Artfairs

Rebecca Baumann, Jonny Niesche, Gemma Smith | Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2020

13.02 - 16.02

Starkwhite will present the work of Rebecca Baumann, Jonny Niesche, and Gemma Smith at Art Los Angeles Contemporary from 13-16 February 2020. Uniting these three Australian artists is an abiding interest in the interrelationships between form, colour, light, movement, and time.

The intimate relationship between colour and emotion is joined by movement and time as critical factors in Rebecca Baumann’s practice. Her art works are never still. They ripple, flip, or burst in visually demonstrative examples of the passing of time. Often working with simple mechanisms, Baumann attempts to manipulate and programme the action to a certain point, then let the materials take over. Baumann’s new kinetic works are created using flip-dot display, an electro-magnetic signage originally created for the stock market. As the early technology audibly flips and alters, colour constellations and automatic drawings form. Stripping this outdated technology of its function, the artist has reimagined it as a choreography where control gives way to movement and unexpectedly still intervals, the chance configurations of colour and pattern feeding anticipation for what comes next. In action the works feels like a code or pulse is being transmitted, one communicated in colour, sound, and motion.

The seductive, iridescent surfaces of Jonny Niesche’s works hum and shimmer with pigment, colour that seems to float slightly above the voile surface. The effect is intensified by the indistinct edges between bands of colour that surround the dark middle ground. As one tone blurs and dissolves into the next, a silky insubstantiality of pure colour and sensation emerges. Niesche has long worked with the intrinsic relationship between colour, form and light to produce formal and optically charged works that challenge our perception of space. His is a body of work that draws on formal elements from twentieth-century art and the shiny allure of popular culture. Neiche’s paintings offer a transformative formal beauty that is beguiling. The glowing neon tones and soft pastels that flow from a mysterious dark centre are finished with reflective gold rims, mirroring the viewer back to his or her self in a surprising encounter with the art work. These enticing colour fields and Neiche’s sculpture offers shifting, sensory experiences of reflection, transparency, and movement.

Gemma Smith’s practice is a journey of experimentation with colour. Her work takes the form of both painting and sculpture, known for its reworking of abstract codes and styles, the testing of colour and form, and formal and improvised gestures. Fittingly for a practice exploring colour theory, her colour choices are precise, although not always vibrant. In these works she has created a very pale surface, attempting to use barely any colour. Smith adds the smallest amount of pigment, then spreads it out thinly as if it were wet cement, attempting to eliminate brushstrokes. Working in layers, often up to six layers on a canvas, she increases or decreases the amount of pigment in each area so as to balance the work compositionally over the whole canvas. The works’ delicately-hued surfaces offer soft and ambiguous shifts in tone, furthering Smith’s ongoing exploration of pictorial depth and the perception of volume and depth through the arrangement of colour. “Perceiving colour is like exercising a muscle that is enhanced by use. I feel that one can become attuned to perceiving colour in a more nuanced way,” says Smith.

After nine years in Santa Monica, this year’s edition of Art Los Angeles Contemporary will be held at the Hollywood Athletic Club on Sunset Boulevard. The Club was founded in 1924 by Charlie Chaplin and designed by architects Myer & Holler. It was frequented by celebrities like Mae West, Groucho Marx, John Ford, Jean Harlow, Howards Hughes and Joan Crawford, and has played host to many notable events including the first-ever Emmys in 1949, the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill in 2003 and now the 11th edition of Art Los Angeles Contemporary. This will be Starkwhite’s 6th participation in the fair.

We are also pleased to announce Jonny Niesche and Gemma Smith are now represented by Starkwhite.

Artfairs

Upcoming

Aotearoa Art Fair

18.04 - 21.04

Past

Melbourne Art Fair | 2024

22.02.2024 - 25.02.2024

Michael Zavros | Booth FC18 | ART SG 18-21 January 2024

Sydney Contemporary 2023

04.09 - 12.09

Aotearoa Art Fair 2023

02.03 - 05.03

Jonny Niesche at Booth F34 | Art SG 2023

12.01 - 15.01

Aotearoa Art Fair 2022

16.11 - 20.11

Sydney Contemporary 2022

08.09 - 11.09

Jonny Niesche, Michael Zavros, Len Lye, Fiona Pardington, Seung Yul Oh, Alicia Frankovich | Auckland Art Fair 2021

24.02 - 28.02

Not Another Art Fair | Auckland Art Fair 2021

24.02 - 20.04

Martin Basher, Whitney Bedford, Seung Yul Oh | Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020

01.10 - 31.10

Virtual Fair | Auckland Art Fair 2020

30.04 - 17.05

Fiona Pardington | Art Basel Hong Kong Kabinett 2020

19.03 - 21.03

Yuk King Tan | Crisis of the Ordinary | Art Basel Hong Kong Encounters 2020

19.03 - 21.03

Rebecca Baumann, Jonny Niesche, Gemma Smith | Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2020

13.02 - 16.02

Sydney Contemporary 2019

12.09 - 15.09

John Reynolds | Auckland Art Fair 2019

02.05 - 05.05

Paratene Matchitt, Gordon Walters | Art Basel Hong Kong 2019

29.03 – 31.03

Billy Apple®, Michael Zavros | Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2019

13.02 - 17.02

Rebecca Baumann, Len Lye, Seung Yul Oh, Michael Zavros | Sydney Contemporary 2018

16.09 - 13.09

Laith McGregor and Danie Mellor | So Long until we meet again | Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2018

25.01 - 28.01

Gordon Walters | Auckland Art Fair 2018

23.05 - 27.05

Billy Apple® | Auckland Art Fair Projects 2018

23.05 - 27.05

John Reynolds | Soap Box Symposium | Auckland Art Fair 2018

23.05 - 27.05

Fiona Pardington, Michael Zavros | Beyond Surface Affect | Art Basel Hong Kong 2018

29.03 - 31.03

Fiona Pardington | London Art Fair Dialogues 2018

17.01 - 21.01

Fiona Pardington and Michael Zavros | Sydney Contemporary 2017

07.09 - 11.09

Richard Maloy, Clinton Watkins | Video Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary 2017

07.09 - 10.09

Daniel Crooks | The Subtle Knife | Art Basel Hong Kong Film 2017

23.05 - 25.05

Art Basel Hong Kong 2017

23.03 - 25.03

Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2017

26.01 - 19.01

Auckland Art Fair 2016

25.05 - 29.05

Grant Stevens | Auckland Art Fair Projects 2016

25.05 – 29.05

Richard Maloy | Yellow Structure | Art Basel Hong Kong Encounters 2016

24.03 - 26.03

Arnold Manaki-Wilson, Gordon Walters, Fiona Pardington | Art Basel Hong Kong 2016 

23.03 - 26.03

Michael Zavros | Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2016

28.01 - 31.01

Sydney Contemporary 2015

10.09 – 13.09

Laith Mcgregor | Installation Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary 2015

10.09 - 13.09

Michael Zavros | Art Basel Hong Kong 2015

15.03 - 17.03

Grant Stevens | Thinking Feeling | Art Stage Singapore 2015

22.01 - 25.01

Michael Zavros | Melbourne Art Fair 2014

13.08 - 17.08

Rebecca Baumann | Art Basel Hong Kong Encounters 2014

15.05 - 18.05

Gordon Walters | Art Basel Hong Kong 2014

15.05 - 18.05

Seung Yul Oh | Huggong (Variation 1) | Installation Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary 2013

20.09 - 22.09

Grant Stevens, Clinton Watkins | Video Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary 2013

10.09 - 13.09

Auckland Art Fair 2013

08.08 - 11.08

Billy Apple® | THE IMMORTALISATION OF BILLY APPLE | Art Basel Hong Kong 2013

23.05 - 26.05

Sydney Contemporary 2013

10.09 - 13.09

Melbourne Art Fair 2012

02.08 - 05.08

Jin Jiangbo | Art Hong Kong 2012

17.05 - 20.05

Gavin Hipkins | This Fine Island | The Armory Film 2012

08.03 - 11.03

Martin Basher | The Armory Show 2012

08.03 - 11.03

Art Hong Kong 2011

26.05 - 29.05

Art Hong Kong 2010

14.05 - 17.05

Whitney Bedford, Jin Jiangbo, John Reynolds | Art Beijing 2010

29.04 - 02.05

John Reynolds | 1001 Nights | The Armory Show 2010

04.03 - 07.03

Grant Stevens, Peter Stichbury, John Reynolds | Art LA Contemporary 2010

28.01 - 31.01

John Reynolds | Table of Dynasties | Art Hong Kong 2009

14.05 - 17.05

Gavin Hipkins, Hye Rim Lee, Jae Hoon Lee and Grant Stevens | ShContemporary 2008

10.09 - 13.09

et al. | altruistic studies_vote more than once | Art 39 Basel, Art Unlimited 2008

04.06 – 08.06

Dane Mitchell | Conjuring Form | Art 39 Basel, Art Statements 2008

02.06 - 08.06