MIAMI, FL—Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to present 'Fever Pitch,' an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Ali Smith. Smith's Miami debut, 'Fever Pitch' includes both large-scale paintings and a range of smaller works created in 2014 and 2015. The first show in Mindy Solomon Gallery’s new location at Little River, 8397 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, Smith’s exhibition will be complemented by Miami-based Alejandro Contreras’s large format abstract mixed media work 'This Wasn't What We Asked For,' mounted in the venue’s Project Space. An Opening Reception with the artists will take place Saturday, September 12th, from 6-9pm serving Venezuelan barbecue with chef Ernesto; the exhibition is on view through October 16th.
Doubling its footprint in the new location, the gallery now offers two simultaneous exhibition spaces: one dedicated to exhibiting its national and international artist roster, and the other to showcasing special projects focused on local work and artistic engagement. "Experiencing the vibrant abstract works of these two artists juxtaposed in the two new spaces embodies the exciting possibilities that our move to Little River will enable," Director Mindy Solomon explains.
Ali Smith's paintings in 'Fever Pitch' mark a departure from her previous work. Experimenting with larger, more gestural swaths of color and scale shifts, the compositions explore a new openness in which forms are less constrained and paint is applied in raw, lush marks. Pushing the intuitive line against more carefully edited forms and developed shapes, Smith utilizes color as a potent form of communication.
Ranging in size from ambitious to intimate, 'Fever Pitch' spotlights Smith’s range and desire to give the viewer a complex, multi-layered perceptual experience. Drawing on the history of abstraction while often breaking down or remixing, Smith toys with elements from art history as seen through her eyes: "My new series of paintings combines intuitive drawing with more slowly drawn-out imagery, which collides to create complex, almost map-like surfaces. With this latest work, there are a variety of surfaces—sculptural, flat, atmospheric, gestural application against intricate marks—that create a visual flip-flop or contradiction, a constant theme in my work.”
In 'This Wasn't What We Asked For,' Alejandro Contreras presents large format prisma color prints which envelop the space. He integrates a manic sense of creativity in his practice, and the seemingly endless flow of line and vibrant color speak to ideas developed through extensive travel and life experience.
Contreras states: "My art consists of the story of my culture—the contemporary art of Venezuela. Artists such as Carlos Cruz-Diez and Jesus Soto have been traditionally associated with geometry and formalism. My abstract compositions integrate the work of my mentors with my own unique style of making—interpreting the linear patterning derived from nature and undulating cityscapes. Layer upon layer of colored line is built up to obscure the narrative references, until the work becomes its own topographical map." His compositions create a symphonic language of line and motion, and formal references play with spontaneity. This new body of work speaks to "exactly where we are, wherever we are going."
Ali Smith (b. 1976) lives and works in Long Beach, CA. She earned a BS in Studio Art at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, studying in Paris for her junior year, and went on to complete an MFA in Drawing and Painting at California State University, Long Beach. Her work has been featured in solo showings across the US, including Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, and Houston. Recent group shows include “Defining Abstraction” at the Ringling College of Art, Sarasota, FL; “Here Now,” Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; “Neo-Chroma: Large-scale non-objective painting,” Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ; "The OsCene," Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; "Art for Art’s Sake: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation,” Marjorie Museum, UNLV (traveling); "Millennial Abstraction," Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA; and "Chasm of the Supernova," Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA. Her work is in held in public and private collections including the Weisman Foundation, the Laguna Art Museum, the Progressive Collection, and the private collection of Richard Prince. Smith is a recipient of the Hoff Award and the City of Long Beach professional artist grant.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1983, Alejandro Contreras lives and works in Miami, FL. A recent graduate, he holds a BFA in Electronic Intermedia and a minor in Art History from New World School of the Arts. He also completed a BA from the University of Florida Miami-Dade College, and attended Design and Architecture Senior High, where he earned a graphic design major. His work has been widely exhibited in Miami, and has been shown in group exhibitions in San Francisco and New York City.
Originally established in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2009, Mindy Solomon Gallery has been located in the flourishing Wynwood Art District of Miami for the past two years. Helping to establish the vanguard of a new creative community in Miami, the gallery is now joining neighbors such as Guccivuitton gallery and maker/co-working space MADE at the Citadel in Little River.
Specializing 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, and was named one of the Top 500 Galleries Worldwide in Louise Blouin Media Modern Painters 2013 and 2014 annual guides. The gallery also exhibits some of the most prestigious contemporary Korean artists on the world market today. With a dynamic community education program, the gallery offers opportunities including a collectors' tour to South Korea, and hosts lectures, seminars, and special events. Represented artists include: 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 national and international talent. Mindy Solomon Gallery participates in global art fairs including Art Miami, Zona Maco, VOLTA BASEL, VOLTA NY, PULSE, Moving Image, 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.