ABOUT THE FAIR

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LEVI VAN VELUW (NL, 1985) produces multi-disciplinary works that include photographs, videos, sculptures, installations and drawings. His layered multi-disciplinary pieces of sublime design, modernist architecture and disruptive environments possess a strange, unreal beauty with no perception of time, space and reality. Many of his works feature a combination of grids and geometric forms, which explore the idea of a deep immeasurable space. 

Van Veluw's varied body of work has been show- cased in many locations, earning him a number of nominations and awards. His works were shown at Museum of Arts and Design (New York), Marres House for Contemporary Culture (Maastricht), Manifesta Foundation (Amsterdam), Maison Particulière (Brussels), De Hallen (Haarlem), Museum of Image and Sound (São Paulo), The Museum of Old and New Art (Berriedale), The Phillips Collection (Washington DC) and The Bass Museum of Art (Miami). 

KONRAD WYREBEK's (CZ, 19xx) large-format abstract paintings examine the relationship of mark-makings between the emotional artist's hand and rational technology. The question is also raised as to how far and how soon, humanity is losing itself in the digital; how far we are already embarked on a journey that merges mind and body with machine.

Wyrebek is British-Polish artist living and working in London. His work was shown a.o. at Solyanka Art Museum (Moscow), Point Zero Project Space (London), Royal Academy and Museum of Contemporary Art (London). The C Art Collection (Milan). Wyrebek is the recipient of the 2011 Sir John Cass Sculpture Prize, along with both the John Burn Sponsorship Award for 3D-Printing and the Metropolitan Works Sponsorship Award for Rapid Prototyping, both in 2011. 

WONKUN JUN (KR, 1970) uses colour as the primary focus, it is a fundamental element in Jun's paintings, which explore colour relationships and abstract fields of monochrome. The result is what Jun considers a glimpse into his consciousness-colour relationships that convey feeling and visualize his emotions, and which are imbued with an aura, a sense of age, and mystery. 

After his degrees in Seoul and Dusseldorf, Jun still lives and works in Dusseldorf. He has exhibited internationally in a.o. Korea, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United States and Singapore. Jun is a former resident artist at Mark Rothko Center, Latvia and National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea and his works were recently collected by renowned minimal painter Imi Knoebel.

DANIEL ARSHAM (US, 1980) straddles the line between art, architecture and performance. His sculptural works are poetic constructions made up of juxtapositions of form and material. Arsham offers a brief glimpse into our current culture and its signifiers, as if seen far off into the future. Since 2016 he is using this particular crystalline calcite, each piece radiates an intense blue, the shock of color opening up Arsham's artistic lexicon, a byproduct from his research and results into correcting his inherent colorblindness. 

Arsham is a New York based artist raised in Miami. In 2004 legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham asked Arsham to create the stage design. Arsham's first stage design for Cunningham was acquired by The Walker Museum. His work has been shown at PS1 (New York), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Miami), The New Museum (New York), Mills College Art Museum (Oakland) and Carré d'Art de Nîmes among others.

 

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HANS OP DE BEECK (BE, 1969) produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it. He regards man as a being who stages the world around him in a tragi-comic way. Above all, Op de Beeck is keen to stimulate the viewers' senses, and invite them to really experience the image. He seeks to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of wonder, silence and introspection.

ON SHOW The Girl, Animation film, 16'00", Full HD, colour, sound, Edition of 10 + 2 AP, 2017 

The Girl is a slow, suggestive, perception-oriented animated film in which the viewer is transported to the strange world of a silent, 14-year-old girl. The dreamy landscape images show a dark forest, a vast landfill, a gas station, a highway landscape, a meadow, a factory site and a mysterious lake. Amidst all this stands an old caravan. The scene seems to suggest that the protagonist leads a lonely life on these premises. For a further unspecified reason, she must at one time have left her parental home, which is presented to us at the beginning of the film, both in perfect condition, and later in a neglected, abandoned state.

In a variety of different landscapes, we see the girl perform small acts such as gather usable waste or pick herbs. We often get to see her cargo bike; the vehicle she uses to gather the bear necessities in order to survive. Nighttime, breaking dawn, wind, rain, fog, cold and warming fire are present throughout the film. Occasionally, we get to see the girl - resting serenely - from up close, as if we were right beside her, and could feel her breath. At the end of the film we understand that she is resting on a raft in the lake, floating, passive, as a metaphor for surrender. An original soundtrack for the film was composed by Tom Pintens, on a text by the artist.

Op de Beeck was born in Turnhout in 1969. He lives and works in Brussels and Gooik, Belgium. He has shown his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world. The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (Wolfsburg), GEM Museum of Contemporary Art (The Hague), MUHKA Museum of Contemporary Art (Antwerp), Kunstverein Hannover, Tampa Museum of Art (Tampa) and Sammlung Goetz (Munich). His work has been invited for the Venice Biennale, the Shanghai Biennale, the Aichi Triennale, the Singapore Biennale, Tate Modern, London; amongst many others. 

ABOUT Daniel Arsham

Born in 1980 in Cleveland Ohio, OH, USA
Lives and works in New York, NY, USA

New York based artist Daniel Arsham work explores the fields of fine art, architecture, performance, design and film. Raised in Miami, Arsham attended the Cooper Union in New York City where he received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003.

Soon thereafter Arsham toured worldwide with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as the company’s stage designer. The experience lead to an ongoing collaborative practice which continues as Arsham works with world renowned artists, musicians, designers, and brands.

Arsham’s uchronic aesthetics revolves around his concept of fictional archaeology. Working in sculpture, architecture, drawing and film, he creates and crystallizes ambiguous in-between spaces or situations, and further stages what he refers to as future relics of the present. Always iconic, most of the objects that he turns into stone refer to the late 20th century or millennial era, when technological obsolescence unprecedentedly accelerated along with the digital dematerialization of our world. While the present, the future and the past poetically collide in his haunted yet playful visions between romanticism and pop art, Daniel Arsham also experiments with the timelessness of certain symbols and gestures across cultures.

In 2008, Arsham co-founded Snarkitecture with architect Alex Mustonen. Snarkitecture is a collaborative design practice established to investigate the boundaries between the disciplines of art and architecture. Snarkitecture focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday materials, structures and programs to new and imaginative effect. The studio’s work includes installations, architectural environments and objects for a diverse range of clients such as Beats by Dre, Calvin Klein, COS, Design Miami, Gufram, Kith, New Museum, and Valextra.

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ABOUT Hans Op de Beeck

Hans Op de Beeck (Be) produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it.

He regards man as a being who stages the world around him in a tragi-comic way. Above all, Op de Beeck is keen to stimulate the viewers’ senses, and invite them to really experience the image. He seeks to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of wonder, silence and introspection.

Hans Op de Beeck was born in Turnhout in 1969. He lives and works in Brussels and Gooik, Belgium. Op de Beeck has shown his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world.

He has had substantial institutional solo shows at the GEM Museum of Contemporary Art of The Hague, The Hague, NL (2004); MUHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, B (2006); Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL (2007); the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, US (2010); Kunstmuseum Thun, CH (2010); Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos, ES (2010); Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, IRL (2012); Kunstverein Hannover, D (2012); Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, USA (2013); the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA (2013); FRAC Paca, Marseille, F (2013); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Boston MA, US (2014); MOCA Cleveland, OH, US (2014); Sammlung Goetz, Munich, D (2014); Screen Space, Melbourne, AU (2015); Espace 104, Paris, FR (2016); Art Unlimited, Basel, CH (2016); Kunstraum Dornbirn, Dornbirn, AU (2017); Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, DE (2017); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, DE (2017); Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare, IT (2017); ...

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ABOUT Konrad Wyrebek

Konrad Wyrebek is a British-Polish artist and earned a degree in Fine Arts from London Metropolitan University in 2011, and previous to that, studied Fine Art Painting from Westminster University, London, and Art History and Technology of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw. Wyrebek represents and challenges contemporary life and culture through the use of television-, film- and social media-based images, creating abstract video paintings. Recent exhibitions include PUBLICPRIVATE, Armory Art Week, New York (2014),Painting in Relation, Solyanka Art Museum, Moscow (2014), Flesh Reality, Point Zero Project Space, London (2013), Question of Sport, Royal Academy and Museum of Contemporary Art, Clifford Chance Collection, London (2012), and CutOut, Sotheby's Institute of Art, London (2011). Wyrebek is the recipient of the 2011 Sir John Cass Sculpture Prize, along with both the John Burn Sponsorship Award for 3-D printing and the Metropolitan Works Sponsorship Award for rapid prototyping, both in 2011. He has recently exhibited works from his Data Error series at The C Collection, curated by Vittoria Broggini at MiArt Milan and at the Dallas Art Fair in Dallas, Texas. Wyrebek lives and works in London.

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ABOUT Levi van Veluw

Levi van Veluw was born in 1985, in Hoevelaken, The Netherlands
He lives and works near Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Since graduating in 2007, Levi van Veluw has produced multi-disciplinary works that includes photographs, videos, sculptures, installations and drawings. This varied body of work has been showcased in many different locations across Europe and the United States, earning him a number of nominations and awards.

The artist first became known in 2008 with his solo exhibition Landscapes at Galerie Ron Mandos in Amsterdam. This coincided with him being awarded the International Photo Award in New York for the photo series “Ballpoints”, and the selection of one of his video works for the Whitstable Biennale UK.

In 2010, the work of the artist was showcased in a series of major museum exhibitions, including the exhibition “Dead or Alive” at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem and Ars Electronica in Linz.

2013 saw the publication of the book “Origin of the Beginning”. This singular book is a work of art in itself, published in an edition of 1000 hand-signed copies. The book, which is widespread among collectors and enthusiasts, provides an overview of the artist’s work from 2006 to 2013, a rich oeuvre that includes photographs, drawings, installations, sculptures and videos.

The work of Levi Veluw has been exhibited internationally in leading museums and institutions, and is included in both public and private collections, including the Borusan Collection, Museum Voorlinden collection, the Ekard Collection and KPMG. In addition to his work in his individual practice, Levi van Veluw has also worked on commissions for private clients. In this way, he has collaborated, in 2012, with curator Marc Coetzee on the film “Family” in the frame of the “Films4peace” project. In 2014, van Veluw created for Hermès a life-sized site-specific installation for one of their main windows in Shanghai. Van Veluw’s works have also been widely shown at international art fairs such as, among others, The Armory Show New York, Art Brussels, Volta Basel, Unseen Amsterdam and the Barcelona Loop Fair Barcelona.

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