Each year, NADA showcases upcoming names at Art Basel – here are our pick of the most intriguing featuredBang & Olufsen
One of the most anticipated shows of Art Basel Miami Beach, this year NADA ruled the emerging visionary landscape once again. To celebrate Dazed hitting the city with B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen, where we toasted emerging talent by teaming up with artist Daniel Arsham, we select five of the most buzzed-about works that took this year’s fair by storm.
Greg Bogin and his selected work “Always Happy”, one of the pieces from his solo exhibition, Sunny Disposition, takes the viewer on an acid trip of happiness. This acrylic and urethane on canvas piece portrays an electric colour story that could have been the moodboard for the most recent Gucci show with a very 70s vibe in tow. In fact the inspiration was derived from Bogin’s turbulent childhood as a shy kid, which in some ways “coloured the way” he sees the world. Through this he has come to express himself through his work of brightly-coloured symbols of joy and “large expanses of uncluttered space.” Bogin desires to put the viewer in a “good mood” with his room full of paintings.
Jesse Harris’ FRESHCO Film piece is inspired by counterculture and “do-it-yourself” politics. It throws the middle finger to traditional advertising campaigns and encourages us to think freely. This piece is part of a recent collection of works “rooted in expressions of radical art history.” In his quest to exercise “free expression,” Harris sourced “found and appropriated imagery from posters, advertisements, and album covers and comic to create a message-oriented work that takes the form of fanzines, buttons, street-art, drawing and screen print, as well as painting and sculpture.”
Jessica Stockholder takes us on a visual feast we could only hope to encounter in the backseat of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Her Two and Fro (made from metal, car side-view mirrors) leaves us standing somewhere between reality and our reflected imagination. In this work specifically, her story emerges “as a result of a simple juxtaposition.” In doing this, the story “slowly begin to unfold in one’s imagination: now in close proximity, the mirrors allude to the absence of the car that usually separates them.” It is up to the viewer to decide the story and create the ending.
Anthea Hamilton is known for her avant-garde design and surreal sculptural collages. She entices us to taste her Rice Cakes in one of her newest works from her first solo museum exhibition in the United States, Anthea Hamilton: Lichen! Libido! Chastity! Each of the white and glistening popped kernels of rice, wrapped and lacquered in clear, hard glass leave us wanting more and beckon us to take a bite. “These displacements and associations recur in many of Hamilton's works, which navigate the strange literalness often created through the merging of an image and an object.”
Aramis Gutierrez at Big Pictures Los Angeles practices “painterly magic” in his Order of Sorcery. This seductive and provocative oil on canvas series of four works leaves nothing and yet everything to the imagination. Bodies intertwined, the sorcerer and the apprentice appear as one. The undeniable tension they share poses the question of survival of the fittest or a tale of star-crossed lovers. “The word Sorcery is derived from Latin term Maleficium, which was associated with harmful magic like poisoning, necromancy and illusions. So it comes as no surprise that in our modern times the notion of sorcery conjures up suspect affiliations.”