ARTISSIMA 2014 | OUR FAVOURITES FROM THE ITALIAN FAIR

12th November 2014
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Yanti Sastrawan
MAST HellO Monsters Structure 10 copy ARTISSIMA 2014 | OUR FAVOURITES FROM THE ITALIAN FAIR

Hell’O Monsters, Structure 10, 2010, Indian ink on paper, 138 x 138 cm / Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch

From 7th until 9th November, Torino’s international contemporary art fair opens to the public for its twenty-first edition, at the Oval, Lingotto Fiere. As a high-profile event, the fair showcases the finest works from visual arts, gathering professionals and art enthusiasts on a focus for Torino’s art scene. With this celebrated fair, Ultra Vie presents its favourite artworks this year’s Artissima.

 

Christiane Löhr

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CHRISTIANE LÖHR, DURCHLÄSSIGER QUADER, 2014 Fiori d'albero / Tree blossoms Cm 14 x 25 x 18 Con base e teca in plexiglas / With plinth and plexiglas case, cm 32 x 40 x 35 / Tucci Russo Studio per l'Arte Contemporanea

Using natural elements, Christiane Löhr creates installations to attract silent contemplation and marvel. The artwork isolates the materials from its natural cycle, distills them by constructing sculptures that hold balance in the elements themselves.

 

Paulo Bruscky

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Paulo Bruscky, Untitled (for Andrzej Dudek-Dürer), 1988, stamp and collage on envelope, ed 1/1 11,4 x 22,8 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Nara Roesler

Paulo Bruscky’s enveolpe series are a depiction of visual poetry, as postal art becomes a platform of exchanging ideas insights between artists. As the mail becomes the artistic proactive, the elements of postcards, stamps, and others becomes a symbolic reproduction that defines the mail itself, transforming into an act of performance and recording actions.

 

Agnese Purgatorio

Agnese Purgatorio dalla clandestinità 300dpi ARTISSIMA 2014 | OUR FAVOURITES FROM THE ITALIAN FAIR

Agnese Purgatorio, Dalla clandestinità, 2013/2014 / Podbielski Contemporary

Working in photography, video, installation, as well as performance, Italian artist Agnese Purgatorio revolves her work in a political approach. Through a poetic manner, Purgatorio’s intention is to give a ‘visible’ body to continuity, towards the reversibility of the condition of clandestine refugees.

 

Noga Shtainer

A Home for Special Children20 Marika ARTISSIMA 2014 | OUR FAVOURITES FROM THE ITALIAN FAIR

Noga Shtainer, Marika, 2009 / Podbielski Contemporary

Noga Shtainer’s research took her to an investigation of orphans and homes for special children in Ukraine, and find their tragic fates. As one of the countries facing global threats and challenges, the everyday life with stories of pain and misery are reflected through the artist’s empathy.

 

Tetsumi Kudo

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(Top) Tetsumi KUDO, Your portrait, 1965, Mixed media on board, 81 x 81 cm. Courtesy Galerie Christophe Gaillard; (Bottom) Tetsumi KUDO, Portrait of artist, 1975, Mixed media and cage, 34 x 31 x 21,6 cm. Courtesy Galerie Christophe Gaillard

Tetsumi Kudo was one of the most innovative Japanese artists in his unique exploration of the human drive of consumerism and the critical issues in art and politics. Kudo’s works focusing on boxes is his artistic approach in conveying the definition of boxes for different sense – a collective keeper of the tangible and intangible or as a place of hide and isolation. Yet, Kudo concludes, “However, my idea may be Oriental.”

 

G.R.A.M.

GRAM Parlamentsrauferei ARTISSIMA 2014 | OUR FAVOURITES FROM THE ITALIAN FAIR

G.R.A.M., Hohes Haus (Kiew), 2011, C-Print on Alu Dibond, 183 x 263 cm | 72 x 104 inches | framed. Edition 1 + 2 EA. Courtesy Christine König Galerie, Vienna

The group G.R.A.M. photograph series presents the paradoxical image of politicians in the parliament. With actual photographs taken across the globe, including in Kiev, Seoul and Taipei, the images depict the contradicting representation of the role of politicians.

 

Fausto Gilberti

Fausto Gilberti Artstars FischliWeiss ARTISSIMA 2014 | OUR FAVOURITES FROM THE ITALIAN FAIR

Fausto Gilberti, Fischli & Weiss (Artstars series), 2014, Indian ink on paper, 27 x 35 cm / Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch

Fausto Gilberti presents his small, monochrome characters with their wondered-expression while imitating recognisable figures and occurrences. Gilberti’s works take the irony from these popular culture events, and paradoxically interprets them into his work details as essential aspects of the concept.

 

Hell’O Monsters

HellO Monsters Structure 10 ARTISSIMA 2014 | OUR FAVOURITES FROM THE ITALIAN FAIR

Hell’O Monsters, Structure 10, 2010, Indian ink on paper, 138 x 138 cm / Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch

Belgian artists Jérôme Meynen, François Dieltiens and Antoine Detaille, group together as Hell’O Monsters, combining each of their styles into imaginary scenarios into their artworks. These visual narratives filled with hybrid characters such as uniquely formed human beings and mutant animals. Though gruesome yet tender, these figures display a narrative that impersonates the human laws of through metaphysical reflections and nonsense.

 

Joan Jonas

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Joan Jonas, Mirror Pieces Installation II, 1969/2014, Mirror Performance film on DVD, Mirrors, Mirror Costumes, Dimensions variable, WG/JJON00335 / Photography by Peter White. Courtesy Wilkinson Gallery, London

New York artist Joan Jonas is known to be a pioneer in video and performance art. As one of the most important female artists today, Jonas has developed her art practice in observing the ways of seeing, through rhythms of ritual and authority of objects and gestures. Since the late 1960s, Jonas finds a visual language with the mediums of video as a performative space, creating alter egos and theatrical personas for her own non-linear narrative.

 

John Wood and Paul Harrison

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John Wood and Paul Harrison Tree/Line, 2014 Video HD 5’4’’, HD, single channel, 16:9 / Vera Cortês

John Wood and Paul Harrison question the notion of human’s positive roles in the world by exploiting physical and psychological parameters through constructed video series works. Several of Wood and Harrison’s works are within collections including in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Whitechapel Gallery in London, and Centre Pompidou in Paris.

 

Sigalit Landau

Sigalit Landau Woman Giving Birth to Herself 2013 Bronze 55x22x35cm Photo Yotam From ARTISSIMA 2014 | OUR FAVOURITES FROM THE ITALIAN FAIR

Sigalit Landau, 'Woman Giving Birth to Herself', 2013, bronze, 55x22x35 cm (Photo: Yotam From) / Hezi Cohen Gallery

Sigalit Landau’s artistic approach are known to be works of a bridge-maker. Landau finds art as a way to connect between past to the future, the private with the collective, and forming grand, deep narratives and mythologies for the objects discovered. Landau’s selected works are in public collections including in Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Magasin 3 in Stockholm, as well as Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

 

Alex Mirutziu

Alex Mirutziu How to draw with the fact of mind 2014 archival print on paper 90 x 675 cm courtesy of the artist and Sabot ARTISSIMA 2014 | OUR FAVOURITES FROM THE ITALIAN FAIR

Alex Mirutziu, How to draw with the fact of mind, 2014, archival print on paper, 90 x 67,5 cm, courtesy of the artist and Sabot

Alex Mirutziu’s artistic approach in his performance art forms a new concept of work: the object co-exists in the environment while being the environment itself. With Mirutziu’s provocative and intense works, the artist attempts to question the monumentality of a paper or the idea of drawing with the fact of mind in finding a new architecture of the object.