VOLTA NY // SPECIAL PROJECTS 2010

Mike Andrews

 

Astral Toothache and Gentlemen:

to your battle stations!

Tapestry, 2010

 

 

7W Main Entrance & Lobby

 

Represented by:

Imperfect Articles (A7)

 

 

 

Mike Andrews' large-scale anarchist tapestries are a tangle of enlarged pixels and erratic gestures. Homespun techniques such as weaving and stitching are used to suggest situations where the humdrum transforms into something powerful. These soft abstractions allude to Neo Geo painting and woven artifacts through faux naïveté.

 

 

 

 



Jan Vormann

 

Dispatchwork New York 

site specific intervention in NYC, Feb. 2010

 

 

Screened on video in elevator lobby

 

Represented by:

Jarmuschek + Partner (V13)

 

 

 

Jan Vormann's practice involves a mixture of performance art, video and land-art installations.

For his Berlin series Dispatchwork he selected buildings still damaged from World War II and filled in the gaps, holes and clefts in the walls, streets and buildings with plastic bricks, mostly Lego. In New York, he will again be taking to the streets and conjuring up sporadic performaces to be filmed and screened at VOLTA NY.

 

 

 



Trong Gia Nguyen

 

Artists’ Commercials

video, 2010

 

 

Elevator video screens

 

 

Employing a wide range of media, Trong Gia Nguyen’s works contend with power relationships between the artwork and viewer, often using everyday, consumerist models to critique aesthetics, socio-politics, and the status quo. For VOLTA NY, Nguyen shows a series of video commercials depicting real artists in their studios promoting themselves, like an actual TV spots. The artists deliver irreverent and sarcastic monologues that flirt between truth and fiction, serving as a colorful analysis of the economy, art market, identity, party politics, and all else under the sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich

 

Whose Smell Is This?

mixed media, 2010

 

 

Next to ladies’ toilets

 

Represented by:

Galerie Stanislas Bourgain (C4)

 

 

 

Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich has created a site-specific installation for the wall next to the public toilet at Volta NY made from a solid piece of porous plastic material saturated with long-lasting perfume. In essence, it functions as an enormous car-freshener emitting a profoundly artificial overwhelming odor. Conceptually, the piece brings together and critiques both communal and private aspects of the creative domain while ridiculing lack of authenticity of the artistic expression once it ‘belongs’ to the public.

 

Whose Smell is This?, references the famous work Whose Fly is This? (1987) by Ilya Kabakov, to whom it is dedicated, and is inspired by his series The Communal Kitchen

 


Misako Inaoka



Frorest of Evolution

mixed media installation, 2009-2010

 

 

11th floor entrance area, café

 

Represented by:

Johansson Projects (C8)

 

 

Misako Inaoka's sculptures contest the opposition of nature and artifice in an unusual tone: an impish whisper instead of a didactic rant. Her a-evolutionary creatures house infinite little particularities as if keeping their own mischievous mash-ups quiet. Part mad scientist and part explorer of gadgets, Inaoka allows access to an enigmatic oasis, a garden of odd adaptations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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