Friday, May 10, 2013

Photography in the 2103 Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, Part 2 of 2

Part 1 of this two-part Pulse report can be found here. Start there for introductory background and explanatory notes.

Michael Hoppen Gallery (here): Sohei Nishino, $16500. This booth was a solo show of Nishino's incredibly detailed bird's eye maps of major cities. Each one (Berlin below) is stitched together from hundreds of individual images, mixing landmarks, everyday buildings, streets, and rivers into a dense tapestry of shifting dimensions.

Black Square Gallery (here): Pablo Lehmann, $2800. This work was a photograph that had been Xacto knifed into a thin scrim of words, casting patterned shadows on the mat behind, playing with the physicality of the print.

Zemack Contemporary Art (here): Yuval Yairi, $9000. This work (actually a self-portrait) is a digital composite of hundreds of images, bending the dimensions of the room into an unreal spatial panorama.

Eric Firestone Gallery (here): John Messinger, $15000. While the buzz in this booth was around the monumental color portraits of Warhol, Basquiat and Haring by Tseng Kwong Chi, Messinger's gridded color abstraction of floating computer monitor blurs on the outside wall was more compelling.

Hous Projects (here): Haley Jane Samuelson, $3500. I liked the gothic fairy tale uncertainty of this girl clinging to the drooping limb.

Richard Levy Gallery (here): Manjari Sharma, $5450. While I had previously seen Sharma's ongoing series of Indian deities at a portfolio review, when all done up in gold frames, they are even more eye-poppingly bold and grandly majestic.

Mayer Fine Art (here): Victoria Gaitan, $5000. Bright candy colored whiteness, with an unsettling undercurrent of excess.

Otto Zoo (here): Marjolijn De Wit, $2000. This booth was a solo show of De Wit's collages of photography and ceramics, pairing landscapes with three-dimensional shards of pottery and industrial materials. The effect is both a clash of natural and man-made and a hard edged sculptural addition to a flat plane.

Taylor De Cordoba (here):  Danielle Nelson Mourning, $5200. I liked the misdirection in this self portrait, allowing the mirror to bend the visible space back in on itself.

FitzRoy Knox (here): Christine Flynn, $4600. The linear geometries of this image are augmented by a series of white striations that create a subtle screened effect over the left side of the image. Covered in a thin sheet of perfect resin, the end result has a physical, object quality.

Identity Art Gallery (here): Kurt Tong, $2500. A tricky tromp l'oeil mix of plastic birdcages, overgrown greenery, and a painted bamboo mural.

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