Mike Solomon: Sea of Light

April 3-May 2, 2015

Tuesday-Saturday 11:00-5:00 PM


Mike Solomon: Sea of Light is a selection of Solomon’s large-scale, wave-shaped fiberglass sculptures, as well as paintings and prints done in collaboration with Alfstad& that highlight his interest in linear gestures and sense of movement. “I want to encompass the viewer,” says Solomon. “The whole point of working large is to create an ‘environment’ that the viewer can enter into, to make sculpture that can be viewed from within, like a wave seen from within the tube.”

“The fiberglass sculpture and the new paintings in this show are seductive, deceptively simple-looking contraptions that seem to made of light even while they refer most obviously to water,” wrote the late art critic, Robert Long, in a foreword to a previous Solomon exhibition. “The sculpture resembles a cresting wave but it is the light inside that collapsing wall of water that is the real subject.”

Throughout his career, spent living near the water in Sarasota, East Hampton and Santa Barbara, Solomon has recorded his observations of the ocean, with its rhythmic tides and reflective surfaces. “Having been a surfer since childhood, I knew the infinite shapes that water and waves could make. It was a repertoire I built up subconsciously, almost without realizing it,” he says.

“When viewing this show, it isn’t the wave but the arching form that folds in on itself, the translucence of a curtain of water and the dynamic forces that give the wave its structure,” says Solomon. He describes it as “a way of visualizing that energy.” In art as in nature, Solomon looks at large complex structures and sees small building blocks that he translates into art. “Blisters and bubbles in the fiberglass suggest frozen sea foam. The sculpture works resemble a cresting wave but it is the light inside that collapsing wall of water that is the real subject.”

“Mike’s work, while beautiful, moves beyond the purely artistic,” says Sam Alfstad. “He deals with many of the same structural issues as the architecture of Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid.”

“Because of the complex calculations required in mapping compound curves, Solomon's sculptural process – of hand stretching pliable nylon netting and then solidifying it with translucent fiberglass – represents an analog, more tactile, say artistic way, of getting to the same place,” says Maziar Behrooz, architect. “Brilliant."

Opening Night Reception: April 2, 2015
Friday Evening, 5:30-8:00pm
Hors d’oeuvres, Pastries and Fine Wine

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