START Fair holds fourth edition at Saatchi Gallery London.
The fourth edition of START kicks off the London autumn arts season and takes place from 14 to 17 September 2017.
Founded and organised by Parallel Contemporary Art and Saatchi Gallery, this year START takes place across all three floors of Saatchi Gallery. The art fair focuses on young galleries and artists from across the world and this year hosts stands from Australia, Taiwan, Nigeria and Latvia. START Solo is a new section of the fair that features individual artist presentations. Mehta Bell Projects are also curating a series of exhibitions throughout 2017’s fair – including a key project that introduces the work of rising star of Chinese art and performance Liu Bolin to buyers and visitors at the fair, where the Chinese artist will present his very first live performance in an art fair context.
Mehta Bell Projects have also curated the group exhibition “Totem: Sacred Beings and Spirit Objects”, which probes the spiritual in everyday practices as seen through the eyes of artists including Anida Yoeu Ali, Dana Hargrove, David Batchelor, Dean Fox, James Hopkins, James Roper, Kamolpan Chotvichai, Lorenzo Vitturi, Mit Jai Inn, Saad Qureshi, Tawan Wattuya, Uudam Tran Nguyen, Yarisal & Kublitz and Ye Hongxing. The exhibition’s curatorial text explains that
the totem is traditionally an object or being that has spiritual significance to a particular society; based upon this ideology the exhibition explores the idea of the art object as a totemic emblem. The eclectic selection of artists each take a disparate approach to the notion of the sacred in their practices. For some it is the ritualistic process that imbues the work with sacramental qualities, whilst others allude more explicitly to physically totemic forms.
Art Radar previews six stands not to miss at this year’s fair.
1. Yiri Arts — Taipei
With the aims of creating an “Everyday Art Museum”, Yiri Arts was founded in 2014 and currently has a programme of exhibitions, publications and international art fairs appearences. In addition to their base in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung’s Pier-2 Space, they also have four mixed-use locations across Taipei, combining a coffee shop service with exhibitions, events and a bookshop and library. The curators are also behind the Taipei Free Art Fair. At START they are exhibiting the work of Chen Yun – a painter whose dreamy landscapes and imaginative narrative sequences have recently caught the eye of museum collections and private collectors alike. The Chinese artist has described her work as “describing something that combines dreams and reality”.
2. One East Asia — Singapore
One East Asia is a Singapore-based art management organisation founded in 2010. The gallery focuses on Southeast Asian art globally, curating exhibitions in Singapore and London, and holding not-for-profit events. Located in Singapore’s shopping district Orchard Road, One East Asia offers a mix of cultural programming, collaboration, commercial and non-profit enterprise, art advisory and partnerships with both the public and private sectors. At START they are presenting work by Ahmad Zakii, Chang Fee Ming, Chong Siew Ying, Chan Kok Hooi and Andres Barrioquinto.
3. NG Art Creative — Sydney
NG Art Creative is the brainchild of London-born Austrailian-based collector Nicky Ginsberg, who has been collecting and dealing in Australian contemporary art since 1991. Nicky Ginsberg is also currently Director of Kensington Contemporary, Chippendale and her upcoming Residency Programme in Southern France – NG Art Creative Residency. At START they are presenting the work of Fiona White — a highly acclaimed Sydney-based artist and global practitioner whose work tackles issues of politics and activism. Her “Round Up” (2016) series was created in response to President Trump’s heavy handed racial policies concerning Mexican immigration. A passionate story-teller, White fuses history and the current international climate, drawing from a range of photographs, media and the internet to rehearse visual narrations of both intimate and global media events.
4. JingLü Gallery — Taipei
Founded by Yao Liu and Ching-Ju Cheng in 2014, JingLü Gallery is dedicated to establishing the careers of local emerging contemporary artists, especially in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. The gallery also aims to introduce international emerging artists to Asia. JingLü located in the heart of Taipei, Taiwan, exhibits the artists whose works reflect new and innovative developments in contemporary art. With Wen-Tsao Lin and Patrice Chou recently appointed as Artistic Director and Curator respectively, the gallery hopes to engage more with local communities as well as develop international exchange programmes for artists, scholars and curators. At START they are presenting the work of Taipei artist Peihang Huang, whose large scale landscape paintings explore the hidden relations between visual documents of the human experience and perception.
5. Aie Galerie — Taipei
Founded in 2016 and based in Taiwan, Aïe Galarie is a contemporary art gallery as well as an original online art magazine in three languages — Chinese, English and French. The gallery represents young and emerging artists from across the Asia region with a particular focus on Taiwanese artists. The principal activities of the gallery are pop-up exhibitions, international art fairs and art publishing. At START they are showing the work of Chalker Yeh, Yi-Tsung Lin and Huai-Chih Liang.
6. Giant Year Gallery — Hong Kong
Giant Year Gallery was established in 2012 by Solan Chiu and is unique in the region in focusing exclusively on the promotion of ceramic art and aims to provide a platform for showcasing the works of emerging ceramic artists in Hong Kong. At START fair the gallery is showcasing the work of Hong Kong ceramics artist Rachel Wai Size Cheung, whose work often revolves around exploring the theme of ‘Equilibrium’. According to a statement, the artist believes that the state of an equilibrium is multifaceted and as such requires physical, philosophical and spiritual exploration: “Equilibrium is about relations and changes”.
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