Palm Springs Fine Art Fair - A Round-Up

The hardest part about art is quite simply in determining which of the ba-jillion pieces on the market today is meant for oneself.  That and determining where to hang large scale pieces on such small walls. 

Oh. And affording all of the amazing pieces you fall in love with.

This year's Palm Springs Fine Art Fair was no different and provided a number of opportunities to commit at least one of the seven deadly sins - envy. Two common thematic prevailed through the show - the element of surprise and interaction - both of which I quite thoroughly enjoyed. 

For your enjoyment, a round-up of some of my favorite pieces from this year's show.

 

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Frolic Room, II | Dave Lefner
Represented by Skidmore Contemporary Art

What I'm digging about this piece, aside from its super 1960's vintage aesthetic is two things.  One, Lefner creates his photo-realistic pieces entirely from memory.  Two, he uses an unusual linocut process in which he actually removes layers from the block after he's applied each cut resulting in a complete destruction of the block by the time he's made the finished piece.  The result?  There are only eight and will only be eight of these super classic works.

 

 

 
 
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Ipanema 2012 | William Betts
Represented by Jennifer Kostuik Gallery

Pointilism meets modern sensibilities in Betts' recent works.  Beginning with a standard, run-of-the-mill photograph, thousands of tiny, consistently sized holes are drilled into a plexiglass material which Betts hand fills with acrylic paint to finalize the image. The resulting work has a television screen like quality, something to which any person from my generation can relate.

 

 

 
 
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After Van Eyck (Man in a Red Turban) | Devorah Sperber
Represented by the Bentley Gallery

Sperber's massive scale works, at first glance appear to be nothing more than a wall hanging of bobbins.  In this current fad of decorating with industrial and found objects you think nothing of it.  That is until your eye catches a glimpse through the crystal ball stage center.  Only then do the emptied-out contents of mother's sewing basket make complete sense as a barely 3" diameter image with striking detail comes to life.  I would, however, hate to lose that ball.

 

 

 
 
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esus Cheeses, 2007 | Alejandro Diaz
Represented by Royale Projects : Contemporary Art

Ihad to sneak this photo.  I've been on a rather interesting religious trend this year, having been to mass at the Dom in Cologne and having found Christ on a corner of the Koln high street.  It only makes sense that I'd fall for a blinking neon light that not only pokes a bit of fun at what might otherwise have been a terse subject but that also brings a commercial quality to the idea of religion en-masse.  It almost reminds me of the ideal that is urban architecture - multiple uses for the same lot.  Either way, it's the piece that is sending me straight to hell. 

 

 

 
 
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arc Sijan
Represented by Gerald Peters Gallery

This year's Palm Springs Fine Art Fair had one very distinct common thread - the element of surprise.  I believe there might have been some point where I'd turned the corner and asked one of Sijan's sculptures to stop blocking the fire exits.  This piece in particular reminds me of the proverbial train wreck - neither his perplexed meets "get out of my room, mom" look nor his upturned sexual "come hither" pose (at least to me) are aesthetically pleasing by today's standards but the mere thought of having caught him in the act of something taboo results in a continual ogle.  Short story: I might have just caught him making love to the only person who counts - himself

 

 

 
 
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Somewhere | Russell West
Represented by Woolff Gallery

No, it is not the rainbow that attracted me to this piece.  It's not even the epth of the wire elements thickly coated in oil.  What reels it in for me is that West has made the process part of the art.  For many artists, the process, the "art of the creation", is taboo.  Never shown.  Who shows a photographer's dark room or a sculptor's chiselings (is that a word?) on the floor.  West makes no apologies with his progression - a finished piece, the materials, and even the mess.  Though not in the photo, the piece continues to the floor - with a chunk of his studio's floorboards included - to the detriment of his landlord.

 

 

 

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
Palm Springs California


www.palmspringsfineartfair.com

 

 

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