This second edition of my visit to Art Basel Miami this past December groups together another artistic theme which I’m calling “collected & collaged”. As I consider myself a collector of various things, this approach generally appeals to me most, and my favorite pieces are always found in this category. There’s just something about the impact of many smalls grouped together, or the drama of massive repetition that grabs my attention. Whether it be the awe of someone making all the little pieces that make up the whole, or an unexpected item that’s been collected and assembled in a new way, my eyes lock in and start to study all the details. These are always the pieces that draw people in to get that extra close look…
I love the simplicity of how this collection of vintage oil paintings is assembled into a line to create one piece.
The combination of mixed media, neutral tones, and casual assemblage (from frames to push pins) makes this installation really appealing and attainable – as if we are looking at someone’s personal inspiration board.
Imagines of organic rocks on organic marbled pattern, framed and hung in a very linear and graphic grid creates an appealing and witty contrast.
Probably my favorite pieces at Art Basel were collaged portraits by Michael Mapes. This one, entitled “Jacoba” (from his Dutch Masters series), utilized mini photographs, capsules and test tubes containing costume jewelry, fabric, even hair, and more – all pinned within a shadow box to create one portrait. So many details to explore!
Another favorite is by the always impressive Jacob Hashimoto. I’ve seen larger, multicolored installations before, but also loved the more muted and controlled color palette of this smaller piece titled “The Backbone of Night”. The composition is composed of hundreds of handmade miniature circles (or in other works, hexagons) based on the construction of kites, and made with bamboo structures, rice paper and nylon twine.
Works by Louise Nevelson (above) never disappoint me either. Her monochromatic sculptures stand the test of time, always creating impact and a presence in any location. You can see the influence she had on newer artists in the photos below (all sighted in different shows/galleries).
This incredible scene by Ran Hwang is made up entirely of nailed buttons!