10 PICKS FROM FRIEZE VIEWING ROOM
Frieze Viewing Room is a new digital initiative that launch with an online edition of Frieze New York. From May 8-15, more than 200 galleries from across the globe present major works by established and emerging artists in a virtual gallery space. Here we share what caught our eye with 10 highlights.
Strange Talk, 2020
at Peres Projects
Paolo Salvador (Lima, Peru, 1990) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Salvador expresses the imaginary related to his identity as a Peruvian with a Western education and influence. He finds a division in being unable to look at his culture in a way that is ingrained or expresses its cosmovision. His practice has a strong relation with the materials - how they change from one state to another and how they can evoke sensations and feelings through a tactile and infinitesimal interaction.
CreaturePlant (BichoPlanta), 2020
at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Since the 1990s Ernesto Neto (Rio de Janeiro, 1964) has taken a highly distinct perspective on an ongoing formal inquiry into space, volume, balance and gravity. One that is equally informed by craft, sensuality, energy and spirituality. 'CreaturePlant (BichoPlanta)' demonstrates Neto’s use of crochet as a formal and symbolic element. The act of knitting transforms small-scale artisanal crafts into a sculpture of grand scale. The slow, collective activity is precisely planned yet organic and on the verge of ritualistic; yet another expression of Neto’s artistic prowess. Using pink quartz and Amazonita to weigh down a colorful, hand woven synthetic stocking, this sculpture illustrates Neto’s practice of using gravity, weight, and tension to dictate form.
Flowers IV, 2020
at Timothy Taylor
Daniel Crews-Chubb (Northampton, England, 1984) currently lives and works in London, where the artist studied at Turps Art School and Chelsea College of Arts. He makes compelling works that employ a traditional expressionistic, painterly language amid a conceptual framework investigating the potency of the iconic image and the dramatic dynamism of historic and contemporary visual repetition. Crews-Chubb is quickly garnering international recognition for his innovative, experimental collage paintings, which mine the legacies of Art Brut, Arte Povera, and Abstract Expressionism, and interrogate symbols and archetypes of art history.
Variation On The Game, 2020
at Roberts Projects
Lenz Geerk (Basel, Switzerland, 1988) is a Swiss artist that lives and works in Düsseldorf. He creates psychologically charged paintings that are removed from any specific time or place. Emphasizing his subjects in such a way as to draw out the hidden emotions of the human psyche, Geerk depicts people at the threshold of excitation and in the throes of exploration. With postures and gestures a fiction of representation, Geerk imagines how a certain fragile moment, derived from neither model nor photograph, can instead be expressed through atmosphere and body language. The nearly monochromatic palettes, only occasionally warmed by other colors, adds to the aura of emotional tension.
K'AK' CHAN YOPAAT, 2020
at Peres Projects
Donna Huanca (Chicago, 1980) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Huanca studied at Städelschule in Frankfurt. Her artistic practice displays her sensitivity to the body and in particular the skin, which is simultaneously the surface on which our individuality is inscribed and the medium through which we experience the world. By infusing human-like qualities into her sculptures and paintings, and exposing painted naked bodies in her performance works, Huanca further questions wider notions of gender, identity, and culture.
Swingers I, 2019
at David Zwirner
Lisa Yuskavage (Philadelphia, 1962) is a contemporary American painter currently living and working in New York. For more than thirty years, Yuskavage's highly original approach to figurative painting has challenged conventional understandings of the genre and influenced subsequent generations of artists. Her simultaneously bold, eccentric, exhibitionist, and introspective characters assume dual roles of subject and object, complicating the position of viewership. At times playful and harmonious, and at other times rueful and conflicted, these characters are cast within fantastical compositions in which realistic and abstract elements coexist and color determines meaning.
INFINITY-NETS [KSEA], 2015
at David Zwirner
Yayoi Kusama (Matsumoto, Japan, 1929) is considered one of the world’s most influential living artists. Plagued by severe hallucinations for most of her life, Kusama's infamous visual language of vibrant patterns, nets and polka dots, is infused with autobiographical content. Her unrelenting exploration of repetition and patterns of psychedelic colours is driven by her thematic interest in the concepts of infinity and exemplified in the intricately proliferating dots that spread across the surface of the present painting. Challenging the concepts of infinity, Kusama creates imaginative visual environments and experiences, repeatedly stimulating the viewer's senses.
THRACIA’S LAND, 2020
at Mendes Wood DM
Vojtěch Kovařík (Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic, 1993) currently lives and works in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, Czech Republic. For Kovařík, mythology is a fundamental topic, both antique and modern ones, being recurring subjects of his painting. His canvases reflect his deep knowledge of art history combined with an identity creation - his choice of seizing Greek mythology comes from a necessity, as this group of tales and stories constitutes an important part of European cultural and collective unconscious. By marrying different types of storytelling, Kovařík gives birth to a painting that bears the figurative tradition, yet opening a path for an open-ended future.
EIN TISCH IST EIN BILD, 2019
at 303 Gallery
Alicja Kwade (Katowice, Poland, 1979) is a contemporary visual artist that lives and works in Berlin. Kwade’s work investigates and questions the structures of our reality and society and reflects on the perception of time in our everyday life. Her diverse practice is based around concepts of space, time, science and philosophy, takes shape in sculptural objects, video and even photography. In 2017 she participated in the 57th Venice Biennale “Viva Arte Viva” curated by Christine Macel and in the Aros Triennale “The Garden - End of Times; Beginning of Times, #3 The Future” in Aarhus. Kwade has been selected for the 2019 Roof Garden Commission for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
at Gallery Hyundai
Minjung Kim (Gwangju, Republic of Korea, 1962) is a contemporary Korean artist currently living and working between France and the United States. Committed to re-interpreting traditional Korean aesthetics, Kim employs a process-based organization of her thoughts, problems, and whims in each of her artworks. Traditionally trained in Korean watercolour painting and calligraphy from the age of nine, Kim is among the few female heirs of the Dansaekhwa movement, having studied under one of its masters, Park Seo-Bo, at Hong Ik University, Seoul. In the ‘Mountain’ series, references to traditional Korean landscape painting are evident - monochromatic works composed of horizontal, undulating waves of black or red ink applied to hanji paper in varying densities and shades. In these paintings, Kim builds a tonal scale by manipulating the absorption of ink – a flowing, uncontrollable medium – with minimal precision, to create the effect of an infinite mountain range bathed in light. This notion of control reflects a key aspect of calligraphy, something that the artist regards as fundamental to her practice.