Past Featured NAP Artists at VOLTA NY 2014
One of the privileges of working for a contemporary art fair whose focus is solo-artist projects is the opportunity to see a range of works by artists from all over, be they from Bushwick or Berlin. This could mean their newest series or a multiyear survey of their oeuvre, sort of like a mini retrospective staged within their exhibiting gallery's booth.
As in years past, VOLTA NY features a plethora of artists working with paint. The range is fantastic, and I think indicative of contemporary trends within the medium: angular figures and aggressively colorful compositions in a New Objectivity vein from very young, non-German artists including Anna Navasardian (Armenian but New York-based, showing with Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich) and Pawel Sliwinski (Polish, showing with Beers Contemporary, London); representational works in thick, gestural impasto, both in Kim Dorland's grand, en plein air style (Angell Gallery, Toronto), and in Bobby Mathieson's intimately scaled portraiture (Lyons Wier Gallery, New York); and abstraction both super-reductive (like Clare Grill, showing with FRED.GIAMPIETRO, New Haven) and cosmically colorful (Jennifer Lefort, showing with Patrick Mikhail Contemporary, Ottawa); plus every conceivable style in between. - Brian Fee, Austin Contributor
Six artists exhibiting in VOLTA NY's seventh edition have appeared in past issues of New American Paintings:
Ryan Browning (ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA, NAP #94, #106)
Adam Mysock (Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, NAP #82, #106)
Todd Kelly (Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, NAP #74, #86)
Siri Berg (Hionas Gallery, New York, NAP #20)
Ala Ebtekar (Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, NAP #91)
Dawn Black (CYNTHIA-REEVES, New York, NAP #100).
Brian Fee is an art punk based currently in Austin, TX, but he can usually be found in New York, Tokyo, or Berlin, depending on the art season. He is also the Press Manager for the Volta Art Fairs.