Today we’d like to introduce you to Sean Mick.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In all honesty, I’m only three years old. Sean Mick? Not my given name. Close. But, no. A gallery in another city represents work I do in oils and the owner wondered if I was two different people considering how different my new body of work was. I liked that idea… maybe I am two different people… but instead of dealing with it in therapy or getting all in my head about duality I just changed my name and moved to Miami from Boston. Seemed easier.
I work out of the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood and started off by creating “portraits” of friends and subjects, interpreting their good side and the less-so in each of them, using geometric abstraction. I’m fascinated by what we can’t see but feel and use it as a starting point. Granted no one would look at any of the pieces and recognize the specific characteristics of their persona (or identity… did I mention they’re abstract?), instead I try to connect the color of backgrounds to represent the subject’s outlook, line, and shape to represent presence, color to convey personality, and position as to their self-perception. The series has since evolved into interpretations of emotions, relationships, and the self-using unconventional canvases to free the subject from a traditional plane. All of it like a kind of a geometric equation. Like math… but not.
Recently, I’ve shown in SCOPE during last Basel and was in a group showing at Ligne Roset through the D.A.M. Gallery in Miami. I was very honored. to have just shown the body of work in the PRISM exhibition curated by Joshua Carden at The Frank in Pembroke Pines. It’s an outstanding city gallery.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The struggles along the way are an important part of the work for me. Art is about hustle and connections as much as it is about the practice. Couple that with rejection, criticism, and vulnerability, all common struggles in visual art, you have to find something positive to bring to the work from any setbacks despite the negative aspects you might feel. It’s what you do with the obstacles and struggles that matter. I find it important, but not easy, to create teaching moments from road bumps. My mileage varies constantly.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
As a visual artist, I one thousand percent hope I’m doing work that a viewer can contemplate with the hopes of starting a dialog about our relationships, emotions, and personal identity. Since the only clue to what my pieces are referencing are the titles (a detail to fine art that I think is essential to the story), I want people to try and make connections to the subjects despite their abstraction.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
That hustle I mentioned a question or two ago? All the obstacles and struggles? It’s by doing that encourages progress. Luck seldom finds anyone on the couch. Get out there and make your own.
- Address: Sean Mick
Bakehouse Art Complex
561 NW 32st.
Miami, FL 33127
- Website: http://www.seanmick.com
- Instagram: @_seanmick.com
- Facebook: thatseanmick
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