“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” – Black Elk
“In Spiritual Light” is an exhibition about the core of creation and the energy and inherent drive that compel an artist to create. Developmentally, all human beings begin the same chronological, rudimentary journey to image making first the scribble, then, the figure and eventually the symbology of person, place and thing. At this juncture, children begin to follow their own individual path of interest. Ultimately, some will continue to focus on art- drawing, painting, building and becoming lost in the realm of magic and the transformation of the sacred to the profane. Imbuing a sheet of paper into a world of their own making. Falling deeper and deeper into the canyon of their imagination. Perhaps losing touch with the reality around them finding solace and empowerment in the compartmentalization of ideas.
The artist views the world through a purely esoteric lens- color, sound, smell, and the underlying energy that is generated through a moment in time- never to be experienced again but captured in a meaningful, permanent way. Many creatives have tried to portray the power and spirituality of the natural world. Georgia O’Keefe, Agnes Pelton, Walt Whitman, Lawren Harris, Thomas Sills, and Hilma of Klint to mention a few. I would assert that the compulsion to create is a divine act. One that elevates our position in the universe and allows us to facilitate pathways to understanding our shared humanness, ultimately crafting a dialog among diverse populations all in search of the same answers. Why are we here? What does it all mean?
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.