Dedicated to cultivating new talent, NADA is one of our absolute favorite art fairs to visit each year. Now that the Miami edition has come and gone, we’ve taken a moment to reflect on what we saw and whittle down our list of top names to five standout artists whose work we keep coming back to.
Sara Cwynar (above)
Calling into question the obvious associations evoked by mass-produced images and objects, Sara Cwynar tampers with perception across her work. The artist often begins with found materials and manipulates them in the process of reproducing them, as in her “Woman” series of distorted scans of old adult magazine spreads.
Joining the growing ranks of artists whose physically constructed works resemble virtual creations, Trudy Benson fuses a street-art aesthetic (in the vein of Keith Haring or Barry McGee) with a polished application and crisp layered effect that suggests a digitally rendered image. Her energetic paintings vibrate with pop art heritage, but update this tradition with a decidedly “post-internet” sensibility.
L.A.-based artist Anthony Pearson’s bronze sculptures are first formed in clay, in an open, malleable process akin to making a sketch. Though this initial form is made permanent by being cast in bronze, its sense of movement is retained; Pearson’s sculptures, albeit solid, feel ambivalent, reaching beyond the spaces they occupy and, ultimately, toward the viewer.
Digital darling Petra Cortright, with videos broadcast everywhere from YouTube to public television, and Instagram antics to boot, has kept the art world captivated with her forays into the performative nature of contemporary culture. On the more material side of her practice are these “digital paintings,” abstract images constructed in Photoshop and printed onto aluminum. (View her work.)
Black pervades Denver artist Zach Reini’s practice, in an effort, he says, to eliminate unwanted allusions and find the most minimal means of expression. This reduction of meaning through the spare application of color or image is offset by the artist’s use of iconic imagery, from simple signs to rich, symbolic figures like Mickey Mouse. Work from the latter series, like the one shown here, is on view at NADA this week. (View his work.)
Artist recaps by Halley Johnson, originally published on Artsy