From NFT pets to dystopian video games, digital art stands out at Nada New York 2022

Nada, the fair organized by the New Art Dealers Alliance, opened its 2022 edition in New York this week (May 5-8) on Pier 36 after a four-year hiatus in the city. The fair offers a solid list of 120 galleries, non-profit organizations and cultural partners who champion the work of new artists. Here we highlight some of the eye-catching articles and works, including a remarkably large contingent of digital art projects.

Metaverse Petshop (beta)) (2022)
Now here, New York

One of many projects to incorporate an NFT (non-fungible token) element at this year’s trade show, this installation by the Japanese art collective Exonemo (composed by artists Sembo Kensuke and Akaiwa Yae) invites the viewer to ‘save’ a pet by releasing it from its cage by scanning a QR code. Pets not purchased within 10 minutes are transformed into new pets with new AI-generated models. In addition to highlighting the growing confusion of the physical and virtual worlds, the ironic game responds to growing global bans on the sale of caged pets and the ethics of “killing” a pet. Be digital. The work will be presented in a beta version and will be updated for exhibition at NowHere in July.

Installation display of works by Jeremy Couillard and Stephen Thorpe at Denny Dimin’s gallery stand. Lent by Denny Dimin Gallery.

Jeremy Couillard and Stephen Thorpe
Denny Dinin, New York

The British painter Stephen Thorpe and the American digital artist Jeremy Couillard have collaborated to create an environment reminiscent of a video arcade, where Thorpe’s lively paintings of arcade games in nature flank the walls of the stand as video game couillards. stuffed animal dungeon common in the center’s video installations. The game, a mix of dystopian images, text and ambient music from artists Chris Parrello and Lobby Hotel, previously streamed 24/7 from the gallery’s basement. It is offered in an unconventional format, like a computer on which the game is downloaded.

Still from Trulee Hall, Two Heads, Two Ways (2020). Lent by the artist and Daata.

Trulee Lounge, Two heads, two paths (2020)

The fair’s cultural partner, the online gallery Daata, presents an excellent eight-minute video produced by multidisciplinary artist Trulee Hall. The work shows a central character who embodies, multiplies and recomposes, creating a two-headed figure who sometimes masturbates, kisses and meditates. The work is backed by an ominous soundtrack and is described as a “narrative in which several personalities and possibilities for the self are visualized through the metaphor and physicality of a two-headed body”, and a “dark monastery fantasy about sex dolls”. – love and out of body experience. »Offered in NFT for $ 3,000.

Installation view of Elliot Reed’s work at Anonymous Gallery. Lent by Anonymous Gallery.

elliot reed
Anonymous Gallery, New York and Mexico

One of five solo presentations curated by curator and distributor Kendra Jayne Patrick, the dramatic stand features an installation by New York artist and dancer Elliot Reed with motorcycles, large speakers, theater lights and a series of knives embedded in a wall while a video work and photographs highlights the performative facet of his practice. The conceptual work is a miniaturized version of Reed’s exhibition at the Kunsthaus Glarus in Switzerland last year, which spanned two floors of the institution. The artist described the visually atmospheric work as “a metaphor”, or an “encounter with an unsolvable problem”.

Installation view of 1-800-Happy Birthday for even / odd. Lent by Worthless Studios

1-800-Happy Birthday (2022)
Worthless Studios, New York

One of the first works visitors see as they enter the fair, this installation expands on an ongoing digital project created in 2020 by the art collective Even / Odd to honor black Americans who were killed by police. Standing over 7 feet tall and weighing over 500 pounds, the recycled phone box serves as a physical memorial to the lost lives. The phone box plays moving voice messages from family and friends to those killed, reminiscent of past birthdays and how they would celebrate if the person was still alive. The work will be expanded to a stand-alone exhibition at the Brooklyn Gallery in September.

  • Nothing New York 2022Pier 36, Manhattan, through May 8th.

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