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The Frieze

19 Oct 2014 Hanae Wilke

The Frieze tents have been erected once again! Bright, shiny fluorescent lights—booth after booth of works snowballing into a multitude of sensory impressions.

A succession of consumables forcibly enter ears, eyes, and noses, swirling into a mixture of excitement and wonder but also the unavoidable cynicism at seeing the materialisation of the uber-capitalist art market into a buzzing, swarming, seemingly ceaseless barrage of art. 
Tom Humphrey’s ceramic works look like they could have been lifted out of an archaeological site from the future covered in Vesuvian dust:

Tom Humphrey
Tom Humphrey
Tom Humphrey
Tom Humphrey
Tom Humphrey
Tom Humphrey
Is it that they want to take what we know: the uniform objects that surround us every day, endlessly reproduced, and to isolate them from their multiplicity? Some works read like pre-emptive relics of the now, colloquial fossils that emulate the natural process of encapsulating memory into material. 
David Jablonowski
David Jablonowski
Or Magali Reus, whose ascetic reproductions of our every day objects distance ourselves from the objects we think we know. .
Magali Reus
Magali Reus
Magali Reus
Magali Reus
Nina Canell’s displayed communication wires, normally to be found at the bottom of oceans that connect continents. 
Nina Canell
Nina Canell
Nina Canell
Nina Canell
Scott Myles’ luggage wrapped tight and secured within red Perspex: 
Scott Myles
Scott Myles
Elod Lassry
Elod Lassry
George Henry Longly:
George Henry Longly:
George Henry Longly:
George Henry Longly:
Ed Fornieles, Oscar Murillo, and Korakrit Arunanondchai join forces, complete with nail bar to get your nails artfully lacquered. 
Ed Fornieles, Oscar Murillo, en Korakrit Arunanondchai
Ed Fornieles, Oscar Murillo, en Korakrit Arunanondchai
Ed Fornieles, Oscar Murillo, en Korakrit Arunanondchai
Ed Fornieles, Oscar Murillo, en Korakrit Arunanondchai
Ed Fornieles, Oscar Murillo, en Korakrit Arunanondchai
Ed Fornieles, Oscar Murillo, en Korakrit Arunanondchai
Ed Fornieles, Oscar Murillo, en Korakrit Arunanondchai
Ed Fornieles, Oscar Murillo, en Korakrit Arunanondchai

Activity centres abound, as with Villa Design Group, setting up a veritable internet shop:

 

Villa Design Group
Villa Design Group
Villa Design Group
Villa Design Group

Santo Talone’s fountain, constructed from what he imagines the plumbing of architect Piero Portaluppi’s never realised fountains would have looked like, contain a curated show of coins designed by artists like Ryan Gander, Anne de Vries and John Baldessari who were asked to reconstruct a euro coin from memory. 

(On a side note, the running water in the rest of the fair stopped working that day—imagine all the overjoyed bacilli hopping back and forth between the countless shaking hands.) 

Santo Talone
Santo Talone
Santo Talone
Santo Talone
 A coin for the fountain by John Baldessari: 
John Baldessari
John Baldessari
Jonathan P. Watts
Jonathan P. Watts
Jonathan P. Watts
Jonathan P. Watts

Jonathan P. Watts’ collaboration with two dancers who respond to his observations of the Frieze fair, read out loud by the performers while they translate his words into bodily gestures.

And, let’s not forget, the never-ending splay of the gradient.  

Daniel Jacoby
Daniel Jacoby
Een slapende kunstwerk bij Hauser en Wirth
Een slapende kunstwerk bij Hauser en Wirth
At Fluxia Milan the room divider falls:
Fluxi Milan
Fluxi Milan
While at the other end of the fair, it’s marbleised: 

 

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