Monday, March 16, 2015

PULSE NY 2015 - NY Art Fairs

     So after getting snowed in by mother nature once again, I finally made it in to do some art fair hoppin' beginning with PULSE. Pulse is always a steady boat to me, consisting of solid work but not straying to far from the viewers' reach like the Independent does. As I woud soon notice in other fairs, there was quite a bit of abstract painting. In the mid sized range, loose, not overly wrought. I suppose one could see that as a lack of fire, energy and/or emotion. Not sure if that's fair, but the work felt "quieter" in that there wasn't alot of vigorous brushwork, angst, intense color. Again, I'm tempted to say not much energy, but there was, just a different kind of energy. The paintings seemed more methodical, calmer, like the artists were into thought, design, and process rather than action. More controlled, and more shapes throughout. Curious to see if this observation is consistent in the other shows.

Anselm Gluck - Galerie Frey, Vienna
     PULSE always seems to have a variety, though, and here are some more shots. The suitcase sculptures below had flowing water, light, etc from a series called "Traveling Landscapes."

Kathleen Vance - Rockelmann &, Berlin

Christian Rex van Minnen - "Biggie Patch Kidney P.I.E.", oil on linen 44x60 - Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen

Jean-Pierre Roy - "The Peripheral Path", oil on canvas 38x50 - Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen

Large balls with images projected on them.
     When I came to Inliquid, I recognized the name Melissa Maddonni Haims but couldn't place it. Fortunately she was there, and remembered me from Miami where she was doing street art (I wrote about her work in The Gallery Guy). Still knitting, her new work addressed the death of a close friend via quilting and sculptural pieces. The pile of "stones" represents how many cultures use stones as markers for death.

     Ye Hongxing presented this large, playful piece at Art Lexing (Miami) using stickers, beads, embellishments and objects showing the clash between modern techno China and its traditional and spiritual roots.

 The piece on the right, "Barbie Lives In the Police State" by Margaret Roleke makes use of the not-uncommon method of assembling objects and giving them a monochrome coating. Playful and fun. Contrasting but somehow kind of working together was the work on the left by Ryan Sarah Murphy. At Odetta Gallery's booth (Brooklyn).

Yevgeniy Fiks - oil on canvas

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