During Basel Week, which just concluded on Sunday, December 8, the international art world took over Miami — from the huge tents on the beach that housed art fairs like Scope and Aqua to the innumerable murals, performance art pieces, after parties and gallery openings that spring up every year around the main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach. While we gave you a recap of Art Basel Miami Beach last week, today we bring you the best of what we saw at Context and Aqua, Kenny Scharf’s garden and mural installation, “Tony’s Oasis” (where we were able to speak to the artist as he chopped coconuts with a machete) as well as the female-focused “Women on the Walls” exhibition, which spotlighted the prominent female street artists in the mural project Wynwood Walls (covered here.) Read more after the jump.
Berlin-based artist and designer Bartek Elsner creates sculptures from cardboard, sparking a sense of whimsy with the often forgotten and ubiquitous material. Elsner’s public installations, which have ranged from fireplaces to enormous boom boxes, make use of a medium often found littering the streets of major cities. In one of his most detailed pieces — an anatomical rendering of a heart supported by a thin rod, as if floating — the dull cardboard is cut in a prismatic style reminiscent of a crystal. Take a look at some of Elsner’s recent works after the jump.
Clive Wilkins’s portraits place their subjects in theatrical and often surreal settings. Adorning them with elaborate costumes, the British painter alludes to mysticism and ritual as well as performance with his work. While one painting depicts a sleeping woman unsuspecting of the viewers’ gaze, many of the other works disrupt this sense of aloof voyeurism as the subjects stare directly at the viewers with knowing, confrontational expressions. Take a look at some of Wilkins’s works after the jump.
The sculptures of Livia Marin are pleasant in their simplicity yet still surprise. Otherwise normal in appearance, porcelain tea-ware and other objects seem to be melting or spilling rather than breaking. Their finely painted details float along with the disintegrating teacups and teapots as if liquid. Like any commonly bought object, the porcelain pieces have very familiar shapes that are startlingly interrupted by something which seems to be physically impossible. Marin explains in her statement that her artwork looks to ”inquire into the nature of how we relate to material objects in an era dominated by mass-production.” See more of her sculptures after the jump.
Celebrated spanish designer Jaime Hayon, in collaboration with ceramics manufacturer Bosa, premieres “Hope Bird” on December 12 in New York City. This is the first collection in several upcoming limited art editions for Design-Apart, NY’s artist series of objects produced in collaboration with the leading artists, designers and manufacturers. Hayon, whose creations are known to blur the distinction between art and design as well as challenge the conversation around art and commerce, created the 15 hand painted ceramic birds to symbolizes an optimistic approach to what lies ahead. See more after the jump!
Filipino artist Ronald Ventura specializes in pastiche — not only with his imagery but also with the various styles he executes within his works. References to Baroque get mixed in with nods to Disney and film noir. Each cacophonous work contains a variety of styles, meshing together realism, flat, abstract color fields and elements of 19th-century illustration. Ventura has a fascination with geological formations, which comes across more in his sculptures than his 2D work. All these disparate influences come together in surprisingly cohesive compositions. Take a look at some of Ventura’s portfolio after the jump.