Material Collaborations Exhibition // Opening Friday August 1st

Either an ordered Universe or a medley heaped together mechanically but still an order; or can order subsist in you and disorder in the Whole! And that, too, when all things are so distinguished and yet intermingled and sympathetic. —Marcus Antoninus Aurelius, A. S. L. Farquharson (ed.), The Meditations of the Emperor Marcus Antoninus Aurelius (1944), Vol. I, Book IV, 63

Mindy Solomon Gallery presents ‘Material Collaborations: David Hicks & Alejandro Contreras,’ August 1st-September 12th at the gallery. The two artists featured in the exhibition have a profound interest in exploring and exploiting two and three dimensional surfaces. An Opening Reception with the artists will be held on Friday, August 1st, from 6-9pm.

Fire Singuisher Paint Peeling Off the Wall 2014 mixed media on canvas 144 x 95

Alejandro Contreras // Fire Stinguisher Paint Peeling off the Wall // 2014 // 144 x 95 inches // mixed media on canvas

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David Hicks // Still Life (Pod and Flora I) // 2014 //23 x 18 x 12 inches Ceramic and steel

Alejandro Contreras // Fire Stinguisher // 2013 // 104 x 86 inches // Paint with pigmented resin mixed media on canvas

Alejandro Contreras //
Fire Stinguisher // 2013 // 104 x 86 inches // Paint with pigmented resin mixed media on canvas

Alejandro Contreras is an artistic innovator, exploring the myriad opportunities that are afforded through the digital world. Most recently, he has been experimenting with the interconnection between photographic imagery and interpretive drawing. The drawings appear to be a multi-colored linear abstractions, when in fact they are a derivation of carefully considered representative images that are then transmitted through a computer using a seismic-like graphing technique. Contreras also works with polymer resin. He utilizes resin in a multitude of applications. In some of his two-dimensional works, he applies resin like paint. He builds surfaces with mixed media, such as powdered pigments, vinyl sheeting, aluminum, and other found materials. The resin becomes a connective tissue of sorts—binding layers and textures to a unified whole.

Fire Stinguisher paint with pigmented resin mix media on canvas 104 x 86

Alejandro Contreras // Fire Stinguisher // 2013 // 104 x 86 inches Paint with pigmented resin mixed media on canvas

In his own words, the artist says of his work, “My art consists of abstract compositions that stem out of images of patterns mostly found in nature. Photographs are processed into mechanical drawings that are then transformed through the use of vinyl, paint, glue, resin, wood, found materials, and even recycled artwork. The process begins with digital photographs that are turned into outline drawings. Adapted plotter machines and advanced computer software are used to transfer these patterns onto flat surfaces. The outcome varies depending on the vinyl shapes and ink marks. Different effects can be achieved by varying the order of colors, thickness, and pressures. In some cases, sections of the drawing are layered with the use of epoxy resins. This process creates the illusion of depth and allows experimentation. It is also the turning point where two-dimensional pieces turn into three-dimensional works.” Contreras explains that his method allows for constant experimentation, in which multiple effects can be achieved by adjusting the variables. His generative form of artmaking was set in motion by curiosity, but, “has stimulated a newfound appreciation for serendipity.”

David Hicks // Still Life (Junction) // 2014 // 20 x 20 x 11 inches // Ceramic and steel

David Hicks // Still Life (Junction) // 2014 // 20 x 20 x 11 inches // Ceramic and steel

David Hicks utilizes texture, color, and form to create his ceramic sculptures. He cites the interaction of touch and material as a conversation being carried out in the studio—attempting to recreate his surroundings through a language of material and hand. Rooted in an attraction to agriculture, the shapes and themes Hicks references can be found in the fields surrounding his home: they may be seen “hanging from trees, buried in the dirt, or rusting in the shed” before finding their way into his works. These organic and sometimes mechanical forms speak to human experience, as in the agricultural world there are cycles and struggles that start with fertilization, move through growth, and finally end in decay. The rawness in the formal nature of organic elements has the ability to speak a universal language, which Hicks engages in his sculpture—a language of origin, form, and beauty. Read more about Material Collaborations // August 1st-September 12th  // Opening Reception Friday, August 1st, from 6-9pm //

Gallery Schedule // 2013

December 22, 2012—February 2, 2013
Home for the Holidays
The de la Torre Brothers

January 24—27, 2013
The Metro Show NYC

January 12—February 23, 2013
Subversive Narratives: Exposing the Raw Side
balzerARTprojects

February 14—18, 2013
Art Wynwood

March 7—10, 2013
VOLTA NY

February 9—March 30, 2013
Post Coital
Rebekah Bogard, Georgine IngoldMuir VidlerScot SothernChristina West, and Becky Flanders and Marta Soul courtesy of Kopeikin Gallery

April 10—14, 2013
Zona Maco Contemporary Art Fair

April 6—May 11, 2013
Solo Exhibition: Sylvia Hommert

May 25—June 29, 2013
Material Inspiration:
Gareth Mason 

June 10—16, 2013
Scope Basel 2013

June 30—July 13, 2013
Gallery Closed for Holiday

July 20—September 14, 2013
The Paintings of Erin Parish 

September 24—October 2, 2013
Collectors’ Trip to Korea with Mindy Solomon

October 10—13, 2013
Texas Contemporary Art Fair

October 31—November 3, 2013
SOFA Chicago

October 16—November 16, 2013
Renaissance Men:
A Solo Exhibition by Generic Art Solutions

December 3—8, 2013
Art Miami

November 21—December 16, 2013
Southern Fried:
John ByrdJeremy ChandlerJeremiah Jenkins

December 19, 2013—January 25, 2014
FOCUS KOREA:
Kang Hyo LeeMinkyu Lee, Sung-Jae ChoiRee Soo-Jong,
HunChung LeeWookjae MaengSungyee Kim

Organic Inhabitants

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.

Above: David Hicks | L: Flora (Emerald Milk), R: Flora (Yellow)

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.

Organic Inhabitants will be a show that not only occupies space, but informs and enhances in a three dimensional conversation. For more information, visit the Mindy Solomon Gallery Exhibition page.

David Hicks at Boltax Gallery Summer Project

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.

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And, see more of David’s newest works at the upcoming Mindy Solomon Gallery exhibit ‘Organic Inhabitants: The Creature Comforts of David Hicks and Patricia Sannit‘ this summer, July 14 – September 8 here at Mindy Solomon.

David Hicks Acquired by ASU Art Museum Ceramic Collection

David Hicks, Flora

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.

David Hicks, Flora

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).

David Hicks Flora Group

Flora Group, 2012
Glazed Ceramic, dimensions variable

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.”

Read more about his work at the Mindy Solomon Gallery website.

ART Palm Beach Booth No. 103

We are exhibiting at Palm Beach Country Convention Center Booth 103 today and through Sunday, January 23. The artist lineup is dynamic and the work of James KennedyDavid HicksJosh DeWeese and Sylvia Hommert is inspired. Please contact the gallery for a complete artwork listing and pricing information. See you soon.

ArtPalmBeach January 20—23

Thank you for all of your support throughout the year. We appreciate the opportunity to have introduced you to so many gifted artists and inspired works of art. 2012 Is shaping up to be another solid year featuring  important contemporary artists specializing in photography, sculptural forms, ceramic vessels, glass pieces and painting.

2012 Kicks off with ArtPalmBeach, now in its 15th year, at the Palm Beach Country Convention Center January 20—23. Proudly, we will be presenting new work by James Kennedy (above), David Hicks (top), Josh DeWeese and Sylvia Hommert, (represented by the Boltax Gallery located in Shelter Island, NY).

ArtPalmBeach is considered one of the most influential contemporary art fairs on Florida’s Gold Coast by both critics and art enthusiasts since its opening in 1997. In honor of the Anniversary celebration, the fair will debut the most extensive program in its history by encompassing premiere events, special exhibitions, topical lectures, special museum tours, installations, performances and exclusive VIP programs. Please visit ArtPalmBeach for additional information. (above: Sylvia Hommert, Domination Gold, 44 panels).