When Mindy Solomon Gallery first touched down in Wynwood, savvy Miamians might’ve guessed her stay would be short-lived. The neighborhood was changing, and Solomon’s curation was a little too cerebral, a smidgen too perplexing for the average Wynwood sightseer. That’s not a slight by any means; in refusing to “dumb down” the work, Solomon has created a loyal following via a string of sophisticated exhibits where spectators are just as likely to see a series of highly conceptual, illustrative paintings as a set of visceral, material-driven sculptures. Decamping to Little Haiti has helped maintain the serious, creative vision of this forward-thinking space.
Running through March and April are dual solo shows: “Whenever Forever” by Jennifer LeFort and “Revelatory Dérive” by Andrew Casto. LeFort’s innovative canvases bristle and glow with assertive neon hues, a space the artist says is “both pre-tech and post-virtual at once.” Casto’s alien sculptural forms mimic erosion and geological processes, but their unconventional coloring and warped compositions seek to invoke “the phenomenological ramifications of responsibilities and stress [that] shape us physically, mentally, and emotionally.”
The opening reception for the two shows is this Saturday, March 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.