Last week we dropped into the London Art fair in Islington, partly to take a look, and partly to examine finishing and hanging ideas with our final show in mind. The fair was a fine art focussed fair, with paintings and prints the mainstay of what was on offer. I wasn’t impressed by most of it – all a bit, well, safe. Very decorative, ‘ordinary’ paintings and not that much which really stood out.
I also noticed how my work really doesn’t figure in very many places in this forum – a) conceptual art was far and few between, and b) fibre artworks could be counted on one hand. The type of galleries who display at a show like Collect will be much more relevant.
The few things which really did catch my attention
Chun Kwang Young
Stand out, very unique and very impressive. Also very relevant to my work, so unsurprising that it stood out!
He folds Korean newspapers into small prisms, forming sculptures which act as a compilation of our verbal recording of history, opinion, and discovery. Figuratively, the sculptures emerge like topographical maps, describing a rocky terrain that is nearly unnavigable. “Metaphorically, this work is a culmination of the floating lexicon of our time; the ongoing conversation of man compiled in a three dimensional format, echoing the voices that pass each day through our print media. Each figure is a time capsule of pieced data and voice. Although the sculptures themselves are mute, each has a strong story to tell. As Young describes his work:
“Every piece of information is the end product of a struggle for hegemony, as well as an accumulation of human experience. One hypothesis ceaselessly conflicts with another, and finally becomes a new knowledge. While these kinds of processes are sometimes made in a peaceful way through debates and publications, they sometimes happen in the shape of physical conflicts like wars led by the governing class.”
His work is a symbolic expression of how words form into actions and become words again- a speech becomes a call to action, which becomes a war, which is then recounted through story. Everything seamless weaves into itself, a cyclical timeline we hardly noticed as we are so permanently bound to it”
Influenced by dreamscapes and “the improbable scenarios that we construct”. I like her use of text and old books, and the idea of constructing 3D pictures of these constructed dreamscapes.
Such elegant, beautiful work.
The lone basketmaker in the show, sculptures on paper from natural materials. I don’t think there is much concept behind his work, just that of experimentation with the materials. I am however convinced that the pieces I saw on display were exactly the same as those I saw at Collect 2015 last spring…I wonder if they are hard to sell?