Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to present Alejandro Contreras’s large format abstract mixed media work ‘This Wasn’t What We Asked For,’ mounted in the venue’s Project Space. An Opening Reception with the artists will take place Saturday, September 12th, from 6-9pm; the exhibition is on view through October 16th.
In ‘This Wasn’t What We Asked For,’ Alejandro Contreras presents large format prisma color prints which envelop the space. He integrates a manic sense of creativity in his practice, and the seemingly endless flow of line and vibrant color speak to ideas developed through extensive travel and life experience.
Contreras states: “My art consists of the story of my culture—the contemporary art of Venezuela. Artists such as Carlos Cruz-Diez and Jesus Soto have been traditionally associated with geometry and formalism. My abstract compositions integrate the work of my mentors with my own unique style of making—interpreting the linear patterning derived from nature and undulating cityscapes. Layer upon layer of colored line is built up to obscure the narrative references, until the work becomes its own topographical map.” His compositions create a symphonic language of line and motion, and formal references play with spontaneity. This new body of work speaks to “exactly where we are, wherever we are going.”
Born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1983, Alejandro Contreras lives and works in Miami, FL. A recent graduate, he holds a BFA in Electronic Intermedia and a minor in Art History from New World School of the Arts. He also completed a BA from the University of Florida Miami-Dade College, and attended Design and Architecture Senior High, where he earned a graphic design major. His work has been widely exhibited in Miami, and has been shown in group exhibitions in San Francisco and New York City.