Parallax International Art Fair 22 to 23 February 2013 Chelsea Old Town Hall

Parallax AF, or P(AF), is an international art fair that brings artists together from around the world in an event underpinned by new ideas in art history.  The third edition will be held at the illustrious Chelsea Old Town Hall in Chelsea, London. All media of art is represented, including ceramics, totemic carvings and mixed media installations.

The variety of sculpture represented at Parallax AF will demonstrate the array of objects to which the term “sculpture” applies. “Sculpture”, in this respect, will cover artwork made from fabric, ceramic, glass, tile, light, bronze, and other everyday objects. In the same way that sculptors join different elements together to represent new objects, so the idea of “sculpture” becomes an amalgamation of ideas of three-dimensional creation. Parallax AF challenges the limitations of art history by bringing all of these objects into dialogue with one another that hits on the tensions in contemporary art.  

Catherine Savigny (France) uses bronze in a similar way to Constantin Brâncu?i. Her abstract style balances the order of geometric forms and organic shapes of figurative art. In “Construction n°1” we can almost detect a face with an elongated neck as it emerges from the solid bronze.  

Working with ceramics, Diamondo Kousellis (Australia) challenges the limitations of pottery. Instead of crafting one complete object, he reworks and rearranges pieces of ceramic to reconstruct new unusual objects. Kousellis’ “Untitled” could be the representation of highway renovation, the re-formation of a sea creature or even the effects of a tornado, but it could also illustrate how art history has been ripped apart and remade into the stories that we accept as truth.

Iona Inglesby (UK) uses screen-printed wooden lighting rings and inlaid electro-luminescent wires to present large-scale installation pieces commenting on the harmony and tension of nature and technology. She depicts scenes of dangerous beasts, such as wolves and bears, to show the strength of these natural creatures. The rings signify the unity and strength of the pack against technology and the man-made world represented by light. The light is also interactive and points to scientific discoveries concerning the visual effects of sound waves.

Using light in a similar way, Sonya Zero’s “Light Pods” are made from cut glass that demonstrate the properties of light rays when reflected through the fragile material. The New Zealand artist also experiments with light rays fractured through water in order to explore the reflection of nature in her work.

Paul Taylor (USA) uses everyday objects, such as concrete, paint, food, dirt and grass, to assemble installations in the outside world. His work “Food” is located at the map coordinates 38.5382, -121.7494 for visitors to interact with at all times and consists of a manhole filled with canned food. His work at P(AF) will be represented through photographic documentation.  

In a similar vane to Taylor, Annie Blanchet Rouze (UK) recreates natural forms, such as apples, to invite viewers’ interaction with their ‘food.’ In “Let It Be”, from her Beatles series, Rouze crafted an apple from clay and mixed media.  Her work illustrates how we interact with the world, highlighting nostalgic emotions and the origins of life.

Sewing colourful fabric patches together, Gabriela Trejo (UK) constructs dresses that suggest imagination and traveling. Trejo believes that the dress form evokes our existence and makes possible in our imaginations the potential of other fantastical life forms, such as fairies. The dresses capture the energy of everyday life, yet, at the same time, they break our common routines.

Using a similar method of construction, Banu Cevikel (Turkey) creates mosaics that he believes represent our energy and freedom of spirit. His piece “Hullabaloo!” uses a variety of vibrant colours and a range of shapes to illustrate similarity within diversity; how we all differ physically, but are somehow connected spiritually.  

Including these sculptors, Parallax AF will showcase the work of over 250 other artists from more than thirty countries. This exciting opportunity enables visitors to discuss and interact with artists directly. Sales are commission free, enabling clients to invest directly in the career of established and emerging artists. Most importantly, visitors can discover new and unusual works of art all under the auspices of new ideas in art history that are likely to shape how we think about contemporary art long into the twenty-first century.   

Parallax AF is open on 16-18 February 2012 from 10.00-18.00 with a private view in the evening on Wednesday 15 February.


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