Frieze Art Fair, 2009

Here are some of the works which caught my eye at Frieze this year for reasons both good and bad. Please excuse some of the strange angles – I was doing my best to reduce reflections and glare!

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Esther Stocker reflected in Brigitte Kowanz (Krobath, Vienna)

Esther Stocker reflected in Brigitte Kowanz (Krobath, Vienna)

Esther Stocker’s geometic lines seemed a little sterile on their own but reflected across Brigitte Kowanz’s neon pink they were given a welcome extra boost.

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Raqs Media Collective - Escapement, 2009 (Frith Street Gallery)

Raqs Media Collective - Escapement, 2009 (Frith Street Gallery)

I’ve always had a soft spot for Frith Street Gallery as they represent Cornelia Parker and Tacita Dean but what really caught my attention was this piece by Raqs Media Collective. Lots of different clocks all set to the ‘times’ of different world cities each reaching a different emotional state out of sync with one another in an endless cycle.

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Walead Beshty - Fedex large Kraft Box FEDEX 330503, Standard Overnight, Los Angeles-Washington, DC Trk #79747/60286, April 3-6, 2009 Standard Overnight Washington DC-London Trk #323852740456, September 24-October 2, 2009 (Thomas Dane)

Walead Beshty - Fedex large Kraft Box FEDEX 330503, Standard Overnight, Los Angeles-Washington, DC Trk #79747/60286, April 3-6, 2009 Standard Overnight Washington DC-London Trk #323852740456, September 24-October 2, 2009 (Thomas Dane)

Walead Beshty’s safety glass cubes are built to the dimensions of the boxes meaning the stresses and pressures of the work which moves them are directly applied to the cubes and create shattering patterns. Because of trading rights only Fedex can use containers of that exact size so the work represents a unit of space owned by a corporation. Every showing requires new shipping and movement and thus the shaping of form continues.

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Olaf Nicolai - Mirror-Cover /VOGUE/, 2000 (Eigen + Art)

Olaf Nicolai - Mirror-Cover /VOGUE/, 2000 (Eigen + Art)

I really disliked this. I think the sentiment was a little too obvious and too immature-art-school. I also think that if you’re going to club someone around the head with something like this you need to give more thought to how it’s hung on the wall. It’s all very well having a mirror to reflect an image of the viewer as if on the cover of a new kind of Vogue but when the mirror is placed a good few inches too high(or low) for those not of the standard height to see themselves you’ve either shot yourself in the foot or are a smug git with an incredibly convoluted idea. Or your gallery isn’t one for attention to detail.

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Maria Roossen - Breast Berries, 2009 (Galerie Fons Welters)

Maria Roossen - Breast Berries, 2009 (Galerie Fons Welters)

This one was in the Sculpture Park  which is actually public access (I think) so you can check it out tomorrow. I didn’t really think it was particularly good and was walking away, then I turned back as the sun came out and it literally glowed.

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