Just when you think you know it all a whole selection of artists come and surprise you at Frieze. Some of the highlights this year were favourites that have appeared in Dazed in the past (Samara Scott, Jesse Wine, Toby Ziegler) but a whole crop this year were fresh – ranging from Korean minimalism to Canadian post-photographic experiments. There were many more great works across the board, but these are ten of the best.
If there was one work that stood out at Frieze it was Samara Scott’s sunken floor piece at The Sunday Painter. The former Converse Dazed Emerging Artist Winner (yes, we spot them first) did an incredible job of expanding her approach to sculptural installation made from supermarket and pound shop crap – from plastic to pasta. The results were showstoppers with collectors getting on their knees to stare into the pool of gelatin resembling an abstract painting filled with human detritus.
This was the stand out Frieze Projects booth – a pop up row of beds where visitors could lie down, and if they were lucky, get a massage and most importantly, charge their phone. AYR emerged as Airbnb project (not endorsed by the company) at the Venice Biennale and have extended under their new names as a collective re-examination our relationship to interiors, architecture and modernity. They have a show on at Project Native Informant too for those you want more.
Ziegler’s stand at Simon Lee was sheer brilliant. The walls were covered with his new paintings – metallic abstract organic canvases with iridescent swathes of pigment like pastel oil slicks. At the centre were his huge modernist-inspired sculpture. Best of all were the free poster artworks he gave away. Ziegler put his paintings into Google image search and printed out larger versions of the imagery that came back. The results range from skin disease to psychedelic sunsets.
Dooley is best known as a painter, but his installation for young London space Chewdays (founded by Tobias Czudej) was made from large 2D floating globes – two blue and white, one copper. All were wired up to frosted plastic gallon jugs that pulsated and throbbed with lights that responded to mobile phone signals in the area.
This artist’s stand at Lower East Side space Room East at the Sunday Art Fair was pretty gruesome. Yet there was a reason people couldn’t turn away from Bajagic’s take on serial killers, murder, death and the images left behind from violence and violation. From her intimate collage studies to the full blown wall pieces, this is an artist you will be hearing a lot from.
Corin showed work at the fair that somehow created a nook in my brain and I couldn't stop thinking about. The works at Koppe Astner’s stand consisted of a photograph by Max Mara prize winner Sworn of crab apples, accompanied by plain coloured canvases stained with dye or pigment made from the apples themselves. The results were so subtle, so fleshy, so natural as it touched on ideas of the feminine and autumn at its most emotional. These works were simply ripe.
New York’s Canada gallery brought a Canadian artist to Frieze and his perspective on the photographic was a delightful, fragmented take on perception. Often hard to read, part of the pleasure of his sometime lenticular work is how he reinvents banal imagery from tourist architectural snaps to office work into something weird and wild. This gallery is on a winning streak this year with the overwhelming success of Katherine Bernhardt and an amazing, deeply disorienting show from Samara Golden.
Jesse Wine has been bubbling away for years with his incredible take on ceramics – often in states of failure. This totemic work, however, included in the Frieze is the the icing on his cake. The orange-toned piece is beautifully made – echoing the trees it is surrounded by and the history of public art. And at the top? One of Wine’s signature open vessel heads stick its tongue out.
EMILY MAE SMITH
You know how airbrush is kind of revoltingly amazing? Emily Mae Smith captures that tactile, fluid 80s-infused style perfectly in her paintings. Exhibiting at Frieze with Glasgow gallery Mary Mary, her paintings feel like an extension of the work Chicago 1960s and 1970s art icons the Hairy Who as much as things you'd see on a vinyl haul. Weird and very seductive.
Noise fans may know Kagami for his collaboration with iconic band Deerhoof. Instagrammers may know him for his constant stream of scrawled doodle pop drawings often depicting cocks, blood, piss, turds and Snoopy or Bart Simpson. Graff fans may know him for DFW spraycan art. Fashion fans may have an eye on his Tokyo Strange Store. At Frieze he painted 30 second portraits for the lucky ones who queued up. He is the definition of genius.