HRAC goes to Art14

Last weekend HRAC was invited on a private tour to see the best picks of the Art14 fair. With over 180 modern and contemporary galleries exhibiting from over 40 countries, the choice was varied and overwhelming at times but we especially loved the special projects and ‘Emerge’ Section with younger galleries featuring fresh talent. It wasnt as frenzied as Frieze but the price point was much more friendly and the offering truly global with great pieces from Tapai to Tokyo and from Buenos Aires to Beirut. Below are some of our favourites.

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Dong Yuan from the Gallery Yang in Beijing explored the themes of memory and representation versus presentation by recreating her grandmother’s home as she remembered it as a child. Represented realistically on canvas using a ‘trompe l’oeil’ technique (trick of the eye) and installed as if the paintings were the actual objects themselves, playful details like an open drawer suggest a remembered moment of curious mischief rifling through the family shrine, whilst some of the ‘memories’ are endearingly distorted in size like the dumplings she made as a child in her grandmother’s kitchen, engaging the viewer in a moment of nostalgia recalling ourselves how some things were imagined larger they they really were when we were little.

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Keeping on the theme of ‘trompe l’oeil’, is this a cut out or a drawing? Mauro Piva from Galeria El Museo in Bogota wants you to think it is the former…but look closer and squint you’ll realize that this artist is a brilliant draughtsman!

Experimental Clarity

On the more conceptual side of things, Fiumano Fine Art had one of the most compelling and thought provoking stands with a series of installations by Nicole Wassall, who describes her practice as using “an understanding of neuroscience to push open the swing doors of haunches and blur the dotted lines between senses and perception…”  With a keen interest to challenge the viewer, Wassall is on an active quest to push the boundaries of contemporary art.

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Meanwhile, in the main part of the fair, renowned gallery, Karsten Schubert, featured the gorgeous marble like compositions of Anne Marie James, painted while she was in residency in Rome. These little jewels were promptly snatched up by eager collectors…and I regret not being one of them!

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