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Volta NY Art Fair Tour, March 10th 2012

February 29, 2012

Please join InContext Tours as we take you through a tour of the VOLTA art fair on Saturday, March 10th, at 11:15am with an exciting selection of galleries’ booths from all over the world.

We will visit 5 different gallery booths and the exhibiting artists. They will share their thoughts about the work exhibited. This is an insider’s opportunity to get a better understanding of the creative process and the inspiration behind the work. The tour will begin with a greeting from one of Volta’s head representatives who will welcome us into one of the most vital art fairs in the world.

The VOLTA fair is one of the only fairs that specializes in showcasing one artist per booth. This enables the galleries to highlight a specific artist’s body of work, akin to a full exhibition or studio visit and allows the galleries to create booths that are more seamless and curated than those in other fairs. This tour will provide you with an understanding of the oeuvre of each artist.

Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets here. The tour is $50. The ticket includes free entry into the fair, discussions with select artists and gallerists, and the “do-it-yourself” catalog including the pages for the galleries we will visit. Pages for other galleries are available free of charge at their booths.

The tour will commence from the entry of the fair at 7 West 34 Street between 5th and 6th avenues on the 11th floor at 11:15am. (VIEW MAP

InContext Tours will visit the following:

Rachel Beach, presented by Blackston, NY.

These works begin with something elemental – a basic geometry, a basic construction: a stack, an edge, a mark, the seam where two things meet. These straightforward beginnings set up a logic; a planting of the foot; a link to something primal or factual that can then be pinched and prodded, played against itself to reveal a mystery; something specific yet unknowable, a wrinkle, an itch.

In each case there is a combination of structure and image intended to create a shifting visual experience: to flatten or open up space, to knock our perception off-balance, to present a contingency of meaning. Built around concepts of solid and void, construct and language, progress and extinction, the works merge archeological and architectural influences with spatial and formal investigations. They present a back and forth between what is and isn’t there and ask us to consider how we see and what we believe.

Henrik Eiben, presented by Pablo’s Birthday, NY

Eiben shows a deliberate conjunction of narrative elements with a reduced formal language. Underlying this work is a classical understanding of painting and paintings that is taken to its limits  related in this respect to minimalism, as this process is carried out with the possibilities of a formal aesthetic and the expansion of sculpture and installation into the pictorial space.

Eiben’s works take a stand within this matrix: there is a narrative minimalism at work in them that does not conceive of formal expression as a stand-out feature, and that has the potential, through subtle allusions, to turn the viewer into the knowledgeable discoverer of the works’ own points of reference.

Sheila Gallagher, presented by DODGEgallery, NY.

A hybrid practitioner known for exhibitions of disparate materials, laborious inventive processes, and strong conceptual bookends, Sheila Gallagher’s work displays rigor and delight in material juxtapositions and manipulations. Her latest series of plastic paintings are made with hundreds of melted plastic objects from Gallagher’s life In this series, Gallagher draws upon garden imagery associated with different faith traditions including Bhuddism, Islam and Christianity, to create painterly mash-ups of the scared and the profane. Acting like time capsules, the plastic paintings are, in a sense, material biographies of Gallagher’s life, as well as encapsulation of objects from this particular moment in our culture, endowing the works with a kind of pedestrian historicism. Grounded in the quotidian, yet framed by a wider view of historical events, Gallagher’s work asks us to explore how objects define us and to be awake to their shifting literal, symbolic, and poetic relationships.

Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo, presented by Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Berlin.
Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo’s work seduces viewers using the slick language of advertising and its serial appeals to purchase. Focusing on the presence of commodity fetishism in our collective cultural consciousness, her process deconstructs our insatiable visual appetite by appropriating and altering mass-circulated images from commercial branding, fashion and celebrity culture.

These manic alterations, appropriations and installations of collage, prints, ready-made books and faux-advertisement reveal the structure of commercial allure by obscuring its main characters; models, products, sex and luxury. D’Angelo’s hand is certainly the protagonist in her compulsively worked pieces, and is the vehicle through which her critique of pop-culture machinery is most clearly elucidated.  The artist’s most recent work has heavily featured audience interaction and participation, encouraging viewers to engage in carefully crafted scenarios. D’Angelo ponders the various vices of advertising and popular media, and encourages critical reflection and even reproach.

Adam Sorensen presented by PDX Contemporary Art
The subject of my work is landscape, yet the composition is derived from cultural content rather than visual perception.  Historical painting as well as contemporary aesthetics are mined in order to create an aberrant version of the sublime.  Subjects of grandeur and wilderness are imbued with synthetic color and pattern that is more akin to pop culture then to realism.  This re-imagining and embellishment of the natural world, creates a metaphor of human impact on the places we are both surrounded by, and exist within.

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