Material Collaborations: David Hicks & Alejandro Contreras The two artists featured in the exhibition have a profound interest in exploring and exploiting two and three dimensional surfaces.
Alejandro Contreras is an artistic innovator, exploring the myriad opportunities that are afforded through the digital world. Most recently, he has been experimenting with the interconnection between photographic imagery and interpretive drawing. The drawings appear to be a multi-colored linear abstractions, when in fact they are a derivation of carefully considered representative images that are then transmitted through a computer using a seismic-like graphing technique.
Contreras also works with polymer resin. He utilizes resin in a multitude of applications. In some of his two-dimensional works, he applies resin like paint. He builds surfaces with mixed media, such as powdered pigments, vinyl sheeting, aluminum, and other found materials. The resin becomes a connective tissue of sorts—binding layers and textures to a unified whole.
In his own words, the artist says of his work, "My art consists of abstract compositions that stem out of images of patterns mostly found in nature. Photographs are processed into mechanical drawings that are then transformed through the use of vinyl, paint, glue, resin, wood, found materials, and even recycled artwork”…His generative form of art-making was set in motion by curiosity, but, "has stimulated a newfound appreciation for serendipity."
David Hicks utilizes texture, color, and form to create his ceramic sculptures. He cites the interaction of touch and material as a conversation being carried out in the studio—attempting to recreate his surroundings through a language of material and hand. Rooted in an attraction to agriculture, the shapes and themes Hicks references can be found in the fields surrounding his home: they may be seen "hanging from trees, buried in the dirt, or rusting in the shed" before finding their way into his works. These organic and sometimes mechanical forms speak to human experience, as in the agricultural world there are cycles and struggles that start with fertilization, move through growth, and finally end in decay. The rawness in the formal nature of organic elements has the ability to speak a universal language, which Hicks engages in his sculpture—a language of origin, form, and beauty.
Hicks says about his work: "I collect things. Sometimes these things are random items, and sometimes they are things that have a connection to an experience. I find it almost impossible to go the ocean without bringing home a stone that has a shape or color that I respond to, or a stick that has some insinuating form. These object become memories and triggers to thoughts…. The work I’m making is in response to my natural reaction to objects I collect.”
About Mindy Solomon Gallery
Mindy Solomon Gallery specializes in contemporary emerging and mid-career artists. Represented works include painting, sculpture, photography, and video in both narrative and non-objective styles. Solomon also exhibits some of the most prestigious contemporary Korean artists on the world market. With an interest in client education, such as a collectors’ tour to South Korea and regular artists’ talks and VIP events, the gallery and its programs endeavor to showcase a unique and bold view of the international art world. Deeply interested in the intersection of art and design, Ms. Solomon and her team collaborate with designers, advisors, consultants and curators to inform and integrate fine works of art as part of a greater aesthetic. One of only six galleries in Florida to be included in ‘Top 500 Galleries Worldwide’ in the Louise Blouin Media Modern Painters 2013 Annual Guide, Mindy Solomon Gallery participates in many prestigious art fairs, including Art Miami during Basel’s Art Week-Miami Beach, Zona Maco Contemporary Art Fair in Mexico City, VOLTA NY, and Shanghai Contemporary. The mission of the Mindy Solomon Gallery is to present the highest caliber works from emerging and mid-career artists in a broad spectrum of media. With a focus on context and the interconnectedness of material, Mindy Solomon and her staff approach the client/artist relationship with an interest in education and visual empowerment.