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It’s that time of the year again: ART BASEL 2022 week and somehow it feels like the last Art Basel has just been a couple of months ago, and in fact, that’s actually the case. The last two years have been very different and have affected us all in many ways. Hardly any events, limited gatherings etc.. That’s why I am thrilled to share with you this years BASEL SOCIAL CLUB, a place to sit back, relax, reflect and enjoy! 



The BASEL SOCIAL CLUB draws inspiration from time-honored institutions such as The Arts Club (1863) in London or the National Arts Club (1898) in New York, and offers a venue for professional exchange and conversation; inviting visitors to spend time with and around artwork, to meet friends and colleagues, or to simply relax by the pool during the busy week. A public program of performances and other events will take place daily. 
The opportunity to get together and exchange ideas is enriched by varied gastronomic offerings. Squadra Ravioli serves coffee, drinks and tacos by the pool and in the garden during the day and in the early evenings.
Every night from 6 p.m. onwards, Peng restaurant invites guests to dine on modern Chinese cuisine and selected wines on the second floor. Cocktails will be served on the ground floor by Gentleman‘s Gin.

Squadra Ravioli
, by the pool, from 2 pm, www.squadravioli.com,
Peng, 1st flfloor, from 6 pm, www.peng-dumplings.ch, reservation necessary via info@baselsocialclub.com



The BASEL SOCIAL CLUB is a membership club for guests from the professional art world. Daily and weekly tickets are available on site for all non-members. Detailed information about the program, the exhibiting artists and participating galleries can be found at www.baselsocialclub.com. 

Opening hours
Monday – Saturday: 2 – 10 pm Sunday: 2 – 6 pm
No entry after 9 pm

Lisa Alvarado (Bridget Donahue, New York)
Markus Amm (Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg)
Anna-Sophie Berger (Faltpavillon, Basel)
Bernadette Corporation (Greene Naftali, New York)
Miriam Cahn (Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe/ Berlin/ Basel)
Mariana Castillo (Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo/ NY/ Brussels)
Monster Chetwynd (Sadie Coles HQ, London)
Dadamaino (Galerie Knoell, Basel)
Michael Dean (Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo/ New York/ Brussels)
Jeremy Deller (The Modern Institute, Glasgow)
Koenraad Dedobbeleer (Clearing, Brussels/ New York)
Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel (Clearing, Brussels/ New York)
David Douard (Rodeo, London / Athens)
Claudia Dyboski (Cordova, Barcelona)
Sam Falls (Franco Noero, Turin)
Irene Fenara (ZERO…, Milan)
Gina Folly (Ermes Ermes, Rome)
Raque Ford (Greene Naftali, New York)
Gina Fischli (Sandy Brown, Berlin)
Jasmine Gregory (Cordova, Barcelona)
Charlotte Herzig (Wilde, Geneva/ Basel)
Karl Holmqvist (Galerie Neu, Berlin)
Judith Hopf (Kaufmann Repetto, Milan/ New York)
Cooper Jacoby (Fitzpatrick Gallery, Paris)
Kentaro Kawabata (High Art, Paris)
Emil Michael Klein (Francesca Pia, Zürich)
Adriana Lara (Aguirree, Mexico City)
Klara Lidén (Galerie Neu, Berlin)
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy (Fitzpatrick Gallery, Paris)
Bill Lynch (The Approach, London)
Amaka Madumere (Cherish, Geneva)
Arthur Marie (Queer Thoughts, New York)
Lou Masduraud (Cherish, Geneva)
Rene Matić (Arcadia Missa, London)
Jacopo Mazzetti (Fitzpatrick, Gallery)
Hedi Mertens (Galerie Mueller, Basel)
Jill Mulleady (Fitzpatrick Gallery, Paris)
Claudia & Julia Müller (Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg)
SAGG Napoli (Champ Lacombe, Biarritz)
Shahryar Nashat (Rodeo, London/ Athens)
Meret Oppenheim (Galerie Knoell, Basel)
A.R. Penck
(Galerie Knoell, Basel)
Greg Parma Smith (Francesca Pia, Zürich)
Evelyn Plaschg (Layr, Vienna)
Lukas Quietzsch (Schiefe Zähne, Berlin)
David Rappeneau (Queer Thoughts, New York)
Dorian Sari (Wilde, Geneva/ Basel)
Sergio Sarri (Fitzpatrick Gallery, Paris)
Louise Sartor (Crèvecoeur, Paris)
Will Sheldon (Heidi, Berlin)
Alan Shields (Galerie Bernhard, Zürich)
Soil Thornton (Galerie Neu, Berlin)
Richard Sides (Schiefe Zähne, Berlin)
Lucie Stahl (Queer Thoughts, New York)
Vivian Suter (Karma International, Zürich)
Ulla von Brandenburg (Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe/ Berlin/ Basel)
Jan Vorisek (Arcadia Missa, London)
Marilola Wili (Amore, Basel)
Zhang Yibei (BANK, Shanghai)
Sun Yitian (BANK, Shanghai)
Mie Yim (Simone Subal, New York)
Urban Zellweger (Karma International, Zürich)
Bruno Zhu (Cordova, Barcelona


The Beverly Holz
Bruderholzallee 195
4059 Basel



Elham Etemadi at Volta

Elham Etemadi

after almost two years of living in a pandemic, this year the annual Art Basel is finally taking place again. This morning I started my Art Basel week with the VIP Preview of VOLTA. There I was honored to meet the super kind and very talented Iranian artist Elham Etemadi represented by BAVAN Gallery.

Art Basel Week Elham Etemadi

Elham Etemadi is an immigrant artist who lives and works in France. In her paintings, Elham looks for forms and figures to explore the abilities of painting in reflecting what she captures in her daily concerns. In her expressionist figurative paintings she tries to create a vast and expanded language which is not verbal but visual and is based on human feelings and attentions. Her works are combinations of her different visions and sides of her character; as a mother, a female immigrant, a wife and an artist. She tries to express her experiences in a visual language that may communicate with as much viewers as possible, from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and genders.


Elham Etemadi at VOLTA

I absolutely love her work. Looking at it makes me drift off from reality and every time I see something new that I have not seen before. Somehow like a very artsy form of “Where is Wally” if you know what I mean. The color composition is totally up my alley. I can already see where I would hang this 200 x 320 x 4 cm “Sublime Suspension” piece. I am very delighted to show you her work on my blog. And I am looking forward to seeing more of her work.

Elham Etemadi at Volta


KAREN SARGSYAN at Kers Gallery

So, today I wanna share with you two artists who will be showed by my dutch gallerist friend Annelien Kers at Kers Gallery during the VOLTA art fair in Basel. In case you did not get your free ticket yet, please do so now by using the promo code isawsomethingnice at www.voltashow.com/tickets
Annelien will show Karen Sargsyan and Marc Mulders adn this years VOLTA show in Basel.


The base of my work is to show pure essence of human being. I look at the influences that people undergo in their life the same way as I look at a theaterplay. I want to show this play. My work does not consist of static images, but shows an active process. My figures are in the middle of a scene that will change their life. You see the moment when they falter; the moment that every firm idea or thought, suddenly looks different; the moment of wonder. That is the moment human being shows its true nature. The figures are theatrical, compelling and vulnerable as a child. Books or myths often lie at the base of my installations. The figures are caught in the moment, while the scene refers to a history. My installations consist of several three- dimensional figures. They are literally and figuratively layered.


Maraya Art Collection, Bonnefanten Museum Art Collection, KRC Collection
AMC Collection, Rabo Art Collection, HVCCA Art Collection, Nederlandse Bank Art Collection, Achmea Art Collection
Prive Art Collections, National Russian Art Collection and Abn Amro Art Collection.


The studio of Marc Mulders (1958) is based in a stable in the middle of a field full of wild flowers. Whilst painting in the doorway the bees buzz and the butterflies are fluttering around his donkey. Mulders calls his garden “my own private Giverny” a reference to the famous gardens of Claude Monet, a great example for him. In his pasty almost abstract oil paintings, he follows the course of nature around him: “In the spring and summer I sniff the scents, and in the autumn I paint my head with the echo of that floral splendor. I am driven by the desire for the new flowers that will arise in my field “says Mulders.


Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Amsterdams Historisch Museum Amsterdam, 
Centraal Museum Utrecht, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam,
Museum Catharijneconvent Utrecht, Museum De Lakenhal Leiden, Museum De Pont Tilburg, Museum Het Valkhof Nijmegen, Museum Jan Cunen Oss, Museum voor Religieuze Kunst Uden, Nationaal Glasmuseum Leerdam, Noordbrabants Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Stadsgalerij Heerlen, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, TextielMuseum Tilburg Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, Museum Gouda and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.
Alright, that was it for today and for the ones who are in Basel during Art Basel week I hope to see you at Volta, Liste, Design Miami, photo basel or Art Basel. Have a lovely Art Basel week. X


The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations

The Meeting of Light and  Earthly Gravitations

The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations and other works
by Senam Okudzeto
I had the pleasure to see Senams latest works and want to share it with all of you. Most of the pieces are very very fragile and delicate. She is showing during Art Basel on SATURDAY between 12 and 5 pm at Projektraum Bollag at Gärtnerstrasse 50  4057 Basel. Otherwise she is showing by appointment only. In case you want to see her work, and can not come on Saturday, please email her to senam.info (@) gmail.com
Senam Okudzeto works with a wide range of media, including social sculpture, installation, painting, film, and text in her methodological “Afro-Dada” practice; an ongoing exploration of material culture which presents unexpected juxtapositions of objects and images in the context of West Africa’s modernist narratives and her fluid identity as an African who is of European of U.S. American descent.
The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations
The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations (2016–2017), is to be read as a complex and articulate system relating specifically to the artist’s experience of being in Rome for a year-long fellowship at the American Academy. This work is a part of her ongoing “Afro-Dada Glossolalia” project, and contemplates the question of what might be left of the soul of a being, and also of an object, as it travels through time, space and changing cultural contexts
The piece contains a number of references, ranging from the paintings of Caravaggio through to early Byzantine readings of crystal and the preponderance of “carciofi” in everyday Roman life. The video component depicts the annual Pentecost service at the Pantheon church in Rome, which ends with the congregation being showered in rose petals, which are scattered through the iconic oculus of the building. The petals metaphorically reference the “gifts of spirit”- speaking in tongues that Pentecost celebrates, but the ceremony’s origins predate Christianity to early pagan Rosalia festivals.
Okudzeto’s work attempts a powerful mapping system; derived from the idea that memory, time, space and distance could be described through objects as a series of encounters with events. This work takes its departure point from an earlier multi-media installation; Portes-Oranges, (2003-2007) and is a re-working of a previous installation of The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations (2016), which was shown at the American Academy in Rome at the exhibition Cinque Mostre (2016).
The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations

The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations

Senam Okudzeto (b. 1972, Chicago) lives and works between Basel, London and Accra. Okudzeto has a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (1995), and a Masters degree in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, (1997). She completed the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2000) and is a PhD candidate in the program of Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Her work was featured at Dada Afrika, Museum Rietberg (2016), the 14th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul Modern (2015), the Menil Collection, Houston, (2012), the ICA, Boston (2011), the Stedlejik Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2011), PS1 MoMA (2007), Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris (2005); and Freestyle, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2001).
Okudzeto has published numerous peer reviewed essays and texts in publications such as the Journal of Atlantic Studies (Routledge, 2012), Grey Room (Spring 2008) and Art Journal (2009). She was the first artist to serve on the editorial board of the CAA publication Art Journal and has taught academic and fine arts courses in Europe, the USA and West Africa, including the Kunsthistorisches Seminar, University of Basel, The International Summer Academy, Salzburg, NYU Study abroad campus, Accra, CCA Lagos and the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Basel. She is the founder and director of Art in Social Structures (AiSS), an artist-led NGO that supports education and heritage initiatives in architecture, visual culture and the arts in Ghana.
Okudzeto is the recipient of several fellowships and awards including, a research fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2003 – 2004) and the Edith Bloom/Jesse Howard Junior Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (2015 – 2016).

The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations

The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations (2016), and other works
Hand-blown lead crystal, leather, UV glue, iron sculptures, oranges, wood, electric cables, gaffer tape, metal post card rack, acrylic ink drawings on paper, metal ladder, foam, LED light bulbs and lamps, video; 3:48 mins, (NTSC) 4:3, (loop).



Two weeks ago it was OSLO NIGHT 2016 and Cristian, Petr and Martin decided to show their work and open their atelier space for the OSLO NIGHT. They finished their work, created a flyer and started to invite people. That was the start of OPEN ATELIER @ OSLO NIGHT 2016.
Martin, Cristian and Petr have worked in the Atelier at Oslostrasse 10 for the past three months. They showed their output at the OPEN ATELIER at OSLO NIGHT which was also their last day in that very Atelier. I am going to show you lots of photos and was able to ask some questions about their art pieces.
Lets start with Petr. He was showing very beautiful black and white analog photographies. I asked him some questions about his work and here is what he said.
1. Photography seems to be your passion, how did it all start?

Probably it all started like any other story, the moment I took the camera in my hands. I believe I was not more than 7 or 8 years old. (By the way, I can clearly remember this first encounter with the camera 🙂 ) It was some sort of attachment to this domain, which surprisingly didn’t let me go ever since. I think it came to me very naturally or unconsciously, I never asked myself any question why do I take a photograph.  
2. What was the idea behind your work that you are showing?
The opportunity to show my work among friends luckily has been coincided with the moment, where I felt like it is time to shift from “snapshotting” to conceptually thought trough photography. Basically trying to ask myself, why do I shoot this specific thing, why do I compose the image this way, and what do I want show or what kind of questions I want to ask the observer by doing this specific photograph. At this moment for me it was more about the step rather than a result, also taking into account that it is an actual first step in shifting to the new “category” of photography, hoping that the result will come in the next steps. So I asked myself what would be the perfect first. There was always some attachment to mountains for me and the fact that I currently live in Switzerland. It felt to me like the right thing to do, to make a series of the Swiss Alps. In order to proceed with the project, as the first step I decided to examine my subject in order to see where the project can lead me and which questions I should raise by doing so. I took the step as simple as possible – black and white film 100 iso, tripod and middle format camera. I started to shoot mountains, spending almost the whole day shooting the same mountain from the same point of view, examining and researching my subject. So now I am reflecting back on it and trying to figure out the questions I should ask for my next project and how I can make a final series with a strong conceptual base behind it. The pictures that were exhibited during our OPEN ATELIER were more “work in progress” photographs or a research phase of the project. I already have some ideas about the questions I’d like to raise in my next project, but I would prefer to share it later, hopefully there will be another opportunity, with actual photographs, rather than speculate here about it.
3. Which cameras do you use for what?

For the last 6 to 7 years I have only used analog cameras and I am a strong advocate for the analog photography. I prefer to use my middle format camera Hasselblad 500 cm, due to the higher resolution of the film and also the fact that I love the square format. I think it is the most democratic format, which doesn’t give a priority in any direction of the image. However when I can’t afford to invest a lot of time in a photo shooting I use my Leica m6. I have it with me amost every day just in case I see something nice I want to capture.
And now let’s talk about Cristian’s work. His pieces came with a text that you can read below.
The show is a collection of drawings, sculptures and models that are all developed
along the idea of the GRID as a tool for an anthropology study. The GRID stands as a
metaphor for human society with everything that the term can incorporate: politics, culture, history, interaction with natural elements and religion. The project is in the same time a personal memory box or journal, giving me the liberty to analyse trough the means of artistic expression my own Zeitgeist. The concept is broken in four major themes the GRID vs EVOLUTION, the GRID vs HUMANITY, the GRID vs LANDSCAPE and the GRID vs IDOLS. The show is a first step in this parkour. Moving from figurative to abstract, it formalises thoughts, questions and observations with the clear intention of not drawing any conclusions.
I asked him what kind of materials he has used and his answer was: plaster, rasin, achrylic paint, foam and clay.



The OPEN ATELIER @ OSLO NIGHT was a big succes. I have already been to some OSLO NIGHTS before and I always like to check out the diploma projects of the Industrial and Fashion Design students. Like every year there is an After Party at the HEK, House of Electronic Arts.
Last but not least, lets talk about Martin’s work. I asked Martin a couple of questions about his work that you can see below. I was amazed how well the pieces of the three worked together. It was a great way to use the space and show their work of the past three months.
Here is what Marin told me about his work.
1. How did your passion for art start?

I spend all the hours in primary school doing drawings (mostly dinosaurs and war machines). Soon I figured out that drawing was the easiest way for me to “impress” my teachers and friends, so I guess it started there.  
2. What describes your work best?

Hmm. Today I only show my abstract work, but normally I would say that what I do is very diverse. Maybe curiosity is a good way to describe my stuff.  
3. What’s the idea/story behind the work you were showing at OPEN ATELIER?
I wanted to take my abstract work a step further. In order to do so I stacked all my old drawings and paintings on the floor to figure out what I was actually doing. It annoyed me that I could not see through everything at once and then the idea to paint on transparent materials started. After this it evolved into these transparent foils that I do myself. The idea is very basic, if there is no paint to hold the foil together it dissolves into pieces and there is nothing left at all.
So, that was it from the OPEN ATELIER @ OSLO NIGHT 2016. I hope you were there yourself and if not, hopefully this was helpful to give you an impression of their work and workspace. I recorded a video of that event and will make a time lapse, soon to come. X


terms and conditions


TERMS & CONDITIONS thats the name of the exhibition by SYLVAIN BAUMANN in collaboration with DOUGLAS STICHBURY, SHELBY LEE STUART and CLAUDIA DI LECCE.
terms and conditions
Espace d’Art Contemporain LES HALLES
Porrentruy Switzerland
July 3 – August 21
Thursday 5-7pm // Saturday 10-12am and 1:30-5:30pm // Sunday 1:30-5:30pm
Free entrance
Finissage : 21.08.16, with BBQ and more!
terms and conditions
Sylvain Baumann (*1981, vit à Bâle et Le Frasnois, France) mène une recherche sur ce qu’il nomme un « climat de confiance » qui trouve un terrain particulièrement propice dans la complexité et l’accélération du monde actuel. Pour mieux décortiquer les dispositifs constitutifs de ce climat, l’artiste a pour objectif de créer sa propre entreprise d’ingénierie de la confiance. L’espace d’art de Porrentruy lui sert de laboratoire pour en expérimenter les premiers éléments distinctifs et identitaires au moyen d’un vaste vocabulaire visuel. Ce faisant, il met en exergue la notion de contrat qui lie le public à l’œuvre et au lieu d’exposition. Par son installation, il parvient à poser les jalons de la réflexion sur la multitude de réseaux opaques de règles et de conditions qui contribuent à instaurer un sentiment de confiance ou, a contrario, à nous fier de plus en plus à notre intuition.

terms and conditions


“Dès son entrée dans l’exposition, le visiteur est confronté à un document contractuel. Imprimé en noir sur une stèle métallique accroché au mur, un texte définit les droits et les obligations qui lient le spectateur au lieu où il se trouve. D’emblée, l’artiste amorce une tentative de mise en confiance du public, libre d’accepter les termes du contrat ou de les refuser en quittant la pièce. Cette confiance est toutefois mise à mal par la longueur excessive du texte, comme il est d’usage pour les termes et conditions. Le contraste entre le contenu juridique de l’inscription et le support qui rappelle une stèle commémorative, symbolique ou religieuse, déroute. 
Passé cet incipit contractuel, le spectateur pénètre dans une salle d’exposition où différents éléments évoquent une agence en cours d’élaboration. Du mobilier l’invite à s’asseoir et à consulter des documents promotionnels. Trois grandes boîtes, qui rappellent des machines de banque ou des urnes électorales, présentent chacune une ouverture en forme de rond, de triangle ou de carré. A travers ces signes, à la fois primitifs et ésotériques, apparaissent les trois couleurs primaires: rouge, bleu et jaune. Des éléments décoratifs et architecturaux complètent le corporate design de l’agence comme cette série d’images réalisées par thermoformage qui reconstitue un ersatz de paysage et vient parfaire le mécanisme de mise en confiance. 
En mettant en œuvre des dispositifs participant à l’ingénierie de la confiance à partir de différents modes d’expression, documents contractuel, design industriel, graphisme, objets récupérés et photographies, Sylvain Baumann insinue le doute dans notre pensée. Il exalte la superficialité et l’absurdité de l’incitation ambiante à faire confiance au sentiment de confiance. Plus généralement, le travail artistique de Sylvain Baumann démontre qu’en établissant tout une série de limites, d’obligations, de situations exceptionnelles et de définitions des risques, on pointe paradoxalement ce qui entrave la confiance.
La réalisation de l’exposition est le fruit de collaborations avec l’artiste néo-zélandais Douglas Stichbury, l’écrivaine américaine Shelby Lee Stuart et l’historienne de l’art Claudia Di Lecce. 
A l’occasion de l’exposition paraîtra une édition intitulée : ’’Tous les jours, à tous points de vue, tout va de mieux en mieux.’’, héliogravure réalisée à l’Atelier de gravure de Moutier, édition de 10.”
terms and conditions

terms and conditions


Adam and Eve


 yesterday at the preview day at VOLTA12 I met Anca and Cristina from Anca Poterasu gallery and I fell in love with Zoltan Bela’s work ADAM and EVE. I am fascinated by the faces that he cut out of an ordinary object and how young and old versus new and used is shown in this work. I really like the fact that they can not be seperated. the pieces are only sold together, Adam only comes with Eve and vice versa.
Adam and EveAdam and Eve
Adam and Eve
Zoltán Béla (b. 1977) is a widely-known contemporary artist, especially through his paintings. He graduated from the University of Arts and Design in Cluj, and he presently lives and works in Bucharest. Zoltán Béla is mid-through his career in painting, installations and object-making, which are imbued in historical and metaphysical references inspired by his personal biography and from the recent historical timeline of Eastern Europe.
Zoltán’s most recent work returns to his first love Antoni Tapies, in his latest experiments in object-making, with a focus on the materiality of details in painting, where the figurative taunts the abstract without ever fully giving in to it.
Selected Solo Shows: L’Espace Ventriloque (2016), Anca Poterașu Gallery (RO); Participare în programul “Arta la fereastră” (2016), as guest artist at Simeza Gallery (RO); Installation (2014 – 2015), Anexa The National Museum of Contemporary Art (RO); Traces (2012), Anca Poterașu Gallery (RO) ; In meditation: Feeling the Silence (2011), Anca Poterașu Gallery (RO), A certain time, a certain place, a certain state (2010), Little Yellow Studio (RO); Self Reflecting 30 (2009), Point Contemporary Gallery; Transition Icons(2009), Carini & Donatini Gallery (IT).
Selected group shows: Extension.RO (2016), Triumph Gallery, Moscow (RU); Vom Allmächtigen zum Leibhaftigen (2016), curator: Tom Beege, Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgarde, Apolda/Thuringia (DE); BB6 (Bienala Bucharest 6), 2014, (RO); Curators Network (2012), Muzeul Bruckenthal (RO); The New Figurative (2011), Victoria Art Centre (RO); Coloring the Grey (2011), The 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (RU); I Am a Romanian: The Bucharest – Tel Aviv Route (2011), The Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv (IL); Out Of Sacred (2010), Arezz (IT); Police the Police(2010), The fourth biennial for young artists (RO); The Berlin Wall (2010), Promenade Gallery, Vlore (AL).
56 Plantelor Street, Bucharest, Romania
+40744 342 944
VOLTA12 booth A3


Bonnie Maygarden


as I have already told you before this years VOLTA I am going to focus on Bonnie Maygarden and her works. yesterday it was the Preview Day of VOLTA12 at Markthalle and I got to visit Bonnie Maygarden ‘s gallery where she also had some of her work on display in addition to her sticker works for AESOP in the city center. I had the chance to ask Bonnie some questions and am very happy to share everything with you.
more about Bonnie Maygarden
1. What was the idea behind the artwork for AESOP?    
“I knew I wanted to create something that is conceptually in line with my current work, but would also work to draw people to the VOLTA Art Fair and the AESOP Store. In early discussions of the project what felt most interesting was creating an installation of paintings on the storefront rather than the typical digitally printed reproductions of artworks. I painted directly onto adhesive vinyl using the same process I use to create my works on canvas and paper.
I am fascinated by the role of painting in the digital age, and the way this project unexpectedly uses paintings to replace something that would usually be created digitally is conceptually consistent with with my current work. The works themselves are also meant to reference digital imagery with the use of bright colors, gradients, floating geometric shapes, trompe l’oeil, and photorealism. Playing with traditional modes of painting in a language that visually references technology allows me to explore what our expectations of contemporary images are in a digital world.”
2. How do you approach your art, meaning where do you get your inspiration from?
“I think, like many painters, that I’m inspired equally by the past and the present, and, like many painters, I am essentially making paintings about painting. I am inspired by movements in art history such as Minimalism, Photorealism, and Op Art, as well as how the visual narrative of painting has generally evolved over time. I am also interested in processes and imagery that feel seamless to our current digitally dependent culture, and I mimic elements of those aesthetics using painting.  I look at stock photography, advertisements, graffiti, photoshop filters, and the digital screen as inspiration for my work.”
more about Bonnie Maygarden
3. Do you like the AESOP products, and if so which one is your favorite?
(my favorite one is their hair and scalp rose masque.)
“I love the Fabulous Face Oil and Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil.  A couple of years ago I discovered how amazing oils are as cleansers and moisturizers, these two really are fabulous!”
Bonnie Maygarden s AESOP favorites
4. Would you be interested to put your artworks on fabric and combine your art with fashion?
“Absolutely, if the right situation came along. The theme of the trompe l’oeil crumpled surfaces that runs throughout my work is meant to hit on a history of drapery in painting as well as natural phenomena of light and color.  A the same time it is also something that people want to somehow interact with. People always want to touch the paintings to understand them. The playfulness of something that is a flat pattern but looks three-dimensional is something I could certainly see being exciting to wear.”
5. Do you have a favorite fashion designer?
“I absolutely love Céline, Stella McCartney, and Alexander Wang. I am always looking to innovation in fashion and design for artistic inspiration. However, I tend to dress much more subdued than my work, lots of black and white- I leave color for paintings!”
read my previous blogpost about Bonnie Maygarden:
Bonnie Maygarden
thank you so much Bonnie for answering all my questions, too bad we could not meet in person but I am looking forward to seeing you in the US or another year in Basel.
in case you are in Basel you should come by at VOLTA12 BASEL NACHT and get your free ticket here https://www.microspec.com/tix123/eTic.cfm?code=VOLTA1216 by entering the code: SOMETHINGNICE – see you on Thursday June, 16, 2016 at 5 PM at Markthalle. X
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Bonnie Maygarden


this years VOLTA I wanna focus very much on the works of BONNIE MAYGARDEN, a talented multimedia artist who received her MFA in Studio Arts from Tulane University and attended Pratt Institute in New York, where she received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts.
Bonnie Maygarden
Grayscale II
when I heard that Bonnie Maygarden is going to be showing her work at the AESOP shop in BASEL and that I can write about it on the blog I felt very honored for two reasons. firstly its awesome to have the work of such a great young artist in Basel and secondly that I can interview Bonnie and ask her a bit more about the piece she is showing in Basel. so after this blogpost there will be a follow up where I can tell and show you more about the AESOP exhibition.
 Bonnie Maygarden


Bonnie Maygardens work has been featured in exhibitions both nationally and internationally in various museums, galleries and alternative venues including: Université Lumière Lyons (Lyons, France), Pratt Institute, Icosahedron Gallery (New York City), East Hall Gallery (Brooklyn), SALTWORKS (Atlanta), The Front (New Orleans) and New Orleans Creative Center for the Arts where she attended high school. several notable publications have featured Maygarden’s work; including, Gambit Weekly, NOLA DEFENDER, and INVADE NOLA. curator and art critic Tori Bush featured Maygarden’s Master’s thesis exhibition “Hyper Real” in her May 2013 artist spotlight. she also received an honorable mention for her work in UNO Visual Arts Leagues Juried Exhibition in 2013 from Miranda Lash, curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Museum and former curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art. her work was reviewed in ArtForum and Burnaway for her inclusion in “Staring at the Sun” curated by Craig Drennan. Maygardens paintings were also featured in New American Paintings (No. 112, June/July Issue) concurrently with her premier solo exhibition at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery entitled “Desert of the Real”. she will also be featured in the forthcoming Issue No. 124. her work was selected for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s third annual LA Contemporary Juried Exhibition, juried by Jonathan P. Binstock of Citi Private Bank Art Advisory & Finance. she has been exhibited nationally at art fairs including: Pulse New York, Miami project for Art Basel Miami Beach, Texas Contemporary, Art Market San Francisco, and the Seattle Art Fair with an upcoming showcase at VOLTA12 Basel (Switzerland) this summer. following Volta, her work will also be featured in EXCHANGE, an international exhibition at Galerie Jochen Hempel, Berlin. also forthcoming, Maygarden has also been awarded a position at the Slade for the London Summer Intensive Residency Program 2016. her work appears in the collections of former LACMA curator and current Perez Art Museum director Franklin Sirmans (Miami), private collectors Lester Marks (Houston), Myrna Kaplan (Chicago) and Susan and Ralph Brennan (New Orleans), and corporate collections of Advantage Capital Management Corporation, RPM Casting and University Medical Center (New Orleans). Maygarden has been commissioned for Hollywood feature films by several production companies including: ABC Studios, Flashfire Productions, Danni Productions, Georgia Film Fund Seven, Abby Normal Pictures, Lamb Productions, Furlined, LLC and The Goats, LLC.
Bonnie Maygarden
Light and Air III
“I create paintings without the aid of technology, yet I am interested in making works that are informed by and react to a culture defined by a digital experience. My work references familiar technology-created images, such as photography, x-rays, or Photoshop filters, yet are created only using the meticulous illusion of paint. Through referencing the digital image I am able to make paintings that walk the line between something and nothing, that both play to our expectations of the disposable contemporary image and the valued tradition of the handmade.”
Bonnie Maygarden
Surface 2016
as you just read in the text above, Maygarden is having a run. I really appreciate the color sensitivity in her artworks and am a huge fan of her patterns. the pieces that I am showing in this post have a great depth and an almost relief-like appearance. her work reminds me a lot of fabric and tissues. another impression that her artpieces leave on me is the feeling of nature and landscape, I somehow think of the swiss alps and the relief maps of them.
Bonnie MaygardenSaturation II
in case you are in Basel you should definately pass by the AESOP shop at Spalenberg 24 that is showing her art work in the window. (from now until end of VOLTA12). stay tuned for my next blogpost where I will tell you more about her works for AESOP.
Bonnie Maygarden
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Ben Godward was born in Indianapolis, grew up in St. Louis, MO and received his B.F.A. at Alfred University and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University at Albany where he won the 2007 Outstanding Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture award. After Albany, Godward moved his studio to Brooklyn, where he currently lives. He has shown extensively in NYC including at Sardine, Fortress to Solitude Lesley Heller, Moti Hassan, The Laundromat Gallery, Pocket Utopia, Centotto, Famous Accountants Gallery, Way Out Gallery, NYCAMS, Norte Maar, Storefront Gallery and Factory Fresh among others. Ben has also completed large outdoor public art projects, in 2010 at Franconia Sculpture Park in MN and in 2011 at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, NY. Ben’s work has been featured in The L Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Sculpture magazine and on WNYC Radio. www.slaggallery.com

“The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.” – Sigmund Freud



I absolutely love his works and I adore the way he made them. silk screen print on wax that later will be heated and cause the change of the lines and patterns.


1987 Born in Osaka, Japan
2010 B.A. Department of Information Design of Kyoto University of Art and Design
2012 M.A. Post graduate course of Kyoto City University of Arts