We're getting our mid-winter art fix this week at Art Rotterdam. If you're visiting as well, we've done the hard work for you and picked out the galleries and artists that aren't to be missed. (Or you can just enjoy discovering great new artists from afar).
Until Friday, we'll be picking out our favourites every day, including a little extra on the RAW Art Fair, which runs simultaneously.
1. Frank Ammerlaan
The Dutch artist is a sculptor, photographer and painter, whose work evokes the unexpected twists of the mundane. His latest series, a chemical portrait based on oil puddles left on the street on a rainy day, is almost holographic in its intensity and surprising in it's ability to subvert a common sight into something spectacular. His work is shown by Upstream Gallery.
2. Beni Bischof
The multi-disciplinary Swiss artist is known for his paintings, collages and photographs that combine a kaleidoscope of pop culture, current affairs, and miscellany into series that walk the line between tongue-and-cheek satire and double-take mind game. His latest series features levitating cars. His work is shown by Sommer & Kohl.
3. Tom Bogaert
A former lawyer with the United Nations, Tom Bogaert uses his knowledge of Middle Eastern politics and culture to form installation pieces combining sound, sculpture, photography and found objects. The initially obscure assemblages are layered with references to politics, current affairs and history in Syria, Palestine and Lebanon. His work is shown by Albert Baronian.
4. Ori Gersht
Israeli-born photography Ori Gersht, now based in London, creates brilliantly detailed photos and videos that model and subvert the still life paintings of the Old Masters. His best known work is likely his looping video of a vase of flowers exploding in slow, luxurious detail (pictures above), or a bullet shooting through a suspended pomegranate. His work will be shown by Kunsten Israel (Netherlands Foundation for Israeli Culture.)
5. Adam Helms
American artist Adam Helms is known for his series of graphic photographs and images, which layer portraits of rebel fighters, police men, and movie stars. His work combines found images and poster-style iconography that distorts and probes questions of identity, politics and violence into subtly threatening, shadowy panoramas. His work will be shown by Grimm Gallery.
We'll have five more artists on the site tomorrow, so come back and have another look!
Art Rotterdam runs from 7 to 10 February. All of these galleries are showing in the fair's main space, the Cruise Terminal.
Rotterdam, the Netherlands