START Art Fair 2015
Warning: there's a lot of galleries post coming up on nnyley in the next couple of weeks from both London and Seoul!
Normally we like to post things in chronological order so that this blog serves as a diary for the both of us but this art fair is only here for the weekend so we're writing this up fairly quickly so that you guys can go experience START art fair, even if there's only a day left...
So I landed in London on Friday and got home pretty late and the next day (today), Ashley and I headed straight to Saatchi. If you've been reading this blog for a fair amount of time, you'll know that we frequently (very frequently actually) visit Saatchi. I think it's probably because we can always trust them to put on a good exhibition. Anyhow, START art fair was pretty unique in that it primarily focused on emerging contemporary artists. And surprisingly, it featured a lot of Korean galleries such as Gallery H.A.N and atelier aki, with their artists.
The work below was one of my favourites, called "Sea of Objects" by Ilgin Seymen.
The next four works are by three different Korean artists. The one on the left by Kwang Young Chun was done with traditional Korean Mulberry Paper and the one on the right features Korean coins as part of a beehive which I thought was pretty clever. The next one by Bae Jin Sik seems distinctly Korean, although I can't quite put my finger on it.
Batia Shani's work below featured clothes made with scraps of uniforms of Israeli Army and gave a strong message about the ongoing conflict.
Oh and Ashley was reunited with a couple of her old Viktor Frešo Niemands!
I seem to have discovered a lot of favourites at this fair but I also really loved the two works below. The one on the left is by an artist called David Černy and the one on the right by Alexander Massouras. I think Černy's work sends a pretty powerful message and I love the way how the black is used in Massouras' work.
Ashley is really big into holographic objects and I knew I'd catch her staring at this work by Ašot Haas.
Okay so the highlight of START art fair, in my opinion anyway, was teamLab's digital installation. The room was filled with digital flowers and butterflies that moved when touched. I'm not quite sure how it was programmed but the butterflies will kind of drop dead when we touched it. Maybe it's showing the destructiveness of human and the fragility of nature?