Gabriel Dawe‘s site specific installations are at once large yet delicate. Myriads of multicolored threads shoot across open spaces like rays of light. An intriguing balance between the installation’s ephemeral atmosphere and the concreteness of the thread seems to transform something about the space it inhabits. At the same time his installations’ resemblance to a loom (albeit, a giant technicolor loom) can not be escaped. Indeed, in his statement Dawe explains that his installations “explore the connection between fashion and architecture, and how they relate to the human need for shelter in all its shapes and forms.” With this in mind, each of his Plexus installations, as they are titled, evoke ideas of clothing as well as shelter and inside space.
Yesterday, Art Basel Miami Beach opened with an early preview, inviting VIP viewers to experience the overwhelming amount of artwork in the innumerable booths at the fair. While much of the fair focused on Modernism and high brow art, Hi-Fructose scoped out New Contemporary art gems. One of Nick Cave’s sound suits, a wearable sculpture ornamented with silver buttons and artificial flowers, stood beside the masterful, surreal, wood sculptures of Gehard Demetz at Jack Shainman Gallery’s booth. Kehinde Wiley displayed a mural-scale painting that reimagined the Baroque with Sean Kelly Gallery, as well as a detailed tapestry. A large-scale Mark Ryden painting with a richly-detailed, wooden frame was on view at Michael Kohn Gallery’s booth, along with work by Retna, Kaws and Ryan McGinness. Take a look at our photos to see more highlights and stay tuned for updates from the other Miami art fairs for the remainder of the week.
Tonight, Seattle’s Roq La Rue will open two side-by-side solo shows: John Brophy’s “Breaking the Spell” and Femke Hiemstra’s “The Timid Cabbage.” A continuation of her previous series of “Timid Cabbage” graphite drawings, Hiemstra plunges into a world of animate vegetables with spiritual inclinations. A hallmark of her work, the characters experience religious revelations and divine interventions that punctuate the depictions of their mundane world. Brophy’s “Breaking the Spell” also explores spiritual themes but through a digital lens. Brophy’s oil paintings are rendered in a vividly three-dimensional style that makes them akin to digital renderings. The glowing, hologram-like characters interact with ancient goddess symbols and elements of pagan ritual. Brophy’s commentary on consumer culture becomes apparent when logos and dollar signs appear on the characters’ skin. “Breaking the Spell” and “The Timid Cabbage” will be on view through January 4. Take a look at more some work from the two shows after the jump.
Lola Dupre flips the documentary potential of photography on its head, doctoring black and white photos by hand to create strange images that immediately appear off-color. At times, faces and bodies are elongated or distorted and at times, they are split into shards like an explosion captured at the moment of impact. Dupre has a solo show, “New Works,” opening tonight at Breeze Block Gallery. The exhibition will be on view through January 4. Take a look at some previously unseen images from the show after the jump.
Artist Shaina Craft created these visually unsettling paintings. She explains her process succinctly saying, “I paint my subjects’ faces after they have been altered, layered, and printed digitally.” The series seems to highlight the way we ‘read’ faces by making them nearly unintelligible. The frustration of settling on a pair of eyes or singling out a face underscores how differently we look at people’s faces compared to inanimate objects. Each painting forces the viewer’s eye to wander without allowing it a place to land. Craft’s style of painting turns these facial forms into something entirely unfamiliar, inviting viewers to revisit the idea of portrait painting. See more of Shaina Craft’s paintings after the jump.
A departure from the formal affair of the Basel Week art fairs, Brooklyn-based duo Faile debuted an interactive installation last night in Miami Beach titled “Deluxx Fluxx.” A hallucinatory arcade designed by the artists contained a hodge podge of posters wheatpasted floor-to-ceiling — a barrage of imagery that evoked propaganda art, fairy tales and punk rock posters. The artwork on the walls of the first room was all strictly monochromatic, but Faile designed colorful video games and pinball machines (even the games themselves were part of the art) that illuminated the room with a digital glow. In the second room of “Deluxx Fluxx,” neon posters shone under the backlight, wheatpasted floor-to-ceiling like in the previous room. The sensory overload of visual and tactile stimuli allowed viewers to break away from the traditional gallery format and lose themselves as they took in the artwork or competed in psychedelic foosball matches. See more photos after the jump.