|VOLTA NY (9.2.2010)|
||The cutting-edge art fair VOLTA NY returns during The Armory Week with its original and provocative solo invitational format. Held at its usual, iconic urban location—right off 5th Avenue and opposite the Empire State Building this year VOLTA NY hosts 86 international artists and their galleries on the 11th floor of 7W 34th Street.|
Continuing the original mandate to create a tightly-focused event that is a place for discovery and a showcase for relevant contemporary positions regardless of the artist or gallery’s age—VOLTA NY features exclusively solo projects of notable and emerging international artists, conceived to complement the exciting program of art presented by its sister fair, The Armory Show, with whom VOLTA NY shares the VIP and Talks Programs and shuttles to and from both fairs.
A platform for challenging, often complimentary, sometimes competing ideas about contemporary art, the strictly solo format of VOLTA NY gives the fair a unique character with visitors positively comparing the New York fair to a series of intense studio visits. The commitment to a single artist, while surely the most striking of presentations in any economic landscape, is always something of a risk. The dedication and confidence shown by the exhibiting galleries to continue to pledge themselves to a risky and challenging format has given rise to this year’s title: No Guts No Glory, a
phrase that can be applied both to the work on show, its creators and its supporters/presenters.
VOLTA NY brings together work from 86 remarkable artists or artistic collaborations, each artist having been selected for their dramatic visual presentation.
Highlights of VOLTA NY include a strong presence from artists working with the moving image and projections, such as Vladimir Logutov, recently listed at the “Younger than Jesus” exhibition at the New Museum; Federico Solmi, a Guggenheim Fellowship Award-winner, with provocative animated video work; Kathleen Herbert, the recipient of several major awards from the British Arts Council and nominated for the Beck’s Futures prize, projecting a film shot in Gloucester Cathedral; and Samuel Rousseau, with a series of small framed video objects, showing tiny individual characters imprisoned in transparent plastic bubbles of medicinal shrink-wrap.
Meanwhile, following his critically-acclaimed installation for Prospect.1 New Orleans Biennial and his first solo museum exhibition at New Orleans Museum of Art, Skylar Fein will present "Youth Front," an installation of new sculpture, paintings and screen prints dealing with revolution and anarchism -- a body of work that includes a blistering social critique. Other ambitious projects include those by 2009 Venice Biennale artist Jan Hĺfström, a panoramic photography and site-specific installation by Henrietta Simson and arresting figurative collages by Chambliss Giobbi, recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and NYFA fellowships. Entirely new bodies of work are being made specifically for VOLTA NY by photographer Carrie Schneider, fresh from a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and by multimedia artist Ben Turnball, who is creating a particularly ŕ propos work with his “Hero” series, inspired by New York City firemen.
Also true to the VOLTA spirit is a continued focus on dynamic art scenes outside of the usual US and central European cities. This year sees an even broader spectrum of exhibitors including galleries from Cape Town and Shanghai respectively showcasing local artists Cameron Platter and Xie Caomin. Meanwhile Israel is represented by Yuval Pudik and Tamara Kostianovsky; India by Gigi Scaria; Korea by Soyeon Cho; Japan by Shizuka Yokomizo and Nobuaki Onishi.
Latin America is broadly featured by a highly diverse selection of artists including; Brazilian artist Marcelo Moscheta’s intense and emotional landscapes provide the viewer with intriguing views of remote and unexplored places; Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck, from Venezuela, collaborating with Media Farzin, present a semi-fictional tale of international intrigue alongside Calder inspired installations. Maria José Arjona, from Colombia, presents documentation of her live work that explores the body's potential to create new languages, while actually scheduled to perform across town at The Museum of Modern Art in the retrospective Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present (March 14 to May 31, 2010); fellow Colombian Sandra Bermudez shows an installation of her text-based work on self-designed wallpaper. Oscar de las Flores, from El Salvador, is showing his intricate Dante-esque drawings; Máximo González an Argentinian based in Mexico City DF, shows new paper works cut out from devalued South American currency bills, making ironic and critical political commentary on the dependence of South American economies on the U.S., while his compatriot Karina Peisajovich works in the abstract using light as her main medium. A more historical position is represented by Luis González Palma, a Guatemalan photographer born in 1957 who was represented both at the 49th and 51st Venice Biennales, with work that is still of the utmost relevance, focusing on the plight of the indigenous Mayas.
Eastern Europe also has a strong representation with three Russian artists; Vladimir Arkhipov who continues to examine the role of everyday objects in our lives, whilst Vladimir Logutov whose video work conveys a disturbing and “out of joint`” world that fascinates, and Fedor Pavlov-Andreevich, following his blistering I Eat Me performance series will once again be stretching boundaries with a slyly interactive mixed media installation entitled Whose Smell Is This?; Slovakian artist Svätopluk Mikyta, continues to draw on political iconography for his inaugural show. Intensely personal and nostalgic imagery provide the subject-matter for Romanian Marius Bercea
paintings, Hungarian Adam Sazbo bold and seemingly grotesque Skin Diseases series will be on show, while Hungarian-based Moldavian-born painter Alexander Tinei, recently returned from the 2009 Prague Biennale, is showing a series of new paintings.
Aside from convenient public access by subway or taxi, visitors can reach VOLTA NY’s prime location just off 5th Avenue with shared shuttles directly between The Armory Show on Pier 94 and the VOLTA NY site opposite The Empire State Building on 34th street. In addition, visitors can now purchase a combination ticket for both VOLTA NY (regular $15) and our partner fair The Armory Show (regular $30) online now for a discounted price of only $40 at https://www.microspec.com/tix123/etic.cfm?code=ARMORY10
VOLTA was founded in Basel in 2005 by dealers Kavi Gupta (Chicago), Ulrich Voges (Frankfurt) and Friedrich Loock (Berlin). The sixth edition in Basel, VOLTA6, will be held to coincide with Basel Art Week.