LIGHT at Art Basel 2014

by Alessandro Trabucco

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Ann Veronica Janssens, RR Lyrae, Unlimited — Artiaco, mennour, Szwajcer

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Doug Wheeler, Untitled, Unlimited — Zwirner

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Philippe Parreno, Marquee, 2007, Galerie Hans Meyer

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Gunter Uecker, Lichtregen, 1966, Galerie Hans Meyer

The annual visit at the Art Basel fair let the fortuituos visitor, as it happens to the art competent, be informed about artistic trends, both from market particular point of view both more profoundly around the aestethic research acting in that moment.

But it is a great opportunity to discover past history and to see some great masterpieces.

For that reason it is necessary to report for the section LIGHT in Or Not Magazine aiming to underline the presences of artworks that are made with light.

With a certain pleasant surprise artworks composed with this fascinating and misterious electromagnetic emission, are not rare, as in singular galleries stands, as in Unlimited section, that one focuses on large installations.

Unlimited brings a sort of collaboration between different galleries involved in one artist, let them present an artwork that has the quality and dimensions for a biennal or for a museum.

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Dan Flavin – Richard Gray Gallery

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Dan Flavin – Richard Gray Gallery

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Francois Morellet – Galerie Bochum

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Julio Le Parc, Unlimited, Bugada & Cargnel

Historical presences as the neon-artworks by Dan Flavin (at the Richard Gray Gallery stand from Chicago), François Morellet (presented in italian Galleria Invernizzi from Milan and in Galerie Bochum), Julio Le Parc (in Unlimited); but more amazing it has been to admire some little artworks/installations by Olafur Eliasson at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery stand from New York, titled “Your momentum device” of 2008 e “Your Trust” of 2014.

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Olafur Eliasson, Your momentum device, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery


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Olafur Eliasson, Your trust, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

The elegant artworks by Ann Veronica Janssens have been presented both in Alfonso Artiaco stand both in Unlimited, with the artwork titled RR Lyrae of 2014, a three-dimensional star with seven points made with luminous rays.

We have to underline the precious participation of one of the fathers of Light Art current, one of the founders in the 60’s of californian group Light and Space together with James Turrell and Robert Irwin. With an historical artwork of 1969 and  re-elaborated in 2013, Doug Wheeler, in Unlimited, reaffirms the importance of the researches on visual perception and on immaterial minimalism continued during the golden decennal in experimentation with light.

Untitled by Doug Wheeler can well make comprehensible the range of artworks that only today can totally be in dialogue with a competent public, more interested in the essence of artistic creativity, made with few elements, but with a great evocative and emotional authority.

Even our Country it has well presented with a very delicate artwork in Tucci Russo stand.

Mario Airò proposes a Grattage of 2014, made with a paper on glass and iron, backlit by a neon light.

Some other suggestive and precious presences in the fair were the artworks by Günter Uecker, Lichtregen of 1966 and by Philippe Parreno, Marquee of 2007, together exhibited in Galerie Hans Meyer stand from Düsseldorf.

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Gabriel Kury – Galleria Kurimanzutto

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Gabriel Kury – Galerie Esther Schipper

Even the artworks by Gabriel Kuri, exhibited in Esther Schipper stand from Berlin and Kurimanzutto stand from Mexico City, have captured our attention, they are Light Boxes representing minimal geometrical forms (simple papers or plastic bags) drew from media transparency; at the same time the most delicate interior by Johan Thurfjell titled ¾ 14:33 and exhibited in Galerie Nordenhake from Berlin/Stockholm.

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Johan Thurfjell – Galerie Nordenhake

Last mention to two artworks presented in Unlimited, a video and a big sculpture.

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Melvin Moti, The Eightfold Dot Unlimited, 2013, Meyer Riegger

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Melvin Moti, The Eightfold Dot Unlimited, 2013, Meyer Riegger

The video by dutch artist Melvin Moti, titled The Eightfold Dot of 2013, and presented in the Meyer Riegger Gallery from Berlin, origins from the scientific, philosophical, theosophical, and artistic theories about the fourth dimension, he himself proposing a new vision, less metaphysical but more human, starting from a simple point and developing the four dimensions through different formal, luminous and emotional transformations.

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Troika, Dark Matter, Unlimited, OMR, Kohn Gallery

The group Troika, formed by two german artists and a french one, based in London, propose a large sculpture titled Dark Matter, of 2014. It has been presented at the OMR Gallery from Mexico City and Kohn Gallery from Los Angeles, the sculpture exposes, in an unique body, various forms coexisting, visible through three different point of views: a sphere, an exagone and a circle.

Deployed in a half illuminated room with white walls and black ground, the big sculpture  invite the visitor to enter and to penetrate into the space discovering this misterious object.

Photo credits:
©MOnicamazzoleni, 2014

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