From March 3 until 6, a variety of Dutch galleries are represented at the most exciting art fairs of New York City.
Three Dutch galleries and one design duo are featured at The Armory Show, which is America’s leading international art fair and connects the world’s foremost galleries with international collectors, curators and art professionals. Livingstone Gallery will host a solo exhibition at PULSE, which has become an established part of the annual art calendar with editions in New York and Miami Beach. VOLTA NY, the invitational fair of solo artist projects that was founded in Basel, also has a Dutch touch with two galleries represented. And last, renowned for its uncanny ability to forecast new visual trends that are embraced globally, SCOPE will also be complemented by an representative from the Netherlands, with Kallenback Gallery hosting an exciting solo exhibition.
Studio Drift was founded in 2006 by Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, both graduates of the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven. Their philosophy is based on creating a dialogue between opposites: nature and technology, knowledge and intuition, science fiction and nature. Their installation “In 20 Steps” will feature the Armory Show in the Pommery Champagne Lounge at Pier 94. “In 20 Steps” is a tribute to the human desire to be able to fly, despite the force of gravity and the poetry of persistence in the face of adversity.
Upstream Gallery will present the work of artist David Haines at The Armory Show 2016. A particular technology related anxiety underpins the new work of British/Dutch artist David Haines. In a two channel video work and series of drawings, he weaves dialectic structures to shore up the symbolic existence of on line identities – the flesh and the code, the physical and the spiritual, the hyper-real and the abstract.
Chamber, a unique exhibition space in New York, will present a booth dedicated to special projects by Dutch-Belgian design duo, Studio Job. Founded in 2000 by Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, Studio Job’s practice combines a high level of craftsmanship with extreme ornamentation. Their approach is more in keeping with that of traditional guilds than anything industrial, because Studio Job are the first to follow a lost path that doesn’t stem from Modernism.
GRIMM Gallery will also be present at The Armory Show 2016.
After last year’s success Livingstone Gallery returns to PULSE New York in 2016, and will present a special curated concept with works by Raquel Maulwurf, Daniele Galliano, and Manfred Schneider. The works of these three artists reflect on the contemporary crises and current places of conflict in the world, each from their own unique perspective. The artists do not show individual works but choose an installation-like presentation to offer more context to the viewer. In Livingstone’s booth all works will interact with each other.
Rutger Brandt Gallery will be exhibiting new works by Syrian artist Natalia Ossef at VOLTA New York. Cultural identity and memories of her native country play a central role in the paintings, watercolors and drawings of Natalia Ossef. Based on found photographs and old postcards she reshapes a past in an abstracted figuration in light pastel tones where faces and identity disappear.
This year, Ten Haaf Projects will present a solo presention of Inna Levinson at VOLTA New York: “Hunger.” The key motif that leads Levinson in her work is that of desire. Desire can drive people to great things, but it can also cause destruction. Taking already existing classical images, Levinson creates her own world. There are scenes of people gathering around in celebration, but also of war and suffering. Levinson also works on more contemporary subjects: for instance the refugee crisis in Europe.
Kallenback Gallery will host a solo exhibition of Jaybo Monk at SCOPE, called ‘The Innocence of the Second Chance.’ Jaybo’s art is like a song made by images, it’s a composition of feelings and suggestions, where the details that catch the artist’s eye work like musical samples. All those inspiring fragments become part of a soundtrack played with brushes, following the tones of colors and the rhythm given by the strokes, with a canvas as the background.