NEW YORK—This year’s Volta show was brimming with expressive and impressive works from emerging artists. Staged at a new venue in Soho, the invitational event was ideal for collectors interested in contemporary artists on the rise and provided an opportunity to meet the artists (and their representatives) and learn more about their projects and inspirations.
This ArtInfo article reports on sales at VOLTA. An overview of some of the most compelling works on view follows.
VOLTA NY was open from March 7 to March 10, 2013, during Armory Arts Week, at 82 Mercer in Soho.
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At right, Sculpture by Marc Fromm at Jarmuschek of Berlin.
Installation view of “Le Delire Urbain,” 2012 (wood, serigraphies, text, coloured wool dreads) by Aime Mpane at NOMAD Gallery of Brussels.
“Rivers and Red Nails,” 2013 (oil on canvas) by Maria Torp at Galleri Christoffer Egelund of Denmark.
Detail of “The Island of Atlas,” 2013 (custom-made tables, maple, painted, rusted and greased steel) by IC-98 (the artists Patrik Söderlund and Visa Suonpää) at Galleria Heino of Helsinki.
“Oba Ovonramwen of Benin,” 2011 (plastic, metal, wood) and at left, partial view of “Deities,” 2011 (rope on steel armatures), both by Osaretin Ighile at Skoto Gallery of New York.
See additional coverage of Osaretin Ighile‘s work at VOLTA.
According to the gallery: “Cyril Le Van composes plastic art work by using photography to reproduce in actual size and three dimensions objects of daily life, symbols of belonging to a group, a social or cultural identity, or characteristics of our age. The artist takes photos of all sides of Nike sneakers, Vuitton bags, Adidas T-shirts, Rolex watches, etc., then prints them on a rigid support and finally recreates them with stitches or staples.”
Elisabetta Di Maggio, who was on hand at the show, said that the two-panel work took a year to complete. She used a scalpel to make the intricate cut-outs which she said represent micro organisms and city grids.
Born in Soweto in 1986, Mohau Modisakeng lives and works in Johannesburg. In his artist statement he describes his work (sculpture, video and photography) thus:
“My work deals with a number of issues most of which revolve around the question of violence as a mediator of history. It investigates the subtle nuances of specific traditions and customs informed by my background that are in some way concerned with notions of conflict, aggression and disorder.”