Ocean Drive Features BFA Graduate Exhibition

“Introduction to the Real World 101” is how Mindy Solomon describes the upcoming select BFA graduate exhibition hosted in the gallery. Solomon serves as student-artist proxy, offering mentorship and leadership to emerging artists as they prepare to enter the greater field. This year’s show, curated by Eddie Negron, features five recent BFA graduates from downtown Miami’s New World School of the Arts: Jessica Martin, Elizabeth New, Richard M. Sanchez, Richard Spit, and Joshua Veasey. Catch a sneak peek of their work below, and stay tuned for more from these talents in  A Mass on Foreign Ground, on view August 20-September 3, 2016 at the gallery. Read more in the feature in Ocean DriveCatch a Rising Star.

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Elizabeth New

Elizabeth New

Richard Spit

Richard Spit

Joshua Veasey

Joshua Veasey

Jessica Martin

Jessica Martin

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Richard M. Sanchez

Gregorio Peño Featured in Group Exhibition // Spain

Gonzalez_MartiStepping out of line – FROM PROVOCATION TO ILLUSION brings together 50 of the most important contemporary Spanish ceramicists, including Mindy Solomon Gallery artist Gregorio Peño. The exhibition reflects the current state of elite ceramics in Spain, on view from July 21–October 10, 2016 at the Museo Nacional de Cerámica y Artes Suntuarias González Martí in Valencia.

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Gregorio Peno // Floración IX // 2011, 32 x 26 x 16 cm, clay, slip, glaze, mixed media, melted clay

“An invitation to the imagination where everything is possible: new and delicate aspects, juggling porcelain and dreamed geometries…artists who accept the challenge of the impossible and of a demanding work with many difficulties that have to be overcome.”

Art Market + Design // Hamptons July 7-10

Please join Mindy Solomon Gallery at the 2016 Market Art + Design Fair in the Hamptons, July 7-10, featuring work by Ryota Unno, Lauren Mabry,  Linda LopezAndrew CastoKang Hyo Lee, Pablo Griss, and Glauko Alizara in booth B10.

Linda Lopez // Untitled Salmon Dust Furry with Hole // 2016 //  Glazed ceramic // 19 x 11.5 x 7.5 inches

Linda Lopez // Untitled Salmon Dust Furry with Hole // 2016 // Glazed ceramic // 19 x 11.5 x 7.5 inches

Glauko Alizara // Stretched handcrafted sequin fabric // 44 x 68 inches

Glauko Alizara // Stretched handcrafted sequin fabric // 44 x 68 inches

Andrew Casto // Assemblage 80 // 2015 // Ceramic, luster // 15 x 7 x 11 inches

Andrew Casto // Assemblage 80 // 2015 // Ceramic, luster // 15 x 7 x 11 inches

Ryota Unno // Natural pigments, crushed and mixed with rabbit skin glue and rice paper, mounted on wood // 55 x 29 inches

Ryota Unno // Natural pigments, crushed and mixed with rabbit skin glue and rice paper, mounted on wood // 55 x 29 inches

Lauren Mabry// Glazed ceramic // 16 x 19 x 19 inches

Lauren Mabry // Glazed ceramic // 16 x 19 x 19 inches

Kang Hyo Lee // Glazed ceramic // 24 x 24 x 35 centimeters

Kang Hyo Lee // Glazed ceramic // 24 x 24 x 35 centimeters

Pablo Griss // Acrylic on canvas // 37.5 x 51 inches

Pablo Griss // Acrylic on canvas // 37.5 x 51 inches

“Political Fold” and “About the Absolute Truth” Top Picks in Miami Press

Cuban artists Geandy Pavón and José Manuel Mesías have received top picks from several Miami publications including The Culture Trip, Cuban Art News, Miami New Times, El Nuevo Herald, and the Miami Art Guide.  Don’t miss “Political Fold” and “About the Absolute Truth,” on view at Mindy Solomon Gallery through August 13th.

My Mother // 2008 // 56 x 77 inches // Acrylic, pastel, marker, colored pencil, pencil, paper, canvas and masonite

José Manuel Mesías // Mi Madre // 2008 // 53 x 35.5 inches // Acrylic, pastel, marker, smalt, paper, masonite

JGeandy Pavon // Wrinkled Wing // 2015 // 30 x 40 inches // oil and acrylic on canvas

Geandy Pavón // Wrinkled Wing // 2015 // 30 x 40 inches // oil and acrylic on canvas

El Nuevo Herald Review: Los dobleces de la historia, Geandy Pavón y José Manuel Mesías

An insightful review from Cuba’s El Nuevo Herald on the current exhibition at the gallery Geandy Pavón: Political Fold // José Manuel Mesías: About the Absolute Truth:

> Read the full review here. 

'Chained Liberty', 2016, Geandy Pavon. Acrylic and oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches. Mindy Solomon Gallery

‘Chained Liberty’, 2016, Geandy Pavon. Acrylic and oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches. Mindy Solomon Gallery

“Both exhibitions are composed of a dozen works each, elegantly distributed in the space of the gallery. There is a thematic similarity: the interest in historical memory from two different perspectives. The first emphasizes the consequences of the story in the individual consciousness of the artist, that is, in history with capital letters; while the second delves into the intimacy of memories, but at a much more concrete, personal, everyday level.”

Kobayashi & Pagk: Art Circuit’s CRITIC’S CHOICE

We are honored that Osamu Kobayashi and Paul Pagk were selected as one of May’s five Critic’s Choice features by Claire Breukel on Art Circuits this week. This show was a beautiful union of two artists who share a love of the materiality of paint, the delights of vibrant color, and the varieties of spatial experience found in abstraction.

Check out the Art Circuits homepage this month for featured images by Kobayashi and Pagk. You can read more about the exhibit here.

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Geandy Pavón: Political Fold // José Manuel Mesías: About the Absolute Truth

Exhibition: May 28–August 13, 2016
Opening Reception // Saturday, May 28th from 7-9pm with Both Artists in Attendance

“Is the narrative you now possess really and truly your own? Are your dreams really your own dreams? Might not they be someone else’s visions that could sooner or later turn into nightmares?” -Haruki Murakami

Geandy Pavón // Wrinkled Wing // 2015 // 30 x 40 inches // oil and acrylic on canvas

Geandy Pavón // Wrinkled Wing // 2015 // 30 x 40 inches // oil and acrylic on canvas

Curator Mindy Solomon states: “I woke up last night after two seemingly prophetic dreams. In the first, I was called to the phone because of the impending death of a family member; and in the second, I was impossibly stalled getting to my critical destination, which in turn caused me to be late for one of the most important events of my life. The stagnancy of time and the thick, almost soupy like feel of the atmosphere in which I found myself pushing through, left me feeling bereft and sullen upon actual waking. The lingering memory of the dreams hangs on me even now, several hours into a reasonably productive day. No doubt, current life circumstance is playing havoc on my subconscious, and the subsequent transferral of nervous energy, which has informed my every task. Artists also transform the sacred to the profane, moving dream and story through complex neural circuitry until the ideas find a tangible surface to be displayed upon. Does this purging of visions lessen the psychological burden of these memories and experiences? Artists Geandy Pavón and José Manuel Mesías, bend and twist imagery in ways that become extrapolated manifestations of reality and historic memory.” 

Geandy Pavón describes his newest body of work, Political Fold as follows:
“In my opinion, the effectiveness of an image is inscribed in its potential as a ruin. I am interested in revealing the conceptual strength of an image by turning it into a ruin. I have found, in the classic media of painting, the most effective way to perpetuate this moment.

“Recently, I have developed a series of works in which I use archival photographic material which I wrinkle, cut, or fold to be used as a model for my paintings. The subject portrayed in each photograph allows me to travel from one genre to another, such as landscapes or portraits, but always conceived from the perspective of a still life painter.”

Pavón de-mythologizes symbols of history, capitalism, and government as a means of drawing the viewer into deeper narrative introspection.

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José Manuel Mesías // Mi Madre // 2008 // 53 x 35.5 inches // acrylic, pastel, marker, smalt, paper, masonite

José Manuel Mesías‘ work in About the Absolute Truth revolves around the idea of art as a means of exploring the unknown. Through detailed observation of objects, spaces, and people close to his daily life in Old Havana, Mesías looks for a passage through the thick tissue of the “real world,”probing his disturbing and disquieting inner monologue. Silent and mysterious large-format paintings, expressionist portraits, and small textural objects both found and fabricated, are the main focus of his oeuvre. The integration of the decaying beauty and deterioration of his urban environment inspire him to create psychologically charged tableaus.