Hey art lovers, sorry for falling off the blogosphere. I hope you were keeping up with my flâneuse adventures via my Instagram feed and stories. Let’s start back up with some inspiring Memories from The Armory Show 2018 Edition. After a very overwhelming winter season filled with endless school assignments and too many shoulder dislocations, I was looking forward to my summer break with much anticipation. But, my summer plans were slightly diverted with the news that I had a torn labrum and needed shoulder surgery (sight). I wasn’t surprised though, the last two dislocations were on a freakish spectrum. To cut the story short I’ve spent my summer recovering from surgery. Wore a sling for a month, have been going to PT twice a week, and now, my right arm is too gentle to do much with. Not even swing my arm ala Mary Sibande’s A Reversed Retrogress Scene 1 (The Purple Shall Govern) Spotted at The Armory Show 2018 Edition.
The captivating installation pays homage to the artist’s female family members who were all maids. “I felt the need to celebrate these women cause they were limited as black bodies, black female bodies.” The scene represents the Sibande women’s in Sophie. The sculpture wearing a headscarf and apron, allegorical symbols of servitude. With a blue dress, the common color attire for laborers. Except the blue dress is intricate with rich multi-dimensional details. Sophie is imagining herself outside of her reality in the presence of Sibande’s own alter ego wearing the purple gown backed by her army of supernatural like creatures. “The Purple Shall Govern” relates to historical events that occurred during the Apartheid: “The People Shall Govern” from South Africa’s 1955 Freedom Charter, and the Purple Rain Protests from 1989 where police used purple dye against Apartheid’ protesters.
Pink Room: The surrealistic composition from Japanese artist Kei Imazu presented by the Yamamoto Gendai gallery was one of the most alluring pieces at the show. I was equally attracted to the harmonious color stories and collage compositions built from images from the internet, magazines and her own personal space. The works act as all the different elements are shifting to become one. Which is what our personal possessions become with time. Part of our own beings.
Carter Mull‘s serene and equally trippy presentation showcased by the Lundgren Gallery served up a celestial-like color palette that included Pantone’s 2018 color of the year: Ultra Violet with cameos from the 2016’s color duo of Serenity and Rose Quartz. Like Imazu, Mull’s works are collages of repurposed and altered photographs and newspaper clippings enhanced with digital techniques meant to evoke new ways of imagining the way digital media and photography can be presented in the future. “His project intertwines multiple mediums to question the media that construct our conception of the world.”
Ode à l’Oubli (Ode to Forgetting) is a fabric book with 35 detachable panels: 30 fabric collages and 5 lithographs by the ever so powerful Louise Bourgeois. Unlike Imuzi and Mull’s digitally driven works, Bourgeois fabric book promotes the more traditional art of slow living and making. The conceptual artist constructed the book’s out of monogrammed hand towels from her 1938 wedding and repurposed old clothing. Now that’s what I call sustainable conscious art. Presented by the Carolina Nitsch gallery.
For someone that’s not too keen on prints and pattern, I always gravitate with fluttering heart-shaped eyes towards Kehinde Wiley‘s multi-colored and patterned compositions.
Parisian Laundry presented an exquisite presentation from Gabriele Beveridge. Showcasing a sculptural assemblage of glass displayed on chrome like sculptures reminiscent of a retail display. Repurposed advertising posters of female models with an alluring stare juxtaposed with delicate hand-blown glass that looks as if the two elements were originally intended to go together.
Tony Oursler‘s A.I.hand blown glass bots assembled with mixed media presented by the Redling Fine Art gallery were one of the main attractions at the fair. Oursler’s history with digital mixed media goes back to his art education at CalArts during the early 80s. During this time, Oursler began incorporating video, painting, installation, sculpture, performance, and sound into his artistic creations. Making him one of the earlier adaptors of utilizing video as an art medium.
Digital media and political references were a driving form of inspiration for many at the fair. One of my favorites in this category was Constant Dullaart’s “fake” army. Built to stand against the social media revolution and “the false validation systems in journalism based on follower counts.” The presentation was made up of thousands of fake Facebook accounts created using the names of the Hessian mercenaries contracted by the British government to fight in the American Revolution War. Life inspiring Art.
The Meessen De Clercq gallery presented a visually captivating and tranquil presentation by Fabrice Samyn inspired by the concept of time and light. It was a refreshing break from the rest of the brightly colored booths. Being in the presence of these works certainly helped quiet the chaos and refresh the mind. The soothing mix of the naturally derived color palette inspired memories of warmth, the ocean, and mindfulness. “My work attempts to reveal time or rather natural phenomena of time (erosion for example) as creative.”
Please enjoy the rest of the memorable works seem at the Armory Show 2018 Edition including paper kite inspired works by Jacob Hashimoto and Ai Weiwei. Were you at the fair? Would love to hear what were some of your favorites. For a more in-depth visual re-cap check out my Armory x Volta highlights via my Instagram page.
I’m wearing the Rose Paradise dress and Peachskin jacket from Le T-Shirt Fantastique. A sustainable brand out of Barcelona and sold at my local Tic Tail Market in the Lower East Side. The brand uses rescued textiles from large productions that have been destined to waste. My art worthy Bloom handbag trimmed with a vintage ribbon customized by Krystle Ansari founder of Paigeboy.