This week we were lucky enough to attend Frieze London, art event of the year, located in the majestic Regent's Park. There was no shortage of inspiration from the 160 galleries that exhibited, representing a diverse 31 countries from around the world. As Frieze week heads into its final couple of days, let us reflect on some highlights of the striking, contemporary art on display.
Galerie Karin Guenther represented a fabulous collection of talented artists and, in particular, Berta Fischer’s pieces really commanded our attention. Her work with acrylic glass, texture and movement came together wonderfully to produce statement, tactile works of art that were literally bursting with energy and vitality.
303 Gallery New York exhibited Doug Aitken’s Future, a rather apt text piece, bold and direct in design that left a tinge of welcome optimism in its path. Previously, we'd seen it featured in Aitken's very own home for purple magazine. The piece had been placed above the master bed, a positive thought and whimsical hint at the family to come.
Software/ Q. Would You Recognise A Virtual Paradise? by Suzanne Treister was a thought-provoking series of imaginary software packages, exhibited as one large, imposing set. It was displayed in New York’s P.P.O.W gallery and left us considering the effect technology has on our ability to imagine. Created in the early nineties, it’s still just as relevant to the world today albeit not necessarily with the use of floppy disks!
Victoria Mino London’s gallery was awash with intrigue, magic and nocturnal glamour. Do Ho Suh’s impressive Main Entrance, 388 Benefit Street, Providence, RI dominated the centre of the space, whilst Chris Ofili’s Dance In Shadow was a gentile display of dark, rich shades of colour paired with defined, active brush strokes. It was a compelling painting full of fervour and intensity.
Perhaps our favourite piece of the show, Mathieu Malouf’s Wolfgang 2017 really struck a chord with us, as it was visually beautiful. The sheer decadence of the gold and the fascinating quicksand effect it created really drew the observer in. It was truly captivating and a stand out in a fair brimming with astounding art.