MIAMI—Wandering from booth to booth at Art Basel Miami Beach last week, a couple of trends were apparent. Increasingly, contemporary artists are finding inspiration in quantity and interesting, unexpected materials. From an office chair composed of rubber to dozens of crutches made of silicone and one of Ernesto Neto’s signature works created with nylon “pantyhose,” examples were evident at countless galleries exhibiting at the fair. Arts Observer captured several such engaging works which are featured below.
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Adamo’s series of 119 clay works replicates used rubber erasers. His work is on exhibit at Ibid through Jan. 12, 2013.
Composed of old wood beams, the rack holds nine triangular forms handmade of beeswax that, according to the gallery, together represent the landscape of the pollen mountains. A solo exhibit of Laib’s work will be on view at MoMA in New York in next month.
“Janice, Tracy, Sarah, Kristin, Joan, Leslie, Jane, Michelle, Cindy, Laura, Mommy, Karissa, Kristina, Candice, Darcy, Beth, Felicia, Mona, Rose, Ashley, Helen, Pam, Catherine, Heather, Tammy, Kim, Margaret, Baby, Janelle, Debbie, Steph, Justine, Ruth, Her, Brittany, Trish, Gretchen, Melissa, Jesse, Olympia, Daisy, Aunt Mary, Remy, Jane, Crissy, Megan, Carol, Luann,” 2012 (silicone, charcoal, dirt, hair) by Kaari Upson at Massimo De Carlo of Milan/London.
“Task Chair,” 2009 (rubber) by Jeanne Silverthorne at McKee Gallery of New York.
A “Please do not sit” sign was on display next to the rubber office chair.