NADA Miami 2019
Iris Eichenberg and Neha Vedpathak
Dec. 5 – Dec. 8, 2019

BOOTH 12.06

Ice Palace Studios
1400 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

For NADA Miami 2019 Simone DeSousa Gallery brings together the works of two Detroit-based artists, Indian artist Neha Vedpathak and German artist Iris Eichenberg.

Both Vedpathak’s and Eichenberg’s works that are part of this presentation reference ritualistic characteristics of certain kinds of manual labor that are attributed to the feminine, yet in both the traditional goal of beauty is defied, and gives place to unsettled new readings. Vedpathak’s vigorously plucked pieces are in direct conversation with Eichenberg’s disheveled, oddly scaled, yarn works. The works evoke a sensual and unapologetic inharmonious tone. Through the reductive “sculpting” of surfaces, as well as cumulative mark making, both artists reference time, and invite an experience that is intimate and sensory. Vedpathak and Eichenberg’s works deliberately disrupt classic ideas of landscape and portraiture, as well as perceptions of femininity, and the notion of elevated forms of expression.

NEHA VEDPATHAK, I can see through this and Continuum, 2019, Japanese handmade paper, acrylic paint, thread. Installation.
Preview works by Neha Vedpathak at NADA Miami 2019, Booth 12.06, Simone DeSousa Gallery


IRIS EICHENBERG, Darker, 2019, wood, graphite, charcoal, wool.
Preview works by Iris Eichenberg at NADA Miami 2019, Booth 12.06, Simone DeSousa Gallery.

Iris Eichenberg (b. 1965, Göttingen, Germany). After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1994, Iris Eichenberg worked as an independent artist, art educator, part-time curator, and organizer of art-related events. She then taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie from 1996 to 2006. In 2006 she accepted an appointment as Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and has been teaching there full time since.

As part of her practice, Eichenberg has been regularly invited to lecture, act as visiting critic, and give workshops at various art programs in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, through the support of cultural institutions including: Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Herbert Hofmann Prize, Gerrit Rietveld Academy Award, and The European Ceramic Center in Den Bosch.

Eichenberg’s work can be found in several museums including The Cooper-Hewitt (New York), The Museum of Arts and Design (New York), The Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Schmuck Museum Pforzheim, the Fondation National d’Art Contemporain (Paris), and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas). Her work has also been collected by private foundations including the Francoise van der Bosch Stichting (Amsterdam) and the Rotasa Foundation (California).

Neha Vedpathak (b. 1983, Pune, India) is an interdisciplinary artist known for her rigorous and inventive process-based practice. Vedpathak has been an invited artist-in-residence at Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Greece, Bharat Bhavan Graphic Studio, India, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Colorado, CAMAC, France and Fountainhead Residency, Miami.  Vedpathak’s works have been shown at ASU Art Museum, The Weatherspoon Museum, The Poetry Foundation, and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) among other local and national institutions and galleries. Her work has been recently acquired for the permanent collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Vedpathak’s upbringing in India has played a vital role in shaping her understanding and approach as an artist. Growing up, rituals and meditation were a prevalent part of her life. In 2009, Vedpathak discovered a technique she calls plucking, where she separates the fibers of Japanese handmade paper using a tiny pushpin. The resultant paper resembles lace fabric, which she then uses to create individual works. The plucked paper is also saturated with paint, sewn, and collaged to create a single complete work. Plucking is a slow and repetitive process that Vedpathak embraces as a form of meditation.

Neha Vedpathak currently lives and maintains a studio in Detroit.

NADA Miami 2018
Kylie Lockwood and Michael Luchs
Dec. 6 – Dec. 9, 2018

Booth 9.14

Ice Palace Studios
1400 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Kylie Lockwood, Eyetrophy in incremental scale shifts, 2018, Aluminum, Installation.
Preview of Kylie Lockwood Works


Michael Luchs, Untitled (Rabbit), 1990, Mixed paints, marker, and metallic paint on vinyl, 27 x 52 inches.
Preview of Michael Luchs Works


For NADA Miami 2018, Simone DeSousa Gallery is pleased to present the works of artists Michael Luchs and Kylie Lockwood. Separated by nearly five decades, Luchs and Lockwood have a fundamental connection to Detroit. Michael Luchs received his degree from Wayne State University, Detroit, in 1968, and was a pivotal artist in the Cass Corridor era, the first avant-garde movement to form in the city. His work was recently seen in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Lockwood was born in Detroit, and returned to the city after getting her MFA at Hunter College, New York, in 2010.

For both artists, the making of an artwork is a performance, or even a ritual. Their relationship to material is intimate, and untethered to perfecting the materiality’s capability. Luchs and Lockwood each produce their own idiosyncratic language guided by an internal logic.

While the material processes are central to Michael Luchs’ artwork, he resists virtuosity. Conventions are replaced with an astute psychological language of marks and gestures that exploits the raw, the awkward, the careless. Here and there, flashes of precision, grace, and subtlety heighten the emotional effects of aggressive gestures.

In Kylie Lockwood’s work the process of making sculpture has become a way to ask questions about the object’s true identity and essence. Her metal and ceramic works are able to imbue objects of contemporary life with the aura of deep, historical time, and often force us to look at things in different and surprising ways by upsetting or transforming the conventional relationship between inside and outside of the body.

Both Luchs and Lockwood are producing relevant work to the context of their time, that also present a timeless quality. Simone DeSousa Gallery is excited to present these two works in a combined setting that heightens the experience of their complementary qualities and distinct manifestations.

Kylie Lockwood
Kylie Lockwood (b. 1983, Detroit, MI, USA) received her BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit in 2005, MFA from Hunter College in New York City in 2010 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2014. Solo and two person exhibitions include: “The Fingertip is an Image Forming Organ of Sight,” Coop Gallery, Nashville, TN, “Statue Maker,” Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, NY, and “Thinking Colon,” Popps Packing, Detroit, MI. Lockwood’s work has been included in group exhibitions at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY; Reyes Projects, Birmingham, MI; Lord Ludd in Philadelphia, PA; Synchrotron Radiation Center, Stoughton, WI; Interstate, Brooklyn, NY, Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit, MI, among others. She currently lives and works in Detroit, MI.

Michael Luchs
Michael Luchs (b. 1938, Portsmouth, OH, USA) was among the celebrated Detroit Cass Corridor painters and sculptors in the 1960s and 1970s. Luchs graduated from Olivet College (Olivet, Michigan) in 1961, and attended the University of Michigan in 1964 before moving to Detroit, where he studied at Wayne State University (1966-68). Luchs’ work was featured in the Detroit Institute of Arts exhibition, Kick Out the Jams: Detroit’s Cass Corridor, 1963-1977, which took place in 1980, and also traveled to Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and written up in Art in America as part of a major spread on the Detroit’s art scene.

Michael Luchs has worked in rural settings for the last several years, and currently lives in Lewiston, Michigan, with his wife artist Kathryn Brackett Luchs. His work is part of several collections including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Wayne State University James Duffy Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, as well as several private collections throughout the United States. He was recently part of the 2017 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in New York, where he was the recipient of the Academy’s 2017 Art and Purchase Award.

Michael Luchs’ most recent solo exhibition, Fictitious Character, took place in the summer of 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).