Committed to greater Los Angeles as an international art capital, Platform is the premier art fair in Southern California and seeks to capture the essence of the city–light, space, innovation, and recreation.
The 2012 edition of Art Platform – Los Angeles will bring together both local and international artists, dealers, collectors, museums and art enthusiasts in an exchange of art and culture. The fair provides access to artists, institutions, and collections with a selection of innovative galleries, VIP program, Open Platform speaker series, and special programming.
David Hicks’s work Flora (Yellow Melt)2012 has been selected for inclusion in the upcoming Crafting A Continuum exhibition, organized by the Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue explore an international perspective on modern and contemporary craft, and current innovation and experimentation in the field. The exhibition is slated to open in fall 2013 and will travel to 5 national venues in 2014.
Flora (yellow melt), 2012 Glazed Ceramic, 25 x 15 x 14 in
The Creature Comforts of David Hicks and Patricia Sannit Mindy Solomon Gallery | July 14 – September 8
Opening Reception with the Artists | July 14, 6-8:30 PM
Artist Talk with David Hicks and Patricia Sannit | July 14, 6:30 PM
I tried to use the questions and answers as an armature on which to build a sculpture of genuine conversation. - Clifton Fadiman
Both David Hicks and Patricia Sannit work with an earthen material as a means to convey a relationship to the organic and historical world through hand-worked sculptural forms. A sense of familiarity, as well as structural integrity, unite these two diverse artists.
David Hicks grew up amongst the farmlands in Valencia, California. His early interest in agriculture stimulated his desire to create forms that speak to both growth and sustainability. As an emerging artist, he explores the physical aspects of materials: hand-built slab and coiled forms with unctuous drippy glazes. Hicks’ juxtaposes terra cotta earthenware clays against a multitude of colors and layers-gold metallic shrouding burnt orange create a dynamic visual exchange. The shapes and conceptual references can be found in the fields surrounding his immediate environment in North Carolina, where he now resides. He has a fundamental understanding of place.
Above: Patricia Sannit
With an abiding love of archeology, Patricia Sannit explores the development and transmission of culture through time and across distance; she is interested in the sameness and continuity of peoples worldwide. The rhythms of everyday activities merge into a thing of beauty and at the same time capture the fleeting moments of daily life. Clay, with its inherent tactile qualities, leaves the evidence of its maker while imparting the beauty of life itself. Sannit’s works are a testament to how contemporary art can create a new pathway to something archaic and powerful.
Don’t miss Mindy Solomon Gallery artist David Hicks’s show ‘Specimens and Artifacts” at boltax gallery Summer Project on lovely Shelter Island in New York. On display June 29 – July 30, and an opening reception June 30th. Summer project hours are Friday – Sunday from 11 AM – 6 PM at 21 North Ferry Road. Check out www.boltaxgallery.com for more information.
The Arizona State University Art Museum is celebrating their Ceramics Research Center’s 10th anniversary in its current facility. The ASU Art Museum Ceramic Collection has been a leader in collecting contemporary ceramics for over half a century. To honor this event, the Museum acquired several masterworks to add to their permanent collection of over 4,000 objects. Mindy Solomon Gallery artist David Hicks‘ glazed ceramic Flora was one amongst those to be included.
Flora (yellow melt), 2012
Glazed Ceramic, 25 x 15 x 14 in
Hicks also recently received a major commission for the Celebrity Cruise Line (below).
Hicks’ organic shapes call to mind agricultural and allegorical references.
“Agriculture speaks to me about my own human experience. In the agricultural world there are cycles that that feel like allegorical references to a human struggle, a struggle that starts with fertilization, moves through growth and finally ends in decay.”
We are pleased to announce that we will be featured at this year’s Art Wynwood fair taking place this week in Miami, February 17—19. Mindy Solomon Gallery will be located at booth A28 and featuring sculptor David Hicks, abstract painter James Kennedy and narrative painter Mernet Larsen.
Visiting this year’s fair is easy. Print out the pass below and bring a guest. We look forward to seeing you at the fair (A28).
During the fair, please visit the Dream Hotel showcasing Erin Parish and her illuminated and multi-layered paintings.
Now in its 15th year, at the Palm Beach Country Convention Center January 20—23. Proudly, we will be presenting new work at Booth No. 103 featuring James Kennedy(above), David Hicks(top), Josh DeWeese and Sylvia Hommert, (represented by the Boltax Gallery located in Shelter Island, NY). Please contact the gallery for guest passes and we look forward to seeing you there.
Hello from SOFA Chicago. We are exhibiting a dynamic collection of sculptures, vessels and high-quality ceramics pieces by artists David Hicks and Gareth Mason.
David and Gareth are also featured speakers at this year’s SOFA lecture series which begins on Friday and Saturday. Two great artists with great topics and available for your choosing—FRIDAY, David Hicks’, “Two Dimensional Work in Three Dimensional Context” at booth 920 from 12:00—1PM and on SATURDAY Join Gareth Mason’s “Fire:Ceramics, Mystery and Creativity” at 12:30—1:30PM, room 326. You can’t go wrong, as these two important contemporaries will inspire you with their process and quality of work.
Please stop by our booth at SOFA Chicago and say hello, we are excited to share great work and add a special dimension to your art collection. Please contact the gallery for more information or take a closer look at David Hicks and Gareth Mason online.
On Friday, November 4 at 12:00—1:00PM at booth 920 come and meet sculptor David Hicks for a one hour talk entitled, “Two-Dimensional Work in Three-Dimensional Context.”
David Hicks assembles multiple pieces and varying weights on custom forged hooks that carry the weight of his pieces and unify his work into a singular construction. David’s work is fluid, and though his work presents itself without physical movement, his pieces appear to be moving all the time. David shares, “For me the metallic surface has a way of neutralizing the “ceramic,” making the piece be more about the form and surface color, and less about “glaze type.”
On Saturday, November 5 at 12:30—1:30PM in room 326 Gareth Mason will be presenting a dynamic talk and demonstration entitled, “Fire: Ceramics, Mystery and Creativity.” Gareth describes, “Fire is an essentially mysterious force; its allure as magnetic now as it was to the earliest human beings.” (Above, ’Batholith’ detail).
Gareth Mason’s intimacy with fire affords him an acute perspective on that primordial power. Fire is the most taxing and rewarding of creative partners; replete with creative possibility, fickle, brutal and addictive, it can bless or bury the efforts of anyone who dares to meddle. Illustrated with images of his work and palette, Gareth Mason will discuss fire’s centrality to his practice, its potency to the human imagination, and the majesty of ceramic experience. (Above, Shadow Aghast).