“…in refusing to “dumb down” the work, Solomon has created a loyal following via a string of sophisticated exhibits where spectators are just as likely to see a series of highly conceptual, illustrative paintings as a set of visceral, material-driven sculptures. Decamping to Little Haiti has helped maintain the serious, creative vision of this forward-thinking space.
“Running through March and April are dual solo shows: “Whenever Forever” by Jennifer LeFort and “Revelatory Dérive” by Andrew Casto. LeFort’s innovative canvases bristle and glow with assertive neon hues, a space the artist says is “both pre-tech and post-virtual at once.” Casto’s alien sculptural forms mimic erosion and geological processes, but their unconventional coloring and warped compositions seek to invoke “the phenomenological ramifications of responsibilities and stress [that] shape us physically, mentally, and emotionally.”
The upcoming shows of Jennifer Lefort and Andrew Casto are featured in the Miami Edition of the March/April South Florida Luxury Guide as The Art of Wandering.
Jennifer Lefort explores abstraction’s winding roads with paintings featuring punches of color and distorted patterns. Ceramic sculptor Andrew Casto parallels Lefort’s showcase with Revelatory Derivé, which examines Guy Debord’s psychological theory of derivé (meaning “drifting” in French), a method of experimental behavior in urban society, which involves the “rapid passage through varied ambiances.”
Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to present the inaugural solo exhibitions of artists Jennifer Lefort and Andrew Casto. Both artists explore the possibilities of abstraction through movement, gesture, surface and palette. On view at the gallery March 11th–May 14th, 2017 at 8397 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami in Little River. An opening reception will take place Saturday, March 11th from 6-9pm; artist Andrew Casto will attend.
Join us for the Opening Reception of Jennifer Lefort‘s Whenever Forever and Andrew Casto‘s Revelatory Dérive. This will be the inaugural solo exhibition for both artists, and Andrew Casto will be in attendance at the opening.
Opening Reception, Saturday, March 11th from 6–9pm
Artist Andrew Casto in attendance
Exhibition on view through May 14th
Renowned Canadian painter and curator Leopold Plotek writes: “Jennifer Lefort’s canvases bring to mind the words of the distinguished poet Def Jef: ‘God made ’em funky!’ She is an artist whose work nearly grazes the form and spirit of popular media, and her colour would be inconceivable prior to the arrival of digital media or at the very least colour television. Saturated, electrified, her fields and often wiggy goings-on across them are finally pictorial, but not so much by things they represent (what are they, anyway?), as by pretending to creep, ooze, thump, pulse or pullulate; and all performed in rampant, chemical, often complementary hues. Her canvases present a striking contrast in luminosity and colour-temperature, and show how radically ground-colours can determine our perception of pictorial space.”
Of his own work, Andrew Casto says, “My current body of work involves an investigation into dialogues concerning extant negative forces in our lives, and to what degree the phenomenological ramifications of responsibilities and stress shape us physically, mentally, and emotionally. The formal language present in this analysis is based on a material study of erosion and geological processes translated into ceramic and mixed media objects. I seek a purposeful link between macrocosmic environmental change, and interruptions in our otherwise routine existence. Within this inquiry, alternative and diverse construction methods are emphasized as tools of fresh, genuine expression in the creation of dynamic assemblages of great fragility. The foundation of this exploration is a desire to uncover the sublime in these moments of incongruity; the rush of presence into experience that might otherwise remain banal and ordinary, brought on by perceived inconvenience. My work asserts that it is possible for our daily vexations to illuminate the power of the present moment–something we all too often fail to notice.”
Precise, stark, and often clinical in their approach, French-born, Miami-based sculptor and painter Dominique Labauvie’s pieces have an unexpected source of inspiration. Drawing from natural rock and landscape formations, Labauvie distills form and line to its most refined iteration. Stripping them of all their frivolity, he lays bare the essentials. His first solo show in over a year promises new sculptures and drawings of the same ilk. Emphasizing nature as coherent rather than random, his forms are evoke a graphic simplicity. Labauvie primarily employs industrial materials in his practice, signaling a parallelism between the natural and modern worlds. The composition conflates an organic abstraction with a natural one, leading its viewers to consider the relation between art, or culture, and nature. From large-scale, three-dimensional work, his drawings boil down his formal elements even further. His new work often features flurries of color, but have the same laser-like focus on reducing shape and line to the barest essentials. Dominique Labauvie’s new work will be on view at Mindy Solomon Gallery, from January 21 – March 4, 2017.
You can view Labauvie’s work beyond “Material Catch” in his first Spotlight exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, organized by Curator of Contemporary Art Katherine Pill, In St. Petersburg Florida.
On view through January 14th, Generic Art Solutions present at Mindy Solomon Gallery the video and live performance titled Streetfighter: Ninjas which particularly addresses the confrontation and surrender involved in collaboration, and the glory and failure of conflict and bravado associated with the works.
Generic Art Solutions was honored to work with Yotam Haber, who has composed a score for the video work. Haber is a composer based in New Orleans, a 2005 Guggenheim fellow, and a 2007 Rome Prize winner in Music Composition. In 2015, Haber was commissioned by the Kronos Quartet and Carnegie Hall for the 50 For the Future Project to write break_break_break for string quartet and electronics (electronics by Philip White).
In the Miami debut of the StreetFighter: Ninjas performance, G.A.S. teamed up with the digital projection installation artist and educator from Galway, Ireland, Jane Cassidy. Primarily trained in music composition and animation, Jane earned a Masters in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin in 2008, and an MFA in Digital Art from Tulane University in 2014. Jane is currently Assistant Professor of Digital Media at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
Einar and Jamex de la Torre are among the featured artists in this Miami New Times article focusing on collections confronting controversial issues. If you missed the opening reception and the launch of Cheech Marin’s new mezcal Tres Papalote,® come in to the gallery to experience The Flaunting of Youth by Einar and Jamex de la Torre and Raw Horse Power by Generic Art Solutions. On view through January 14, 2017.
“They are among the most important Chicano or “Border Baroque” artists in the world today.”
– Lena Katz, Miami New Times
“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 six recent BFA graduates from downtown Miami’s New World School of the Arts: Ani Gonzalez, Joshua Veasey, Elizabeth Newberry, Richard Sanchez, German Caceres, and Jessica Martin. 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 17, 2016 at the gallery. Read more in the feature in Ocean Drive, Catch a Rising Star.