The 25th and largest ever edition of London Art Fair opened its doors to the public today, bringing together over 130 galleries from across the UK and overseas.
The London Art Fair showcases work from established and leading purveyors of Modern British art, as well as a wide variety of emerging and contemporary art from younger galleries. Jotta explored the richly diverse collections and selected some of our favourite galleries and exhibiting artists.
TAG Fine Arts, art dealers and publishers based in Islington, have been representing contemporary artists since they launched at London Art Fair in 2007. Back again in 2013, they are exhibiting woodcut prints by Katsutoshi Yuasa, which he makes from his own digital photographs. The combination of these two processes, one lengthy and painstaking, the other immediate and momentary, creates ephemeral landscapes that produce a haunting and atmospheric effect.
The paintings of Kristian Krokfors at first appeared to us as digital images, and only upon taking a closer look did we realise they were acrylic on canvas. We were particularly drawn to his “Landscape” painting. Uniform hills, with trees circling them in a repeating pattern are devoid of nature’s apparent chaos, echoing a world deeply affected by mankind. This work was exhibited by Pratt Contemporary, a fine art printing and publishing studio founded in 1977.
Venturing into Art Projects, the London Art Fair’s showcase of leading emerging galleries, we came across Troika Editions, a space dedicated to promoting contemporary photographers. Victoria Jenkins’ “Images from the Institute of Esoteric Research and Lapis Philosophorum” deal with the relationship between science and photography, playing with our misconceived notions that these two disciplines are purveyors of truth. Whilst her photographs seem to be of scientific experiments, there is an illusive quality to them. On a shelf below, books on occultism and alchemy can be found next to scientific documents, enforcing the idea that what we are witnessing is beyond the realms of what we consider to be true or factual.
We were greatly impressed by the works exhibited by Beers.Lambert contemporary, particularly Robert and Renato Miaz’s paintings of obfuscated human forms, reminiscent of blurred photos, Leonardo Ulian’s symmetrical mandalas made up of computer components and Gigi Cifali’s circular and surrealistic photographs.
Deptford-based BEARSPACE have been consistently promoting exciting work from emerging artists since their inception in 2002. The digital, dystopian landscapes of Suzanne Moxhay and sci-fi paintings of Jotta favourite Geoff Diego Litherland successfully explore the impact science, technology and artificial intelligence is having on our lives as well as the natural world.