Mindy Solomon Gallery
cordially invites you to the opening reception
in the presence of the artists of

Osamu Kobayashi.

(Center Gallery)


If you would just shut up and listen.
Alejandro Contreras, Kelley Johnson, and Gary Petersen

(Front Gallery)

on Friday, March 16, 6 – 9 pm

Osamu Kobayashi, Chinatown Aura, 2018. Oil on canvas, 70  x 76 in.

(March 18 – April 28)


Osamu Kobayashi relinquishes his soul to paint. He allows the ebb and flow of material to determine the direction of his work. He uses reductive forms and flat colors to deconstruct the world around him. Aside from aesthetics, his work plays off of abstract ideas in general—spirituality, humor, nature, relationships, psychology, time, and so on. These days, Kobayashi thinks less about meaning and just paints to paint. The same ideas still inform the work but come from a more subconscious place. It has allowed more freedom in his painting decisions, with results less preconceived. Lately, undulating strokes that overlap, caress, or barely touch is a common thread.
Mindy Solomon Gallery is excited to introduce this new body of work to Miami, a place of light and warmth and the ever-present Noontide.

If you would just shut up and listen.

“Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.” William S. Burroughs. The Job: Interviews with William S. Burroughs.
The works in this show are loud and vibrant. They screech for attention.  Their graphic line and bold color inspire movement and geometry. In order to truly experience the work, you need to look and squint and look again. Close off all noise and chatter and see the visual connections.

Alejandro Contreras, Untitled, 2018, aluminum, vinyl and paint, 57  x 44 in.

Alejandro Contreras collects fragments. He builds surfaces assembled from strips of vinyl and obscures the surface with paint-masking and exposing movement. No matter the proposal or challenge—he’s the consummate yes man. Given his hectic lifestyle-he manages to integrate a manic sense of creativity in his oeuvre, while still being able to convey a finessed work of art that feels considered and accomplished. The seemingly endless flow of line and vibrant color speak to ideas developed through extensive travel and life experience. His practice includes furniture design as well.

Kelley Johnson, Fold, 2018. Acrylic, Flashe, PVC, 77 x 98 x 33 in.

The relationship between the participant and the painted object are important to Kelley Johnson’s practice. The body of work is investigating the interaction with the viewer and their movement with the sculptural aspects of the artwork. This is the merging of physical space and the illusion of space. Taking simple shapes and primary hues as a point of departure, he methodically builds these essential elements, transforming to a slow hum. These works invite thoughtful consideration, resonating with the idea of humming as a meditative chant or spiritual salvo. Raised in a religious household, he considers aspects of spirituality as it relates to Minimalist and Color Field painting then applies this perspective to negotiate the constant distraction of contemporary culture.

Gary Petersen, Inside Out, 2017. Acrylic on Canvas, 40 x 44”  in.

By working with geometry and color, Gary Petersen brings a personal and idiosyncratic touch to this genre and addresses issues of uncertainty, imbalance, and playfulness. He starts a painting with multiple irregular lines and grids. Then brushes on a thin wash of transparent white, which partially obscures this under-painting. This creates a muted scaffolding, or substructure, to build my stacking forms and lines. As he paints, one decision determines the next, building up his wobbly stacked forms. Unlike most geometric painting, which is preliminarily sketched out and planned, Peterson works intuitively, one decision determining the next.

Mindy Solomon Gallery is delighted to bring noise without sound, now just shut up and listen.

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. 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.

8397 NE 2nd Ave.
Little River
Miami, Fl. 33138
786 953 6917
Regular Hours:
Tues – Sat: 11 am – 5 pm