While already embarking on my next big adventure, I wanted to look back at last week's Frieze London. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy the superb art hanging in The Regent’s Park, I also connected with great minds who dedicate (part of) their lives to improving the art world in different respects. However, let's take a look at my highlights.
Eduardo Sarabia’s creation explores exchanges of self-reliant economies and the folk-history of northern Mexico. The LA-born and Mexico-based artist works with materials favored by local craftsmen to express exchanges occurring in this region or in encounters with outsiders.
Amitesh Shrivastava’s work expresses the encounters in rural Chhattisgarh between human, plant and animal life. The loose brushstrokes form Shrivastava’s viewpoint in an impressionistic manner, and at the same time, the expressionistic handling of color renders an almost fantasy world.
Jade Fadojutimi’s works shift viewers to her world through color, space and environment, so the need for a solo booth was imperative. The constant flux of feelings could be derived from her energetic brushstrokes, which form ‘emotional landscapes’ as the Nigerian heritage calls them.
Michael Ho’s paintings look like something straight out of a movie’s climax-ending. The Dutch-born artist plays friskily between political, erotic and domestic themes. As a second-gen from China, Ho focuses on Chinese Diapsora, subsequently absorbing himself with the rediscovery of Chinese culture through his works.
Tunji Adenyi-Jones' compelling compositions enacted through West African aesthetics invoked a surge of liberty inside me. There is something about the swirl of colors and posture of bodies moving freely through space. As a dedication and an homage to his Yoruban heritage, Adenyi-Jones seeks to showcase a personal reflection of history in a contemporized context.
Daniel Richter’s painting instantly encapsulated me in his dynamic world. The German artist seeks to convey messages unrepresentable through words. Richter’s paintings walk a thin line between the abstract and figurative world. The work titled ‘Barbaric Spring’ features the anarchist nature of Richter’s painting.
Causing a stir in the art world with her bold paintings, heavy impasto smeared all over and the extreme energy it transmits. The Ohio-born Bianca Fields’ works show incarnations of her childhood TV favorites, people and monkeys. Never has a painting made me feel as pumped as hers, as if I could take on the whole world.