Road Cone Gonks They say that “Art is for everyone , but my experience of the Frieze on Sunday was more that “Anyone can be an artist”. In a veritable smorgasbord of styles, sizes and thought provoking oddities it seemed that most nations and most genres were on offer at one of the biggest collections of modern art and sculpture that one could wish to see. At £35.00 for standard tickets, it was a little bit steep, but for those on a budget, the open air ( and free of charge) sculpture garden within one corner of Regents Park was a good alternative. Within the marquees, the first and most eye catching collection had to be ( for me at least) the collection of 17 care worn traffic cones, fresh from service on a local motorway to have the “red carpet” treatment as conduits for the fickle flow of public opinion. Bedecked with what I am old enough to term “Gonks” ( anyone who was a kid in Britain in the 70’s will know what I mean) the cones were transformed with the addition of little capes, little travelling creatures, long hair and smiles to create a fun space and atmosphere of creative craziness. Croatian artist Vlado Martek cleverly recycled jeans and trouser fabric pockets to create intimate spaces within which to display his poetry and creative writing. Using different styles of media, the mounted messages were profoundly personal yet also quirkily quaint. I felt compelled to “steal” the letters and furtively read them…perhaps this was the main point ? I tried hard to get excited by “Eggs – White” and “Truck Doors – Closed” but my marrow and soul were neither moved nor stirred. Moby Dick, complete with grinning teeth and suspension ropes was, on the other hand and inspired artistic rendition of a literary classic hybridised with the concept of the old school gymnasium vaulting horse. Whilst Eduardo Basualdo’s “Theory” ( or in my own words “Big Black Rock on Rope”) was startling and strangely mesmeric. Apparently a newly commissioned work, created from black aluminium foil for the main part of the piece ( the “rock”) with a small framed drawing sitting in its shadow ( literally as well as metaphorically). The pamphlet accompanying Mr Basualdo’s work claimed that his installations and other works “evoke theoretical reflections that start from deep subconscious impulses”. I agree. I don’t know why, but then is that not part of the mystery of art ? Other reflections, of a more distinctly physical kind, created nausea and wonderment in equal measure for those brave enough to enter the window whorl, created from multiple reflecting arcs of Perspex or some other type of plastic or plasticized “glass-like” material. At the end of the tunnel a visual reflection unlike a mirror astounded the viewer by creating a non-reverse image. Quite quite weird, but wonderful ! And for anyone who got bored with the art…well the people watching was almost as educational and stimulating to the senses !
Frieze Art Fair guide
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About Frieze Art Fair 2014
Frieze is back for a 12th year, with 152 galleries from 30 different countries gathering in Regent's Park on October 16-19 2014 for the biggest contemporary art event of the year. 2013's fair saw a redesign which featured more sizeable public areas, plus the return of the Frieze Sculpture Park. Find out more on our Frieze Art Fair listing.
How to get to the Frieze Art Fair
The Frieze Art Fair is at the south end of Regent's Park. Take the Bakerloo Line to Regent's Park tube station, cross to the north side of Marylebone Road and walk down Park Square West, at the end of which you will find the entrance to the fair.
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