Scot Sothern, Baby Boomer, 2011, pigment print, 11 x 17 in.
October 23 - December 11
In ‘The Way We See It,’ a new exhibition of photography by Scot Sothern and Muir Vidler, both artists exemplify the photographer as observer and reporter by choosing subjects that are unique and fully authentic, living lives that exist in some instances outside of the cultural mainstream, finding comfort in neighborhoods and communities where individuality can be embraced.
In the gallery’s Project Space, Juana Valdes explores the notion of culture, place, and chronology in her installation entitled ‘An Inherent View of the World.’
Muir Vidler, Debbie Dogbite, London, 2014 // c-type print, 20 x 24 in. Edition of 6
Scot Sothern is inextricably bound to the street. He follows the comings and goings of the unnoticed with his eyes and his heart. We learn through his photographic narrative to understand and empathize with the struggles of a community of people often harshly judged and overlooked. His newest body of work, 'Sad City' focuses on not just the women and she-males of the night, but the discarded and disenfranchised that dwell in plain sight. “After years of dark one-on-one impromptu portraits it was time for a change: technologically, by spurning film for digital—and physically, by moving to the periphery of the action. My task now is to find from a distance what I previously found in eye contact and my own interference with my models. I’m looking for single-frame noir movies in Technicolor with bittersweet endings...Sad City is a place where no one wants to live and the population never stops growing.”
Juana Valdes, An Inherent View of the World, 2015 - ongoing, Collected decorative objects documented a still life settings
Muir Vidler loves humor and irony. A photojournalist by profession, he observes locals while on assignment—searching for the real rather than the staged. He likes to contradict preconceived notions about what we (the outsiders) view a culture to be. One example: while traveling in Thailand, he visits Pooky’s Salon on Soi 6 in Pattaya. This is a place where transexual prostitutes go to have their hair and make-up done. They pay a set fee for the initial work in the morning and a couple of touch-ups during the evening. Vidler embraces the vibrancy and beauty of his subjects. He highlights their efforts to embrace hyper-feminine sexuality, allowing them to be provocative and demure simultaneously.
In the gallery’s Project Space, Juana Valdes exhibits her work ‘An Inherent View of the World.’ She creates a lavish, almost baroque accumulation of items which often get relegated to the discard pile when people are in the process of de-accessioning the so-called "dust collectors" of their past, decorative and sometimes utilitarian objects that might have been purchased on a family vacation or inherited from a relative and simply don’t belong in the next phase of life.
ABOUT MINDY SOLOMON GALLERY AND THE MOVE TO OUR NEW LOCATION
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.