Highlights From London’s START Art Fair
START art fair, which opened its doors yesterday at Saatchi gallery, is one of the first of London's many annual fall art and design events (PAD, London Design Festival, and Frieze are three others). Fittingly, it focuses on emerging artists and new art scenes from around the globe. Here, five artists and collectives to keep an eye on in the year ahead. Tokyo-based artist collaborative teamLab was founded in 2001 as a melting pot for the digitally oriented, from programmers and engineers to artists and animators. The self-proclaimed "ultra-technologists" create captivating, immersive works such as the stunning Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders, a magical, constantly evolving floral projection presented in a black-box room. For more information, visit team-lab.net.
Namsa Leuba's stunning, hyperstylized photographic portraits examine the representation of African identity through Western imaginations, and her colorful work often uses fashion as a way to caricature or as a central element to create dramatic contrasts against natural landscapes. Based in South Africa and Switzerland, Leuba has already been published in i-D, Wallpaper*, New York Magazine, and the British Journal of Photography. Represented by Art 21 Lagos.
Young, Budapest-based artist Zsófi Barabás presents a series of brightly hued geometric paintings. The detailed acrylics on canvas have an imposing architectural sensibility that makes them a no-brainer for a white wall in a modernist living room. Represented by Alludo Room Gallery, Austria.
Hardly an emerging name in Malaysia, Ahmad Zakii Anwar is one of the Southeast Asian country's most prominent artists, and his playful, if not semi-erotic, fruit still lifes offer a contemporary interpretation of an age-old theme while revealing his uncompromising technical abilities. Represented by Galerie Huit, Hong Kong.
The London-based artist David Ben White showcases interiors paintings from his series "The Fabrication of Pleasure," which was inspired by modernist designers and architects and their interest in constructing complete lifestyle sets, with the building, the furniture, and the decor all neatly aligned. The colorful works depict imaginary houses, though the architectural lines of Le Corbusier are not hard to detect. Represented by L'Étrangère gallery, London.
START Art Fair runs through September 14, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Road London; startartfair.com