As the Public Programs & Research Coordinator for Independent Curators International, (an organization dedicated to providing resources to curators worldwide) you could say that Kimi Kitada knows a thing or two about putting on a good art show. It’s a vital skill set for her latest project: the alt_break art fair, which she co-founded this spring as the newest addition to New York’s Armory Week and the first to work extensively with community-based nonprofits.
Here, Kitada gives us some insight into the artworks that make her work worth it, chosen from Artspace’s exclusive preview of the upcoming Sunday Art Fair. To see the whole fair yourself, be sure to stop by October 6-9 at the Ambika P3 (University of Westminster) in London.
This painting by Ana Cardoso draws me in with its gentle, airy blend of color, and its mysterious corner that seems to evoke another dimension. Cardoso breaks from the conventional rectangular form by including this triangular corner, creating a moment of pause, and suggesting the work might have a solid colored backing. In this way, the artist cleverly plays with the inherent flatness of the medium.
I'm immediately attracted to the seriality of these sculptures, arranged neatly in a grid-like formation. Though the spacing of the rows seems almost mechanically uniform, each object is carefully crafted; the presence of the artist's hand manifests beautifully with the varying sizes, shapes, curves, and edges of each sculpted piece.
When I saw this work by Michiel Ceulers, I was intrigued by its unique display, as well as by its formal qualities. This presentation involves adjoining frames, which accentuates the prominent details and textures—especially the ripples and creases of the material—present in each adjacent work.
Recently I've been researching and thinking about digital communication, and the rapid infiltration of technology in our day-to-day lives. Mark Leckey's use of logos from companies that no longer exist, highlights outmoded technologies such as VHS and America Online, which have only become extinct in the very recent past.
The elegance and simplicity of Jimena Mendoza's work is completely enthralling to me. The title, Pray alone, and the delicate layering of lines creates a very meditative quality. This object invokes a moment of reflection, and a certain reverence.