3 Mindy Solomon Gallery Artists // Trophies & Prey in Santa Fe

Trophies and Prey: A Contemporary Bestiary at Peters Project in Santa Fe, New Mexico features gallery artists John Byrd, Kate MacDowell, and Wookjae Maeng. Their works speak true to the symbolism, metaphor, and eco-activist slant of the exhibition.

Trophies and Prey is on view through October 3.

Read more about the exhibition //

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John Byrd, Untitled (Long Horn), 2013 Porcelain, Mixed Media, 23 × 14 × 10 inches

“To enter Santa Fe’s Peters Projects at the moment is to be transported into a hunting-lodge-cum-bestiary, with a decidedly 21st-century twist. The gallery’s current group show Trophies and Prey: A Contemporary Bestiary, curated by Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio, offers a survey of sculpture focused on animals—and humankind’s fraught relationship with them.” -Artsy

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Kate MacDowell, Nursemaid 1, 2015 Hand-built Porcelain, Glaze, 11 × 8½ × 11 inches

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Kate MacDowell, Nursemaid 2, 2015 Hand-built Porcelain, Glaze, 18 × 13½ × 10 inches

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Kate MacDowell, Nursemaid 3, 2015 Hand-built Porcelain, Glaze, 20 × 8 × 14 inches

“Whether we or our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.” – Wendell Berry

Wookjae Maeng, Adaptation #03-Big Horn Sheep, 2012 Porcelain, Wood, 8 3/8 × 11 5/8 × 18 7/8 inches

Wookjae Maeng, Adaptation #03-Big Horn Sheep, 2012
Porcelain, Wood, 8 3/8 × 11 5/8 × 18 7/8 inches

 Wookjae Maeng, Adaptation #03-Big Horn Sheep, 2012 Porcelain, Wood, 8 3/8 × 11 5/8 × 18 7/8 inches

Wookjae Maeng, Adaptation #03-Big Horn Sheep, 2012, Porcelain, Wood, 8 3/8 × 11 5/8 × 18 7/8 inches

 

Kate MacDowell // Banksy’s “Dismaland”

The unveiling of Banksy’s Dismaland has been making waves in the art world and beyond this past week. We are proud of and inspired by Mindy Solomon artist Kate MacDowell for her contributions to this enormous project, and as Christopher Jobson of Colossal says, “even if Banksy is not your cup of tea, there are more than a few reasons to check out Dismaland.”

“The event has all the hallmark details of a traditional Banksy event from its initial shroud of secrecy to artistic themes of apocalypse, anti-consumerism, and pointed social critiques on celebrity culture, immigration, and law enforcement. However, there’s one major deviation: the bulk of the artwork packed into three main interior galleries was created by dozens of other artists.”

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Muir Vidler on Slate.com

Muir Vidler was featured in an evocative spread on Slate.com entitled “These Photos Aren’t Trying to Tell You Anything—That’s What Makes Them So Great.”

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In the article Muir says: “I’m weary of any art form that tries to tell you something. I certainly never set out to say I want you to think this or this is what I’m trying to say. I just realized some personal projects had that theme after having done a couple. I like that theme and wanted to find new work with that theme in mind. I’m not trying to say anything with it. I like the idea of art in general raising more questions than giving answers, I like for people to ask what’s happening.”

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Don’t miss “The Way We See It”
Works by Muir Vidler // On view October 23
Mindy Solomon’ s NEW LOCATION IN LITTLE RIVER!
8397 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138

>> See more Muir Vidler at Mindy Solomon Gallery <<

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Wookjae Maeng // Cover Feature in Pasatiempo, Santa Fe

getimageGallery artists Wookjae MaengKate MacDowell, and John Byrd are featured in “Trophies and Prey,” an exhibition curated by Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio at Peters Projects in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“In late July, news broke of the death of Cecil the lion, a beloved thirteen-year-old lion killed by American dentist Walter Palmer on a bow-hunting  trip in Zimbabwe. Palmer’s safari—coupled with the controversy surrounding Idaho hunter Sabrina Cor­gatelli’s pictures of her kills from a South African trip, which she triumphantly posted on social media—has sparked widespread outrage, prompting many to question the value of big game and sport hunting. In light of this news, Peters Projects’ Trophies and Prey: A Contemporary Bestiary seems especially timely. Together, the show’s eleven artists—Jeremy Brooks, Undine Brod, John Byrd, Beth Cavener, Michelle Erickson, Alessandro Gallo, Jan Huling, Jeff Irwin, Wookjae Maeng, Kate McDowell, and Adelaide Paul—present an engaging survey of multimedia, animal­ themed artworks rife with suggestion and symbolism.”

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“The work of South Korean artist Wookjae Maeng perhaps most clearly adheres to the exhibition’s theme. Made of slick white ceramic, Big Horn Sheep is beautiful and commanding, frozen but ultimately unyielding. Its metallic eyes are narrowed in an icy stare, and its mouth is set in a blatantly disapproving grimace. It’s as dramatic and arresting as an ancient Greek bust—and made with the same painstaking, reverential attention to detail.”  -Pasatiempo

 

 

Theoretical Notions of the Nonrepresentational // Ringling Exhibition Reviewed in SRQ

Thanks go out to SRQ Magazine for the great review of Ringling College’s Defining Abstraction, on view through August 5th in Sarasota, Florida.  This group show features work by three Mindy Solomon Gallery artists, and the article showcases an image of Bone Shaker by our artist Ali Smith as well as commentary on Smith and our artist Ernesto Garcia Sanchez.

Read the full review here //

Ali Smith // Bone Shaker, 2013, 60 x 42 inches, Oil on canvas

Ali Smith // Bone Shaker, 2013, 60 x 42 inches, Oil on canvas

“And as much as the work speaks to each other, it engages with the past as well. Looking at Ali Smith’s painting Bone Shaker, seeing the artist utilize the textural qualities of oil painting to its height, in a frenzied and layered creation of crooked turns and dynamic coloration, [curator] Ormond sees history. “She acknowledges a debt to abstract expressionist painting from the ‘40s and ‘50s,” said Ormond, “but she has a totally different sensibility because of the way she approaches putting marks on a canvas.” Similarly, Ormond pauses in front of Ernesto Garcia Sanchez’ Untitled, a gridded and patterned composition on cut canvas that bridges abstraction and minimalism and makes Ormond think of the artist Frank Stella from the ‘50s. “If an artist is conscious of what came before, they might reference approaches that other artists utilize, but they make it their own,” says Ormond. “Because this doesn’t look like a Frank Stella painting.” -SRQ Magazine

 

See more Ali Smith at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

Don’t miss more new work by Ali Smith, on view September 11th through October 16th in Fever Pitch at Mindy Solomon Gallery’s new location in Little River: 8397 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida.

Muir Vidler // Forever Young PR Around the World

Mindy Solomon Gallery artist Muir Vidler was featured in media coverage across the globe this week:  ABC News, The Guardian front page, Beautiful/Decay, and Feature Shoot.  Journalists took special interest in his series of photographs of “Britain’s aging rebels and mavericks.”

Muir Vidler // Isobel Varley

Muir Vidler // Isobel Varley

“After seeing a man in his 60s wearing a leather harness dancing at a gay club, photographer Muir Vidler realised he wanted to celebrate the people that never let their age define who they are. From the ‘world’s most-tattooed senior woman’ to a Jurassic mod, here are his band of rebels.”
-The Guardian

 

Muir Vidler // Mick and Peggy Warner

Muir Vidler // Mick and Peggy Warner

Muir Vidler has an unusual portrait project. “I had the idea to shoot portraits of aging rebels and mavericks after meeting Adrian Delgoffe in a club in Brixton called Love Muscle. He was dancing by himself wearing a leather harness and chains and I thought it was great that he was doing that in his 60’s rather than sitting at home, covered in biscuit crumbs, wedged into an armchair in front of the TV. I wanted to take photos that celebrate the people who don’t let age define who they are and how they live their lives.”
-ABC News

Muir Vidler‘s work, along with Scot Sothern‘s, will be on exhibition in The Way We See It from October 23rd through December 11th at Mindy Solomon Gallery’s new location in Little River: 8397 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL.

Take a look at Muir’s new series of animals from the Isle of Muck in Scotland, a departure from his usual photographic subjects.

More Muir Vidler at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

2014—2015 Gallery Exhibition Archives

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

January 23—January 26, 2014
Metro Show NYC

February 5—9, 2014
Zona Maco Arte Contemporaneo

February 1—March 22, 2014
Reflective Realities: Christopher Winter

February 13—17, 2014
Art Wynwood

March 6—9, 2014
VOLTA NY

March 29—May 3, 2014
Earth Bound: Co-Curated by Josh DeWeese Josh DeWeese, David Peters, and Marc Lambrechts And invited artists Tara Wilson, Scott Parady, Ted Adler, and Tim Rowan

May 8-July 26, 2014
Marc Burckhardt: Mythmaker

August 1-September 12, 2014
Material Collaborations: Alejandro Contreras & David Hicks

September 19-November 8, 2014
Folkloric Acid: The Work of Einar and Jamex de la Torre

November 14-January 2, 2014
James Kennedy: m o r p h o s i s

January 8-January 22, 2015
Special Exhibition Curated by Rafael Domenech: Works by Ernesto Garcia Sanchez & Jose Manuel Mesias

January 29-February 25, 2015
William Pachner: Selected Works from the 60s, 70s, and 80s

February 27-April 3, 2015
Dominique Labauvie: Forms of Fiction

April 10-May 15, 2015
Kate MacDowell: Completely Exposed

May 16-May 26, 2015
Woes: Rafael Alvarez, Anthony Anaya, Rubin Gabeau, Vincent Granela, Guilherme Morae

May 29-July 3, 2015
Intimate Strangers:
Christina West