Artist News // Gregorio Peño Honored in Two Countries

Gallery Artist Gregorio Peño received Honorable Mention in the International Ceramic Competition in Mino, Japan and is featured in the ‘New Talent’ category of the European Ceramic Context in Bornholm, Denmark.

The International Ceramic Competition aims to promote the further development of ceramic industry and culture through international exchanges of ceramic designs and culture. Outstanding works that suggest innovative ideas and explore the future of ceramics coming from all over Japan and the world will be displayed together.

unnamedPeño received Honorable Mention in the 10th International Ceramic Competition for his work Forma Abatida XVI. On view at the Exhibition Hall, Ceramics Park, Mino until October 19th.

Forma Abatida XVI

Gregory Peño // Forma Abatida XVI // 2013 // Clay, slip and glaze. Mixed media, melted clay.


ecc2014The European Ceramic Context 2014, part of a  biennial  symposium for contemporary glass and ceramics, is motivated by a desire to promote the disciplines and trades of glass and ceramic art at European and global levels.

Floración XVII

Gregory Peño // Floración XVII // 2013 // Wall piece. Clay and glaze. Mixed media, melted clay.

Peño presents his wall piece Floración XVII in the biennial’s ‘New Talent’ exhibition, showing through November 23rd at Grønbechs Gård.

More Gregorio Peño at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

Gary Petersen Creates Installation for Philadelphia Gallery

zip line tow rope featured at Tiger Strikes Asteroid

“Gary Petersen is first and foremost a painter, but it seems that he’s got a knack for installation too, as evidenced by his solo show, “zip line tow rope,” at Tiger Strikes Asteroid. The New York-based artist has wound up in Philly for the exhibit curated by Alexis Granwell, which includes his largest site-specific mural work to date – one that emerges from geometry and pop art and lands squarely in a spatial world of incandescent lighting and voracious art observers.” Read the full article in Knight Arts here.

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“Gary Petersen has painted two of that gallery’s walls with an exhilarating composition of variously colored rectangles and parallelograms on a soft, butter-yellow background that gives the entire gallery a golden hue.” Read the full article in Philly.Com here.

Wish You Well

Gary Petersen // Wish You Well // 2009 // 20 x 16 inches // Acrylic on panel

More Gary Petersen at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

Christopher Winter // Interviews + Reviews

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Mindy Solomon Gallery artist Christopher Winter was recently interviewed with Anna Erickson, his co-curator in the KIK exhibition and Director of Sales at Houser & Wirth NYC, by the Berlin Independent Guide Bpigs. The interview discusses KIK 2, which opened in Berlin earlier this month, as well as the future of the Berlin art scene:

The vision for the show was straightforward – display an eclectic collection of work comprised from pieces by artists living and working in Berlin. Curatorially speaking, Anna took a relatively hands off approach to her show, inviting artists to participate, but giving them full reign over the pieces they submitted. This allowed for the narrative of the show to be a genuine one, truly about the artists and their work, uninterrupted by a third party mediator.

Winter is also in a group show this month, “Aftershock: The Impact of Radical Art” at Edelman Arts, displaying his “Kinder Kid” paintings from the 1990s.

Continue reading Bpigs interview //
Read review of the Aftershock show //
More Christopher Winter at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

James Kennedy Named Among Top ‘100 Super Hot Artists’ //

Online contemporary art magazine ArtBookGuy named Mindy Solomon Gallery artist James Kennedy one of his 100 Super Hot Artists. According to ArtBookGuy, a Super Hot Artist is one who possesses not only “insight, innovation and sheer giftedness, but professionalism, depth of humanity and generosity of spirit round out the picture.” Congrats, James!

“In my studio, it is me and only me with my hands and thoughts; no outer force or opinion is steering what ends up on the canvas.  It is a pure, uninterrupted manifestation of the self.”

- James Kennedy

James Kennedy // Hydrographic // 65 x 75 inches // Acrylic polymer on incised eucalyptus masonite

James Kennedy // Hydrographic // 65 x 75 inches // Acrylic polymer on incised eucalyptus masonite

Read the full interview with James Kennedy on ArtBookGuy //
View more James Kennedy at the Mindy Solomon Gallery //

Burnaway’s Best of 2013 Exhibitions in Dixie // Featuring ‘Post Coital’ at Mindy Solomon Gallery

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

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 Airship // Interview with Scot Sothern

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.

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 See available Scot Sothern works at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

Dominique Labauvie named ‘Best of the Bay’

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.