Surface has joined forces with London’s Timothy Taylor gallery, as well as NTS Radio, for a Frieze kick-off party tonight at Soho’s Phonica Records building, an annex of local record label The Vinyl Factory. Back at the fair, the gallery is presenting the first solo exhibition of sculptures by American artist Eddie Martinez. Up until now, Martinez has primarily been known as a painter, having made his name over the past few years with boisterous, colorful, semi-abstract works on canvas. This new series shows that it wasn’t too much of a stretch to translate his style into three dimensions.
SAMSON YOUNG AT FRIEZE PROJECTS
The Hong Kong-based artist, who holds a Ph.D. in composition from Princeton, will present a “Multimedia Walk” for Frieze Projects. In it, pairs of visitors will be equipped with headphones. They will then be guided through the fair by a recording composed by Young. It’s a chance for an intimate experience with Young’s work in advance of the 2017 Venice Biennale, where he will represent Hong Kong.
A new section of the fair will focus on artwork made in the 1990s. Curated by Nicolas Trembley, 14 galleries will recreate influential shows from the period. Exhibited artists will include Karen Kilimnik, at New York’s 303 Gallery; Pierre Joseph, at Air de Paris in Paris; and Sylvie Fleury, presented jointly by Berlin’s Sprüth Magers and New York’s Salon 94.
CHRISTINE SUN KIM IN FRIEZE LONDON LIVE
Born in California and based in Berlin, Kim has been deaf since birth. The performance she is planning for Frieze Live, titled “Nap Disturbance,” is inspired by her learned awareness of the sounds she makes when her partner is sleeping. At the fair, deaf and hearing performers will make noise through mundane activities, like crinkling food wrappers in unison, increasing the volume slowly until it breaches what is socially acceptable.