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I wish to approach truth as closely as is possible,
and therefore I abstract everything
until I arrive at the fundamental quality of objects.”

-Piet Mondrian

Jennifer LeFort Without Conformity

Jennifer Lefort // Without Conformity
2016, 84 x 60 inches, oil and spray paint on canvas

MIAMI, FL—Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to present the inaugural solo exhibitions of artists Jennifer Lefort and Andrew Casto. Both artists explore the possibilities of abstraction through movement, gesture, surface and palette. On view at the gallery March 11th–April 29th, 2017 at 8397 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami in Little River.  An opening reception will take place Saturday, March 11th from 6-9pm; artist Andrew Casto will attend.

Whenever Forever invites looking and feeling through space and colour. In both her paintings and sculptural work, the artist uses contrasting colours, textures and spacial illusions throughout. Although decidedly abstract, components of the work are pulled from contemporary life: acidic and plastic colours from a digital and luminous world, isolated gestures that hover like logos or branding in space, organic forms that are neither real or representative but rather a hybrid shape of some sort.

Lefort explains, "The resulting work is what I refer to as an abstract-narrative where there is never a moment of complete knowing.  Borrowing from many sources to finally create a space that doesn't quite exist, the work can offer a space for speculation and fantasy, contemplation and projection. It is  both pre-tech and post-virtual at once.  To paraphrase the French philosopher Jacques Rancière-There are two fundamental lies: That which proclaims 'I am saying the truth' and that which states 'I cannot say anything.'(1)"

Renowned Canadian painter and curator Leopold Plotek writes: "Jennifer Lefort's canvases bring to mind the words of the distinguished poet Def Jef: 'God made 'em funky!' She is an artist whose work nearly grazes the form and spirit of popular media, and her colour would be inconceivable prior to the arrival of digital media or at the very least colour television. Saturated, electrified, her fields and often wiggy goings-on across them are finally pictorial, but not so much by things they represent (what are they, anyway?), as by pretending to creep, ooze, thump, pulse or pullulate; and all performed in rampant, chemical, often complementary hues. Her canvases present a striking contrast in luminosity and colour-temperature, and show how radically ground-colours can determine our perception of pictorial space."

Jennifer Lefort’s work explores the open-ended potential of abstraction toward meaning, narrative, and the imaginary. In her paintings, she considers the coexistence and codependence of formalism and expressionism, color field and pattern, space within space, structure and disorder, accidents and intuition. These contrasting qualities take the viewer to a place of comfort and strangeness, beauty and disorder.

1. ― Jacques RancièreThe Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation

 

Andrew Casto Assemblage 80

Andrew Casto // Assemblage 80
2015, 5 x 7 x 11 inches, ceramic, luster  


The French word dérive means literally “drifting." In Andrew Casto's exhibition, it refers to a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances.

"My current body of work involves an investigation into dialogues concerning extant negative forces in our lives, and to what degree the phenomenological ramifications of responsibilities and stress shape us physically, mentally, and emotionally. The formal language present in this analysis is based on a material study of erosion and geological processes translated into ceramic and mixed media objects. I seek a purposeful link between macrocosmic environmental change, and interruptions in our otherwise routine existence. Within this inquiry, alternative and diverse construction methods are emphasized as tools of fresh, genuine expression in the creation of dynamic assemblages of great fragility. The foundation of this exploration is a desire to uncover the sublime in these moments of incongruity; the rush of presence into experience that might otherwise remain banal and ordinary, brought on by perceived inconvenience. My work asserts that it is possible for our daily vexations to illuminate the power of the present moment-something we all too often fail to notice. 

"At its best, this investigation becomes collaborative in nature, and includes input from other artists to assist in problem solving, critical feedback on the relevance of one technique over another, and in the fabrication of unique construction elements. I often appropriate the discarded remnants of others’ work into my own; a type of studio 'sampling' in the electronica sense. My best work becomes intertwined with the sentiments of those around me, metaphorically and literally, and links my concerns and ideas to the immediate community in tangible fashion," Casto states.

Guy Debord (French Marxist theorist, writer, filmmaker, member of the Letterist International b. 1931-1994) wrote that "Dérives involve playful-constructive behavior and awareness of psychogeographical effects, and are thus quite different from the classic notions of journey or stroll. In a dérive, one or more persons during a certain period drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motives for movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there.” 

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Jennifer Lefort’s abstract paintings practice garnered her the prestigious Joseph Plaskett Foundation Award in 2005. In recent years she has shown her work in several solo and group shows in Canada and internationally. Of significant note are solo presentations at the New York and Basel VOLTA fairs, a temporary public artwork commission for the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides as well as solo exhibitions with Patrick Mikhail Gallery and at the Galerie UQO in Gatineau. Following a recently completed artist residency in Los Angeles, Lefort also has an upcoming exhibition in that city in 2017. Born in Montreal, artist currently lives in Gatineau.

Andrew Casto was born in Delaware, Ohio in 1977. He received his B.A. from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and his M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from The University of Iowa. After serving as an Assistant Professor at Mount Mercy and Kansas State Universities, Casto returned to The University of Iowa, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Art teaching Ceramics and a member of the Public Digital Arts Faculty Initiative. He was a 2011-2012 long-term artist in residence, and the 2011 MJD fellow at The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art in Helena, Montana, and has exhibited work internationally in Spain, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, China, and Japan. Casto was awarded the second place award in the 2013 VII Bienalle International de Ceramic, in El Vendrell Spain, and the 2010 FuLe Prize by the International Ceramic Magazine Editors Association in Fuping, China. He was recently selected as a recipient of a 2015 Emerging Artist award by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), and completed a solo exhibition at Galleria Salvatore Lanteri in Milan, Italy in 2016. 

 

ABOUT MINDY SOLOMON GALLERY
Established in 2009, 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, and was named one of the Top 500 Galleries Worldwide in Louise Blouin Media Modern Painters 2013 and 2014 annual guides. 

The gallery serves as an incubator for dynamic artists establishing their creative voices and exploring a broad range of exhibition possibilities.

Represented artists include: Scottish photographer Muir Vidler, LA photographer and writer Scot Sothern, Korean sculptural artist Kang Hyo Lee, Mexican mixed-media artists the de la Torre brothers, Korean mixed-media artist Jiha Moon, 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.

Mindy Solomon Gallery is open from 11:00am-5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday; call 786-953-6917 or email info@mindysolomon.com for more information.