Artist Peter Callesen is mutli-talented with a very specific medium: paper. Very precisely, Callesen cuts paper and folds portions that are often still attached to the sheet of paper into related objects. He works in sizes ranging from A4 (as in this series) to large rolls of paper. Callesen balances negative and positive space much in the same way a painter would work with light and shadow. In his statement, Callesen further explains his work with A4 paper: “By taking away all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white A4 paper sheet for my creations, I feel I have found a material that we are all able to relate to, and at the same time the A4 paper sheet is neutral and open to fill with different meaning. The thin white paper gives the paper sculptures a frailty that underlines the tragic and romantic theme of my works.” See more of his paper art after the jump.
Earlier this week, we brought you sneak peeks of Scope, Art Basel Miami Beach, and a round-up of Context, Aqua and Art Miami. This week we finish off our Basel Week previews with a look at what to expect next week at PULSE and Miami Project. At Miami project, 101/exhibit boasts work from Kent Williams and Colin Chillag, both painters who use realist techniques to different ends. Joshua Liner Gallery will have work from graffiti-artist-turned-sign-painter Steve Powers and abstract, design-oriented paintings by Geoff McFetridge. Laura Ball, with her detailed watercolor paintings of animals, will be among the artists exhibiting with David B. Smith Gallery… Read about what’s coming up at PULSE after the jump.
Currently on view at VÆG in Aalborg, Denmark, “From the Walls” brings together a small group of up-and-coming artists with diverse backgrounds, including Franco “Jaz” Fasoli, Daniel Nygaard-Mortensen, Don John, Nicolai Høtoft and Line Riisager. While Jaz garnered the public’s attention with his street art, which often depicts anthropomorphized animals in combat situations, Nygaard-Mortensen’s graphite work focuses on similar themes of animalistic competition with folkloric drawings. Riisager’s ceramics and Don John’s mixed-media works also mythologize human conflict through animal imagery. Before the show comes down tomorrow, November 30, take a look at some of Henrik Haven’s photos of the exhibition after the jump.
Tracey Snelling’s miniature house sculptures are not doll houses by any means. The multimedia artist pours her obsession with horror films into her work, creating frightening ambiances in seemingly mundane settings. Lights and a soundtrack accompany each piece. While Snelling eschews using actual dolls or figurines to populate her tiny worlds, movie clips on LCD screens or film stills animate the windows of the small houses, usually endowing them with a sense of mystery or foreboding. Read more after the jump.
LNY, or Lunar New Year, is another artist as comfortable on paper as he is on the street. While his meticulous and detailed lines are impressive as street murals, his style seems especially at home on paper. These ink and paper pieces seem to capture an unfolding narrative, as if illustrations for some modern myth or folk tale. Once on paper, though, these piece are not yet at their final destination. While many become prints, some still make it to the street as wheat pastes. LNY explains the impetus behind his work and name saying, “I am an artist and an interloper making free art in public space about people and for people. My desire to work under an alias is a reflection of the importance of this narrative; my work is not about me as a single person but about us as a human society.” See more of his drawings after the jump.
Spawned under the Art Miami umbrella, Aqua, Context and Art Miami are three Basel Week sister fairs with distinct personalities. At Aqua, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, hailing from Milan, offers a wide range of artists who will be familiar to readers of Hi-Fructose. Ryan Heshka’s pulp novel-inspired paintings will hang next to Mike Giant’s crisp ink drawings and Anthony Ausgang’s perversions of the cartoon vernacular. At Context, Seamus Conley’s works take viewers into icy tundras at Andrea Schwartz Gallery’s booth while Gary Baseman invites us into a mythical forest with Shulamit Gallery. Gustavo Lacerda’s poignant, photographic portraits of people with albinism will be at Catherine Edelman Gallery’s booth at Art Miami. Take a look at our preview and stay tuned for one last sneak peek of Basel Week on Friday before he head to Miami next week.