ART14 is a big contemporary art fair that launched in London last year and includes a strong showing of artists from Asia and the Middle East. There were 180 galleries participating, making it impossible to describe here the sheer breadth of what was on display – every kind of media, format, colour and style cheek by jowl, and bright sunlight pouring down on it through the glass roof of the Olympia building.
Within this kaleidoscope, I was drawn particularly to paintings with a Korean or Chinese connection: sunlit rooms by Jeong Bo-Young (b.1973) at the LEE HWAIK Gallery; brushstrokes mimicking falling fabric by Song Hyun-sook (b.1952) at the Hakgojae Gallery; swirling abstracts in cream and blue by Wou-Ki Zao (1921-2013) at the Aktis Gallery; dynamic ink painting by Wang Jinsong (b. 1963) at Michael Goedhuis; tightly understated flower heads by Jun Tan (b.1973) at Galleria H.
In contrast, the “ART14 Projects” showcased three-dimensional pieces, including the faintly horrific Waterfall by Zhao Zhao (b.1982) at the Alexander Ochs Galleries. There were also sculptures by Ai Weiwei (b.1957), Scale No. 1 and No. 2 (2008) - low structures of stainless steel and copper, made from interlocking rhombus-shaped plates set at different angles. They allude to the art of Chinese paper-folding (zhezi); the visual effect is more like an optical illusion come to life.
Olympia Grand, London
28 February to 2 March 2014
Above: Lee Hwaik Gallery at ART14, featuring paintings by Jeong Bo-Young and work by Meekyoung Shin. Photo: STF.
Below: Song Hyun-sook, 8 brushstrokes over 1 brushstroke. Tempera on canvas. Hakgojae Gallery. Image at: http://hakgojae.com/2009/eng/sub4/artist_work.html?artist_num=64.
Below: Wang Jinsong, Flowers No. 8, 2008. Ink on rice paper. Height 137cm; width 69 cm. Michael Goedhuis. Image at: http://www.michaelgoedhuis.com/Wang-Jinsong-DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=45&tabindex=44&artistid=111286.
Below: Jun Tan, Phenophase XVII. Acrylic and paper collage on canvas. Height 90cm; width 50 cm. Galleria H. Image at: http://www.galleriah.com/entj/work-6.
Below: Zhao Zhao, Waterfall, 2013. Paraffin wax, paint on lacquered MDF. 310 x 410 x 250cm. Alexander Ochs Galleries Paris Beijing. Image at: http://www.randian-online.com/np_review/on-zhao-zhaos-waterfall/.