in Frieze | 05 MAR 17

Looking Forward: Fernanda Brenner

Leading curators select some stand-out presentations at Frieze New York 2017

in Frieze | 05 MAR 17

Akira Ikezoe, Future Primitive VI, oil on canvas, 2017. Courtesy: the artist and Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City
Akira Ikezoe, Future Primitive V, oil on canvas, 2017. Courtesy: the artist and Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City

I find myself especially drawn to the solo presentation of the Japanese artist Akira Ikezoe by Proyectos Ultravioleta. I got acquainted with Ikezoe’s work recently, and have been struck by his peculiar painting vocabulary – a combination of very organized and detailed small objects with human figures, distributed throughout vast areas of  at color. Ikezoe’s paintings seem to occupy a space between hand- book illustrations and the kind of contemplative pictorial elements that could accompany haikus. Though the craftsmanship of the works is impressive, there’s a sense of calmness and balance emerging out of these images, making them feel totally unpretentious. The gallery’s presentation of Ikezoe’s playful explorations of relationships between humans and nature is going to be immersive, and spatially echo the elements present in Ikezoe’s mid and large-scale paintings. I’m very curious to see this proposed expansion into physical space and how it works at the fair. I’ve followed the activities of the Guatemala City- based Proyectos Ultravioleta for some years now and know that, besides forging a great program, the way they show and discuss art is often very fresh too; I believe this presentation will be no different.

Tickets for Frieze New York 2017 are available here.

Akira Ikezoe, Future Primitive VII, 2017, oil on canvas, 122 x 122cm. Courtesy: the artist and Proyectos Ultravioleta