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AD:ROIT Explores...The Superfine Art Fair

The Superfine Art Fair is arguably one of my favorite fairs of the season. First, all the booths are staffed by the artists themselves. While it's great to make connections with gallerists who represent a variety of artists, it's really special to talk to the people creating the work about their inspiration and process. Second, the works tend to be at a more accessible price point since they're being sold directly, rather than through a gallery. Third, and perhaps most distinctively, this fair focuses on inclusivity, with entire sections devoted to Womxn and LGBTQIA+ artists. As a queer woman, I really appreciate both the messaging and ability to connect with artists who share my point of view. It also tends to be a really fun show, and I'm thrilled to share my show highlights with you.

Condensation by Lee Kwanwoo

This was one of the first pieces I saw at the show and I was completely mesmerized. This piece is ethereal yet strong, delicate yet stable, and utterly beautiful. Ogura's masterful use of linework is drawn from a combination of traditional Japanese calligraphy and an early appreciation for French Impressionist brushstrokes.

Her use of color is also important. Almost like minor chords in music, Ogura plays with levels of saturation and unexpected combinations which result in airy but still rich compositions.

What's Love Got to do With It? Wedding cake made from books sculpture by Lisa Meek

The first thing that struck me about Sharone Halevy's work is its size. These canvases are HUGE, several feet in either direction (the one above is 30 inches x 60 inches) The next realization is that they each feel like some other world, just out of focus. Almost like in a movie where if you look at them long and closely enough, you'll magically be transported inside. After staring for a few minutes you'll hear a warm hello and begin a conversation with one of the most genuinely collaborative artists in NYC.

Looking through her body of work, Halevy plays with nearly every color on the wheel, but somehow every piece feels equally vibrant and personal; like each is a chapter from a different story. Her custom commission process also reminds me a lot of my own, and I can't wait to collaborate with her on future projects.

Twister by Rachel Selekman

Jessica Joy London has one of the most interesting art making processes around. Combining her scientific background and artistic sensibilities, she experiments not only with how different materials interact, but the evidence of the interaction. She combines found materials, like onion skins, weeds, and trash, with different inks on hydrophobic yupo paper and lets nature take its course. Through evaporation and dispersion, once the works are dry they capture the infinite detail of seemingly mundane elements of daily life.

To further underscore the biological underpinning of her work, most of her pieces are trimmed to perfect circles, reminiscent of a view through a microscope. The level of detail is exquisite and despite being very much a product of her daily life, her work feels decidedly otherworldly.

Mask #252 by Gil Bruvel

Celine Gabrielle's work is not subtle. It is big, bright, and bold (this is one of her more subdued pieces). It is both ornamental and a critique of ornament. She engages with our current image obsessed culture on multiple levels (there is subtly when you really think about it), from glorification to analysis to criticism. It is also so visually rich, with a level of color saturation that I can only describe as juicy.

Gabrielle's work demands attention in the same way anyone wearing any of the outfit's she paints would turn heads walking down the street. Not for the timid, they are statement pieces that would define any space in which they are placed.

Entropy: Macrostates and Microstates by Shanthi Chanrasekar

To say Rick Midler's mixed-media collages are a feast for the eyes would be an understatement. Reminiscent of a cross between Gustav Klimt's decorative motifs and luscious brocade sari fabrics, his dreamy landscapes offer a wealth of detail that demands close inspection. It is no surprise to learn that his work is inspired by his meditation practice and the combination of creativity, imagination and play.

Much like clouds themselves, Midler's work invite the viewer to find different forms and meanings in the compositions. Contemplating these layered and visually complex pieces almost becomes a mediation in itself, bringing the story full-circle.


Well, I think the common threads in this show's highlights are pretty clear - rich, complex colors and ethereal, otherworldly compositions. I love work that demands be considered and offers more with every visit. Of course there were more terrific pieces and booths at the show, but here you have my top 5 and my top trend. Hope you enjoyed!

Till next time…



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