Frieze London 2015

I don't remember the name of the work, but I do remember what the tour guide had to say about this: apparently the artist customizes eggplants sculptures for those who intend to buy them, not just the outward appearance but also the filling of the sculpture. This eggplant belongs to the artist him/herself - it contains something along the lines of 'human hair and toenails'.... not too sure. It was too weird for me to handle...

Map of the art fair in fluorescent light...

One of the creepy works in 'The Phantasmal Cabinet' by Mark Dion

'The Phantasmal Cabinet' by Mark Dion

'...Dion's dark room and glowing objects celebrate the power of human imagination to populate the blank spaces of the unknown landscapes with the most curious and dreadful phantasmal beasts.'

'The Paradox' by... (unknown)

The giant cog and the cut outs seem to be in Hebrew. Could this be about the Paradox of God? If the spinner was the word of God, could this alteration of the cog into something seemingly dangerous infer the hazardous yet dormant potential of the word of God?

'Wondering where to go' by Ji Wenyu and Zhu Weibing

This piece reminds me of scenes from traditional Chinese TV series that recall the hardships and the sacrifices made during the Cultural Revolution. The significance of such set up is immense, nevertheless, scaling the 'scene' down to such trivial size and placing it on a mundane carpet shines a new light and presents new questions: how influential was this symbolic division?, was this really irreparable?, were those people being too narrow-minded?

by Olaf Nicolai

Breakfast, Hope Dinner, Fear by Jack Pierson

Bronchitis and Pins& Bottles by Maha Malluh

'In search of a story... that's my story too' by Waqas Khan

I really liked this piece because it reminded me of the markings in tree trunks that reveal its age. Unlike the perfectly circular outline of the circle, the inner lines curve in all directions, just like how one would see it in nature. This also reminds me of the circular swirls on our fingertips - indeed each of these swirls are unique and tell a different story. Who knows what Khan's story was about.

'Pacific Palisades (Doors of Perception)' by Drew Heitzler

This piece caught my attention because of the giant print of 'Aldous Huxley', the author of 'Brave New World'. I have not read the book, but I am interested in its themes of cultural oppression and social uniformity. In my opinion, the explicit imagery of eyes has been overused in the cultural stage. While I think this piece could be a great book cover, I feel that this piece lacks something. Back to my idea of cultural oppression - had I/we not been indoctrinated with the idea of 'Big Brother is watching', we would see this ominous piece differently.

By Yan Peiming

Apparently this artist has a studio in France and works there most of the time. I am a little confused as to why he works there since most of his paintings depict Chinese themes (as well as a few Western figures of importance. I personally feel that work depicting cultural themes should be 'born' locally. I understand that due to the political nature of their work, some artists like Ai Weiwei, are constantly pestered by the government / other associations. While Ai may not be able to exhibit on home grounds, his studio is based in Beijing (actually, Ai isn't a great example of what I mean, since he had his passport taken away and thus forbid him from travelling abroad). If I were to base my work solely on Chinese themes, I would most definitely work locally. You may be thinking about the issue of censorship and wonder how 'genuine' is the work produced - to be honest, I have no experience of working under such restriction and I cannot tell you whether the government would be invasive and forceful towards everyone. Nevertheless, I feel that 'oppression vs freedom' is an undeniable, inseparable part of Chinese contemporary art. Whether my work will challenge or fall within those invisible boundaries, whether the local audience will like the work and whether the national and international public will differ in their reactions... these questions only fuel my curiosity and eagerness to explore.

Kamatsiri by Jason Martin

I'm in love with this texture.

By Georg Baselitz

By Georg Baselitz

By Sigmar Polke

"See? It's true" by Ivan Argote

King Cruiser by Toby Ziegler

I couldn't find the label for this piece, but I thought the installation was very remarkable. There were wine glasses set up in a circle at a height at which a pebble on each end of the stick would gently 'ping' as the propellor spun. I really liked the idea, and I think it worked the best in the colour white.

Rough Passage by Susan Hiller

The Smoking Image by Laure Prouvost

By Ken Okiishi

Specimen series by Do Ho Suh

Specimen series by Do Ho Suh

Specimen series by Do Ho Suh

Specimen series by Do Ho Suh

This series was so popular amongst the Frieze galleries. I think it must be worth a ton....Aesthetically, I find it really satisfying (somehow). The attention to details, the choice of colour and the 'hollowness' and transparency of the sculptures....

By Valerie Snobeck

Frieze Project by Jeremy Herbert

At first glance in the Frieze pavillion, the installation seemed to be a plain, over-protected, 1-metre high black rectangular construction. At a longer inspection, you realise that there are people entering and coming out of a tiny little door on either side of the structure. The side with a massive queue turned out to be the entrance. When it was my turn, the volunteer warned me of steps and poor lighting. As I almost crawled in, I realised that Herbert's installation of silent wind turbines was mostly located below the pavillion. At the end of the descending stair, I opened the door to a dark 'outdoor' space, where icy wind was coming out of a neat contraption. I don't know how to feel about that - my skin was numb.

I didn't jump I was pushed by Mitchell Syrop

Untitled ( the children from Lake Garda) by Amelie von Wulffen

by Samara Scott

by Samara Scott

By Leticia Parente

By Leticia Parente

By Roman Stanczak

This piece was incredible and it does not deserve such a horrible photograph, but you'll have to cope for now. The film is about a man who puts on at least 30 pairs of tights, most of which skin coloured, occasionally a turquoise or a purple pair, and (almost) always with holes and rips. He was so restricted towards the end that he had to get help from another man. The video ends with him struggling out of those... 50? pairs of tights and forming this bizarre 'tights' sculpture.

By Christoph Weber

By Christoph Weber

All my failures turn into a hill by Ruth Proctor

Pretty self-explanatory performance. Usually seen without the performer.

By Neha Choksi

By Neha Choksi

Women discussing history by Helen Johnson

By Marcelo Moscheta

Voice over (voice) by Adrian Ghenie & Navid Nuur

This may be my favourite piece in the art fair. While one of the artists painted, the other one voiced over each of the brushstrokes. I strangely don't have much to say about this performance, except that I think it was ALIVE.

Voice over (voice) by Adrian Ghenie & Navid Nuur

Three Stars/ New Flag for A New Country by Jannis Varelas

Frieze Project by Rachel Rose

By Donald Moffett

By Camille Henrot

Orlando's Ghost by Trisha Baga

Art Porn Audition by Mark Flood

By Chris Martin

Draped Marble by Analia Saban

Draped Marble by Analia Saban

I am you you are me by Jeppe Hein

Ladies of the Paradise by Kim Gordon

Untitled by Dominique Gonzales-Foerster

TBD (apples) by Urs Fischer

My Favorite Little Bird by Tracey Emin

By Haegue Yang

Yang's pieces were also very popular amongst the galleries. One of the workers kindly demonstrated how it works by grabbing the handles and shaking the structure violently. This produced a series of sounds.

By Haegue Yang

By Goutam Ghosh

By Matias Faldbakken

The Office by Neil Beloufa

Simetrías by Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Pitch by Anne Hardy

Bill's Way for Bill De Kooning by Jack Whitten

Two Lamps by Paul Chan

City of Heroes by Marcel Odenbach

Felix the Cat by Mark Leckey

Untitled ( hidden from view) by David Hammons

Work No. 629 by Martin Creed

Work No. 869 by Martin Creed

Stream of Circles by Hilary Llyod

By Glenn Brown

Mandala V by Alexandre Da Cunha

By Gary Webb

Parole by Evren Tekinoktay

Flic Flac by Evren Tekinoktay

Marea baja by Michel Pérez Pollo

By Mary Weatherford

By Mary Weatherford

By Mary Weatherford

By John Armleder

Paintings: by Anke Weyer

Sculptures by Catharine Ahearn

Untitled by Pieter Vermeersch

Untitled by Roger Hiorns

This piece caught my eye as I was walking out of the exhibit: it was oozing out foam. How bizarre.

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