The Mindy Solomon Gallery will make its second visit to SCOPE Basel in Basel, Switzerland, from June 12 –June 17. SCOPE, the world’s leading contemporary art show, proudly returns to Basel for the sixth year. Renowned for curating cutting-edge contemporary art from around the world, SCOPE will return to its high-profile venue in historic Kaserne, running concurrently with Art Basel, and just blocks away.
SCOPE Basel’s 5,000 m2 pavilion in the heart of Basel will provide an extraordinary opportunity for visitors to experience a view of the contemporary art market available nowhere else. Attendees to SCOPE Basel are a serious and dedicated group of collectors, press, museum professionals, and art enthusiasts whose impact on the cultural landscape is of inestimable importance.
Mindy Solomon is curating a program for the fair that references a sense of old European two-dimensional masterworks, as well as dynamic three-dimensional objects. Mindy Solomon Gallery artists Generic Art Solutions, Marc Burckhardt, Georgine Ingold, and Carrie Ann Baade will be featured; works by guest artists Elke Sada and Karin Karinson Nilsson will also be on view.
Generic Art Solutions will feature photographs referencing historic and religious subject matter with their unique humorous style. Their interpretation of ‘The Raft of the Medusa’ by Théodore Géricault, ‘Liberty Leading the People’ by Eugene Delacroix, and ‘The Death of Marat’ by Jacques-Louis David promise to enliven and inspire collectors.
Also highlighting historical reference in her work is German artist Elke Sada. Regarding her new collection ‘Hallstattpieces,’ Sada states: “In 2010, the sight of an ancient copper vessel in the Cultural Heritage Museum of Hallstatt, Austria, generated this new group of work I call the ‘Hallstattpieces.’ The ancient vessel and its riveted material connections inspired me to create these contemporary sculptural forms: Our home is storage for our memories. Our belongings are our keepsakes. Our minds have their own ways. When we touch, hear, smell, taste, and see objects, our senses instantaneously catapult toward our past or into a foreign place. My work is stimulated by this endlessly recurring experience. Because surface design and colorful paintings have always played a crucial role in my work, I naturally pick up my china brushes when I have finished a new form—a volume now, a body. Focused and exuberant, I apply colored slips and transparent glazes like paint.”
Painter Marc Burckhardt is trained in old master techniques to achieve texture and luminosity; he “comes from a storytelling as well as figurative tradition steeped in the visual language of Western art’s historical symbolism.” Providing contemporary insights and commentary, Burckhardt’s work references “possession-oriented” genres including portraiture and sporting painting, European masterworks, and American primitivism. A sense of familiarity inhabits his paintings—yet the viewer is struck by the psychological disconnect between real and imagined.
Also a scholar of old master technique, painter Carrie Ann Baade revitalizes the traditions of both oil painting and egg tempera. With subjects adopted from religion and mythology, her images mirror personal experience through allegory and narrative. Baade’s use of hundreds of separate clippings to form a new whole provides the viewer with an arresting array of pictorial references—parables combining fragments of the Renaissance and Baroque, surreal landscapes inhabited by exotic flora, fauna, and figures.
Basel-based artist Georgine Ingold’s rich oil paintings evoke the mystery and headiness of human emotion. Inspired by television and film, Ingold borrows psychologically compelling visual narratives and executes them in rich jewel tones. Her ‘self portraits’ explore the loneliness one can feel even when another person is in the same room. Psychological isolation, physical intimacy, and unfamiliar locations are subjects from which Ingold does not shy. Her brush work is exceptionally tactile in orientation, resplendent of the artist’s years working with her hands in ceramic material.
Swedish sculptural artist Karin Karinson Nilsson works in found objects and fabricated items that she finds primarily in flea markets. She reinterprets these materials by joining them with clay, glazes, and glass. The newly created artwork becomes a narrative of reinvention and curiosity. Karinson Nilsson states: “My interest lies within mass-produced and highly consumed items, where the aesthetic expression is often perceived tasteless and the material value is low. Mass-produced objects raise strong feelings of recognition, bringing with them associations, narratives, and notions of time and existence. We live off of and through material things, and even in our thoughts we refer to the use of things in a concrete, symbolic, or metaphorical way. My sculptures embody the symbolic, aesthetic, and cultural values that the objects in themselves posses, but by transferring these objects to alternative contexts I create contradictions and challenge the normative view. I want to raise questions that revolve around tradition. What happens when you move away from these traditions? And, what happens in the encounter between spectator and object when the object no longer looks as expected?
I feel an attraction to ready-mades, for how they portray scenes from life far removed from my own: a romantic view, in which symbolic values and aesthetics are alluring. Ready-mades’ sense of humor and anonymity make it possible for me to fill them with new purposes of my choosing. I am fond of the idea that objects are mass-produced so that I can fill them with personal meaning—dreams, longing, desire, lust, and wishes.”
Each of the artists presented at the fair bring a new and inventive perspective to mythology, history, and object. Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to bring this exhibition program to the global art community during SCOPE Basel 2012.