NEW YORK—Volta NY describes itself as “an invitational solo project fair for contemporary art.” The fact that a critical lens is applied to who is eligible to participate is a defining characteristic of the event. The artists who show at Volta may be emerging in the larger art world, but they have achieved some amount of recognition, perhaps in their region or particular area of practice. The majority of the work is thoughtful and demonstrates real artistic talent and vision.
Each booth at Volta is generally dedicated to one artist or project and it is the rare fair where you can usually meet the artist who is eager to explain his or her work. If the artist isn’t present, their passionately dedicated and informed dealer is often just as engaging.
This year, there are a number of standouts, 13 are noted here, including conceptual artist Willie Cole; John Cox of Nassau, who is presenting a series created with inner tubes; Yooah Park, whose practice explores a range of mediums; Jin Joo Chae, who is showing a series of mixed-media works on North Korean newspapers; and Brooklyn-based Jeffrey Gibson is showing a trio of his embellished Everlast boxing bags.
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JEFFREY GIBSON: Installation view, center, “Homma,” 2013 (Found canvas punching bag, recycled wool blanket, artistʼs own repurposed painting, glass beads, steel and brass studs, tin jingles, nylon fringe, artificial sinew) and at right, “Both Hands,” 2014 (found canvas punching bag, recycled wool blanket, artistʼs own repurposed painting, glass beads, artificial sinew, tin jingles, nylon fringe), all three by Jeffrey Gibson at Marc Straus of New York.
JOHN COX: The artist, shown at left, discusses his installation “Black Flowers,” which is composed of inner tubes, at the booth of Popopstudios ICVA of Nassau, Bahamas.
LOUISE HINDSGAVL: Installation view of works from a series exploring part human, part animal mutants composed of porcelain, metal and wire by Louise Hindsgavl at Galleri Christoffer Egelund of Copenhagen.
The above work on canvas is part of a series of portraits in which Park explores relationships. The subjects faces are ghosted out because those closest to us often know us the least. Watch of video of her performance art here.
Sonneck’s freehand-painted striations are executed using a brush without any aids such as a rule or taping off and can be created for installation on a specific wall or framed.
ROBERT CHAMBERLIN: “Empty Vessels,” 2013 (porcelain, various sizes) by Robert Chamberlin at Miller Yezerski Gallery of Boston.
JIN JOO CHAE: From left, “Choco Pie with Capitalist Cream (Milk Chocolate),” (milk chocolate and chocolate syrup on North Korean newspaper); “Choco Pie with Communist Cream (Semi-Sweet Chocolate),” (semi-sweet chocolate and chocolate syrup on North Korean newspaper); and “Choco Pie with Marshmallow Cream (Bittersweet Chocolate),” (bittersweet chocolate and chocolate syrup on North Korean newspaper) all 2014 by Jin Joo Chae at Julie Meneret Contemporary Art in New York.