Come by and visit the Mindy Solomon Gallery at The Metro Show in New York City this weekend January 23-26! Click here for a preview of the exhibition catalog.
At The Metro Show, Solomon will present work by Marc Lambrechts, Gregorio Peno, David Peters, and William Pachner in booth #104, in an exhibition entitled ‘Perspectives in Modernism and Materiality.’ With an emphasis on surface, color, line, and form rooted in a rich earthiness, the four artists assembled will provide a well-balanced installation of modern and modern-inspired works.
Marc Lambrechts is a painter based in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Belgium, Lambrechts considers himself to be a material minimalist. Lambrechts builds up his two-dimensional surfaces utilizing such materials as wood, banana leaves, cornhusks, sand, and plaster. Once the texture has been refined, he adds an almost imperceptible linear composition. His images are warm and engrossing.
Working with line as well as color, form, and composition is William Pachner. Pachner’s career spans almost 8 decades. He began as an art director for Esquire magazine in 1940, after emigrating from Czechoslovakia in 1939. He also created anti-fascist illustrations for Colliers, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook magazines in the early 1940s. In 1945, after learning of his family’s death at the hands of the Nazis, Pachner began to paint more intently. Pachner’s passionate brushwork and rich palette enabled him to channel some of the pain and sorrow from the loss of his family in Europe. As the years progressed, he transcended each historical artistic benchmark. One of his strongest bodies of work was the group of paintings done in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Mindy Solomon Gallery will present a representation of some of these works, which brilliantly illustrates this amazing period in American art history.
Creating a balance to the strong two-dimensional works on display will be the sculptural ceramics of Gregorio Peno and David Peters. Peno is an artist based in Spain. In his artist’s statement, he comments on his work: “Of key importance in my latest pieces is the convulsion and transformation of the material. The ceramic material, used not as an end but a means, allows for a range of plastic and conceptual qualities that are hard to achieve with other materials. In this sense, my work begins under a formal geometric conception with a carefully thought out construction of the shape. This is contrasted with the appearance of the organic, through the crumbling or expansion of the melted clay.” Peno’s work complements the expressive surfaces of Pachner’s canvases as well as the earthy richness of Lambrechts’ minimalist images.
Arizona artist David Peters’s painstakingly articulated sculptural vessel forms also embody materiality and texture. Peters’ works are created from hand-dug clays that he harvests from the mountains and hillsides in Bozeman and Helena, Montana. Ever the geologically-minded artist, he develops the material and forms it to perfection before embarking on the lengthy woodfire process. The outcome is brilliant earth surfaces that highlight the deeply embedded minerals hidden within the earth’s core. Peters’s beautifully articulated craftsmanship showcases all of the organic elements in each finely tuned work.
Mindy Solomon Gallery’s presentation at the 2014 METRO Fair will provide a warm and stimulating art environment for the abstract-minded viewer.