From 20 – 24 January 2016

We reach the Business Design Centre at around 6:30 and along with us there are so many other people queuing either to collect pre-booked tickets or buy one. On this first day of the London Art Fair, there is quite an enthusiastic atmosphere for the opening of the 28th edition of the event which launches contemporary art works from all around the world.

For those who think art is a boring subject and galleries are places where very few are prone to invest in creative talents, you may discover to have a quite incorrect opinion.

Modern British Art – works from the 20s to today – is the main character in this Fair. But London is once again just the centre point where different cultures, ideas of contemporary art, and visitors from foreign countries meet.

Originality

Lluis Barba’s (Cynthia Corbett Gallery) artworks present an open controversy between the classic culture and the current commercialization of our images. In The Studio of the Painter (Pierre Subleyras, 2012), for example, celebrities bear the mark of a factory product: a bar code.

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Video artist

Another interesting discovery is Guem MinJeong (Hanmi Gallery). In her first London solo exhibition, the South Korean multi-media artist presents visual recreation of interior and architectural features through a series of videos. She fuses moving images with the warmth nature of sculpture, the artistic area where she is trained in.

“These two elements fusing together bring up ideas of Ying and Yang, man and machine and so on,” Heashin Kwak, Hanmi Gallery’s director, told us. “She is one of the few artists that I found that has achieved this level of uniqueness combining these two complete different elements.”

What we see, indeed, is not a space or the representation of a space, but its transformation. The best example would be Breathing Door. As stated by the artist, in the experience of moving there is “the essence of humans through these vacuums rather than to construct a narrative film or virtual reality” (press release).

Do not be confused: the artworks do not frame a space which moves inside, but create a space through moving images.

Guem MinJeong

Link: http://www.hanmigallery.co.uk/artists/gallery-artists-london/minjeong-guem/

Alternative material

Clay, paint, film, are some of the different materials that can be used by an artist. Do you know that Firex – similar to polyester – is among them?

Martine Poppe (Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery) presents for the London Art Fair two works which take only the starting point – the inspiration for the image – from a photo. The oil has a special texture, with the light reflecting on different points, giving almost the impression to staring at a projection rather than a physical painting.

Link: http://kristinhjellegjerde.com/artists/28-martine-poppe/overview/

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Getting closer to art

Level 1, Level 2, Mezzanine, Photo 50, the galleries holding an exhibition at the event were more than one hundred.

Whether fond of photography, contemporary installations, or either far away from love for art, the London Art Fair offered a chance to approach expensive artworks in a wide-ranging space.

What was your favourite?

 

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Tomas Watson’s (Jill George Gallery) inspiration come from his journeys to India, that can be traced in his use of warm colours and peaceful persons on the canvas.

Link: http://www.jillgeorgegallery.co.uk/artists/watson/watson.htm