“At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.”
May 29 – July 3
The exhibition is an installation of Christina A. West’s boldly colored figurative sculptures, which aim to highlight a sense of isolation within society. Using scale shifts as a metaphor for psychological distance, the figures range from larger-than-life to half-size. Rendered mid-gesture in acts of either dressing or disrobing, figures gaze toward others without connection. West’s stylized yet realistically sculpted bodies nod to the classical nude, while asserting a vulnerability and lack of idealization that firmly place the work in a contemporary context.
“The strongest influence is life itself. I think the core of my work grows from the difficulty I have in social interactions. For a long time—until I started teaching—social situations caused me a lot of anxiety, to the point that in high school I never spoke in class unless called on, and even through college, conversations that would be considered casual made me extremely uncomfortable.
Christina West sculpts realistically rendered human figures that exist at a strange scale and in bold, unnatural colors. The figures are frozen in motion, inviting our gazes and encouraging projection about the nature of their actions. West employs a clinical detachment in the representation of the human form—a kind of frustrated silence that lacks the power to break the barrier between human beings. Her installation conveys the sense of loneliness that one can feel in being surrounded by others, while also suggesting an atmosphere of unrealized sexual tension. Variation in proportion and limited color palette will complete the provocative display of figurative elements.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
West lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she teaches at Georgia State University. She received a BFA from Siena Heights University in 2003 and an MFA from Alfred University in 2006. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
Mindy Solomon Gallery specializes in contemporary emerging and mid-career artists and art advisory services. Represented works include painting, sculpture, photography, and video in both narrative and non-objective styles. The gallery also exhibits some of the most prestigious contemporary Korean artists on the world market today. With an interest in client education, such as a 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 Louise Blouin Media 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 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.