“At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.”
MIAMI, FL—Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to exhibit the first Miami solo show of the work of artist Christina West. Intimate Strangers opens May 29th—July 3rd, 2015 at 172 NW 24th St. An opening reception with the artist will take place Friday, May 29th, from 6—9pm, with refreshments provided by Gramps Bar.
Intimate Strangers 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.
In a recent interview with Garth Clark on CFILE, West states in regards to her work:
“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.