This weekend, a group of approximately 42 artists are participating in this year’s Clio Art Fair in Chelsea. Known as the “Anti-Fair for Independent Artists” each participant brings creativity and originality with their different backgrounds, the variety of medium of which they work, and the different themes their works convey. Jeffrey Bisallion, for instance examines the psyche of dangerous people in powerful positions like Kim Jong-Un, with paintings of prescription bottles for conditions like “Domprocet” (to maintain feelings of world domination) or “Racisanix” (for treatment of racist zealot ideals).
Robby Davis presents several ethereal oil paintings such as Diana or I’m Coming Out depicting the head of a woman wearing makeup situated on what appears to be a mountain illustrated by smooth, blended strokes of red, yellow, orange, and white paint. On either side of the woman and the mountain are stroke of dark green, light blue, dark blue, and purple strokes of paint illustrating the night sky. Other notable paintings by Davis include Birth of An American Witch depicting a young child lying on her stomach holding a lighter in one hand and a torch in the other, and The New Ark which is Davis’ painting/collage version of Noah’s Ark with occupants such as Jay-Z and Beyonce, Barack and Michelle Obama, in addition to all the animals.
In addition to paintings, there are numerous mixed media installations. One that truly stand out is a group of fantastical life-size wire mesh pieces by Kaya Deckelbaum that depict nature with pieces like Enchanted Forest, Spirited Cloud, and En’Light A which depicts the face of a Goddess. Also of note are pieces by Alexandra Holownia such as Dolly, a playful configuration of colorful fabrics and clothing articles that nearly engulf the body of a baby doll. Holownia also include a photograph entitled Dolly that depict two “dolls” of women sitting in chairs next to each other with somewhat disfigured bodies and dressed in eccentric clothing. One doll has brown skin and is made from porcelain, while the other is made from white yarn.
Other aesthetically pleasing works include some mixed media paintings by Amanda McCauley such as one somewhat whimsical piece entitled State of Affairs depicting a red wagon rolling down and slightly off a hill carrying a wooden chair. The piece features scattered polka dots and is made from assorted types of pressed flowers on board and sealed with wax. McCauley also presents several large-scale images of ballet leotards, and women’s undergarments also made from pressed flowers on cotton and mounted on board, and various other floral images with subjects like a piñata, a clock, a woman’s boot, and a heart with a lock and key.
Clio Art Fair, 508 W. 26th St., through Oct. 22. The space is open Fri-Sat. from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun. from 12-6 p.m.