Last week, New York City hosted the annual “Armory Art Fair Week” – a four day race (literally running) to view over 600 galleries spread across 8 fairs. In search of something I’ve never seen before, these 9 sculptures took the prize for “most innovative”:
Alien-landscape-like collages by begin as excruciatingly detailed drawings (I’m told he sharpens his mechanical pencil every few seconds when he works). These new works translate his designs into laser-cut paper. Presented by of Houston Texas, at .
“Shell Ashtray” by sculptor implies the humorous and tragic progression of sea shells. Presented by of San Francisco at . Note: This is NOT a functional object – the cigarettes (one stained with red lipstick) are part of the sculpture.
creates lyrical frameworks from metal tubing – then ships them to gourd farmers with instructions to allow particular species of fruit to grow inside each. The “collaboration” between metal and nature is always a play of chance and hope. I’m told only about 1 in 6 attempts “work” to Rob’s satisfaction. Presented by at .
Though created in 2010, this candelabra by still feels like it’s from the future (and so much cooler to see in person). It’s the result of 3D-scanning a silver candelabra – a process which “accidentally” also records the reflections and light flares as “real” objects. The final sculpture, a rapid prototype cast in bronze, makes light itself tangible. Plated in silver, it too is fully reflective. Presented by of New York, at .
uses existing sculptures as his raw material. This REAL 19th Century marble bust was re-carved into a sort-of puzzle containing an autonomous sphere in a network of geometric stars. I’m not sure how I feel about the act of simultaneous vandalism and creation – a collaboration without permission. That question is one of the reasons why I love it. Presented by of Scotland, at .
This 9-inch edition, cast in white bronze from a unique ceramic work, is my “most wanted” from all the fairs. Titled “Elephant Necklace”, it was produced by Lisa Ivorian-Jones for the , shown at . It’s equally beautiful from every angle – which makes photographing it endlessly amusing, and difficult to narrow down.
Last summer, otona-nikibi2 featured 10-foot wide assemblage of 9000 precisely arranged clock hands. That piece represented every hour in a year while this new edition’ed work holds only 12 hours.. or as I see it, an eternity. Presented by of London, at .
Sculptor finds garbage on the street and casts it in bronze. Though not a new idea to “immortalize” trash, the decision to cut and polish a few of the sculptures adds a new level of beauty and intrigue. Presented by of Norway, at .
The late ’s sculpture may be the most contested this list, but for me it’s pure delight. It’s also impossible for me to explain or reason why I love it so much. This arrangement of tiny trinkets with an empty bottle is exactly what it appears to be, and yet produces an euphoria of hope, potential, nostalgia, curiosity and imagination, all compounded by the humble simplicity that’s a trademark of Feher’s work. Represented by of New York at .
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