As the first South Bay art fair Silicon Valley Contemporary was met with a little resistance, but in the end it was highly attended and the art was pretty great. Many visitors left in hopes that SVC would return next year. Here are the pieces we thought about “writing home” about, or better, to you.
1. Kate Gilmore, Rock. Hard. Place., 2012, HD video
David Castillo Gallery, Miami
This video piece was not only an aesthetic delight (mesmerizing, really) but quite funny and the artist is just plain brilliant. (part of the Moving Image Pavilion)
2. Gustavo Mahlor, Symphony No. 2, 2014
An installation made of razorblades. Need I say more?
3. Clive McCarthy, Booth 411, digital pieces, 2014
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
These subtly transformative pieces catch you off guard and surprise you. Everything you feel you know about looking is challenged through Clive’s work.
4. Jonas Becker, Almost Always, 2013, video installation
Shulamit Gallery, LA
Seconds around the world before midnight is the focus for this piece, but its display and installation was also appealing.
5. Devorah Serber, Before Warhol, 2010
The intriguing thing here is that your brain fills in the details that aren’t there, like the “Campbells” logo or the facial features on the Mona Lisa. Serber is both a talented artist and extremely smart to have figured out how to render upside-down images out of 701 spools of thread.
*This post was in collaboration with Dan Fenstermacher who exclusively photographed SVC for Art Nerd to bring you coverage this week.
Posted by Sarah Dragovich on Art Nerd.
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