: watching the conkers arrive

curated by:
Jason Andrew, Kanad Chakrabarti,
and Sarah Pettitt

Kanad Chakrabarti
Oliver Evans
Sarah Pettitt
Robert Raphael
Robert Rivers
Shaan Syed
and Audra Wolowiec

ROOM #2349

Exhibition Dates: March 6-12, 2018


4 Times Square (Entrance at 140 West 43rd Street)


In its first appearance at an art fair, ever, Norte Maar presents “watching the conkers arrive.” Curated by Jason Andrew, Kanad Chakrabarti, and Sarah Pettitta the room will feature a collection of works by seven artists from the UK and Canada, Brooklyn and Queens, NY, which interrogate language, geography, culture–all involving cross-disciplinary works with abstract grounding, leaving room for reflection on heritage and the borders of experience.

Kanad Chakrabarti’s (Ranchi, India / Queens, NY) installation work pursues a collision between technology and the force of history. Working across painting, software, and video, he seeks to question how the market forms the site, the omphalos, both of social progress and of cultural confrontation. http://subdir.iodcapital.ch/home.html

Oliver Evans (London, UK) takes and collects photographs to document time and place, occurrences and circumstances. His travels have been vast and his collaging of images tells only fragments of a story. http://oliverandrewevans.com

Sarah Pettitt (UK / Queens, NY) simultaneously interrogates beginnings and endings. Her process exists in the space between the visual and the haptic, and steps outside the constraining bounds of language. Her materials and visual antecedents harken to the totem, the votive, the funerary rites of the ancients, viscerally evoking the power of the anthropomorphised form. http://sarahpettitt.co.uk

The ceramic-base work of Robert Raphael (Brooklyn, NY) draws on the complex history of decorative art, a tradition that intersects and runs parallel to the history of art. Decoration is often perceived to be superficial, but he believes its strength lies in its seductive nature and the complex meanings that result when surface, mass, pattern, and cultural history come together. http://robraphael.com

Drawn simply with one continuous, calligraphic line the noses Robert Rivers (London, UK) paints are almost architectural renderings of space–of outside and inside. Grass and straw gathered from walks in the countryside are caught amidst the threads of the embroidered noses, fragments of summer, they disrupt the singular curving line and cross languages of paint, drawing, and collage.

Shaan Syed (Toronto, Canada) is interested in asking a question of context and culture: how do established systems of looking relate to how we see anew and how do they influence the way we make, look at and read images now? Primarily through painting, yet also incorporating screen-printing, sound and performance, Syed addresses the conundrum that painting may be at once a process, a reveal and a sign. http://shaansyed.com

Audra Wolowiec (Detroit / Brooklyn / Newburgh) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work oscillates between sculpture, installation, text and performance with an emphasis on sound and the material qualities of language. Her poetic sound installations and experimental language scores often use the gap, space, or breath in between speech—not as forms of negation, but as complex generators of meaning. https://www.audrawolowiec.com


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