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29 Jan 2014

Mindy Solomon Gallery // 'Reflective Realities: Christopher Winter' Feb. 1 in Miami

Christopher Winter // Postcard from a Parallel World VI (Kiss) // 2013 // 200 x 140 cm // Acrylic on canvas

'Reflective Realities: Christopher Winter'
Mindy Solomon Gallery


February 1st - March 22, 2014 Opening Night Reception Saturday, February 1st, 6-9PM With an Artist Talk at 7PM

Mindy Solomon

172 NW 24th St.
Miami, FL 33127

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MIAMI, FL—Mindy Solomon Gallery presents paintings by British artist Christopher Winter in an exhibition entitled 'Reflective Realities.' In this collection of works, Winter addresses the human yearning for the supernatural through his obsessive creation of illusion and manipulation of reality. An Opening Reception will be held Saturday, February 1st, from 6:00-9:00PM, with an artist talk by Winter at 7:00PM. The exhibition will be on view from February 1st through March 22nd. Mindy Solomon Gallery is located at 172 NW 24th Street in the Wynwood Art District, Miami.

Winter's compositions are often first read as harmless stories with rational explanations which run parallel to the modern world, or psychedelic inventions that seem to be far from reality. His images of flying rabbits, floating youngsters, and archaic painted faces can also be interpreted commentary on contemporary events, taboos, prejudice, and prohibitions—concepts found repeatedly in his works. For instance, Winter communicates on topics of sexual and hallucinogenic exploration among adolescents, as well as antiquated self-awareness rituals among modern youth. He believes that 'subversive contradiction can take shape...where images are generally not allowed' and names his greatest artistic inspiration as at attempt to overcome such limits.

In Winter's new works, which include 'Postcards from a Parallel World,' the artist posits divergent aspects of reality. The idea of postcards, whose typical purpose is to capture a real moment, is utilized here to portray an illusion instead. Winter's playful mirror imaging indicates a parallel world and creates a kaleidoscopic effect, confounding figurative representation. The series has been influenced by the novel '1Q84' by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, which alludes to George Orwell's '1984.' In contrast to Orwell, Murakami depicts a tear in the fabric of time which creates an alternative present—much like the subjects of Winter's paintings. Presenting viewers with a second reality in these intensely narrative works, Winter combines the familiar with the unknown, the probable with the puzzling, and the mundane with the absurd.

Works in the exhibition are also taken from Winter's 2011 series 'Weird Science,' and relate to the fabric of time and space and how our eye—the perceiver—can be fooled by simple tricks and magic illusions. In these paintings, we discover animals flying or being hurled over idyllic mountaintops, sometimes angry and sometimes simply accepting. Winter relies on a combination of clever art historical reference and blatant naivety to mesmerize the viewer.

The title of the exhibition, 'Reflective Realities,' itself poses more questions than it answers. Winter asks, 'How can one begin with a reality that is purely a reflection of itself? Here, reality is presented as the imaginable on the verge of absurdity and fiction.' This conceptual space is the 'twilight' in which Winter locates his work.

Mindy Solomon Gallery is located at 172 NW 24th Street in Miami, Florida, open 11:00am-5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment; call 786-953-6917 or email for information.

Currently living in Berlin, Germany, British-born Christopher Winter is co-founder of the artist group Special X, which intends to highlight crisis points in the art world through subversion of art world practices. He is also director and curator of KIK exhibition program at the Kino International film theater, Berlin, and a curator for Tape Gallery. His works have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Europe and North America, recently an extensive solo retrospective entitled 'Wildlife,' at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museen, Mannheim, Germany. His works appear in museum collections in Germany and the United States, as well as private collections worldwide.


Mindy Solomon Gallery specializes in contemporary emerging and mid-career artists. Represented works include painting, sculpture, photography, and video in both narrative and non-objective styles. Solomon also exhibits some of the most prestigious contemporary Korean artists on the world market. With an interest in client education, such as a collectors' tour to South Korea and regular artists' talks and VIP events, the gallery and its programs endeavor to showcase a unique and bold view of the international art world. Deeply interested in the intersection of art and design, Ms. Solomon and her team collaborate with designers, advisors, consultants and curators to inform and integrate fine works of art as part of a greater aesthetic. One of only six galleries in Florida to be included in 'Top 500 Galleries Worldwide' in the Louise Blouin Media Modern Painters 2013 Annual Guide, Mindy Solomon Gallery participates in many prestigious art fairs, including Art Miami during Basel's Art Week Miami Beach, Zona Maco Contemporary Art Fair in Mexico City, VOLTA NY, and Shanghai Contemporary.

The mission of the Mindy Solomon Gallery is to present the highest caliber works from emerging and mid-career artists in a broad spectrum of media. With a focus on context and the interconnectedness of material, Mindy Solomon and her staff approach the client/artist relationship with an interest in education and visual empowerment.