Art Basel Miami Beach has become a hub for showcasing the work of emerging artists. Here, a few notables, some of whom will be showing at the fair—and in the United States—for the first time.
Gallery: SIM Galeria, Brazil
Key work: Le Carnaval des Animaux (installation)
Why: Pocztaruk presents 18 aquariums, each consisting of two glass globes connected at the neck. On each aquarium, one globe contains a male betta fish, and the other a female. The tension created by separation creates a drawing in space brought about by the ensuing fish ballet. Pocztaruk proposes that when an animal and an object are dislocated from their original contexts and a “drawing” is created, the design introduces an artistic proposition.
Photos courtesy of SIM Galeria
Gallery: ArredondoArozarena, Mexico City
Key Work: Untitled (The disappearance of the symbol) – below
Why: Irízar uses the Phrygian cap, a significant image from Mexico’s history, to discuss the creation and disappearance of political symbols in the collective imagination. The unraveling, and ultimate absence, of the object sets the debate on democracy and the political engine in motion behind the images and symbols that circulate through the repetition of history.
Photo courtesy of ArredondoArozarena
Siren film still
Gallery: Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
Key Work: Siren (film)
Why: In Siren, Cytter shows her method of narrating absurd stories mostly centered on the conflict between the genders, but this time zeroes in on the proliferation of poor images and their interpretation. By abstracting scenes and repeating them in different qualities and versions, Cytter proves images can have myriad meanings.
Siren film still
Photos courtesy of Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art
Gallery: Gavlak, Palm Beach, Los Angeles
Key Work: Dreams (colored pencil, acrylic, graphite, and oil stick on panel)
Why: Brischler’s use of color, abstract forms, and symbolic words is indicative of his critical position on American pop culture and conservative politics, particularly as they relate to sexual orientation. Dreams is representative of his tendency to mar likeable images with smears, text, scribbles, and other disruptions.
©Andrew Brischler; Photo courtesy of Gavlak
Gallery: hunt kastner, Prague
Key Work: Solo installation of new painting and mixed media
Why: Novotny’s abstract paintings and works on paper concentrate on the emotion arising from a work’s formal structure and the process of execution. In his newest work, the artist has been experimenting with sheer-fabric canvas, focusing on the mystery of the barely visible.
Courtesy of hunt kastner
B. Ingrid Olson
Gallery: Simone Subal Gallery, New York
Key Work: Multimedia presentations in photography and sculpture of cement relief, steel, and ceramic
Hard and Sheer Organ, B. Ingrid Olson
Why: Olson’s work challenges conventional perception by shifting the focus between the center and the periphery. Her photographs, often centered on contorted images of her body, demonstrate a similar focal complication. The sculptures also allude to perceptional problems by presenting various perspectives that blur the continuum of vision.
Photo courtesy of the artist and Simone Subal Gallery, New York
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