AFFORDABLE ART FAIR
Going to the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park this weekend was such a treat. Already at the opening you were shown a room full of emerging artists, (recent graduates) curated by JOTTA. Jotta is founded in partnership with the University of the Arts London to inspire and enable collaboration in art and design.
I could not be more stunned by Benjamin Buckley's Japanese inspired pieces. What could be more timely than XZWY this week after what has happened in Japan?
Japan City Cloud, 2010
Enamel on glass and board
Mark Jason Gallery
Mark Jason from Mark Jason Gallery kindly organized tickets for us and as before I think his stand is very well put together. My girlfriend is still considering to buy this Steven Marshall piece.
Door A (of 3 doors... B and C)
Stand Arte Gallery
What a wonderful guy I was so glad he was there to talk to us about his pieces! How I wish him the best of luck in the world of Art!
Stand Arte Gallery
This is my favorite piece! A real ARTECO piece. I am thinking the Brain in association with mother Earth and how it should be sheltered and taken care of.
Rafa Torre said he has gotten many interpretations and one of them was "A cauliflower inside a Cheese board with a dome..." Oh, well we had a laugh. But, had I had the opportunity, I would have bought this photography tech immediately.
Parley Games, 2010
Four Square Fine Arts
Text from Scrabble word Guide published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1974
A wonderful intimate piece, describing the differences and equalities between a Woman and a Man.
James Freeman Gallery
This precious and intricate sculpture is made by Clair Portington who also works with Earthenware at the V&A so she knows her craft. Kumiho is based on a Korean folk tale, where the Fox that lives a thousand years turns into a Kumiho, a beautiful girl set out to seduce men... and eat their liver!
This piece was not shown exhibited but hidden in the back room and only brought out when I asked about the artist (I remember them showing her work in New York). He said he was hiding it since she had just had a baby and he was worried she would not produce anything for a while. When we left he packed it up again and hid it. So it is true! That it is good to have a dealer because sometimes the best things are hidden for the right collector to come along.
Another piece at the fun Woolf Gallery. This one is quite brilliant, at first you only see hanging threads and you wonder what it is all about. I took a picture and this is what came out. I got so excited that others started mingling around the piece as well.
Village in Menlian Country, Yunnan
I am realizing that there is a great trend in art to mix journalistic pictures with art. This is a wonderful description of a family.
Billy & Hells
St. Anne's Gallery
Momoko Suzuki, does performative drawings. She said she had not had time to finish enough pieces for the fair so she kept working on it here. With her incredible charm and intense work I believe we will see a lot more of her in the future.
Wanrooij Fine Art
And yes I felt it... "Everything under Control". This Art Fair had a a lot of Humor and a also a great Champagne bar so life is not bad at all... no not bad at all!
This Fair had "EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL"