Making its NYC Frieze Week debut, Conception Arts hosted a pop-up show in Soho. The fair, owned and produced exclusively by women – Art Director, Rachel Wilkins, and co-owner and producer, Jennifer M. Blum, Esq. – was created to focus on art by women and minority artists that promotes social and political change. The show featured about 15 artists. Works by three artists stood out for me:
Z Gallery Arts from Vancouver, Canada, featured the work of Syrian Artist Khaled Alkhani, who currently lives in Paris. His work reflects the turmoil and disfiguration of his native country, which he fled in 2011.
Kwesi Abbensetts is a Brooklyn-based photographer also known as Spaceship George. There were several works from his imaginative series A Kind of Masking, in which he uses dots of various sizes, colors and transparencies to either envelop the sitter’s face in a bubble of light or completely obscure the sitter’s face; alternatively he uses the dots as either a background or a framing device, which serves to highlight the sitter’s features.
Liverpool-based artist Emma Worth had this excellent portrait.
Conception Arts hosts events in NYC and other cities – you can find more on their website.