“The line informs us about the absent forms, as only the missing remain in our memories, our books, and in our images. The line attests to the desire of thought.” Dominique Labauvie.
Dominique Labauvie, Open Sea, 2016, forged steel, 43 x 57 x 15 in.
January 21st – March 4th, 2017
Dominique Labauvie’s newest body of work, “Material Catch,” is a series of sculptures and drawings focused upon ruin as subject. Through his sculptures, the artist translates the concept as the reduction of form to its minimum, the line of the funambule (French for tightrope walker), and sculpts in metal as a mark in space. The sculptures are fabricated using small segments of forged steel, welded, as marks on paper would be joined in drawing.
Dominique Labauvie, Material Evidence, 2016, charcoal and pastel on Somerset, 42 x 50 in.
Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to introduce the work of Michael Conrads, for “Celebrating Opposites,” his first solo exhibition in the US. Conrads is currently an artist in residence at the Fountainhead in Miami. With a focus on painting, Conrads creates semi-complex to ultra-dense, self-consuming structures that probe notions of architecture, modernism, minimalism, constructivism, and failed utopia. Conrads employs the modernist grid as a tool to construct illusions of depth, both in time and space, enabling contradictory perspectives that change while gazing at the picture.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Dominique Labauvie (French b.1948) lives and works in Tampa, Florida. Educated at the Beaux Art in Paris, his work has been exhibited throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States in galleries, museums, and cultural venues, and is included in major public and private collections. He has been commissioned for numerous public sculptures in Europe and the United States and is a recipient of the Rome Prize and the Gottlieb Foundation Award.
Michael Conrads, Door of Janus II, 2017, various fabrics, gesso, acrylic, resin, verdigris, graphite, bitumen, and oil on canvas, 84 x 60 in.
Michael Conrads (b. 1977) lives and works in Berlin and Mexico City. A graduate of the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, his work has been exhibited in Germany (Hamburg Kunsthalle, Kunstverein Hamburg, Museum for Modern Art Weserburg, Bremen, Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Galerie Michael Haas Berlin, and Zurich), Japan (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sapporo), Mexico (Galería Marso Mexico City), Ireland, Belgium, and the Czech Republic.
Michael Conrads, Door of Janus I (Magna Oscura) , 2017, various fabrics, gesso, acrylic, graphite, spray paint, oil, and pigment on canvas, 84 x 60 in.
ABOUT MINDY SOLOMON GALLERY
Established in 2009, Mindy Solomon Gallery specializes in contemporary emerging and mid-career artists and art advisory services and was named one of the Top 500 Galleries Worldwide in Louise Blouin Media Modern Painters 2013 and 2014 annual guides.
"Inspired by American Minimalism and the work of Auguste Rodin, Dominique Labauvie’s steel sculptures, paintings and drawings on view at Mindy Solomon Gallery use line as the primary guide to explore form, perception, and interaction, resulting in minimal yet organically descriptive forms." Claire Breukel, Critics Choice, February 2017