Hair and Therapy: What’s Trending at NY Art Week

by: Kate Messinger & Bianca Ozeri

March 11, 2014

The Armory Art Show and the surrounding fairs that make up the New York Art Week is enough to send us to the couch, pulling our hair and confessing our narcissism, trying to find ourselves in the reflection-less mirror of art. Luckily this year’s art trends have saved us the psychiatrist bill with work that should be found in the self-help section of your local bookstore. From augmented mirrors to revealing materials, hair art to hoarding art, celebrity obsessions and even a riff on the Normcore anti-trend, art got heady. The WILD visited Volta, Scope, The Armory, Independent, Spring Break, and UNfair reavealing, as always, the good, the bad, the boring, and the just plain psychotic of this year’s work. Here’s our round-up of all that’s trending.

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Augmented Reflection

Mirrors are nothing new to the art fair scene, for years they have been a helpful way to check our bowties and top knots while pretending to contemplate the reflective piece, but this year mirror art got a surrealist makeover to make us take a second look. Fogged up, painted over, broken and inverted, these reflections are a chance to question our narcism, check our egos and (quickly) check our lipstick before continuing on with our inner art journey.

best of armory art show 2014
Jose Lerma, Armory

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i8 Gallery, Armory

best of armory art show 2014
Inigo Manglano Ovalle, Armory

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Silvio Wolf, Armory

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.45.09 AM Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Armory

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.46.28 AM Chambers Fine Art, Armory

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Michelangelo Pistoletto, Armory

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.53.15 AM Sifang Art Museum, Armory

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volta ny art fair the wild magUltra Violet, Volta

Cheap Wood and Cork

Art is not dead, but it has gotten cheaper…to produce at least. Sculptures have gravitated to a more natural feel with a surprising amount of plywood, cork and driftwood replacing the metal and marble of more decadent times. We’ve been using wood for ages but these days, the cheap materials are heightened rather than hidden, displayed rather than painted over. Perhaps it’s our desire to see the true insides of a structure (i.e ourselves) or our tendency to root for the underdog, that less regal substance, but whatever it is, this wood is giving us wood.

best of armory art show 2014 Paul Ramirez Jonas, Armory

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Spruce Magers, Independent

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Serge Alain Nitegeka, Armory

volta ny art fair the wild magNao Matsumoto, Volta

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magMichael Zelehoski, Volta

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magMichael Zelehoski, Volta

volta ny art fair the wild magRóza El-Hassan, Volta

volta ny art fair the wild magRóza El-Hassan, Volta

volta ny art fair the wild magRóza El-Hassan, Volta 

NormCore

Being “normal” is all the rage right now. Although documenting normal people doing normal things, like reading or standing or doing their job, has always been relevant in art, “Normcore” is not only a thing, it’s a cultural phenomenon. So here’s a nod to all the normals out there, finally it’s YOUR time to shine.

best of armory art show 2014Ralf Schmerberg, Armory

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.46.52 AMHubbard/ Birchler, Armory

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Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.52.50 AMMoniquemeloche Gallery, Armory

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Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.54.07 AMGalerie nachst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwalder, Armory

Hair Art

We lost our hair but found it here, on sculptures and paintings and woven into artwork to remind us of the balding, greying, hairless years ahead, or maybe to predict the full, thick future. For some, it’s the fear of having none, for others, the horror of pulling too much out of a drain, and for most, it’s the obsession of showing our hair off as a perfect, glossy, full and voluminous version of ourselves. Whatever it is, these fibers are an important extension of our souls. So if art imitates real life, than things are about to get hairy.

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 12.26.46 PMShoplifter, SPRING/BREAK Art Show

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Nandifa Mntambo, Armory

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.50.48 AMRomuald Hazoume, Armory

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.57.00 AMDavid Lewis Gallery, INDEPENDENT Art Fair

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 12.02.50 PMAlex McQuilkin, SPRING/BREAK Art Show

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IMG_6917Jennifer Wynne Reeves, Volta

Layering

Layers were as ubiquitous in art as they were in dress this week. Everything from painting to sculpture to collage screamed at you, “Touch Me! I’m three dimensional!” Obviously, that was not allowed, but the physical depth in certain pieces were still highly entertaining to the eye. Paint was conglomerated into abstract mounds of color, canvases were sliced and reconstructed into stratums of material, arbitrary objects jutted out of bright backdrops, it was even conceptual as quotidian scenes were set against bizarre, curious counterparts. Whatever condition, minimalism moved aside this year for artists that just wanted to keeping going and going and going.

volta ny art fair the wild magHyon Gyon, Volta

volta ny art fair the wild magHyon Gyon, Volta

Volta NY Art FairBobby Mathieson, Volta

best of armory art show 2014Armory 

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magBobby Mathieson, Volta

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magPaweł Śliwiński, Volta

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magBotond Részegh, Volta

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magRosa Loy, Volta

Hoarding Found Objects

A flash back to the trash art trend at Miami Art Basel it felt like artists at the NY fairs sorted through their household detritus and hoarded everyday objects for the ultimate inspiration. Everything from paper bags to defective tires, light bulbs to expired credit cards and every type of cleaning material made its way into the art world this year. However underwhelming some results were (like a jersey on a branch), others proved that our trash is simply waiting to be re-imagined into our living room’s next great contemporary art piece. Meticulously assembled (Satoru Tamura’s metal pieces were even mobile), the sculptures were caught between the esotericism of art and the normality (and neuroticism) of the everyday.

volta ny art fair the wild magHyon Gyon, Volta

volta ny art fair the wild magHyon Gyon, Volta

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magBernard Williams, Volta

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magJeffrey Gibson, Volta

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magJeffrey Gibson, Volta

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magJohn Cox, Volta

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magJohn Cox, Volta

volta ny art fair the wild magJoseph Hart, Volta

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.55.55 AMNew York Times boiled and jarred, INDEPENDENT Art Fair

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Karma Gallery, INDEPENDENT Art Fair

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magChristy Rupp, Volta

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magChristy Rupp, Volta

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magChristy Rupp, Volta

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magSatoru Tamura, Volta

IMG_6920Hedwig Brouckaert, Volta

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IMG_6926Wilmer Wilson, Volta

best of armory art show 2014Haegue Yang, Armory

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.57.37 AMMendes Wood DM Gallery, INDEPENDENT Art Fair

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Lang Shou Fit, Armory

Portraits of Celebs and Other Famous Peeps

In direct opposition to “normcore,” art depicting famous people has dominated the art fairs like Bieber on the newsstands. No matter how much we pretend to hate it, we alwasy click the like button, lean in closer just to make sure we saw it right. The truth is, there’s something about roaming the florescent booths, lonely and over-cafinated, and suddenly seeing a familiar face that keeps us going. “Do I know you?” you might ask, racking your memory for that one time introduction, or maybe a TV cameo, or late night familiar face. We hope to find an ally amongst the foreign faces and so we wonder, “Are you famous, or are you my friend?”

At least for today, they are your friends.

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magDawn Black, Volta

Volta NY Art Fair the wild magDawn Black, Volta

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Daniele Buetti, Volta

volta ny art fair the wild magRyan Martin, Volta

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Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 12.01.12 PMUNfair Art Show

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 12.21.48 PMAmbre Kelly, “Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith looking at my work!”  SPRING/BREAK Art Show

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 12.23.23 PMGrace Villamil, SPRING/BREAK Art Show

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 12.25.56 PMScott Hug, SPRING/BREAK Art Show

best of armory art show 2014Pierre Et Gilles, Armory

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.47.49 AMJim Torok, Armory

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 11.58.43 AMJulia Wachtel, INDEPENDENT

 

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