Richard Bassett in “Contradictions”

“Contradictions” is now open and features a diverse grouping of contemporary artists that are earning a variety of press, including featured artist Richard Bassett. Richard Bassett, in kind thanks to the Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, presents two pieces from his Comfort Level series. Richard Basett describes, “The Comfort Level Series uses anonymous images from bank robberies and convenience store hold ups. Seen rendered in needlepoint on the face of small pillows, these images are a shock that remind us both of the violence of the original events, as well as their prevalence on the 24-hour news cycle. These pillows suggest that we maintain our distance from the numbing inundation of this type of exposure.

Richard Bassett’s Comfort Level art pieces are now on exhibit. Please visit “Contradictions” through November 5, 2011.

Muir Vidler featured in Art in America

London based, Muir Vidler has been attracting plenty of world attention to his photographic works documenting worlds less traveled. Israeli Death Metal, Libyan Beauty Pageant, Istanbul and Rebles Without a Pause are all mini documentaries that capture life’s essence in the darkest corners and hard to access  people who live out  against preconceived notions. Muir Vidler is currently showcased in, “Contradictions,” now on view through November 12, 2011. Muir Vidler, in compliment to Steve Jobs’ most successful ad campaign for Apple Computer “Think Different” expresses a photographic eye like no other.

Learn more about Muir Vidler here or experience his work up close. Look out for Muir Vidler in the November issue of Art in America and look forward to seeing you soon.

Day Greene “Contradictions” Review

Gallerista Mindy Solomon weaves seven artists into a tapestry of powerfully poignant, yet lighthearted social commentary in her latest show “Contradictions.” From the de la Torre brothers’ monumental colonial triptych “La Reconquista,” through the ironic narratives of Muir Vidler’s unlikely portraits, the exhibition subconsciously seethes with a satirical warning of a cynical civilization edging on kitschy unrest.

Two pieces in particular caught our fancy as encapsulating the thematic gist of a show that spans the spectrum of emotional volume: from explosive intensity through a taciturn whisper…With “Biblebomb #1907,” Gregory Green delivers mixed media with a literal bang. A double pipe bomb sits sinisterly ensconced inside a hollowed out Bible, surrounded by enough potential shrapnel to make a demolition expert shiver. There’s no other way to put it…As art, this piece is so scary it’s witty (or vice versa). Having been dubbed a “conceptual terrorist” by some critics, Green not only calls into question the idea of violent revolutionaries as indulging the ultimate in public spectacle (Guy Debord must be spinning as we speak), but the artist also succeeds in triggering a visceral psychological tension in the unsuspecting individual viewer.

Meanwhile, at the far side of the gamut, we find Bonnie Smith’s “Heaven and Earth”… A hushed assemblage of doll-sized ceramic artifacts arraigned in an enigmatic, diamond-shaped tableau. Bits and pieces, heads and hands, like the dreamy detritus of an antique childhood, Smith’s work is gently whimsical and nostalgic, yet like her colleague Green, it also packs a deeply psychological punch.

Once again, Mindy Solomon has used her space to showcase serious artists with an insouciant flair… For the gallery-hopper looking for fun, it’s there for the taking, while simultaneously, the slow and discerning eye will find so much to see. “Contradictions” is now on exhibit through November 9, 2011 at the Mindy Solomon Gallery.

Written by Day Greene—Art Activist and Enthusiast—Sunday, 10/2/2011

Bonnie Marie Smith featured in Contradictions

Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to introduce “Contradictions,” a provocative showcase that features: Richard Bassett, Russell Biles, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Muir Vidler, Gregory Green, Chris Riccardo, Bonnie Marie Smith September 24 through November 5, 2011. (above, Cigarette Girls, 25 pieces total, 48″ shelf, earthenware, glaze, paint, found objects, 2011).

“Contradictions.” takes  a close look at the irony in opposing viewpoints celebrating humor and irony. Group exhibitions promotes a thought provoking platform that introduces emerging artists. Kingston, New York based artist Bonnie Marie Smith will be premiering her multi-pieced ceramics and earthenware sculptures. (above, postcard featuring Muir Vidler designed by Murphy Design + article).

We are pleased to introduce Bonnie, as she writes: “My work is inspired and informed by myth, dreams, and symbols. Most often I explore in my art themes of home, childhood, loss, nature, and the feminine experience. In these small sculptures, I work intuitively to reveal something of the inner world of each figure. Each piece is made of fired earthenware or porcelain clay with applied glazes, stains, paints, and the occasional found object.” (above, Watchdog, 13x11x5,” earthenware, glaze, paint, found objects, 2011).

“Contradictions” begins September 24 and on display through November 5. You are cordially invited to attend our artist reception on Saturday, October 1, 6—8PM and please contact the gallery for additional information about Bonnie Marie Smith and Richard Bassett, Russell Biles, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Muir Vidler, Gregory Green and Chris Riccardo. Join the Facebook guest list here and take advantage of the Oct. 1 opening reception and the Sept. 24 artist talk with Russell Biles. (above, bell hop and cigar girl, earthenware, glaze, paint, found objects, 2011).