Mindy Solomon Gallery will be exhibiting at this year’s 18th SOFA 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).