The de la Torre Brothers: Museum Shows Abound!

Mindy Solomon Gallery artists and brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre are known for their mixed media works based upon their Mexican-American bi-cultural experience. LA Weekly describes their work as a “raucous parade of unlikely icons, sabotaged masterpieces, reconstituted artifacts and cock-eyed renditions of just about anything you can think of.”

Tara’s Temple, 2011
48x36x3 inches
Mixed Media, Resin Castings, Faceted Glass

Their current exhibitions include:

La Reconquista

Coming events include:

Solos shows include:

  • Exhibit at Mesa Center for Contemporary Art, September 14-January 7
  • Exhibit at Chrysler Museum, Virginia, September 12-October 28
  • Residency at The Chrysler Museum, Virginia, September 17-24
  • Featured artist at the International Glass Symposium Novy Bor, Czech Republic,  October 4-7
  • Exhibit at Mindy Solomon Gallery in December
  • Completion of public art project at San Diego Public Library, with artwork installations in the main glass elevator

Visit the Mindy Solomon Gallery for more information on the artists and to follow news on their upcoming exhibit in December.

SCOPE Art Show 11/29—12/04 C21

Mindy Solomon Gallery will be participating in this year’s SCOPE Art Show in Miami, FL November 29—December 4 located at Booth C21. This year we will be featuring a thought-provoking line up featuring Bart JohnsonJames KennedyEinar and Jamex de la TorreSean NoyceSunkoo YuhGregory Green, Kate MacDowell and Wookjae Maeng.

The following are pieces featured in this year’s SCOPE Booth C21. Please contact the gallery for a complete preview list and to learn more.

Kate MacDowell, Serpentine, 6x5x6 inches,  hand built porcelain, cone 6 glaze

Bart Johnson, Sonny Boy, 11×14″ oil on paper mounted on panel

James Kennedy Dilution Diagram, Framed White, Mixed Media on Incised Masonite,
64″ x 64″

Einar and Jamex de la Torre El Cakeito, 2010 Archival pigment print, epoxy, found objects, resin, mixed media 59″ x 162″ x 3.5″

Sean Noyce,  Mac & Frieze, Oil on wood, 48″ x 48, 2011

Sunkoo Yuh I want to know you better/WOR, Porcelain, Glazed, Cone 10, 2011,
27″ x 24″ x 17″

Gregory Green Biblebomb #1907 (Russia Style, Tampa) 2008, Mixed Media
32″ x 23″ x 13″

Wookjae Mang (Above, (L) Rhino Gaze, (R) Wild Cow Gaze, porcelain slip casting, 5.9”x5.9”x8.3”

This year’s Miami edition of the fair, November 29-December 4, 2011, will present the Mindy Solomon Gallery and 79 additional galleries upholding SCOPE’s unique tradition of solo and thematic group shows presented alongside museum-quality programming, collector tours, screenings, and special events.

In over thirty five fairs spanning the past ten years, SCOPE has solidified its position as the premier show-case for international emerging contemporary art. With art fairs in Miami, Basel, New York, London and the Hamptons, SCOPE Art Show has garnered critical acclaim attracting over 350,000 visitors.

Texas Contemporary Art Fair Booth 811

The Mindy Solomon Gallery is traveling to the George R. Brown Convention Center for the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, October 20—23 and featuring the contemporary work of the de la Torre Brothers, Sunkoo Yuh, Wookjae Mang and Sean Noyce. We will be located at Booth 811 featuring sculptural works and paintings.

Einar and Jamex de la Torre
Brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre were born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Jamex 1960, Einar 1963. They moved suddenly with the family to Southern California in 1972, going from attending an all-boys Catholic school to public Schools in the beach town of Dana Point. Presently living and working on both sides of the border with studios in Ensenada, Mexico and San Diego. Jamex started flame-working glass in 1977, attended California State University at Long Beach and received a BFA in Sculpture in 1983. Einar started working in glass in 1980 while also attending California State University at Long Beach.

In the 80’s they ran a flame-worked glass figure business while also developing their assemblage style of work. In the early 90’s they began working collaboratively as studio artists; later in the decade they began work in installation art with participations in Biennales such as inSITE and Mercosul (Brazil).

In 2000 they began their work in public art; they now have six major projects completed. They have exhibited their work internationally, participating in exhibits in France, Japan, Canada, Germany, Venezuela, Brazil as well as in the US and Mexico. Their irreverent use of hot glass and mixed media work combines a respect for Mexican culture with a satirical perspective focused on the dogmatic practices dictated by religion and political corruption.

Sunkoo Yuh
Sunkoo Yuh was born in Seoul, Korea in 1960. Before embarking on the study of art, Yuh was conscripted as a sharp shooter in the South Korean Army. Despite a childhood desire to be a professional baseball player he followed the path of art and studied ceramics at the prestigious Hongik University, receiving a BFA in 1988.

From 1988-1995 Yuh attended graduate school at California State, Long Beach. In 1995 Yuh attended Alfred University where he received his MFA in Ceramics. Yuh began developing his signature work in 1997, combining traditional Korean folk painting, Korean Choseon Dynasty pottery, and a contemporary narrative platform that he entitled “My Mundane Life”. Sunkoo Yuh is currently Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens. He has exhibited widely and has received many awards and honors.

In 2005-03 he was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, the Grand Prize at the 2nd World Ceramic Biennale International Competition, Icheon, Korea, The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize and the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. His work is in the collections of The Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea, the Oakland Museum of Art, CA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA., and the Houston Museum of Art.

Wookjae Maeng
Wookjae Maeng is part of the new vibrant art movement coming out of Korea today. He honors traditional materials and practices while making sculptural work that communicates his thoughts and feelings about contemporary social concerns. His work speaks to the theme of the complex, ambiguous and uncomfortable relationship between man and the environment.

The natural world has long been the subject of artistic expression. Maeng acknowledges that there are many living species on the planet earth and that humans reside on the top of the ecological pyramid, and rule over other creatures. He is concerned that this position of power is harmful to the future of our world. His beautifully articulated sculptures convey sensitivity for the animal world, while utilizing a sometimes mutated and disturbing amalgamation of human and animal components.

Sean Noyce
Sean Noyce received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a drawing emphasis from the University of Utah. He has had a number of awards and accolades in his young career. Drawing from his youth and early adulthood in Utah, Noyce directly and indirectly criticizes the stringent and inflexible practices of the Mormon Church.

Noyce states: “Paintings from my “Cloud Watching” series are subject to the conditions of the moment, evolving between creating closure and leaving the image open, much like forming shapes in a fleeting cloud. The end result is a chaotic amalgam of characters that share a unique coexistence with each other.”

Contradictions is Now Open

Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to introduce a provocative showcase of eight contemporaries in a themed exhibition entitled, “Contradictions.” Taking a close look at worldly themes and opposing viewpoints, “Contradictions” allows each artist to freely explore life’s nuances through the lens of humor and irony.

“Contradictions” will be on exhibit September 24—November 5, 2011 with artist talk with Russell Biles on Saturday, September 24, 12—2PM and opening reception on Saturday, October 1 from 6—8PM. (Please join our guest list). 

Richard Bassett presents two needlepoint pillows to represent the over sensationalism of visual violence, the dulling of our senses as a result, and our ambivalent response. “And, can the shock of seeing these images on pillows momentarily snap us back to their reality?” Courtesy of the Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco.

Russell Biles works in porcelain crafting figurations that explore race, politics and sexuality. Biles’ sculptures provide humor and commentary about subjects that are often difficult to discuss.

Einar and Jamex de la Torre work in hot glass and mixed media to create spirited sculptures that disrespect cultural and religious institutions. The combination of such enlightened narratives form a strong and thought provoking exhibition that both will repel and fascinate the viewer.

Muir Vidler travels the world utilizing a camera to capture cultural ironies. His narrative photographs travel the world and satirical in nature. He explores the contradictory nature of his subjects versus the environments in which they live in order to document the way in which unique individuals define themselves in even the most oppressive of conditions.

Gregory Green juxtaposes sculptural elements to convey fear and uncertainty. Artist Gregory Green states: “In contemporary society, we have reached a state of perpetual over-stimulation. We are surrounded by ever-increasing sources of information, from the printed word, to television, and now the Internet. Our societies move and change at an eternally increasing pace and the level and the role of spectacle seems to grow exponentially…”

Chris Riccardo utilizes the language of scale and form to address serious societal concerns in his sculpture Consequences. He comments on the epidemic of childhood obesity in our country and how the disease affects our children’s ability to play, leading to low-self esteem, inability to interact and work with others and possible future psychological abnormalities.

Bonnie Smith works, Kingston, NY, is a stylized ceramics artisan who unites mythological and dream symbols with themes of home and childhood memory. Bonnie’s compositions are made up of combinations of human and natural formations that convey a feminine approach to concepts of loss and isolation. Victorian aesthetic and proportion of scale help to deliver her delicate, emotional perspective that can be described as, “otherworldly.”