That the decade edition of VOLTA NY will be a special one proves a new batch of artist-interview videos presented by their longtime media partner, GalleryLOG. For the 2016 edition in Basel, Widewalls had an opportunity to present five exclusive clips before the opening, and we are delighted to say we have the same chance again! For their NY 2017 collaboration, GalleryLOG has selected Tirtzah Bassel (showing with Slag Gallery, Brooklyn), Langdon Graves (showing with VICTORI+MO, Brooklyn), Pacifico Silano (showing with Rubber Factory, New York), and Kathleen Vance (showing with ROCKELMANN &, Berlin). In addition to this roster, also speaking is Curator Wendy Vogel, whom we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing ahead of the celebratory New York show.
Below, watch the videos and meet the most exciting participating artists of the 2017 edition!
Primarily based on drawings done directly from observation, Tirtzah Bassel's luminous paintings capture figures either at ease in their anonymity or discomfited within the uncannily familiar spaces they interact within, presented here by Slag Gallery (Brooklyn, booth C22).
Langdon Graves (presented by VICTORI + MO, Brooklyn, booth C16) continues her exploration of Einstein's reaction to the quantum entanglement paradox, “Spooky action at a distance”, Graves takes her grandmother's first-hand accounted ghost stories as the jump-off to her spare compositions of familial comfort and spiritualist unease.
Pacifico Silano reworks and collages imagery sourced from vintage gay pornography magazines and preserved in Plexiglas slabs, which thereupon become stand-ins for gay men lost to the AIDS epidemic. Featured in the traveling institutional exhibition Art AIDS America, which was shown locally at the Bronx Museum of Art last year, Silano’s Arrangements project is presented by Rubber Factory (New York, both C10).
Kathleen Vance unveils her site-specific project Traveling Landscape: Precious Cargo, presented by ROCKELMANN& (Berlin, booth D5). By modifying reclaimed vintage luggage with artificial and real flora (moss, dirt, water) in miniature dioramas within, the Brooklyn-based artist considers a multitude of salient topics, from pristine green spaces to land proprietorship and water rights.
Wendy Vogel organizes YOUR BODY IS A BATTLEGROUND, the second iteration of VOLTA NY’s critically acclaimed Curated Section, across a 2,600-square-foot space at the heart of the fair. This thematic exhibitionbrings together eight artists who foreground the precariousness of the body and identity in a time of political turmoil. The show’s title is inspired by Barbara Kruger’s photomontage Untitled (Your Body Is a Battleground), produced for the 1989 Women’s March on Washington.
All videos courtesy GalleryLOG.