Sunday Art Fair was always on the list for a look-see during Frieze week. It’s refreshing in its no-nonsense presentation of new and emerging artists from around the world. There’s no glamour, no fashion, no ‘stars’ cruising the aisles as you see at Frieze, but that is its beauty for me. The art is unhindered, fresh and waiting for a conversation. So, what drew me in?
Vanessa Safavi at Barbara Seiler Gallery, Zurich. Silicon enclosed in a frame. Clean, minimalist abstraction and bright, synthetic contemporary culture altogether in one statement. The white one sold in the first few minutes of the preview.
Femke Herregraven at Future Gallery, Berlin. After the latest stock market blip last Friday, caused it seems, by an over zealous algorithm, Herregraven’s work was very prescient. One of her works was a sculptural representation, in a Perspex box, of the digital story behind the fateful MH370 flight. I like what they’re doing at Future Gallery. Working with artists in what is described as ‘post-internet’ art, whatever that is, but what seems to be artists asking big questions about the world we’re in right now and who’s running it, humans or machines.
Columbian artist Monkia Bravo at Johannes Vogt, New York. Liked her exploration of composition, materials and craft in these sculptural ‘pictures.’
Geta Brătescu at Ivan Gallery, Bucharest. This was a real treat. The artist was 90 this year so hardly emerging but . . . she’s rarely left Romania in her lifetime, and though her work has been exhibited internationally throughout her career, it seems only in the last 15 years has her work really started to get attention. This was my first encounter. So carefully composed, such deep appreciation for her materials. The selected works were shown as one, and sold on the first night, and we weren’t surprised.
Chiara Camoni at SpazioA, Pistoia. This line of thumbed clay vases filled with fresh flowers seemed to be a meditation on the joy of making and growing.
I didn’t expect to find myself spending all Saturday afternoon in the underground car park of the University of Westminster but I’m glad I did.
Annie Bacon, Curator Producer