Zavier Ellis curator and gallerist (Charlie Smith London) shares with Artlyst his favourite works from Volta NY, which runs from 2-6 March 2016, at PIER 90 in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, adjacent to The Armory Show, the longtime anchor of Armory Arts Week on Piers 94 and 92. It is an invitational fair of solo artist projects and is the American incarnation of the original Basel VOLTA show, which was founded in 2005 by three art dealers as a fair “by galleries, for galleries”.
Laura Bruce is an American artist who has lived in Berlin since 1990. She studied for her MFA at the Slade School of Art in London. Her work explores the relationships between nature and myth. Her images burst with blobs and the bubbles break down the barriers between the landscape and another impossible world. Her paintings, drawings and sculpture represent transitions between the real world and another plane.
Her large paintings take this further and she creates complex layers, working on large wood panels. She likes the way the brushes “scratch” the hard surface, allowing her to draw with paint. Her amazing colour palette enhances the fantasy element of her landscapes that explore a virtual kingdom, on the edge of abstraction.
Her sculptures have a childlike “model” quality, a roughly hewn approach to narrative. Like immature “toy” sets for a play we have never seen, the objects are painted and cluster on work-horse like trestles and tell a linear story, like a Chinese scroll.