2020 Yr in Assessment: Unframed

Circuit Boards of Sound: Steve Parker’s sculpture
The brass in Steve Parker’s sculpture make music … but not in the way you’d expect. In this electrified sculpture, the touch of a viewer activates beautiful and unexpected shots. Several of his interactive works were on display at the Cue Art Foundation in New York in an exhibition entitled “Futurist Listening” curated by Whitney Museum Assistant Curator Marcela Guerrero.

Jacob Hashimoto, The Windy Echo of a Half-Remembered Anger I, 2020 (detail)

9 Incredible Objects from Week 2020 of the Armory Art Fair
As early as March, New York City hosted the annual Armory Week, with thousands of contemporary works of art occupying several major art fairs across the city. Design Milk went through 6 of the biggest art fairs to find the most creative and eye-catching works of art. We’ve shared a round-up of our “Top 9” in the order they were discovered.

George Condo at work on Linear Contact, 2020

The 3 Best New York Art Exhibitions (View From Home)
Due to the pandemic, art galleries have not been able to provide a physical space for the perfect design of physical things, which has led a number of galleries to come up with new systems and ideas to experiment on how to provide something well beyond the JPEG. We shared 3 popular creative gallery exhibitions “on view” that you can now experience anywhere.

Kohei Nawa, PixCell Phone # 3, 2020. Pace Gallery

The 9 most fascinating objects from Frieze New York
Frieze New York is an incredible annual art fair that is reached by a scenic ferry up the East River. Rather than canceling earlier this year, the organizers converted the entire experience into a fully digital format. With over 200 virtual viewing rooms and thousands of cross-border works of art, we’ve clicked through every page to find our favorite material-pushing objects.

Rendering of “Together”, 2020. Neon, transformers, steel, concrete, pipe supports, Rich-Lite. Variable dimensions.

Tavares Strachan: We’re in it together
The artist Tavares Strachan planned a public work of art with five solid words in pink neon on a mountain in Telluride, Colorado. The luminous set extends over 50 feet at its widest point and 10 feet from the ground. Although the work was conceived for this particular location three years ago, the message has suddenly gained weight, urgency, hope and uncertainty for all of us.

Katsu ‘Dot ”installation in The Hole, NYC

KATSU’s Spray Painting Drones invade a whole gallery
Known only as “KATSU” (most of his activities are illegal), the artist used preprogrammed drones to paint all four walls of New York’s The Hole gallery. Before the robots flew, the artist hung seven large white canvases in designated locations to create colorful abstract paintings that go beyond the exhibition that ended on August 23. “Dot” questions the idea of ​​an “artist” and blurs the line between “studio” and “gallery”. It also demonstrates a solid understanding (and ancestry) of art history.

Tourmaline, 2020 (detail)

The “Double Take” art by Daina Mattis: flocked paintings and a platter table
Brooklyn-based artist Daina Mattis rewards those who look twice. Her second exhibition at the High Noon Gallery in New York, entitled “Family Style,” included fuzzy, flocked paintings, surreal hybrid sculptures … and a plate of cookies. It was a collision of ideas, materials and objects that made it exciting to be seen in person, while ideas of “luxury” and “value” in our own four walls were questioned.

Autonomous drone (working model) Designation: “Baby doll”, 2020 (detail)

“Oil on canvas” meets the future: The paintings by Alex Dodge
Alex Dodge is driving the future of painting. His signature raised oil paint patterns are digitally sketched using 3D construction software before landing on traditional canvas with laser-cut stencils and airbrush backgrounds. His most recent pictures were shown in the Klaus von Nonssagend Gallery in New York and repeatedly broke new ground in terms of digital tools, craftsmanship and a passion for materials and processes.

Wild flowers along Route 80, 2009 (detail)

The nail sculpture by Robert Kobayashi
Robert Kobayashi’s intensely nailed sculptures are a structural delight for the eyes. Each object exudes the inspiring spirit of an artist who went his own way to eventually find his home (and personal art gallery) in a former butcher shop in Little Italy. “Moes Fleischmarkt”, a selection of sculptures and a documentation of his unusual art space, was on view at the Susan Inglett Gallery in New York until November 7th.

Fred Tomaselli, Untitled, 2019 (detail)

Media “Buzz”: New paintings by Fred Tomaselli
Fred Tomaselli’s new resin-wrapped collages capture the friction of two realities: the drug-like hum of reading the news with the enduring beauty of life and the universe. His latest work has been on view at the James Cohan Gallery in Tribeca, while a fantastic 8-minute mini-documentation of the process and ideas can be viewed in the original post after clicking the link above.

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