This weekend, Twyla is exhibiting at CONTEXT New York, one of the leading contemporary art fairs. Our booth features 24 limited edition prints by 17 of our artists and gives visitors the chance to see the quality of our prints and framing up close and personal. Here’s some pics from our showcase and a walkthrough of the pieces on view.
Both pieces hanging on this wall are created and driven by process. On the left hangs Luminor 3-4 by Stanley Casselman. This work and the process behind it was inspired by world-renowned artist, Gerhard Richter. Stanley was challenged by noted art critic Jerry Saltz to create a faux Gerhard Richter painting for $155 and thus began Stanley's ascent into his Richter-like series. His desire was not to mimic Richter, but to perfect the process and techniques he used. Matthew Satz, whose painting 1.24.16 hangs on the right, is driven by his modus operandi "concept + process = aesthetic." In his smoke painting, he allows smoke from a burning device to be caught by the surface of his canvases.
Noted photographer Laurent Elie Badessi is a 4th generation photographer who specializes in portraits and the human figure, however his exclusive series for Twyla is a departure from his more figurative works and is instead an exploration of light and time. He uses butterflies, which represent beauty and temporality, and reflective materials in this series. Reflection and motion are captured through Laurent's lens to create these painterly photographs.
Miya Ando’s signature materials are aluminum and steel, but her Twyla editions, like the piece on the left, were created using organic materials like Bodhi leaves. Based on Japanese legend and Buddhist scripture, these works encapsulate the Zen philosophy that underlines Ando’s artistic practice. To create these works, Miya coated 1,000 Bodhi leaves in resin and phosphorous and released them in a pond, allowing the leaves to absorb sunlight all day and then glow throughout the night in an ethereal installation.
Graphic and conceptual, these two pieces each represent opposing ideas within themselves. Amir Guberstein's work, CORRIDORS #7 (DETAIL SHOT), looks similar to a Rorschach test and represents society's flux between conflict and harmony. Similarly, B. Thom Stevenson's piece, Quilt Painting 1, reveals the juxtaposition between the mundane and celebrity, past and present, and textual and visual.
Esmeralda explores the notion of self in our now highly fragmented, technological society. Her work is a reflection on our coexistence in both the physical and virtual worlds. Esmeralda translates the behaviors of one world into another, analyzing how our communication and emotions adapt to different platforms. She approaches her work from a collaborative standpoint, gathering personal stories by interviewing participants for a particular project. She then appropriates the personal stories from her interview subjects into recognizable visual symbols that can be further interacted with by her audience. Her work isn’t a statement, but rather a question about human behavior, and an invitation to reflect on our relationships in the digital era.
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