I attended Frieze Art Fair in NYC for the first time this year and absolutely loved it. It was a drizzly, rainy day but that didn't stop bus loads of people from arriving at the Guggenheim to be whisked off to Randall's Island where the fair was held.
I arrived to rows upon rows of mini galleries filled with art from all over the world.
I loved that a lot of the artists name's were just stenciled in on the walls next to their work.
Paintings, instillations, and sculptures, oh my!
These huge foam sculptures were a favorite of mine. Architectural, and playful!
This glass chandelier was ethereal and airy despite it's overwhelming size!
What made the Frieze Art Fair so enjoyable was the amount of whimsical, playful pieces. These Haribo candy pieces appealed to my love of Pop Art.
The most striking intellectual piece for me was by artist Sean Raspet, in collaboration with food supplement company Soylent. In a booth completely taking over a gallery space male attendees handed out a soy based protein beverage meant to satisfy a normal meal. The men handing out these drinks told the crowds they were called Soylent Green and were meant to challenge participators in this 'performance piece' about world hunger, and our relationship to it.
The piece reminded me of the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, whose piles of candy are also meant to be taken and consumed.
Both seep their work with cultural allusions through a compete bodily experience involving sight, taste, touch and sound. I enjoy both artist's ability to engage and implicate the viewer/consumer; I appreciate that I feel forced to consider my own role in the respective issue raised.
Five hours later and completely overwhelmed with all the art I had seen I was happily exhausted and sad to go; this is another favorite sculpture in front of a series of paintings.
Thanks for enjoying this adventure with me!