstraction and the notion of the ‘cosmic’ merges with a California/pop sensibility.” Living and working in New York City, he deliciously bridges the continental divide between that California cool and East Coast prep.”
Gary Petersen // Untitled B-G 3, 2011
See more of Gary Petersen’s available works at Mindy Solomon Gallery //
And, contact the Gallery at 727-502-0852 to inquire about Petersen’s works featured in this post //