London Art Fair

Robots that can draw your portrait, an enormous pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers and a boy with a Tetris face are just a few of the pieces that are going on show at this year’s London Art fair, which opens today.

Ray Bans
Ray Bans

Big guns like Bridget Riley , Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron, and Damien Hirst, having taken a break from covering the world in spots , are sharing space with emerging artists and, yes, real life movie stars.

Patrick Tresset drawing robot
Patrick Tresset drawing robot 1

Among the works are, bizarrely, a project by Charlie’s Angels star Lucy Liu. The pieces in her Falling Into Silence series, which appear to be string sewn onto a sack-like canvas, are somewhat unremarkable – though according to the gallery, they are ‘an exploration of sexuality, identity, race and memory’.

Patrick Tresset drawing robot 1
Patrick Tresset drawing robot

We’re particularly excited about Tenderpixel’s contribution – the Sketching Robot.Created by Patrick Tresset, the interactive robotic sculpture – or ‘cybernetic face-sketcher’/ ‘obsessive drawing entity’ – which will be on hand to sketch willing visitors’ faces.

Lego

Amongst the more sinister works is a Little Red Riding Hood sculpture, replete with scarlet KKK cloak; while much of the fair seems to have an avian theme. We especially love print studio and gallery Jealous’ stand, which features Ralph Steadman’s bird illustrations, and the Rob Ryan works at Tag Fine Arts, which also boasts the playful, bold Lego-like sculpture from Chris Mitton.

Lego
Lego

Other highlights include the Cabinet of Curiosities by photographer Bill Jackson at  Troika; Francisca Prieto’s unbound and intricately re-folded maps; and the Sims Reed Gallery, which won our hearts with Hockney’s adorable dachshunds and some brilliant Paolozzi pieces.

Julie Cockburn, Boy, 2011

Source: Courtesy of the artist

Julie Cockburn, Boy, 2011

This year’s annual contemporary photography showcase, Photo50, is focusing on works by artists who ‘adorn, transform, subvert or deface the photographic print’, according to curator Sue Steward.

David Birkin,  Twenty Six Shades of Red, 2011
David Birkin, Twenty Six Shades of Red, 2011

The series, entitled The New Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Transcending The Print, sees artists including David Birkin, Aliki Braine, Julie Cockburn and Melinda Gibson using a mixture of digital manipulation, craft and mixed media to take the idea of the photograph into a whole new format.

Melinda Gibson,  Photomontage XVI, 2009 - 2011
Melinda Gibson, Photomontage XVI, 2009 – 2011

The London Art Fair runs until  22 January at Business Design Centre, London N1 See http://www.londonartfair.co.uk for more details

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