Art Fair Week: Volta

Now I will give you highlights from each fair. These weren’t categorizable to the previous posts about text, abstraction, children, etc.

I was in and out of Volta in 2 hours. It was the first fair I attended and the single artist booth layout made the viewing experience less confusing, more straightforward, and easy to navigate. Galleries were second tier and dealers were super friendly. The galleries are from all over the world, unlike Armory which I felt like was chock full of New Yorkers. There were many from Germay and Chicago though, oddly enough. So without further ado:

img_3726Josephine Halvorson at Monya Rowe, NY

Paintings of forgotten moments, unconsidered places, dismissable crevices and underappreciated objects. Crumbs, paper stacks, empty fireplaces, and boarded windows are the subject of these nostalgic washy paintings, leaving us wanting more, seeking the beauty the emanates from things we wouldn’t associate with appreciation.

img_3729Margarita Cabrera at Water Maciel, CA

Farming tools cast and clayed representing agricultural elements of Mexican cultures that she studied with an anthropologist’s eye. She also included minimature animals such as birds and butterflies as an ode to the beauty of nature.

img_3733Lisa Segal at Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NY

Collage construction from various paper sources. Very relational aesthetic, unmonumental, contemporary with roots in minimalism. A familiar formula.

img_3734Sterling Allen at Art Palace, Texas

Sterling Allen takes Rauschenberg’s Combines to a whole new level. A refreshing, funny, lighthearted and fun perspective to be exact. He takes toys and objects refurbished and picked up from second hand stores and dumps and transform them into little frankensteins that eventually, if you focus hard enough, form letters of the alphabet.


They’re more theoretical symbols than the actual letter, for example the object to the left is an h as in horse. The artist took a drawing of a horse, scribbled it to its side, upended it on one leg and used the end result to make this monster toy. He extends it even further by painting these objects together to form words like BIG. I love the whole process aspect of the project, the multiplicity and unending creativity. I also love that they used the shipping boxes as pedestals. They get the eco-friendliest booth award.

img_3740Shen Jindong at China Square, NY

Speaking of toys, here is another familiar formula coming out of a chinese artist: cultural revolution, children, seriality. Glossy and consumerist, these youthful straightfaced soldiers are both cute and pitiful.

img_3747Marilyn Manson at Brigitte Schenk, Germany

I think these works speak for themselves.

img_3749Zvika Kantor at Dagmar de Pooter, Belgium

Part Duchamp, part Fischeli Weiss, these sculptures expand their everyday life size functions and offer a playful stance on balance and perspective. There is also a mini submarine hanging from the ceiling with a tube that protrudes out and bubbles up a bucket of water. The interactive otherworldy aspects of these works make are quite enjoyable.

img_3753Regina Jose Galindo at Prometeo Gallery, Italy

Marina Abramovic minus feminist agenda plus political wartime torture practices. The artist inflicts such abominable performances including waterboarding, hosing, mental hospitalization, and prisoned isolation. It’s gruesome to watch, I nearly had a claustrophobia attack.

img_3757Kaoru Katayama at Galeria T20, Spain

Here’s something you don’t see everyday. Construction works lined up to stretch and wail their arms about exercising to children’s tunes. It’s organized silly activity, and the performers are conscious of these as they bashfully look at each other and giggle.

img_3759Hayv Kahraman at Thierry Goldberg Projects, NY

I am absolutely fascinated with these paintings. 16th-17th century European merged with the regal stillness of Japanese portrait painting, the delicacy of each line and gesture, the fluidity of movement and intricacy of detail make these puppet figures mesmerizing and elusive.


My nose nearly touched the paintings starring so intently at that beautiful design. Love it.

img_3768Troels Carlsen at V1 Gallery, Denmark

Anthropological monkey experiments, anatomical drawings juxtaposed or overlapped by an abststract vortex and compared side by side to suited figures. This is all about chaos and survivalism, a fantasy realized of monkeys ruling the world, or, the loss of hope in humanity.

img_3773Daniel Man at Nusser & Baumgart, Germany

Flashy and graffiti-esque, the walls were painting pink and set an outlandish background for these sci-fi neon infested intestinal abstractions, loopy and colorful, they were a bit showy but still impressive.

img_3774Joe Amrhein at Dogenhaus Galerie, Germany

Joe is an artist before he’s a gallerist (Pierogi) and here he continues expanding his experience as a sign painter and incorporates text and words found in multiple resources from pop culture to art in america and gathers them up in a schizophrenic layering.

img_3784Maria Nepomuceno at A Gentil Carioca, Brazil

I would’ve loved to curl up all cat-like in these groovy hand-knit hammocks.

img_3787Marlusz Tarkawian at Program Gallery, Poland

An amazing feat of a project. One series titled Looking for Art comprises of hundreds of postcard size drawings of existing works in contemporary art. Here he documents objects actually found at Volta. The deft in draughtsmanship in such small scale is fascinating, the collective archiving obsessiveness an immediate attraction for me.

Overall a very nourishing dose of variety found in each booth. I give Volta two wholesome thumbs up.



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2 responses to “Art Fair Week: Volta

  1. Joann,

    WOW!! Great job — Thanks for this extensive effort.

  2. Joann

    Thank you!! Please keep reading, there’s more coming up!!


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