Everything is set for London Art Fair, the UK’s premier Modern British and contemporary art fair, which starts today at Business Design Center. We can’t find a better way of kicking off the the cultural year and turning on the radar for new and impressive artists than indulging this first-of-the-year event. Read on to see our list of finds.
Exodus II, West Lamma Channel, South China sea (2011), Marcus Lyon. Hamburg Kennedy Gallery
Exodus III, London, UK (2010), Marcus Lyon. Hamburg Kennedy Gallery
Hamburg Kennedy gallery had works of one of our favorite photographers, Marcus Lyon. This artist’s 25-year career is just as interesting as his work. He’s documented the world travelling to over 90 countries, has shot The Queen, among others, and has won more awards for his work than Walt Disney. Unmissable.
Oxford Tire pile #1, Edward-Burtynsky. Flowers Gallery
State Machine, 2013-2014, Joachim Sefzick. double sided lightbox mdf, led light source, fuji tran. South Kiosk Gallery, London
We made a stop at South Kiosk’s booth, a gallery that focuses of artists that either retrieve dead or dying technological formats or create new ones for the production and display of artworks. Here we saw this unique double sided lightbox piece by Joachim Sefzick. You can see in depth in his webpage http://ilikecolour.com/index.php/ongoing/a61—1/
Rain, Hwang Seontae. Tempered Glass, Sandblast, LED Backlit. 117 x 157 x 5 cm (62 x 46 x 2 in). 2014. Shine Artists gallery
Over at Shine Artists, we discovered Hwang Seontae and his quiet, contemplative spaces. As the gallery explains, Hwang’s spaces provide a refreshing release from societal pressures and show us that we do not need to let consumerism invade every aspect of our life.
We loved this London-based artist for his prints and paintings seem to be a bridge between art and modern architectural design. The balanced compositions, clean lines and attractive colour combinations are inspiring.
Water Shadow Four Seasons, Chang Kyum Kim. Proyection over a piece of sculpted polystyrene. Hanmi Gallery
One of the main components of the fair is Photo 50, a guest-curated exhibition of contemporary photography that invites us to look hard at the medium and consider the role of the photograph as a recorder of performance, among other things. Artist Chang Kyum Kim at Hanmi Gallery addresses this in a unique way with his installation Water Shadow Four Seasons. What appears to be a traditional Asian stone water basin is really a sculpted polystyrene, highlighting the transience of the traditional meaning within Asia when purported into a different cultural context. Watch the whole video here.
Did you visit the fair and have any recommendations :)?