Jeremy Chandler // Spotted at First Light - Project Space: Jenna Efrein // Verdant Plunderland
Miami, Florida 33138
MIAMI, FL—Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to present ‘Spotted at First Light,’ a new installation of photography and video by Jeremy Chandler—continuing a body of fictional narrative, the work explores masculine identity and relationship to place. In the gallery’s Project Space, Jenna Efrein mimics the beauty of the Everglades in her installation 'Verdant Plunderland,' suggesting issues of ownership and deterioration. The exhibitions will be on view February 6th through March 19th, 2016 at Mindy Solomon Gallery’s location in Little River, 8397 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami.
An Opening Reception with the artists will take place Saturday, February 6th, from 7-9pm at the gallery.
Spotted At First-Light, new work by Jeremy Chandler, alludes to themes of passive searching and laying-in-wait. Repurposing methods utilized by hunting and military culture, Chandler stages scenes converting otherwise weaponized techniques into benign aesthetic devices. Male figures are pictured embedded in a variety of terrain, engaged in moments of still introspection, seemingly in cryptic dialogue with one another and the landscape. As with all of Chandler’s work, the landscape becomes a character within his narratives and is used as both stage and medium for communication. Through a returning visual vocabulary and distinctive iconography, relationships become apparent—prompting the viewer to question the nature of the characters' activities, as well as their connections to one another and the land.
Jenna Efrein's Verdant Plunderland is an installation representing the indigenous South Florida landscape of marshlands and swamp. Predominant materials are farmed from the waste of local consumption. Ironically, South Florida was considered an uninhabitable wasteland before settlement. But through efforts of dredging, draining, and genocide South Florida became an attractive vacation, retirement, and rejuvenation location. Jenna Efrein up-cycles materials to mimic the beauty of the Everglades.
Typically, Efrein’s work falls into the figurative and psychological realm. New to South Florida and a lover of nature, she has found herself investigating her surroundings past and present. Though no human forms can be seen in this installation, the marks of their hands are found everywhere.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
JEREMY CHANDLER is a photographic artist who creates through a variety of conceptual and formal approaches, such as straight photography, tableaus, and documentary and narrative film projects. His work subverts ritualized expressions of masculinity to reveal a more nuanced idea of maleness, while questioning how culture and myth can often intertwine to create altered perceptions of space and place.
In addition to being the 2008 Photographer Laureate for the city of Tampa, Florida, he has exhibited at notable venues, including: Hagedorn Foundation Gallery in Atlanta, GA; Balzer Art Projects in Basel, Switzerland; and Giampietro Gallery in New Haven, CT. He received his BFA from the University of Florida in Creative Photography and MFA from the University of South Florida. He is currently an Assistant Professor teaching photography at Southern Connecticut State University.
JENNA EFREIN grew up in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Miami most recently from Philadelphia. She received her MFA from Alfred University School of Art and Design in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies. As a multimedia artist, she has participated in a variety of group shows predominantly in the northeast. She moved to Miami in 2014 to be a Lecturer in the Art and Art History, Sculpture department. This is her first show in Miami.
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, 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.
Mindy Solomon Gallery is open from 11:00am-5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday; call 786-953-6917 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The website will be permanently closed shortly, so please retrieve any content you wish to save.