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 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 Kennedy, David Hicks, Josh DeWeese and Sylvia Hommert is inspired. Please contact the gallery for a complete artwork listing and pricing information. See you soon.
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).
Mindy Solomon Gallery will be exhibiting at this year’s 18thSOFA Chicago November 4—6 located at the historic Navy Pier. Proudly, we will be presenting a compelling sculpture program featuring artisans Gareth Mason and David Hicks (pictured above).
There’s a lot of buzz around this art fair, as Mark Lyman, founding director of SOFA describes, “My original vision for the SOFA fairs was to keep pressing to heighten the visibility of art on the cutting edge of the field.” (Gareth Mason, pictured above).
Maverick British artist Gareth Mason is a master sculptor exploring the marvels of porcelain with an alchemistic flare. His dynamic surfaces communicate a type of wizardry not frequently found in more traditional vessel forms. His arresting, swirling vortex of color and expression speaks to the works of great abstract expressionists. His erosive multiply fired structures evoke more questions than answers, and pottery enthusiasts as well as lovers of all contemporary art forms will be beguiled by the mystery of his fire.
Fine artist David Hicks recent collection of works deem him the “King of Bling.” Hick’s features an unparalleled exploration into the wonderland of luster and metallic glazing. His wall sculptures are composed with dozens of hand built objects carefully arranged to create wall pieces unlike anything ever expressed in ceramic material. Using considerable construction skills, he creates a system of wall mounts and cables that appear to float effortlessly from the wall. Hick’s duality between hard and soft provides the viewer with a highly textual, multi-dimensional experience. (Interview here).
North Carolina based David Hicks is a sculptor who creates works complimentary of nature and organic forms. The American Museum of Ceramic Art in Los Angeles and the United States Embassy Art Collection celebrates David’s work as it continually expands into new frontiers, reestablishing traditional notions about the ceramic arts.
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.
Advocate of the arts and friend to the gallery, Mark Murphy, recently caught up with Dave Hicks and wrote a compelling interview. Read more…
We are pleased to share recent fine art developments and dynamic expansions over the hot summer months. “Hot” is the appropriate term, as the gallery continues to deliver a fevered focus in the contemporary art genres of ceramics, assemblage, painting and construction.
Passionate artists and dynamic exhibitions are being displayed in our home gallery, as well as art fairs around the country including: Art MRKT San Francisco/CA, Art MRKT Hamptons/NY, SOFA Santa Fe/NM, SOFA Chicago/IL, and the innovative talent of Sungyee Kim (featured above), Wanxin Zhang, Diane Ding, David Hicks, Josh DeWeese and Kang Hyo Lee. As well as the dedication of Northern Ireland fine artist, James Kennedy to our talented line up of inventive artists.