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Brief Published: 6 Nov 2014

Frieze London: Textured Surface


Thickly applied impasto, high-relief collage and jutting metallic surfaces fed into the highly textured aesthetic showcased at this year’s Frieze Art Fair in London (October 15-18).

  • South African artist Zander Blom’s large-scale works heavily apply sculptural blobs of coloured oil paint, which are smeared to create a corrugated texture.
  • Paris-based Laurent Grasso created an angular anechoic wall made from reflective copper. The protruding, geometric surface distorts reflections to achieve a disruptive effect. The repeating structure aims to suppress sound and magnetic waves.
  • Know for her large-scale, time-consuming works, American artist Liza Lou repetitively hand-embroiders small glass beads onto an enormous canvas. The work subtly shimmers when it catches the light, but only when closely observed can you see the extremely delicate textural detail.
  • Japanese ceramicist Takuro Kuwata cleverly uses thickly applied kairagi glazes to create amorphous beads and molten textures in bright, bold colours. For more on Kuwata’s playful works, see our report New Metallics.
  • Paris-based American artist Sheila Hicks boldly works with cotton, linen, wool and silk fibres to make long, chunky wrappings. The brightly coloured textile wrappings are strung together in a tactile sculpture.
  •  British-Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha’s large circular public sculpture plays with the sensation of hard and soft and demonstrates the contrast using concrete and pink spongy foam.

For further inspiration, see our Autumn/Winter 2015-16 rationale Creator, which embraces a quirky and imaginative approach to creativity. Also see our reports Turn Up the Texture and Curious Tactility for high-relief surfaces and unconventional material treatments.

The next Frieze event will run from October 14-17 2015 in London.

Art & Design