It’s a new year with a new era and a completely different generation. While we are often trapped between the past and present, the two worlds are mixed together at the Clio Art Fair. Set in the Wolf Building – 5th and 9th floor -, the self-styled anti-art fair is not afraid to display all kinds of art: painting, sculpture, watercolor prints and video installations.
The show occupies two floors. Peter Sealy’s colorful graphic optical illusion prints invite us to enter a dream space. Born to confuse the eye, each print twists and turns in linear patterns that sort of resemble the floors of the Red Room in Twin Peaks. Across Sealy’s work, Zoya Taylor showcases mixed media paintings that consist of carefully applied beads on paint. Despite the rustic nature of the medium, the portraits exude a haunting vibe. They may have a different vibe, but their works stand out in a sea full of Fauvist clones.
Unlike the others there, Sarah Zaher’s LED box Giclée prints speak to the digital age as her work offers a straightforward message that brings the viewer to contemplate their consumption of social media. While this work is done in the language that only millennials can understand, it strongly feels that adults over 50 can completely relate to it as the work executes the disconnect between the generations.
In the ninth floor, the abundance of light is able to present the works tastefully. Excellent standouts include Ginger del Rey and Hayley Palmatier. With the former, she painted a series of portraits (such as supermodel Lara Stone) that reflect a Warholian take on Klimt-esque gold leaf backgrounds. On the other hand, the latter transports us to an alternative universe of a cat cafe featuring kitschy antique cat jars and a film that recalls 1950s-era movies.
Alongside these artists, there were a few that were not afraid to toy around with the classics. For instance, painter Gennaro Regina updates Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man by utilizing him in different sex positions. Rather than insulting the legend, it’s a subversive take on the performance of the human body.
Based on the presentation of the room, it is easier for the viewer to see the artwork displayed as the paintings, sculptures and installations are able to be viewed without obstruction. Not only can the visitor walk around, the artist is also there to greet them. With the presence of the artist, it can help the viewer understand the context, meaning and story behind each work for the times to come.