Exiting times for London as the London Art Fair is in full swing! Axisweb has done a great job by bringing snippets of this amazing event to those who cannot make it and creating urge to go in those who have not decided yet. The two videos currently available on artplayer.tv include interviews with artists, gallery owners and guests, as well as – most importantly – little tasters of the actual work on display.
In the preview night video, Axisweb asks various prominent guests about their favourite works or artists at the fair. This gives us not only the chance to see these works but to hear an insight. The way Trevor Kiernander links the multicoloured line over monochrome penguin drawings in Ian Conczarow’s Ride ’em to notions of motion, animation, cinema and pop culture offers a nice perspective on the painting as a nod to the recent history of visual media while Franck Diafouka makes and interesting comment on the astonishing reality of the non-existent in Suzanne Moxhanne’s work.
My own favourite of the others’ favourites in the preview night video is undeniably Ye Hongxing’s Safari Park No. 1 appreciated by Richard Bartle. Unfortunately (or deliberately?) the camera does not linger on the details of this richly detailed colourful masterpiece for long enough. Richard Bartle comments: “The closer you get in, the more obsessive it becomes…” and, indeed, I can feel by watching the video alone how obsessed one could get when standing in front of this work. A definite reason to go down to the fair!
The ‘gallery interviews’ video offers first-hand overviews of the projects, exhibitions and work of some of the galleries present at the London Art Fair, described by the representatives of the galleries. It is interesting to hear about the very different ways these galleries operate and, again, to see some of the artworks. Most memorable from these clips must be the cluster of teeth featuring in Cheryl Field’s work for the Bearspace project “We Are Building Something Better Than You” – which actually looks like a sea creature or a flower until the presence of teeth is pointed out…
There is so much more for all of you to discover in these two wonderful insights to London Art Fair (19th century paintings inflected with space technology would only be a start…) so here is your chance to have a look:
Thank you Axisweb!
Text by Kati Jagel