Exhibition
September 22, 2021–October 31, 2021

Mia Fonssagrives Solow

September 22, 2021–October 31, 2021 | Part of Alserkal Lates

A dynamic retrospective

Starts September 22, 2021

Ends October 31, 2021

Venue Leila Heller Gallery

Warehouse 86/87

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Mia Fonssagrives Solow

'Apple Form'

Green Enamel of Fibreglass

60 x 30 x 81 in

Mia Fonssagrives Solow

'Her'

Red Enamel on Fiberglass

80 x 30 x 15 in

Mia Fonssagrives Solow

'Him'

Red Enamel on Fiberglass

96 x 30 x 48 in

Mia Fonssagrives Solow

'They'

Red Enamel on Fiberglass

80 x 30 x 15 in

Mia Fonssagrives Solow

'Bone Form'

Red Enamel on Fiberglass

60 x 72 x 30 in

Mia Fonssagrives Solow

'Bone Form'

Opaline Lucite

26 x 4 x 23 in

Mia Fonssagrives Solow

'Puzzle I'

Willow Green

14.5 x 11 x 1.8 in

Mia Fonssagrives Solow

'Puzzle II'

Polished Bronze

12 x 16 x 2 in

Mia Fonssagrives Solow

'Ghost'

Black Lucite

6.5 x 7.5 x 2 in

DUBAI, UAE– Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Mia Fonssagrives Solow, opening September 22nd, 2021.

A dynamic retrospective of sculpture by Fonssagrives Solow, the eponymous show will survey the artist's seminal maquette forms as well as her iconic monumental abstract forms cast in bronze, fiberglass, or carved from wood.

Fonssagrives Solow’s uplifting Forms series examines the simplicity of scale and movement, form and color. The curving surfaces of each piece draw the eye from one exquisite line to the next, as everyday objects, such as a sail or an apple, are refined to simply the clean, essential lines of their form. What begins as a small lucite or wood maquette evolves to a monumental fiberglass sculpture towering up to 16ft-high.

For Fonssagrives-Solow, the negative space at the center of each work echoes her upbringing in front of and behind the lens of a camera. These empty spaces not only define the sculptures themselves, but also re-frame the world beyond. “Negative space is very important to me,”

Solow says, “I love seeing the world through these shapes- the city, the trees, the sky, even people. As a child I always looked through the lens of a camera or a telescope and envisioned the world beyond that. In a way, these forms are a continuation of that visual process.”

An overarching theme of Solow’s abstract sculptures is the bright and striking color palette. In 'His', 'Her', and 'They', the bright red unifies the trio while the vivid green of 'Apple' Form enhances the association of the shape with an apple. Additionally, the completely gold-leaf-covered 'Bone' Form draws attention to the figure. For Solow, these forms become a three-dimensional expression of color through their monochromatic nature.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Mia Fonssagrives Solow is an American contemporary artist based in New York and Paris. She is internationally renowned for her refined and whimsical aesthetic in both figurative and abstract forms in a range of mediums, from polished bronze to gilded wood to sleek enamel over fiberglass. Fonssagrives Solow has been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, London, Palm Beach, Paris, and Shanghai. Her work graces the pages of lauded publications such as FT’s How to Spend It, Vanity Fair, Whitewall, artnetNews, The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.