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VOLTA 12 Basel and GalleryLOG Present 5 Exclusive Artist Videos at Widewalls

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June 11, 2016
Passionate about art, frequent visitor of exhibitions, Widewalls photography specialist and Editor-in-Chief.

It is that time of the year again! Switzerland is the place to be this June as VOLTA Basel returns for the 12th time and reunites with GalleryLOG for a new series of artist videos! One of the most important international fairs and the art world’s first video-based press release platform teamed up to produce engaging conversations with participating artists after hosting a discussion panel at the 2015 edition of VOLTA in New York. Under the guidance of Bahram Safinia and Dana Thompson, five creatives from around the world talk about their artwork and give us an insight on what they will present at the 2016 VOLTA Basel fair, all in that recognizable poetic flare of GalleryLOG’s artist videos!

Coming back for its third consecutive year between June 13 and 18, VOLTA Basel will once again occupy the spaces of the city’s majestic venue of Markthalle. Bringing together over sixty galleries from more than twenty countries worldwide, this renowned event is traditionally dedicated to solo artists projects. In 2016, the fair will introduce six new participating galleries, among which there are Project ArtBeat from Tbilisi, Georgia and New York’s Causey Contemporary. Together with other three spaces, Ethan Cohen New York and Brooklyn’s Slag Gallery and Fresh Window, they will put a spotlight on five of their greatest representatives through GalleryLOG’s artist videos.

Widewalls is proud to officially launch GalleryLOG’s artist videos series, on the occasion of the 2016 VOLTA Basel! Scroll down!

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Fanny Allie - Fresh Window, Brooklyn

French artist Fanny Allié creates imaginary characters out of fabric, mixed media and newsprint images, thus compiling collages that reflect on people living on the streets of New York, the news and her personal recollections. Tackling the human kind’s relationship with itself and the world around them, she puts an emphasis on individuals, assigning them with new context and meaning through the use of materials found on the street, strips of plastic or scraps of wall paint. Handmade and intrinsic, the art of Fanny Allié also involves site-specific public art projects and plays with ideas of memory and the mark we leave on places and others.

Featured images: Fanny Allié – Femme au balcon, 2015. Neon and wood, 68.6 x 134.6 cm; Fanny Allié – JSC (Washington Square), 2015. Embroidery on fabric, 55 x 71 cm. Presented by Fresh Window, Brooklyn.

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Jeffrey Hargrave - Ethan Cohen New York

Through the means of paintings, drawings, video and sculpture, Jeffrey Hargrave deals with representations and the identity of African-Americans. By putting black figures in both the context of art history and contemporized media, the artist re-makes works by iconic Western artists like Henri Matisse, this way challenging racial stereotypes and cliché tradition in art and society alike. Whether it’s about class, sexuality, religion or racial identity and privilege, the art of Jeffrey Hargrave seeks to engage its viewers in a meaningful, important dialogue on tolerance and acceptance. Using strong symbolism and provoking imagery, the artist manages just that.

Featured images: Jeffrey Spencer Hargrave – Fish Fry on da’ Grass, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 in; Jeffrey Spencer Hargrave – Da gangsta bitches on avenue Bronx, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 in. Presented by Ethan Cohen New York, New York.

Kevin Bourgeois - Causey Contemporary, New York

Working as a self-taught contemporary artist for over fifteen years, Kevin Bourgeois uses strongly-contrasted graphite to send strong socio-political messages in a unique visual style. Often involving literary quotes by writers like Jean Baudrillard and Allen Ginsberg, his works take on the consumerist culture, the human nature and all that comes along with it. Kevin Bourgeois will assemble At Play in the Fields with the Lord, a site-specific and interactive installation that expands his existing critiques and explorations of unseen policing and social fragmentation within “The Cloud” of anonymous, ephemeral contemporary culture.

Featured image: Left: Kevin Bourgeois – CarbonNation (Coca Cola), 2015. Graphite on paper with matches, 60 x 12 x 4 in. Presented by Causey Contemporary, New York / Right: Kevin Bourgeois – Possibility on an Island wood no. 2, 2015. Graphite on paper with wood, 28 x 10 x 4 in. Presented by Causey Contemporary, New York.

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Lado Pochkhua - Project ArtBeat, Tbilisi

A representative of his country at the Prague Biennale IV in 2009, Georgian artist Lado Pochkhua dwells on the post-Soviet identity of his country, through drawings and paintings of its aristocracy. Born in the city of Sukhumi, he was forced to leave under the military conflict in Abkhazia, which influenced his views of the society he belonged to. The abstract elements in Lado Pochkhua’s traditional pen and ink drawings appear to be removing the identity of his subjects and landscapes, leaving questions without answers and open for interpretation. His classical imagery and style practiced through new techniques and media send us to another time and place.

Featured images: Lado Pochkhua – Untitled (from series Enigma of David G), 2015. Mixed media, 29 x 30 cm; Lado Pochkhua – Untitled (from series Enigma of David G), 2015. Mixed media, 48 x 39 cm. Presented by Project ArtBeat, Tbilisi.