Exhibitor listing
Sea of Mystery   -  Mike Solomon
Alfstad& Contemporary
Alfstad& Contemporary
1419 5th Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
United States
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Alfstad& Contemporary

Other Artists represented by the Gallery:

  • James Bullough

    James Bullough

  • Betsy Cameron

    Betsy Cameron

  • Felix de la Concha

    Felix de la Concha

  • Ron Desmett

    Ron Desmett

    Biography : Ron Desmett: Artist Statement (Written shortly before his death in 2016) "I have always loved the thought of the continuum of prehistoric hands to mine...making the ordinary extraordinary. "I began by making forms that literally held material: wine, butter or cereal. In later years, my forms lost their connection to function. They took on a figurative quality, with only a cursory nod to the vessel. The immediacy and expressiveness – the 'me' in the form – is what I enjoy creating. "Nature and its inherent rhythm offer up old, rotted, curling stumps of wood in the landscape. These twisting, gnarling internal shapes become my inspiration. "By using hollowed out walnut trees as molds to hold the force of my breath, I am infusing nature that has lost its life with life anew. As a person steeped in the history of art and craft, I take the craft of glass and turn it into art that transcends material."

  • Christophe von Hohenberg

    Christophe von Hohenberg

    Biography : Von Hohenberg began his career in 1979 when he was discovered by American Vogue and worked for publications including Interview, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, French and German Vogue, German Rolling Stone, Fortune, and The New York Times Magazine. In 2007, his critically acclaimed book Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died was awarded the AIG Book and Photobook District News Award. He has recently published an acclaimed book of photography: ANOTHER PLANET: New York Portraits, 1976-1996 and Shadows of the Gods: Mexico City is presently in production. His work has been included in two exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has also had solo exhibitions at the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas and the Amerika Haus in Munich. The artist has exhibited extensively both in the United States and abroad. His work can be found in a multitude of private collections around the world. Von Hohenberg divides his time between New York City, The Hamptons and Mexico.

  • Alain J.L. Huin

    Alain J.L. Huin

    Detailed Description :
    Alain Huin has been at the forefront of international design for over 40 years. His passion for the creative process in many forms – furniture design, architecture, drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture – has driven his career in exciting directions. He began his studies at the L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Tours, and went on to graduate from L’Ecole National des Arts Decoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris with a degree in industrial design. He continued his graduate studies at the McGill University School of Architecture. Returning to France, he joined the Alain Richard Agency. Critical acclaim for his design work on Orly Airport and the Paris Metro system lead to a position with Raymond Loewy, where his assignments included the Air France Concorde, Holland Railways, Shell International and the Charles de Gaulle Airport. In 1973, France’s Mobilier National named Huin Designer of the Year, and his designs are in their permanent collection. To expand his horizons beyond industrial design, Huin moved to America and collaborated with Charles Eames on furniture collections for Herman Miller. In 1985, he opened Alain Huin Product Design in New York and created furniture and accessories for Ethan Allen, Crate and Barrel, Bloomingdale’s, Restoration Hardware and many other firms. Huin’s body of work is now in the Architectural Archives Collection of the University of Florida at Gainesville. Almost 20 years ago Huin moved to Sarasota, Florida – not to retire, but so he could return to his first loves: drawing, painting and sculpture. Sitting in his studio, surrounded by paintings, prints and piles of notebooks filled with colorful drawings and sketches, Huin laughs, “Art – that’s all I know. I’ll never stop.”
  • Kathleen Mulcahy

    Kathleen Mulcahy

  • Marsha Owett

    Marsha Owett

  • ​Anne Patterson

    ​Anne Patterson

    Detailed Description :
    Anne Patterson began her career in the theater, designing sets for the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. and Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. She went on to design installations for the San Francisco and Atlanta Symphonies, Philadelphia and American Symphony Orchestras and the New World Symphony in Miami. Patterson’s major installation, Graced With Light – The Ribbon Project, was created while she was 2013 Artist in Residence at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, CA. It consisted of 20 miles of ribbon reaching up to the cathedral's vaulted ceiling arches high above, carrying prayers, dreams and wishes skyward. She next created The Light Between out of aluminum wire to heighten the natural light in a Boston commercial atrium. “I wanted to make light tangible,” she said. “Bring its joy and energy down to the ground level of the building.” Patterson won the prestigious CODA award for Graced With Light. CODA recognizes the design projects that demonstrate the most successful integration of commissioned art into an interior, architectural or public space. Pathless Woods, a site-specific installation by Patterson opened the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery of Contemporary Art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. It continues the exploration into creating synesthetic environments that she began with Graced With Light. In addition, she was awarded a Creative Capital Grant from the Warhol Foundation, won the 2013 Gold Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services, is a fellow of the Hermitage Artist’s Retreat and has been a visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Education: BA Architecture, Yale University, MFA Theater Design, Slade School of Art, London. Based in New York, Patterson’s art has been exhibited in New York City, Providence, Atlanta and Seville, Spain. Her paintings and sculptures are in private, public, and corporate collections across the USA and Europe.
  • Dasha Reich

    Dasha Reich

    Detailed Description :
    Andrea Dasha Reich's artworks are abstract interplays of organic shapes and dazzling-color spectrums that explore a deep intimacy with the world around us. In unique and unexpected ways her art surprises the senses and excites the imagination. Inspired by both nature and the Bauhaus architecture of Prague, where she was born, Reich is a prolific multimedia artist, constantly innovating new techniques and combining pure pigments and epoxy resins to create work that pulls the viewer's eye and mind into mysterious realms of artistic contemplation. She is internationally recognized for her pioneering work in epoxy resins. As Dominique Nahas, a New York art critic, writes: "The vision of Andrea Dasha Reich is embodied within multi-layered resin works that are hallucinatory amalgamations of an unusually vivid sort. Fresh and singularly inviting while remaining perpetually out of reach, Reich's dreamscape engenders ecstatic universes brimming with potentiality." "I continuously experiment to create new art that is imaginative and has never been done before," says Reich. "This philosophy is the true source of my creativity."
  • Mike Solomon

    Mike Solomon

    Detailed Description :
    Mike Solomon's work is conceptual and concrete. His sources range from spiritual teachings to nature. His iconography employs both abstract and representative techniques. Rooted as much in craft and material as in ideas, his goal is to find balance between opposites. Solomon's oeuvre is unusually diverse, encompassing a wide variety of processes and materials, including sculptures, paintings, watercolors, assemblages, installations, photographs, prints and videos. Since 2011, he has written a curatorial blog, All The Work I've Ever Done, surveying 40 years of his artistic creations. His latest work employs an additive process in which the grounds of the paintings are transparent so that the viewer's eye reacts to layers of color. Son of Abstract Expressionist Syd Solomon (1917-2004), Solomon was raised in the art world of the 1960s, surrounded by the artist of the time, such as Phil Guston, Conrad Marca-Relli, Adolph Gottlieb, Jimmy Ernst, Mark Rothko, Bill de Kooning, Saul Steinberg, Jim Dine and David Budd. He recently supervised the publication of Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed, a book on his father's life and work. He attended The College of Creative Studies at University of California at Santa Barbra, Skowhegan School of Art, Yale Summer School of Art and Music and received his MFA from Hunter College in 1989. He was assistant to John Chamberlain in the 1980s and worked with Alfonso Ossorio in the early 1990s. Solomon has been reviewed by many eminent art writers and critics, including Paul Laster, Helen Harrison, Sarah Douglas, Mark Ormond, Meg Perlman and Robert Long. Solomon's work is in many private collections, including Edward Albee, Beth Rudin deWoody, Dan Flavin, Jr., Tom and Darlene Furst, Richard Meier, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Prince and Priscilla Rattazzi Whittle. Selected public collections include Barnett Bank, Cantor Fitzgerald Collection, Columbia Museum, J Crew, Parrish Art Museum and the Ringling Museum of Art. He has twice been the r
     Mike Solomon - Sea of Mystery
    Sea of Mystery

  • Bruna Stude

    Bruna Stude

    Detailed Description :
    Bruna Stude was born and raised in the port of Split on the Dalmatian Coast in the 1960s, and she was given her first 35 mm camera at age of ten. After graduating from the Law University in Split, and working for several years as a reporter, she left Croatia in 1987 to pursue a life at sea. Stude soon found that photography allowed her to participate in the life and rhythms of the sea. She also discovered the techniques to express her creative sense and impulses. As a freelance artist and photographer for Omni Photo Communications, New York, Stude circumnavigated the globe many times, often pausing for months in remote areas, accessible only by water. These voyages enabled her to explore the ocean as a photographic subject. In 2002, she found her home on the island of Kaua’i in Hawai’i, where the songs of whales fill the ocean in winter. Stude’s work can be found in public and private collections in Europe, Asia and the United States. She has also shown in solo and group exhibitions in Paris and throughout the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Hawai’i and Sarasota
  • Rob Tarbell

    Rob Tarbell

  • Michael Taylor

    Michael Taylor

    Detailed Description :
    As one of the pioneers of the studio glass movement, Michael Taylor opened the door for glass as a creative means of expression, not only as a craft but as a form of metaphysical geometry, as true sculptural art. His vast body of work – spanning forty-five years – demonstrates not only his mastery of the science of glass, but how well he has learned to grasp its poetry and symbolism. In Taylor's hands, the hard reality of glass is transformed into ever-changing light and energy. For over twenty years, Taylor served as professor and chair of the Glass Department in the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has taught and lectured at numerous national and international institutions of higher education, workshops, museums and foundations, and been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright-Hays program and the Danforth Foundation. His prodigious output as a glass artist – in the midst of his many professional and administrative duties – has been remarkable. Taylor's work is included in public and private collections around the world.
  • Boaz Vaadia

    Boaz Vaadia

  • Hans Van de Bovenkamp

    Hans Van de Bovenkamp

  • Hans Weigand

    Hans Weigand

  • Michael Wyshock

    Michael Wyshock

    Detailed Description :
    Michael Wyshock is an American artist who has worked in Louisiana, Arkansas, New York and Sarasota, Florida. Creating artworks based on fractal science and philosophy, he shatters and recombines colors and shapes in still and moving compositions to compose new realities. Currently teaching art at the Ringling College of Art and Design, Wyshock has received the Pollock Krasner Award, Ringling Tower Award, Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship, Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Award, Louisiana Arts Council Award, University of Central Arkansas Research Award, State University of New York Research Award and the Florida State University Distinguished Alumni Award. Wyshock has also been a three-time resident artist at the prestigious Hermitage Artist Retreat. “It is truly an artists’ heaven,” he says. “The Hermitage gave me the time and space to work, think and explore ideas on a more conceptual level than ever before.”
  • Zimoun


    Detailed Description :
    Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun's minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates. Zimoun lives and works in Bern, Switzerland.


Chris Schumaker   
Todd Masters   
Gary Galati   
Casey Alfstad   
Annie Alfstad   
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Founded in 2013, Alfstad& Contemporary explores new ways to produce art, collaborate with artists and promote multidimensional art exhibitions. Its goal is to reimagine how to make and market art, and create an art brand recognized worldwide.

Alfstad& Contemporary represents acclaimed artists: Hans Van de Bovenkamp, James Bullough, Betsy Cameron, Felix de la Concha, Ron Desmitt, Christophe Von Hohenberg, Alain J.L. Huin, Kathleen Mulcahy, Marsha Owett, Anne Patterson, Andrea Dasha Reich, Mike Solomon, Bruna Strude, Rob Tarbell, Michael Taylor, Boaz Vaadia, Hans Weigand, Michael Wyshock and Zimoun.

The Alfstad& Contemporary gallery and production facilities are located at 1419 5th Street in the Rosemary Design District in Sarasota, Florida.