Mindy Solomon Gallery to Move to Miami Arts District

After four years in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, Mindy Solomon, founder and director of the Mindy Solomon Gallery, has decided to make a strategic professional move.

After four years in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, Mindy Solomon, founder and director of the Mindy Solomon Gallery, has decided to make a strategic professional move.

The gallery, currently located at 124 2nd Avenue NE and established in 2009, has enjoyed critical and commercial success, with a loyal local collectors base and national and international clientele. Solomon feels it is time to broaden the market by moving to Miami, “a rapidly growing international city and the gateway to South America.” Having participated in over 40 national and international art fairs, Solomon feels there is more significant growth opportunity for the gallery program and the artists in a larger market. Solomon stated: “I am thankful for my years in the Tampa Bay Area and feel that the arts community will continue to flourish and nurture the growing interests of the collecting community.” Solomon’s current exhibition, ‘The Paintings of Erin Parish,’ on view until September 21st, will be the final show at the St. Petersburg location. Solomon’s next exhibition, the work of Generic Art Solutions, will be the debut show in Miami and is planned for October 16th, 2013, with an opening reception on Wednesday, October 16th from 6-9pm. The gallery’s new location will be at 172 NW 24th Street, Miami.

Generic Art Solutions // The Raft, 2010 // 30x40 inches // archival digital print on photographic paper
Generic Art Solutions // The Raft, 2010 // 30×40 inches // archival digital print on photographic paper

Mindy Solomon Gallery (MSG) specializes in contemporary emerging and mid-career artists. Represented works include painting, sculpture, photography, and video in both narrative and non-objective styles. The MSG also exhibits some of the most prestigious contemporary Korean artists on the world market today. With an interest in client education, such as an upcoming collectors tour to South Korea, and regular artists talks and VIP events, the gallery is a full-service showcase of the international art world. Represented artists of note include: Berlin-based painter Christopher Winter; Scottish photographer Muir Vidler; Korean sculptural artist Kang Hyo Lee; Mexican mixed-media artists the de la Torre Brothers; New York-based painter James Kennedy; and an array of other national and international talent.

Named one of the Top 500 Galleries Worldwide in the Modern Painters 2013 Annual Guide, Mindy Solomon Gallery participates in many prestigious art fairs, including the upcoming Art Miami fair during Art Basel’s Art Week in Miami Beach, as well as the Zona Maco Contemporary Art Fair in Mexico City, VOLTA NY, and Shanghai Contemporary. Always interested in the intersection of art and design, Mindy Solomon and her staff work closely with designers, advisors, consultants and curators to inform and integrate fine works of art into every aesthetic environment.

Mindy Solomon Gallery // Art Southampton Booth // 2013
Mindy Solomon Gallery // Art Southampton Booth // 2013

The Paintings of Erin Parish

July 20-Sept. 14
Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

Erin Parish, A Sudden Gust of Wind (After Hokusai)  2013, oil and epoxy resin on canvas, 48" x 72"
Erin Parish, A Sudden Gust of Wind (After Hokusai) 2013, oil and epoxy resin on canvas, 48″ x 72″

ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to present the paintings of American abstract artist Erin Parish July 20-September 14, with an Opening Night Reception Saturday, July 20th from 6-9pm and Artist’s Talk at 6:30pm.

“Touch is the other side of movement. Movement is the other side of touch. They are the shadow of each other.” Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Erin Parish is the daughter of four artists. As a child growing up, common talk on Sunday mornings centered on the New York Times and the art world and its philosophical and commercial vacillations. Parish listened intently and began to form significant and lasting opinions about art and the pathways of creative thinking. She has been exhibiting regularly since the age of eighteen and is now nearing her fourth decade of being a practicing artist.

Her early influences ranged from Joseph Cornell to the German Expressionists and Neue Wilde artists of the 1980s. Today she is very much taken with the Hudson River School artists as well as Moriko Mori, Yayoi Kusama, and Japanese woodcuts by Hokusai and Hiroshige. She finds herself aligned with the Japanese principles of Wabi Sabi and Yugen.

Erin Parish, Winter Has Been Conquered, 2010, oil and resin on canvas,  60" x 36"
Erin Parish, Winter Has Been Conquered, 2010, oil and resin on canvas, 60″ x 36″

Parish describes her paintings as follows: “I create art based on what I stumble upon in nature. What might appear mundane on the surface can be complex and beautiful upon closer inspection. People seldom notice the reflection in a puddle or the dewdrops on a leaf, but every component is a microcosm of nature in its entirety. Nature is composed layers upon layers of interconnected ecosystems. Every aspect is constantly evolving, but nature’s motion is often only clear to us at a larger scale. On the cellular level, the change in fall foliage starts unseen by us. With the new green of buds come an awareness of the approach of spring. My artwork responds to nature’s continuous circle of flux. I try to capture and preserve a moment that passes too quickly for most of us to see.”

Parish lives on Miami Beach and gathers much inspiration from her environment. Her meditative, ethereal works convey liquidity and tranquility evocative of the ocean. With an ever-shifting palette of colors that seem to move and transform on the surface, Parish creates a sense of time and space that inspires a moment of quiet.

Erin Parish, Neurogenisis,  2013, oil and resin on canvas, 40" x 90"
Erin Parish, Neurogenisis, 2013, oil and resin on canvas, 40″ x 90″

EXHIBITION INFORMATION:
Mindy Solomon Gallery presents ‘The Paintings of Erin Parish’ July 20-September 14, 2013 at Mindy Solomon Gallery. An Opening Night Reception takes place Saturday, July 20th, from 6-9pm, with an Artist’s Talk at 6:30pm. Erin Parish, abstract artist, is based out of Miami Beach. Her meditative, ethereal works convey liquidity and tranquility evocative of the ocean. Mindy Solomon Gallery is located at 124 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11am-5pm. For more information, please contact the gallery at info@mindysolomon.com or 727-502-0852, or visit the website at www.mindysolomon.com.

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Post Coital at Mindy Solomon

February 9 – March 30, 2013
St. Petersburg, FL

This exhibition examines a diverse group of artists’ perceptions of romantic love.

February 9 – March 30, 2013
Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

Exhibiting Artists: Rebekah Bogard, Georgine Ingold, Muir Vidler, Scot Sothern, Christina West, Becky Flanders, and Marta Soul courtesy Kopeikin Gallery

Marta Soul // Idillo en apartamento II // Courtesy Kopeikin Gallery
Marta Soul // Idillo en apartamento II // Courtesy Kopeikin Gallery

The purpose of this exhibition is to examine a diverse group of artist’s perceptions of romantic love. The work being presented is each of their instinctive reactions to this concept. Post Coital, the blissful finale to a passionate exchange, does not always manifest in the same way. Gender, generational differences, and previous life experience color the expectation and outcome of romantic interaction. The artists presented in this exhibition endeavor to shine a small light on a universal occurrence that makes life more exciting and often more perplexing.

Christina West // Overexposed female: 27.5 inches tall x 9 inches wide x 17 inches deep male: 21 inches tall x 9 inches wide x 17 inches deep life-size chair // 2012 // Painted aqua resin
Christina West // Overexposed
female: 27.5 inches tall x 9 inches wide x 17 inches deep
male: 21 inches tall x 9 inches wide x 17 inches deep
life-size chair // 2012 // Painted aqua resin

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The Work of Bart Johnson: Inside the Labyrinth

November 10 – December 15, 2012
Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

Bart Johnson wants to give people something they can’t see in the real world. His small-scale compositions consist of fluid, undulating, and seemingly infinite arrangements of imagined figures.

November 10 – December 15, 2012
Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

Bart Johnson wants to give people something they can’t see in the real world. His small-scale compositions consist of fluid, undulating, and seemingly infinite arrangements of imagined figures. Upon each new look, the viewer is bound to discover additional bodies, forms, and features at first unseen. As he creates each piece, Johnson produces increasingly numerous layers of hidden limbs and faces—a labyrinth of life and imagination, his own “night world” that viewers can enter.

Born in Washington, DC in 1954, Johnson spent his teen years among the collections of DC’s major museums. He felt a connection to early American painters and European masterworks and their explorations of the human figure, the figure being the basis of his own work as well. Despite attending art school in the 1970s, Johnson does not consider himself to be a contemporary abstract artist. “I found 70s pop, photorealism, minimalist movements, and conceptual art to be cold and detached, lacking the deep feeling of painting of the past,” he notes.

Bart Johnson, Sonny Boy, 11 x 14 inches, Oil on paper mounted on panel

As to color palette, his research and use of historical pigments also corresponds with the Old Masters, including Bosch and Ensor. The excitement of painting, for this artist, is the rich involvement and depth possible on a small scale through the presence and texture of his medium.

Johnson also notes the impact of his “Dionysian” coming-of-age experience, now a memory which also feeds his artwork. Johnson was in grade school in Washington, DC, during the Kennedy assassination, Martin Luther King’s murder, and the race riots, and grew up during American music’s movement away from the light mood of the Beatles toward darker times with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. And, “I was in Richmond during the Vietnam war, surrounded by anarchy, radical politics, and hallucinogenic drug use. I think a lot of what I’m doing now, my sensitivity to current calamity, is affected by that formative period.” Today, Johnson sees a connection between contemporary trends in technology, isolation, and toxins and a widespread fascination with zombies and vampires—American society becoming “the living dead.”

Johnson’s grotesque, macabre figures dwell between the spiritual and natural world. ‘Inside the Labyrinth’ will feature these complex forms affixed to a variety of surfaces and media. Oil paintings, graphite drawings, etchings and pen and ink work will be the two dimensional offerings. Johnson’s lively cast porcelain works will also be available.

Bart Johnson, Various Predators, 15 x 22 inches, Ink and watercolor on paper

About the artist:
Bart Johnson studied painting at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received a BFA. He earned an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, then lived in New York City for the next 18 years. Johnson’s art is derived from life experiences in various working class jobs as a housepainter, dishwasher, security guard, warehouse worker, janitor, typesetter, telemarketer, and social worker. For the past ten years, he has lived “at the end of the earth” near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Johnson’s work is in private collections in the US and Europe, as well as the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Exhibition Information:
Mindy Solomon Gallery presents ‘The Work of Bart Johnson: Inside the Labyrinth’ November 10-December 15, with an Opening Night Reception Saturday, November 10th, from 6-8:30pm.

Mindy Solomon Gallery is located at 124 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11am-5pm. For more information, please contact the gallery at info@mindysolomon.com or 727-502-0852.


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CONSTRUCTIONS AND COMPOSITIONS: THE WORK OF JAMES KENNEDY

SEPTEMBER 15 – OCTOBER 27, 2012
MINDY SOLOMON GALLERY

“The artist constructs a new symbol with his brush. This symbol is not a recognizable form of anything which is already finished, already made, already existing in the world―it is a symbol of a new world, which is being built upon and which exists by way of people.” -Eli Lissitzky

New York artist James Kennedy brings his beautifully rendered constructivist works to the Mindy Solomon Gallery from September 15th- October 27th, 2012, with an Opening Reception from 6-8pm and artist talk at 6:30pm on Saturday, September 15th. Kennedy’s paintings to date have consisted of complex spatial arrangements that are both painted and built through a process of hard-edge technique coupled with varying dilutions of media. The result is a unified visceral surface that is so knitted in structure that it is frequently perceived to be collage.

CONSTRUCTIONS AND COMPOSITIONS: THE WORK OF JAMES KENNEDY
OPENS SEPTEMBER 15TH – OCTOBER 27TH AT MINDY SOLOMON GALLERY

In his forthcoming exhibit at Mindy Solomon Gallery entitled “Constructions and Compositions,” the artist will expand his spatial vocabulary through the use of materials such as shaped canvas, gypsum, styrene, metal and wood veneers. The constructions exhibited alongside recent paintings present carved and painted landscapes that play with the physical dimension of Kennedy’s refined and hard-edge components.

CONSTRUCTIONS AND COMPOSITIONS: THE WORK OF JAMES KENNEDY
OPENS SEPTEMBER 15TH – OCTOBER 27TH AT MINDY SOLOMON GALLERY

In this media dialogue, shapes are carved, composed, inlaid and joined on surfaces that evoke a more visceral quality. Lines are defined through scoring, painting, and in one work adopting the tensile qualities of wire. The intent is to present imagery that plays with the mind and eye, and ultimately the viewer’s propensity to connect the dots and find a solution. The resulting ‘structures’ present an added dimensionality to Kennedy’s existing architectural and mechanical language while retaining and synthesizing the painting process.

Kennedy’s work is highly sought after, finding homes in important public and private collections all over the United States. Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to present Kennedy’s first solo exhibition in the Southeast United States.

Mindy Solomon Gallery presents ‘Constructions and Compositions: The Work of James Kennedy’ September 15th – October 27th, with an Opening Reception from 6-8pm and artist talk at 6:30pm on Saturday, September 15th. Mindy Solomon Gallery is located at 124 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am-5pm. Call 727-502-0852 or visit www.mindysolomon.com for more information.


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