Kick-ass curator Lindsay Howard shows us the best of Frieze NYC's Instagrammers
Lindsay Howard is an awesome New York curator. She's behind Paddles On! and a ton of other great digital-IRL art moments – including a close-to-flawless Instagram account. Since we Londoners experienced Frieze NYC cheifly through the medium of FOMO-inducing 'Grams, we asked her to show us her favourite art photos of the weekend.
Sara Ludy's "Window #2" comes from a series in which she documents scenes from Second Life, a 3D virtual world. I appreciated how the windows at Pier 36 reflected off of the glass, adding another layer to the work.
I heard someone say, “He’s like a net artist” as I entered Michael Manning’s booth with Smart Objects. A video sculpture called Wonka’s Bubblicious looped in the background on a transparent display case, flanked with tennis balls, Moon Juice bottles, sand, acrylic, and an inkjet print on silk. The paintings on either side were sold by the end of the VIP hours, and it’s easy to see why. They’re visual candy. His previous digital paintings were printed on canvas and then hand-painted with acrylic paint for texture. The works at NADA were 3D printed, removing the physical gesture entirely.
Shout out to Foxy Production for their gorgeous, all-female booth at Frieze New York. I did a studio visit with Petra Cortright last year, and saw her extensive collection of Photoshop brushes and the hundreds of layers that go into each digital painting. These works are printed on aluminum, with just enough reflection to snap a quick selfie. They remind me of her YouTube videos, where she’s performing for her webcam, exploring the relationship between the self and the screen.
KATSU recently made news for using a hacked Phantom drone to vandalize a Kendall Jenner billboard in New York City. He employs a similar approach for his paintings on canvas. The Hole brought his new smiley face series to NADA where KATSU told me: “When I use the drone to create a painting, I’m handing a substantial amount of the decision-making over to technology. The aesthetic is largely dictated by the drone, not me. It’s a symbiotic relationship and I see the drone as an avatar, or an extension of myself.”
Paul Kneale debuted three new scanner works with Evelyn Yard, including "Perfect Hardcore Documentation". These acid-like images were made by leaving the top of the scanner open, so that it created an image of the surface of the glass, and the lights in his studio – whether it’s day, night, or neon.
Cecile B. Evan’s "Hyperlinks or it Didn’t Happen" is a video of PHIL, a “bad copy” of the recently deceased actor. This site-specific installation took over Barbara Seiler’s booth with a plush rug, so visitors could sit and watch the video comfortably – including these adorable young twins. The video came across as a bizarre digital afterlife, with a sharply rendered Philip Seymour Hoffman and a synthetically-augmented human voice spouting phrases that misaligned with the motion of his mouth.
I was really struck by Jesse Greenberg’s "Body Scan 6" – it was one of the most surprising and memorable pieces in all of the fairs. The blue pigment bulbs looked like IV bags spread across a grid, suggesting a desire for movement. I half expected these works to come off the wall and start talking to me.