The Parallax Art Fair returns to London for its sixth outing 21 February. The fair grew out of an international exhibition called “Parallax” that was conceived and curated by the art historian and theorist Dr Chris Barlow. Parallax AF is different from other artists’ fairs in that it is like a specialised exhibition. It is a serious platform for international and national artists to present their work to national and international dealers, art industry people, collectors, critics and buyers without commission charges. This also provides artists with the benefit, if they wish, to present non-commercial work, or to try out new commercial ideas, without high overhead risks often associated with other fairs. Works by over 200 makers on show at the UKs leading artist-led-non-art fair, Parallax ‘Art’ Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, 22nd 23rd February 2013.
Parallax AF is also smaller and intimate than other fairs, and held in a professional gallery space in central London. The shows are curated by a professional guest curator, having the feel of an organised exhibition, and catalogue essays are written by specialists. Parallax AF aims to provide a key service in helping artists to promote and sell their work, as well as providing a platform for developing their careers and practice.
Young Chinese artist Echo Morgan transformed the surface of her entire body into a Ming vase for an art work called “Born China; Bone China”, which will be on display at the sixth edition of Parallax Art Fair. A current student at the Royal College of Art, Morgan, who interprets her own work as partly informed by politico-sexual statements made during her childhood, commented: “In my work I take on the role of director, performer, narrator, and filmmaker. I collect and collage encounters, voices, texts and images from my cultural roots in China and my daily life in UK. Through the mediums of performance and film, I explore the intrinsic and complex relationship between violence, beauty, and vulnerability, re-examining how these antipodal constructs impact ideas of the ‘self’ and the body.”
Other highlighted artists include Dutch artist Robert Lambermont whose object, “Face of Time”, will be one of the first kinetic objects to display at Parallax. French artist Silvia Anguelova will exhibit photographs from her Eternal Feminine series. “My work,” she comments, “links the social, cultural and religious codes of our contemporary society with the hidden feminine aspect of our male-dominated religions. By juxtaposing religions stories, myths, periods, fears, taboos, beauty and expectations my work constructs the model of the Eternal Feminine as the feminine face of God, the fundamental prototype, the Mother-Matrix – the origin and ultimate end of life, the eternity of space, man’s missing opposite pole.” In contrast, and quirkily British to the core, Eve Brinkley-Wittington uses glitter and paint to create idiomatic landscapes of her native Essex, UK.
Photo: Courtesy of the Performance artist Echo Morgan
Thursday 21st February: VIP Private View, 7.30-9.30pm Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd: 11am -5pm
Venue: Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London, SW3 5EE, Sloane Square tube