(e)merge kicked off with a preview and poolside party on Thursday evening. Featuring two platforms, one for galleries and the other for unrepresented artists, the fair occupies the first three floors of the Capitol Skyline Hotel as well as the lower level parking garage. I took a look around the gallery platform on Friday — just about 40 exhibitors — and will be checking out the artist platform on Saturday. My report on the galleries, with lots of images, after the jump.
Curator’s Office brought a couple of faces that are familiar to the blog — Atlanta-based husband-and-wifeAndy Moon Wilson (NAP #45) and Jiha Moon (NAP #63, #70, #82). Some of Moon Wilson’s work comes from his last show at Curator’s, which he discussed with us earlier this year. And Jiha Moon presents her characteristic technicolor works on canvas and paper — we got a peak inside her studio this past January.
Chicago-based gallery monique meloche is featuring the work of a pair of artists, including a couple of eye-catching pieces by Kendell Carter. One of them is from the artist’s “drip paintings” and the other from his “painting constructs.” Carter’s sculptural use of materials in two-dimensional works was surprisingly unusual at (e)merge, but no doubt a welcome addition.
Some galleries were more adventurous and have turned their spaces over to individual artist projects. Heiner Contemporary, whom we spoke with last summer, focuses on Avery Lawrence. And Solas Nua, a D.C.-based non-profit that promotes Irish artists working in the U.S., features the work of Dublin native and current MICA MFA candidate Bart O’Reilly, whose installation is as rugged as Avery’s is fanciful.
White Columns packs a punch in their no-frills setup. Several small paintings byDaniel Rios Rodriguez made their way south to D.C., as did drawings by Brooklyn-based painterElla Kruglyanskaya. Works on paper by Nina Bovasso also make an appearance via Richmond’sAda Gallery, as does an entertaining toy shrine by Jimmy Trotter. And hostsConner Contemporary Art feature excerpts from they’re exhibition Is Realism Relevant?.