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Make it Nice Again at Mindy Solomon

FROM 6 - 9 PM

“ …and this again is typifying the end of an empire. Where things were so great, we have this last ‘umpth’ of momentum that we used to be great, and we felt great, and we don’t feel it anymore, that everyone is but searching for it.”
—David Morgan, Four Horsemen

“We live in a strange time.”
—Adam Curtis, HyperNormalisation

It is a radical notion to subsist as an artist. The artists’ mission is to advance the cause of new ways of thinking and put more “light” in the world. In a society that rewards consumerism, it is important to critically examine the role of the artist as emerging participants in the grand exchange of ideas.

Make It Nice Again is an attempt to reconcile the realities of our society, with a desire to focus on our current socio-political climate. As a response to the confusion and unpredictability of our times, the artists’ strive to recapture a sense of nostalgia and stability, examining the past as a means to create a dialog to help navigate the future.

This exhibition will address the uncertainty as we work towards a better outlook. To this end the artists will engage in mutual discourse, concentrating on a proliferation of creative ideas that form the basis for alternative perspectives.


Cindy Becerra (Bogotá, Colombia 1994) is a recent graduate of the New World School of the Arts with a BFA in painting. Her work has been shown at the Cisneros Fontanals Foundation, Miami Biennale, and the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. 

Thomas Bils (American, 1993) is a graduate of the NWSA Class of 2017, having majored in painting. He has recently exhibited works in Cisneros-Fontanals Art Foundation (2017).

Rachel Lee (American 1994) lives and works in Miami, FL. Her studio practice is based in painting, printmaking, and ceramics, inspired by the DIY work ethic of American punk/alternative rock musicians and the aesthetics of '90s video game graphics. Her work has been exhibited at the Miami Art Museum (2011, 2012), Miami Biennale (2016), University of Wisconsin, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, ArtCenter South Florida, and the Long Beach Island Foundation (2017.) She will receive her BFA in Painting from New World School of the Arts at the end of 2017. 

Jon Millan (American 1995) is a Miami based artist and a recent graduate of New World School of the Arts with a BFA in Sculpture.

Ema Ri (American 1988) is a Miami based Cuban-American artist. Their work has exhibited in Cisneros Fontanals Foundation (2017), the African Cultural Art Center (2017), the Miami Biennale (2016), the NWSA Rising Star Show (2016), the Miami History Archive (2016), and Noguchi Breton (2015). They earned their BFA in Drawing with a Minor in Art History from the New World School of the Arts in 2017.​ 

Alejandro Valencia (Pereira, Colombia, 1990) lives and works in Miami, Florida, and Pereira, Colombia. He attended Miami Dade College (2009-2013) and New World School of the Arts (2013-2017) where he received a BFA in Painting. Valencia’s work has been exhibited in The Boca Raton Museum of Art (2013); Little Haiti Cultural Center (2015); Bridge Red Studios (2015); Miami Biennale (2016); The Cultural Conservancy, San Francisco, CA (2016); and most recently at the Cisneros-Fontanals Art Foundation in Miami, FL; the South Florida Art Center, MDC North Gallery, and the Hollywood Art and Culture Center.

Emma del Rey (American, b. 1994) is a recent graduate of the New World School of the Arts with a BFA in Photography. Her work has been shown in the Cisneros Fontanals Foundation as well as the NWSA Rising Stars Show.

Beatriz Rodriguez (b. 1994, Hialeah) is a Miami based artist. She is a recent New World School of the Arts graduate with a BFA in Painting. Her work has been exhibited at the Cisneros-Fontanals Art Foundation, Art Center South Florida, the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center and the Kram Magazine release party. 



“I am drawn to the forms and processes that inform my surrounding landscape. Regrettably, I find myself looking at nature from a distance, separated through an abnormal mechanism that keeps me physically disconnected but visually immersed. Confined in my vehicle I commute through the California agricultural heartland, experiencing the landscape locked behind auto glass. My predicament is a byproduct of a life filled with constant movement and the artificial landscape of steel and concrete I work within. This current body of work reflects a growing response to my personal detachment from the natural world. Obsessing upon the missing elements I’m segregated from, I engage natural forms to fill a personal void. The fruits of my fixation are the presented clippings and forms that make up Clippings and Hard Fruit. Manifested from the truth of my surroundings, generated by my need for the organic, Clippings and Hard Fruit is a response to my environmental quagmire.”
—David Hicks

Mindy Solomon Gallery
8397 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33138
United States
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