Flux-Labyrinth at Frieze

Sul tema del labirinto saranno i lavori presentati a Frieze New York il prossimo 14-17 Maggio, eccovi alcune info.

The Frieze Projects program at Frieze New York will feature six new artworks, both inside the fair and around Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, Frieze Projects is the non-profit program of artist commissions realized at Frieze New York. This year, the program includes sculptural environments and performative spaces involving intricate mazes, intimate hideouts and room-size installations. Frieze New York takes place May 14–17, 2015 and has been sponsored by Deutsche Bank since its launch in 2012.

The artists participating in the Frieze Projects program at Frieze New York this year are: Korakrit Arunanondchai, Pia Camil, Samara Golden, Aki Sasamoto and Allyson Vieira. The program will also feature a special tribute to the Flux-Labyrinth, an installation conceived in Berlin in 1976 by George Maciunas, in collaboration with other Fluxus artists.

The six projects will be scattered both inside and outside the fair – built among booths, in common areas, or hidden within the fair’s layout. The artists choosing to create clandestine rooms that host participatory spaces include Aki Sasamoto, who will construct a personality test in the form of a three-dimensional maze. Another hidden space will be realized by Samara Golden who plans to build an underground sculptural environment that reveals the subterranean features of the fair. Other projects will interrupt the fabric of the fair itself, with Korakrit Arunanondchai installing a number of massage chairs throughout the fair, upholstered in his signature material of bleached denim, which will be free for visitors to use. Pia Camil will make a similarly conspicuous intervention by freely distributing a series of wearable fabrics to fair visitors to employ as items of clothing. Outside the fair, Allyson Vieira will install a colossal broken column made of recycled bales of plastic.

As in the previous editions of Frieze New York, Frieze Projects features a tribute to an alternative space or an artist-run project that has radically transformed the way we experience contemporary art. Following homages to the underground space Fashion Moda (2012), the artists’ restaurant FOOD (2013) and the artist project Al’s Grand Hotel (2014), this year the Frieze tribute will be devoted to the Flux-Labyrinth. For this homage at Frieze New York 2015, a group of contemporary artists have been invited to create new environments, sculptures and situations that will be installed in a labyrinth of narrow corridors and rooms where obstructions and hurdles turn the experience of traversing the space into a joyful and surreal exercise.

Curator Cecilia Alemani said: ‘For the fourth edition of Frieze Projects in New York, I have invited a group of international artists to create new spaces, both physical and fictional, places to relax, play and explore. All together, this year’s Frieze Projects will feature temporary architectures and intimate spaces dispersed throughout the fabric of the fair’.

At Frieze New York 2015, the Frieze Projects program invites you to lose yourself, relax and play in a series of secret spaces and labyrinthine environments, inside,  ;outside and even underneath the fair.

The participating artists are: Korakrit Arunanondchai, Pia Camil, Samara Golden, Aki Sasamoto, Allyson Vieira plus a special tribute to the Flux-Labyrinth (1976).

Aki Sasamoto will construct a personality test in the form of a maze and Samara Golden plans to create a subterranean environment. Korakrit Arunanondchai has opted to install a number of massage chairs, upholstered in his signature bleached denim and Pia Camil will distribute artisanal fabrics for visitors to wear. Outside, Allyson Vieira proposes to build a colossal broken column made from recycled materials. 

This year's tribute, to the legendary Flux-Labyrinth, will see contemporary artists creating a sequence of new environments, sculptures and situations. Installed in narrow corridors and rooms, visitors can find a surreal, joyful and unexpected experience. 

Frieze Projects is a non-profit program of artist commissions realized at Frieze New York. The fair will take place from May 14, to May 17, 2015. 

Cecilia Alemani has curated the Frieze Projects program at Frieze New York since its inception in 2012. With a focus on projects that provide memorable and immersive experiences, Alemani has brought a dynamic array of new works to Randall's Island.
Alemani is also the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator and Director of the High Line Art Program (New York).

Korakrit Arunanondchai (b. 1986, Bangkok, lives and works in New York & Bangkok)
Artist Korakrit Arunanondchai is interested in creating immersive environments where the viewer can lose themself in a multi-sensory space. Distributed throughout the fair, a series of high-tech massage chairs will welcome visitors, allowing them to relax and take a break from the vertiginous rhythm of the fair. Covered with the artist’s signature material – bleached denim – the chairs will function as a place of rest and contemplation for which the artist will also realize an hypnotic sound track.

Pia Camil (b. 1980, Mexico City, lives and works in Mexico City)
Pia Camil has conceived a project that will function as a portable environment. Inspired by Hélio Oiticica’s Parangolé – a series of capes, flags and banners made to be worn as ‘habitable paintings’ – Camil’s project will consist of a series of wearable fabrics distributed freely to the fair’s visitors. Camil’s pieces of fabric are designed to allow for various versatile uses including clothing – such as robes, ponchos and scarves – and more utilitarian functions – such as picnic blankets, table cloths and sheets. Disseminated within the context of the fair, Camil’s fabric pieces will require the direct participation of the viewers, quietly emphasizing one of the main characteristics of the experience of art fairs, where the act of looking at art is often as important as the act of looking at others and distinguishing oneself from them.
Samara Golden (b. 1973, Ann Arbor, lives and works in Los Angeles)
Los Angeles-based artist Samara Golden is interested in unveiling the different components and stratifications of the fair, both physical and social. For Frieze Projects, Golden will build a secret room underneath the tent and only visible from the outside. The hidden chamber will be surrounded by mirrors and will feature a sculptural environment, which integrates the infrastructures of the fair, with its supporting pillars, air conditioning pipes and electricity cables all becoming part of the work. As in an archeological site, Golden’s installation will reveal the underbelly of the fair, which is usually invisible to fairgoers.

Aki Sasamoto (b. 1980, Kanagawa, lives and works in New York)
Japanese artist Aki Sasamoto will realize a three-dimensional version of a personality test and multiple-choice questionnaire. A maze-like structure built within the grid of the galleries’ booths, Sasamoto’s project will consist of several rooms where viewers will face a choice between two objects or situations. The viewers’ choices will then lead them through a succession of rooms and doors which will take them to the exit, where they will discover which personality suits them best. 

Allyson Vieira (b. 1979, Massachusetts, lives and works in New York)
Outside the fair, visitors will be greeted by a colossal installation by Allyson Vieira. Inspired by archeological sites scattered throughout the Mediterranean, the artist will install a series of Cyclopean scaled blocks evoking a gigantic fallen column. However, unlike its classical predecessors, Vieira’s column will be made of an unusual material: compressed bales of recycled plastic bags and foam. These blocks are a 21st-century commodity, a new raw material, created for export to China where they will be reprocessed into plastic consumer goods for sale in American big-box stores. Positioned on the green lawn in front of the fair, Vieira’s sculpture will act as a reminder of the survival of classical forms even in the most prosaic of realities, whilst acknowledging the inevitable degradation of materials over time.

Flux-Labyrinth (1976/2015)
This year Frieze New York will pay tribute to the Flux-Labyrinth, an immersive environment originally conceived by George Maciunas in collaboration with other Fluxus artists. A participatory, 200-foot-long labyrinth where viewers have to overcome a series of tactile obstacles and absurd obstructions, the original Flux-Labyrinth was designed for a show at the René Bloch gallery in New York in 1975, but was only realized the following year at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. For this tribute at Frieze New York, a group of contemporary artists have been invited to create new environments, sculptures and situations that will be installed in a maze structure: several narrow corridors and rooms where obstructions and hurdles turn the experience of traversing the space into a joyful and surreal exercise.

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