The Work of Sylvia Hommert

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The Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to present the work of New York based artist Sylvia Hommert April 6-May 11 at the gallery, with an Opening Night Reception Saturday, April 6th from 6-9PM and Artist’s Talk at 6:30PM. Born in 1967 and educated at the famous Otis Parsons School of Art in Los Angeles, California, Hommert’s background as a successful textile artist and designer led her to explore abstraction and the use of color and light in painting as another form of textural experimentation. Pushing the possibilities of pigment and surface with an almost alchemistic precision, she creates colorful surfaces that project prismatic color and pattern.

“The Symbol of all Art is the Prism.
The goal is destructive.
To break up the white light of objective realism into the secret glories it contains.”

– E.E. Cummings

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Sylvia Hommert // Domination Gold // 44 Panels //
Hologram paper, beeswax, aqua tint, resin, on birch panel //

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Sylvia Hommert // Zigzag // 2012 // 30 x 40 inches //

Hommert writes in her artist statement:

“Light and the reflection of light, how it interacts in an environment, is a constant thread that flows through my work. I am captivated by the silvery light glistening off alpine icicles and the lavender iridescence of sunset on water. It’s elusive, full of movement, ever changing, and it’s this ephemeral quality that intrigues me. How the passing of time plays off the luminous surfaces of each painting–the highs and lows, the shadows and relief. The color subtly shifts too, as the light moves through a space from sunrise to sunset, or as you move through the room. An organic calendar that clocks both physical movement and the passage of time. My technique has evolved as a way to capture the liquid and fluid nature of light, and I am drawn to materials that enhance and illuminate: pearly paua shell, metal leaf, holographic paper, crystalline mineral salts, beeswax, resin. By building up layers of materials from the opaque to translucent to transparent, then using a flame to burn away portions, I create depth and texture. Exposing elements that are underneath holds a hint of mystery that’s akin to uncovering buried treasure. Introducing dimension as a factor, I can express not only surface texture and depth, but different perspectives; the highs and lows offering yet another way to play with and capture light.”

EXHIBITION INFORMATION: Mindy Solomon Gallery presents ‘The Work of Sylvia Hommert‘ April 6-May 11, 2013. An Opening Night Reception takes place Saturday, April 6th, from 6-9pm, with an Artist’s Talk at 6:30pm. Hommert’s background as a successful textile artist and designer led her to explore abstraction and the use of color and light in painting as another form of textural experimentation. Pushing the possibilities of pigment and surface with an almost alchemistic precision, she creates colorful surfaces that project prismatic color and pattern. Mindy Solomon Gallery is located at 124 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11am-5pm. For more information, please contact the gallery at info@mindysolomon.com or 727-502-0852, or visit the website at www.mindysolomongallery.com

William Pachner: ‘Imagined Fragments’ // Opening Reception March 30 in Woodstock

The Byrdcliffe Kleinart/James Art Center is pleased to present ‘Imagined Fragments,’ a selection of black and white works on paper by William Pachner ( Mindy Solomon Gallery-represented artist), with a catalogue by Daniel Mason. The exhibition will be on view March 29-May 5, 2013, with an opening reception Saturday, March 30th, from 4-6pm. A gallery talk with William Pachner and Michael Perkins will take place May 6th from 2-3pm; Mr. Pachner will be 98 years old at the time of this talk. For more information, please contact BYRDCLIFFE at 845.679.2079, email info@woodstockguild.org,  or visit www.byrdcliffe.org. The Center is located at 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY.

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William Pachner // Drawing from the ‘Imagined Fragments’ Exhibition

Born in Czechoslovakia in 1915, Pachner has made his home in Woodstock since 1945. He studied art in Vienna and worked as an illustrator in Prague before coming to the United States in 1939 on the eve of World War II. During the war, his anti-fascist anti-Nazi illustrations have appeared in the foremost national magazines. When he learned in 1945 that all members of his family had been exterminated by the Germans, he quit his commercial career and resolved never again to do a commercial job, but to paint what he felt.

Known as a colorist, Pachner’s work includes satiric drawings, erotic figurative, biblical Judaic and Christian themes, photomontages, and paintings of great color intensity. Late in his career, he turned to black and white after losing sight in his one good eye. The works in this show represent loss: absence of sight, family, homeland—everything—with the almost unbearable weight of personal and artistic annihilation. While their form, movement, and gesture embrace an essential vitality, these drawings also embody a silent horror and violence. The artist’s final works embody a multiplicity of meanings and are an affirmation of humanness and the reminder of the sacredness of all life.

About his paintings, Pachner said, “I want, in each work, the world, like my countryman Mahler, the whole pie, not just one triangular wedge of it, but all of it in all of its contradictions, paradoxes, ironies, unbearable sorrows, indescribable joys, tragic comedy, farce, pathos and drama, both authentic and fraudulent. The world, I say to myself, on which all this takes place simultaneously—the world so incomprehensible, so dear, so much in need of our care, of our embrace.”

In recent years, his work has been shown at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Florida Holocaust Museum, and the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art.

The Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to offer a new secondary-market painting by William Pachner, Oil #9, painted in 1974 at 44.5 x 45 inches.  Please contact the gallery for details.

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William Pachner // Oil #9, 1974, 44.5 x 45,” oil on canvas

James Kennedy ‘A Fine Line’ // Greenwich Library Benefit

Greenwich Library‘s Flinn Gallery, located at 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, Connecticut, showcases the work of Mindy Solomon Gallery artist James Kennedy and Nancy Koenigsberg through May 1st. The exhibition, ‘A Fine Line,’ focuses on the exploration of line, shape, and form through these two artists’ very different techniques: acrylic and mixed media, and wire sculpture. An artist walk and talk will be held on Sunday, April 14th at 2pm; the exhibit is a benefit for the Friends of Greenwich Library.

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See more of  James Kennedy’s available works  at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

And, contact the Gallery at 727-502-0852 to inquire about Kennedy’s works featured in this post //

Art Southampton Fair

Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to announce their participation in the first Art Southampton fair. News according to The Hamptons Art Hub:

It’s official–The Hamptons will have a third art fair this summer. Art Southampton will hold its inaugural fair in July, creating a trio of weekends where art fairs take hold of the Hamptons.

Art Southampton will take place from July 26 to 30. It is presented by Art Miami, an anchor fair of Miami’s Art Week held each December. Art Miami presents modern and contemporary art. It has held 22 fairs since inception.

“Our goal as an organization is to come to the Hamptons and engage the community both socially and culturally long-term and offer a discerning group of collectors at every level the opportunity to enjoy the highest level art fair ever held in The Hamptons,” according to Nick Korniloff, who is director for Art Southampton as well as a partner of Art Miami LLC.

Art Southampton will be held from July 26 to 30, 2012 on the grounds of the Southampton Elks Lodge, 605 County Road 39, Southampton, NY. www.art-southampton.com

Visit the Mindy Solomon Gallery Fair page for news on other upcoming art fairs.

Gary Petersen Featured in Art in America

Mindy Solomon Gallery artist Gary Petersen‘s painting ‘The Things I Miss’ was featured in Art in America in May, along with a great review on Petersen:  “Showing a softer side to hard-edge abstraction…meditations on space, angle and extension…emotional content as well, which moves the viewer with its sense of attenuation.”  And, “new territory to explore in a tradition that feels like it is just getting started.”  We couldn’t agree more!

Read the full article here // Gary Petersen in Art in America, May 2012

ImageGary Petersen ‘The Things I Miss’ 2011, 20 x 16 inches, acrylic and oil on masonite panel

Petersen says of his work:  “I am an abstract painter using geometry, particularly line, to reflect vulnerability and uncertainty in the world and in the self. Color allows somewhat familiar forms to become personal and subtly eccentric. My work is influenced by childhood cartoons, cosmology, the body, and pop culture.  My longtime interest in early 20th century abstraction and the notion of the cosmic merges with an American pop sensibility.”

Gary Petersen is a native New Yorker, and holds a BS from Penn State and an MFA from The School of Visual Arts. Awards include: a studio at The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program 2010-2011; The New Jersey State Council on the Arts; Painting Fellowship Award for 2011, 2002, and 1993; and the Visual Arts Fellowship Award, Edward F. Albee Foundation, 1988. Petersen’s works have been exhibited widely in solo shows since the 1990s, and reviewed in The New York Sun, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Partisan Review.  He currently occupies a studio at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City.

ART MRKT San Francisco = Asian Inspired Art

The Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to return to ART MRKT San Francisco for its second year. Returning artist, Sungyee Kim, delivers paintings that might be described as deeply spiritual, a theme that unifies a cohesive collection of Meditative Works that embody a combination of traditional and contemporary themes.

In addition to a select grouping of two-dimensional works we will be presenting a collection of pop-inspired Chinese sculptures. San Francisco based artist, Wanxin Zhang, will feature a dynamic union shared between expressive figural work and historic narrative.

Mindy Solomon Gallery powerhouse painter James Kennedy will debut a new body of sophisticated hard edge geometric abstractions. Kennedy is a master of tonal painting that is reminiscent of mid-century modern design and architecture, which also elicits an Asian aesthetic.

Korean artist Lee Kang Hyo’s lovely jar forms, recently on display at the prestigious Asian Art Museum in San Francisco will be available for serious collectors of beautifully rendered puncheong onggi ceramics, as well as the newly inspired first time buyer. Erin Parish, newly added to the gallery roster, will be displaying a series of non-objective paintings that showcase her fervent commitment to Buddhist practices. Sylvia Hommert’s layered holographic paintings evoke Mandala like imagery, rounding out this magnetic group of talented artists.

ART MRKT San Francisco takes place May 17—20. If you are traveling to San Francisco, or reside in the area, feel free to contact us for fair passes and on site consultation. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Kate MacDowell’s New Works

Kate MacDowell’s hand-built porcelain sculptures respond to environmental threats and their consequences, revealing the rifts and frictions between man and nature. Kate lives and works in Portland, Oregon, where she prolifically creates work in response to environmental threats including: air pollution, global warming, clear-cutting and the misuse of pesticides and the effects on the health of the environment. (Including all of us)!

Kate is featured in the upcoming group exhibition titled, “Detailed Information,” opening Saturday, May 26 at 6—8PM and continuing through July 7, 2012. Kate MacDowell has created a new series of works, “Stolen 1 and Stolen 2,” hand built porcelain, cone 6 glaze, measuring aproximately 7x7x12.5 inches and 11x7x9.5 inches.

You can view more of Kate MacDowell’s work here. Please contact the gallery for additional information.