Art Basel Redux: Adderall Marilyn, Suicidal Hirst On View Again at Unix Fine Art
|Guests at Unix Fine Art in Wynwood last night|
All three are featured in an exhibit that made its debut last night at Unix Fine Art in Wynwood. Attendees who made the rounds at Art Basel's last edition surely recognized several of the pieces, including fabric-like portraits and gooey-looking oversized Blow Pops, among the works that lit up the walls and floors of the intimate gallery space.
Artists Andrea Sampaolo of Italy, Alexi Torres of Atlanta, and Desire Obtain Cherish of Los Angeles were all present at the private preview last night. We had a chance to chat with each to get a sense of their creative processes and intentions.
Sampaolo is a lively Italian who was among the only guests to bust a move to the DJ's house grooves on the gallery floor. He interacts with his canvasses by blowing, throwing, and shaking color at them. Brushes and traditional tools are not in his artistic vocabulary. His orange glasses and expressive gestures and faces communicated lots, even if we couldn't understand what he was saying. We got a translator so we could grasp the finer points of his message.
We stood in front of a florid abstract piece he created four years ago, which upon first glance appeared to feature a bird-like creature with a sunny-side up egg at the top of the canvas. But Sampaolo explained that the content was actually much more vital than that.
They jointly explained that the box is representative of the pressures he feels as an Italian painter to echo the dogmatic styles of his country's master painters.
So since the creation of that work, has he broken free from the cage?
The artist's face lit up at the question. We moved to a neighboring work, which featured the same bird-like creature, now appearing fully formed and dominating the entire canvas.
Other motifs of the artist's work include running with fire and beasts. He says his painting is never fueled by thinking, but always by music: jazz, classical, and other genres.
Atlanta-based painter Alexi Torres is a Cuban-American who creates intricate pieces that look like they're composed of woven fabric or hay. He always begins and completes them on the waning moon.