VOLTA art fair: reflecting on last year’s faves (part 2)

Last year, while walking through the different booths, my friend said: “Look, a child, in the corner.” We went into the Artcourt gallery , and there it was a boy facing the corner, holding his knees, wearing a grey sweatshirt and dark trousers, head between his knees.

Volta 11, child as a bench.

Next, the lady in charge of the space invited us to sit… On. The. Child. Because child is not a child, but a sculpture/installation by japanese artist Taiyo Kimura. Sitting, an act that should have been super simple to do, it was quite difficult to execute, since, well… the piece was hiperrealistic.

This was a solo exhibit of Taiyo Kimura. Press play to listen to the interview is Short and sweet, and with the story behind the Boy.

 

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VOLTA art fair: the reflection on last year’s faves continues

on sitting on a child.

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VOLTA art fair: Reflecting on last year’s faves

 

Batia Shani wash rack

Batia Shani’s “Tissue” installation.

 

After 11 years living in Basel, last year (2015) it was the first time that I visited VOLTA, a parallel fair to Art Basel, and I was pleasantly surprised. Which means that this year I’m definitely attending again.

I did some interviews with artists producing stuff that blew my mind.

Here is the first one (click the play button) : with israeli artist Batia Shani whose works presented by Tamar Dresdner Art Projects,  were mainly embroideries, but the one that made me go into full Stendhal Syndrome was an installation made out of a massive laundry hanger with girl’s dresses made out of army uniforms.

This piece has a deeply personal story behind it. One that made me appreciate it in a much more deeper level. Click play to hear all about it.

As a bonus, a picture of the presenter, Tamar Dresdner, Batia and her embroideries as background and yours truly

Batia Shani embroidery

Batia Shani embroideries on the back. From left to right: Tamara Dresdner, Batia Shani, and Rosina Bucio.

This year Tamar Dresdner Art Projects brings artist Gil Desiano Bitton. I’m curious to see his paintings in person.

 

 

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