Apr 21, 2024

Mindy Solomon Gallery

Matt Phillips: Diary

April 6 – May 11, 2024

Mindy Solomon is pleased to present Matt Phillips: Diary, his second solo exhibition in the gallery. With a focus on a smaller, more intimate body of work, Phillips digs into the minutia of his process and the reasoning behind his painting process.

“In our lives, some of the most important things that we say are not spoken loudly.  We pull each other near to ensure that we are listening – and that we hear.   We instinctively create a closer proximity between all of our senses and they communicate just as much as our words.

With these new paintings, I hope to draw the viewer into the heart of my practice. In my studio, there is a rhythm that I sustain from day to day and from one painting to the next. As I work, a rather simple vocabulary of rudimentary shapes and modulated color eventually evolves into something complex and personal. I work until the formal concerns of composition, color, and illusionism give way to the realm of the metaphorical and human.

Julia Kunin: Dream Machine

April 6 – May 11, 2024

Mindy Solomon is pleased to present the sculptural works of Julia Kunin in her inaugural exhibition debut in Miami. Based in Brooklyn, Kunin is a longtime sculptor and museum artist. In describing her works, Kunin writes:

“My work addresses sexuality, beauty, growth and decay. In creating queer sculptures that reference the figure, I combine an interest in symbols, coding and surrealism.  My work has long been influenced by the decorative arts, with an emphasis on the study of art nouveau ceramics, which can be seen in the glazes and imagery that I use.  Here the glitter and iridescence of the femme fatale has been transformed into a gender-fluid warrior. The interior mirroring in the work creates a baroque and performative visual onslaught.  The abstracted portraits merge body, machine, and architecture. The totemic wall pieces verge on the grotesque, robotic and otherworldly, addressing sexuality while incorporating imagery from once utopian space age structures.  The psychedelia of iridescence emphasizes the dream-like science fiction quality of the work.
I am inspired by being part of a community of artists, and by the expert craftspeople who often remain invisible, but create many of the everyday objects we encounter daily. I live in Brooklyn, New York where I have had a studio since 1987. Since 2010 I have spent summers in Pecs, Hungary, where I work at the University and local ceramics factories and an enamel factory, conducting research and developing new work. Learning from expert plaster carvers, mold-makers, china painters, architectural ceramic experts and enamel workers is critical to my work. In addition, learning languages is one of my passions that I have been able to combine with art making. Studying Hungarian has been an exciting challenge and a necessity, as well as a means to connect internationally. I have also been able to research Hungarian art that was state sanctioned or made underground at great risk. Hungarian artwork made during the art nouveau period as well as work created during the socialist era continues to have a great influence upon the generation of ideas for my sculptures.”

John Gill And Russell Tyler: Like Chocolate And Peanut Butter

January 12 – February 18, 2024

Mindy Solomon is pleased to present gallery artist John Gill and newcomer Russell Tyler in their first artistic collaboration Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter. Gill brings his vibrant sculptural “three dimensional paintings” to play with the works of abstractionist Russell Tyler. The sympatico of their artistry is reminiscent of the delicious combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

Gill states: “The plasticity of the art-form. Throbbing resonance. Invite the bell to sing. The knowledge of clay that’s moved through my hands, the history of ceramics, the interaction of lyrics and stories. World traveling through the portal of the moment. I used to tell my students applying for grad school- ‘if the only thing you pack is your socks you’re not going very far.”

“My suitcase is very well packed. In the studio with my favorite traveling companions, listening to stories and musicals, sharing dreams. My work is like the mesh fluff in the drier after it’s done its job. Scraps stitched together to become a quilt. Color on the beach. Shadow of the hand railing on the stairs. Fire on the mountain. Pots love to hold ideas. Could you do it this way? How about right now?!”.

About Mindy Solomon Gallery

Mindy Solomon Gallery specializes in contemporary emerging and mid-career artists and art advisory services. The gallery represents artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, and video in both narrative and non-objective styles. The gallery program explores the intersection of art and design through an ongoing dialog between two and three-dimensional objects, while embracing diasporic voices. Utilizing the gallery space as a platform for inventive exhibitions, museum visitations, and public lectures, Solomon invites a sense of community and aesthetic enrichment.

Solomon founded the gallery in 2009 in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she established her reputation as a contemporary art dealer. She is a Board member of the Miami Art Dealers Association and is currently located in the Little River Arts District of Miami.

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