8 of the best at Zoo Art Fair

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This year photography and painting stole the show at the Zoo Art Fair, and some funky installation pieces. Here are 8 of the best:

Peter Funch En Passant, 2008 – Superimposed figure upon figure, Funch has documented the social environment and more particularly the people inhabiting different corners of Manhattan streets, deciphering patterns forming from around 14 days of photographing in the same spot. This is one in a series of 28 images. Dog walkers or smokers (or here what looks like ‘Carrie Bradshaw style’ women) give a fascinating mixture of reality and fiction. Taken from his ‘Babel Tower’, solo exhibition at V1 Gallery, Copenhagen.


Milton Marques, Livro Teoria Microeconomica 2007.
A Brazilian artist, Marques, uses second hand motors, cameras, scanners and mechanisms defunct from their original use to produce illogical but thought-provoking art works. A trick on your mind, here, what looks at first like a pile of flies (on a turd), is actually iron fillings constantly moving because of some sort of electric magnet placed inside the book. Humorous and ironic, most likely you would expect it to actually be flies on a turd these days rather than this rather more pleasant alternative. Highlighting the uselessness of some modern technology and perhaps pointing to certain trends in Contemporary art. Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo –
p.s (worth checking out website looks like interesting space in Sao Paulo)


Lisa Manner has recently finished her masters in Sweden and seems to have produced a huge body of work already of a very original and eye grabbing nature. She paints with such an impeccable hand, a real fine art student, it almost looks like print. Swimfeilds, typical of many of her recent paintings use certain icons, here chairs and fans repeated within these surreal worlds of eternal stair cases, buildings and fairground rides. What is brilliant is the switch from one mode of painting to another. Inside one window is a completely different image and style from the rest of the painting. Quirky and wonderful. And perfectly presented, like most Sweeds
ALP/Peter Bergman Gallery, Stockholm.


Never a disappointment, Paradise Row, London, pulled one out the bag with their dark brooding space painted black and with random material strewn on the floor. Totally in keeping with the get up was Douglas White’s Totem 2 – a conversion of man-made and natural objects into something quite perplexing, close to something you would see in an abattoir but made from tree trunk and metal chains. Perplexing.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac found an old 16th century portrait, got someone in China to reproduce it and send it back, then he painted the Pizza Hut symbol on top. Comments on consumerism welcome.
On the back wall were animal skulls drilled to the wall with the symbol for ‘um’ liturally ummmmmmm, as in meditation painted in red on their foreheads. By Shezad Dawood, The Wasteland (Detail), 2008, was inspired by the content and fragmented structure of Eliot’s poem by the same name, and the world (according to the blurb).

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Madonna and Children, framed with museum glass, 2007
Liane LangXanadu T1+2 Gallery , London – delicate feminine artist. Here wrapped around this famous Michelangelo wood carving. All is not as it seems. This is actually a lifelike wax image of herself, and the wood carving is a cast. And it is a photograph. Three stages away from reality.
In the same series is a model of her becoming an addition to the Lacoon and also Theseus. Embracing the heritage (literally) of Renaissance/Roman sculpture rather than Bai Yiluo’s more demoralizing vision in the Saatchi Gallery right now.

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David EllisRoebling Hall Gallery, New York.
Takes printed pages, from old books or the like and uses them as a base. On top he paints flowing graphic layers partially obscuring the under coating. Perhaps representing architectural build up in cities? On an aesthetic level eye catching stuff.


Robert Dowling: – Alexandre Pollazzon LTD, London
Here Dowling has cast and made fiberglass molds from canvases based on only 2 polygon shapes. They have then been placed back into the form of a basic rectangular canvas. This is one of a series each in a different monochrome colour in grey, black and purple.

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Anna Sew HoyRenwick Gallery, New York.
Work has got her noticed for all the right reasons in magazines such as Art Forum. Her projects are mainly to do with relationships with friends and family. They grow organically, most of the material coming from found objects. Here her friends signed this cast, (a model copied on one her surgeon farther made of her arm) as part of a live exhibition in LA. The whole of Renwick’s stand at Zoo Art Fair was dedicated to this artist and included other works such as a ball of jeans and electric cables tied together all of which had been donated by friends. Also ceramic wall pieces with old t-shirt material tied through them.



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