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VOLTA NY Emerging Artists: Julian Lorber and Anna Navasardian

At VOLTA NY there were two artists that caught my eye and drew me back to their temporary gallery spaces. This pair of artists are extremely different and grabbed my attention for specific reasons. It was a pleasure to meet both artists in person at the show and their fiercely loyal curators who were clearly passionate about both young artists.

Julian Lorber

The first artist that made an imprint on my tour of VOLTA NY's exhibitors was Julian Lorber. Working out of a studio in Brooklyn, Lorber's most recent works are textured beauties that feature intricate layering and color fusing. Lorber explores the dirtying of the urban landscape by delicately spraying acrylic paint over urethane resin applied to wood panels. A favorite of both the artist and myself, Fracking Lilacs displays the dark side of our manual manipulation of the environment through his own manipulation of textures, shadow, and color. In the painting, periwinkle slowly muddies into soot black while clashing yet melding with the raised rectangles that fall down the panel. Other spectacular pieces capturing similar themes and emotions included: Coverup Bronzer YellowBruised Script and Makeup Dirt. Julian Lorber provides a serious exploration of  our changing landscape through intense work that goes beyond a thoughtful color story through his unique use of automotive spray paint application and structural elements.

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Anna Navasardian 

The final knockout artist featured at VOLTA NY was Anna Navasardian a 26 year old Armenian artist whose energetic portraits capture life and the beauty of human physicality exceptionally. Navasardian's paintings Black SeaRope II, and Nude I feature detailed brushstrokes that capture human movement incredibly accurately. Her painting creates shadows that capture tendons, muscles and even the intensity of different facial expressions. Navasardian's color palette, achieved by her use of both acrylic and charcoal  is also immaculate. Her scenes are very alive while remaining soft, locking a sense of realism in her portraiture.

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ArtSee in NY: Scope, Volta and Salon Zurcher

So far, so inspiring. Despite our early start to the day (6:30am train from DC) we arrived and conquered the first leg of our NYC art fair weekend. After visiting SCOPE NYC, VOLTA NY, and Salon Zucher, many themes were visible through the showcased works and my interest and curiosity was exceedingly met.

SCOPE presented a managable fair with loads of outstanding contemporary artists. Our early arrival allowed for us to dive into each boot with intensity. I found an overwhelming amount of artists were distinctly influenced by pop art, using text and pop culture imagery in alternative fashions and stepping away from neon light text. This was refreshing yet reminiscent in a way. I also found myself drawn to collage work, a medium I've always been impressed with but it really stood out to me yesterday. But, the work that we found ourselves drawn to most was a piece by Nick Gentry with the Robert Fontaine Gallery. The work was a "traditional portrait" with a twist, the canvas was a collage of repurposed floppy disks. 


As we ventured over to VOLTA, after devouring lunch at my old favorite NoHo Star, we were greeted with a packed venue of galleries showcasing individual artists works. A few artists immediately stood out to us using familiar objects and repurposing them into contemporary sculptural pieces, a prevelant theme at SCOPE as well. VOLTA proved to be facinating to me because unlike SCOPE, the galleries highlighted individuals, instead of a group show.  We were lucky to catch up with the artist Cynthia Ona Innis at Walter Maciel. Her work has transformers recently to include more purples and brighter neons. It's in my newly appreciated collage style using fabrics too.


Our last stop of the day was over at Salon Zurcher where our friends Elizabeth and Margaret from Heiner Contemporary in DC had set up a pop up gallery along with seven other galleries from around the world. It was the perfect end to the day visiting their space and viewing familiar artists through a personal, manageable setting.  While we were thrilled to see the great work Heiner brought, our take home piece from the show came from artist Christoph Roßner from Romer Young in San Francisco. His application and color were captivating and his narrative unclear.


Overall, my thoughts on Day 1 in NYC are simple. Lots of repurposing, lots of pop art, not a lot of neon, and apparently I'm obsessed with collage. Bring it on Armory!

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