ARTIST VIDEO SERIES 2013

VOLTA9 reunites with 2013 Official Media Partner GalleryLOG, culling from the fair's cutting-edge program to deliver an electrifying series of 1 minute videos featuring 12 New York-based international artists participating in this year's Basel edition.

The selection of emerging artists from around the globe also includes Katherine Bernhardt, Orly Cogan, Gabriel Barcia Colombo, John Copeland, Dumitru Gorzo, Debra Hampton, Armando Mariño, Anna Navasardian, Holton Rower, Hooper Turner, Ultra Violet and Michael Zelehoski.

DEBRA HAMPTON //

 

presented by Gallery Poulsen

Copenhagen, Denmark


In Debra Hampton's art, beauty can be seen as both an armour and a weapon. In the dramatic booth installation with historical references, Hampton poses important questions about our consumer culture and the ongoing focus on the body and the continual quest for youthful apperance and perfection. Hampton applies glossy cut-outs from lifestyle magazines to create a powerful representation of the feminine as a contemporary warrior by applying imagery from consumer culture and luxury products.

 






ANNA NAVASARDIAN //

 

presented by Galerie Andreas Binder

Munich, Germany


Anna Navasardian's work utilizes the language of portraiture and the tradition of figure painting to obscure the bounds that separate personal and constructed identity. Dynamic subjects are drafted from sources that include Soviet era family photographs, vintage periodicals, and live models. The resulting characters expose hidden truths and buried layers narrated through vigorous brush strokes and an animated palette. Navasardian develops themes of identity, adolescence, growth, and memory in creating compositions that explore the multilayered nature of reality.

 






HOLTON ROWER //

 

presented by The Hole

New York, USA


Holton Rower delves into the physics of acrylic paint to make it do extraordinary things. Rower’s Pour paintings debuted at The Hole last May with a survey of the diverse results achieved through the innovative and deceptively simple process of pouring hand-made acrylic paints over wood. At VOLTA9, this "chemist of paint" pairs his Pours with new Focus paintings, featuring beguiling eye-trickery effects.

 






HOOPER TURNER //

 

presented by frosch&portmann

New York, USA


Hooper Turner's meticulous paintings of female beauties reflect his interest in mass-produced printed material. By "remaking" commercial imagery, he confronts and questions his and the viewers' desire for these elusive products and lifestyles.

 






ORLY COGAN //

 

presented by ETHAN COHEN NEW YORK

New York, USA


Orly Cogan works with embroidery on vintage and painted fabrics, delving into the mythologies of her memory, and in doing so depicting ordinary relationships and commonalities in fantastical ways.







GABRIEL BARCIA COLOMBO //

 

presented by Muriel Guépin Gallery

New York, USA


Gabriel Barcia-Colombo's work focuses on memorialization and the act of leaving one's imprint for the next generation. His video sculptures play upon this exigency in our culture to chronicle, preserve, and wax nostalgic, an idea which Barcia-Colombo renders visually by "collecting" human beings (alongside cultural archetypes) as scientific specimens.







JOHN COPELAND //

 

presented by V1 Gallery

Copenhagen, Denmark


John Copeland works with a tense figurative style in his paintings, which vibrate between figuration and abstraction, putting your eye and mind to work at first glance. He works with reflections and paintings within paintings, in a style that effortlessly draws from neo-expressionism, "bad painting" (as defined by Marcia Tucker), and Abstract Expressionism.







DUMITRU GORZO

 

presented by SLAG Gallery

Brooklyn, USA


Painting atop large prints of color, black and white or ambered photographs of people in either definitively urban or patently rural settings, Dumitru Gorzo deploys bold colors and energetically sure, candid brushstrokes to create stratified picture planes. In these, figures portrayed photographically are partially obscured or reconfigured by abstractly painted interlopers, where mixed personal nostalgias feed into and off one another in uncompromisingly vivacious, profoundly revivified compositions.







ULTRA VIOLET //

 

presented by Dillon Gallery

New York, USA


Ultra Violet takes the conventional self-portrait and challenges its ideas, presumptions, and blind spots. Her art often addresses topics of consumerism, narcissism, and violence by using the very icons that stand for those ideas, making her work visually and conceptually provocative.







MICHAEL ZELEHOSKI //

 

presented by ETHAN COHEN NEW YORK

New York, USA


Michael Zelehoski collapses found three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional space. In his ongoing dialogue between physical and pictorial space, object and representation, he activates humble, quotidian objects and initiates a new angle for our understanding the worldly architecture around us.







KATHERINE BERNHARDT //

 

presented by V1 Gallery

Copenhagen, Denmark


Katherine Bernhardt's paintings embody cosmopolitan edginess. Her lush canvases — themselves posing as the currency of beguiling luxury — incorporate all the fantasy trappings of seduction, decadence, and corruption, each charged with sordid soap-opera climaxes and the command of true-to-type divas.







ARMANDO MARINO //

 

presented by 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel

New York, USA


The axis of Armando Mariño's recent work flows from the ethical dilemma implied by aestheticizing or domesticating a violent event — from the moment it becomes "breaking news" and is then converted into art through painting. He appropriates images whose authorship and authority become less important and more "everyday", to which the public has instance access to via the web or print media, and from these Mariño launches a new kind of neo-historicism.