Apr 24, 2022

Mindy Solomon Gallery

Mindy Solomon Gallery

848 NW 22 Street
Miami, FL 33127
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Donté Hayes: Future Artifacts

March 26 – April 30, 2022

 Artifacts are a tangible history which have the capacity to retain, transform, destroy, erase and evoke lost knowledge. My artwork is informed by researching traditional African heirlooms and initiation rites of birth, adulthood, marriage, eldership, and ancestry which are essential to all human growth and speaks to the greater African diaspora. Along with my interest in history, science-fiction, and hip-hop culture, I utilize ceramics as a historical and base material to inform memories of the past. The handling of clay reveals the process and shares the markings of its maker. By using a needle tool, I create individual marks on the surface of the clay with each strand becoming a collective form. I compare the construction and deconstruction of materials to the remix in rap music and how human beings adapt to different environments and reinvent new identities.

The application of repeated texture and patterns on the surface of my sculptures imbue a visual language of memory, ritual, comfort and a sense of familiarity to the viewer. These sculptures are vessels that are turned upside down further symbolizing the crazy world we live in. Ceramics becomes a bridge to conceptually integrate disparate objects and or images for the purpose of creating new understandings and connections with the material, history, and social-political issues. These modern artifacts preserve, empower, and document the past and present to initiate healing and understanding for the future.

About Donté Hayes

Donté K. Hayes graduated summa cum laude from Kennesaw State University at Kennesaw, Georgia with a BFA in Ceramics and Printmaking with an art history minor. Hayes received his MA and MFA with honors from the University of Iowa and is the 2017 recipient of the University of Iowa Arts Fellowship. Recent art exhibitions include groups shows at the Museum of Science + Industry, Chicago, Illinois, the Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, Wisconsin, and the 2021 Atlanta Biennial at the Atlanta Contemporary in Georgia. Donté’s artwork has been presented at the 1-54 art fair, London, England, Design Miami, Florida, and a solo presentation at the 2021 Armory Art fair, NYC.

His work is included in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas. Hayes is a 2019 Ceramics Monthly Magazine Emerging Artists and Artaxis Fellow. Donté is the 2019 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern art from the Gibbes Museum of Art. Donté K. Hayes is represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, Florida.

Basil Kincaid: All In One Feeling

March 26 – April 30, 2022

Mindy Solomon is pleased to present the inaugural solo exhibition of Basil Kincaid, All in One Feeling. A significant artist within the gallery roster, his Miami debut is long overdue.

Kincaid has developed a body of work that explores his first love, drawing, and the techniques expanded relationship to painting, textile and community building. Having formally moved to Ghana in 2020, Kincaid brought with him an open heart and an open mind as well as a need to find and build community. Kincaid’s generosity of spirit and passion for his artistry inspired him to invite artisans from Accra to support his studio practice. Kincaid shared in his artist statement: Each piece, born from an initial drawing on paper that’s then scaled onto canvas and painted in thread, represents the process-oriented, collaborative and imaginative tenets of Kincaid’s methods. As the work is drafted, translated, expanded upon, and finished, it passes hands, moving on from Kincaid and into the care of Kincaid’s team of embroiderers working in the Ghana studio. They sew a range of stitches, building textures and sculpting the fabric into its final form, at which point the piece is framed in kente —a significant and symbolic West African fabric that can convey specific meanings and circumstances.

Searching for a sense of belonging in his new home, Kincaid, always a powerful orator, uses his voice to create joyful images that speak to new beginnings. In the image “Living Free and Growing, 2021” the viewer experiences the energy and rejuvenation of a seated figure-presumably a metaphor for Kincaid- with hands reaching upward holding plants and thirsting for knowledge and sustenance, one hand highlighted by a pair of eyes. In “Multiple Minds in Harmony, 2021” we see a large-scale form that resembles a head, but upon investigation is an assemblage of multiple faces. The implication being, that many minds make for productive and joyous convergence. Kincaid writes: Upending the Western image of the artist siloed in mystery, I seek to speak plainly and proudly of the community created through working together, and the inevitable legacy spurred from that. Employing the old adage, “If you want to go fast go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”
Perhaps the most telling work in the show is “Learning to Trust in the Infinite Unknown, 2021”. Full of bold abstract forms with a circuitry of stitching bringing the diverse shapes together, there is an energy and optimism within the composition. Framed in the traditional Kente cloth border the image becomes one with the past as well as conveying the sacredness of carrying forth tradition- and being made whole by it.

All in One Feeling is Kincaid’s love song to all that he holds dear- presented with a power and a passion that makes him a driving force in contemporary art today.

About Basil Kincaid

Basil Kincaid, b. 1986, is an emerging, Post-Disciplinary Visual Artist based in St. Louis, Missouri. Kincaid Studied studio art at Colorado College graduating in 2010 with a concentration in Studio art with emphasis on drawing and painting. Kincaid has exhibited work in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boca Raton, Boston, New York, Montpellier France and Accra Ghana.

Basil Kincaid was the inaugural Artist in Residence at JP Morgan and has four works in their permanent collection. Kincaid attended The Fountainhead Residency in Miami in 2017. In 2014-15 Kincaid was the inaugural recipient of the Arts Connect International, Artist in Residence Program.

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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