Beula/ Basil Kinkaid, 2018/ Courtesy of Basil Kinkaid and Mindy Solomon Gallery

Mindy Solomon Gallery presents Diasporic Voices: Redefining Our Cultural Perspectives Through Design

This presentation features four artists rechanneling their cultural stories through their work. Each expresses this differently, and the objects are displayed in conversation with one another.

Basil Kincaid is interested in the practice of quilting as a way to collaborate with ancestral energy and as a method of empowerment. His twelve-foot quilt made specifically for the fair drapes the walls of the booth and honors a more than one-hundred-year-old tradition from both sides of his family. His stylistic approach is influenced by the innovations, practices, and cultural production of black Americans and West Africans.

Linda Lopez grew up with a Vietnamese mother and Mexican father who did not speak each other’s languages. With little communication in the house, she became fixated on utilitarian objects. For this exhibition she has created several debut objects that address the ambiguity of language and are both domestic and familiar, as all her works stem from domestic objects.

Lee Kang Hyo has brought back the tradition of Korean Buncheong stoneware production, which dates to the fourteenth century and incorporates the use of a particular white slip.

The works—debuting at the fair—are wholly contemporary but honor the jars, boxes, and vessels from this cultural history.

Donté K. Hayes’s sculptural works pay homage to materials that would have been used ceremonially in the headdresses of African rituals. Hayes is interested in tribal history and things used in ritual practice. Through the influence of hip-hop, history, and science fiction, his work explores themes of Afrofuturism, a vision of an imagined future that critiques the historical and cultural events of the African diaspora and the distinct black experience of the Middle Passage.

Mindy Solomon Gallery specializes in contemporary emerging and mid-career artists and designers as well as art advisory services. The gallery represents artists working in painting, sculpture, design, photography, and video in both narrative and nonobjective styles. The gallery program explores the intersection of art and design through an ongoing dialogue between two- and three-dimensional objects while embracing diasporic voices. Utilizing the gallery space as a platform for inventive exhibitions, museum visitations, and public lectures, Mindy Solomon cultivates a sense of community and aesthetic enrichment.