ARTISTS TO WATCH
Cooper Jacoby, Deposits (central metropolis), 2015
silkscreen on lead, inkjet print on acetate, UV resistant epoxy resin, aluminum panel
X-rays meet acupuncture in this L.A.-based artist's new work exhibited this summer in Paris. Jacoby has borrowed from early images by German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, inventor of the X-ray, and at the beginning of the summer, his sculptural, wall-mounted door handles, hung with X-ray film, were arguably one of the strongest presentations at LISTE, Basel's art fair for emerging galleries and artists.
Thiago Rocha Pitta, Ocean/Atlas Polyptych (2), 2015, 12 C-prints
THIAGO ROCHA PITTA
Thiago Rocha Pitta maps the transformative properties of nature's elements in installations and outdoor interventions where fire, water, and air take center stage. After exhibiting in São Paulo, Copenhagen, and Milan over the past several years, Pitta made his U.S. solo debut at Marianne Boesky this past spring. This summer, he shows new stills from an entrancing short film (which premiered at the Seattle Art Museum in June) that flips footage of an uneven seascape upside down, so that sky supports water in a dizzying inversion of environmental hierarchy.
Lauren Keeley, Arches, 2014, walnut, acrylic and linen on plywood board
After making waves at Slade Art School, where she won the Barto Dos Santos Memorial Award in 2014, Keeley recently enjoyed her first solo exhibition, courtesy of London's Supplement gallery. In three-dimensional wall works that layer painting, screen printing, and laser-cut wood, Keeley re-imagines architectural scenes that exude the stylistic serenity of a deserted museum gallery or a modernist Frank Lloyd Wright abode.
Nick Farhi, To The Town, 2014, oil on linen
Nick Farhi's diverse painting practice has grabbed collectors attention this year from shows at Bill Brady, where cobalt, sky-inspired canvases hung on the walls while a riot of plastic buckets formed an installation at the center. In the spring, Farhi had a solo show with United Artists, Ltd. in Marfa, TX, featuring his well-known "Wine Paintings," abstract oil paintings that look like the haphazard product of a wine spill. In 2016, a show with DUVE Berlin and a duo with Grear Patterson at Rod Bianco in Oslo are on the horizon.
Jennie Jieun Lee, PS 41, 2015, glazed stoneware
JENNIE JIEUN LEE
A fierce case of artist's block kept Jennie Jieun Lee from pursuing an active practice upon graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Instead, she spent a decade working in fashion. A return to ceramics set her career back on track, thanks to some encouragement from friend and curator, Eddie Martinez. This summer, her exuberant ceramics, wheel-thrown and manipulated vessels and hand-built masks, covered with texture, gesture, and a spirited approach to glazing, feature in a slew of group shows from Jonathan Viner in London to Anonymous Gallery in Mexico City.
Jonathan Gardner's paintings, mostly of women with angular coiffes lounging or socializing in patterned environments, fuse topsy-turvy perspective, geometric abstraction, and smooth edges reminiscent of digital 3D modeling. In both portraits and still lifes, Gardner repeats and re-mixes motifs tied to everyday life and to the history of painting. His alluring, pictorially complex arrangements of smoldering cigarettes, house plants, and painting palettes are being noticed in the U.S. and abroad alike, including a booth that sold out within hours at LISTE.