Lost in Space
April 22-June 6, 2021
Nino Mier Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Los Angeles-based artist, Mindy Shapero, on view in Brussels from April 22nd through June 6th. The exhibition, Lost in Space, will mark Shapero’s second solo exhibition with Nino Mier Gallery and the first solo presentation of the artist’s work in Belgium.
Across a body of twelve new works, patterned remnants of interdimensional thresholds reveal traces of an exploration into the unknown. Perceived on linen and paper, Shapero’s portal scars are evidence of a focused and labor-intensive transcendence of physical planes. While the portals have closed, indicating their initial use has passed, the formed scars that remain illustrate the rigorous process that drives the artist’s transitory practice. Meticulous sequences of dots and marks act as visual metronomes reflecting a rhythmic back-and-forth of manual meditation culminating in a climactic inversion as Shapero’s actions collapse the dichotomy between macro and micro while melding notions of time and space.
Formed by stencils sourced from studio scraps, Shapero transmutes negatives from past sculptural pieces into positive shapes before being reversed once again as this performed exchange manifests the vehicle to each portal. Shapero’s repeating motifs further develop the inherent paradox of their existence through the artist’s application of delicate gold leaf, an adornment dating back more than 8,000 years in the canon of art history, in combination with spray painting and stenciling, tied to the artist’s personal history rooted in the DIY aesthetics of punk counterculture.
Mindy Shapero (b. 1974 in Louisville, KY; lives and works in Los Angeles) earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Shapero’s work has been shown extensively in institutions across the United States in exhibitions organized by Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL; the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY; the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH.