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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.

 

Paolo Salvador

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.

 

Ernesto Neto

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.

 

Daniel Crews-Chubb
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.

 

Lenz Geerk
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.

 

Donna Huanca
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.

 

Lisa Yuskavage

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.

 

Yayoi Kusama

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.

 

Vojtěch Kovařík

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.

 

Alicja Kwade

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.

 

Minjung Kim

MOUNTAIN, 2019

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.