Six Times the Unexpected at Armory Arts Week


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When life keeps throwing the unexpected at you, sometimes the best way to cope is to throw the unexpected right back at it. It’s how InLiquid member Melissa Maddonni Haims dealt with a continual onslaught of personal loss. She worked through her mourning in the manual process of knitting, yarnbombing memorial stones for lost loved ones, or counting out gun violence deaths in fabric bullets.

In person, Melissa is a Joan Jett Mama Bear: caring and determined center topped with a fierce haircut and hip demeanor. This determination carried her all the way to PULSE Contemporary Art Fair in New York earlier this March, where she wowed visitors to the InLiquid booth with her stories, her work, and ten straight hours of knitting on site every day.

That determination also got her a shout-out as one of 32 not-to-be-missed artists featured during Armory Arts Week on artnet News. While Melissa’s work put Philadelphia on the radar for this fair circuit, we also caught a few other national and international artists taking a swing at the unexpected. Check out a few of our favorites below:

also at PULSE

IMAG1482Moby, Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, NYC

At once disturbing and magnetic, Moby’s photography series cut off visitors to the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery booth in a Twilight Zone universe that existed separately from the larger fair going on around it. Once caught up in a staring contest with the masked and robed figures in his pieces, it’s almost impossible to look away. You have entered his post-apocalyptic reality, where curiosity eternally struggles with fear of the unknown. Just be sure not to dive too deeply, where only future-earth Charlton Heston will hear your screams.

Christian Rex Van Minnen, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

A mix of the kind of blobby cellular formations you might find under a microscope, and the meaty remains you might find in Dexter’s kill room, the paintings of Christian Rex Van Minnen are equal parts revolting and beautiful. The torn flesh is so realistic you can almost watch the canvas bleeding.

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IMAG1559Hiroshi Shinno, YOD Gallery, Osaka, Japan

It’s not quite Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Yes, the plants have taken on a new invasive life form, but luckily they’re not bent on destroying anything except your preconceived notions. Hiroshi Shinno takes petals, seeds, and other organic elements and sculpts them into incredibly realistic-looking bugs. Beetles, mantises, and more bloom into pale delicacy.

IMAG1534Nobuaki Onishi, MA2 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

A high heel. An arrow. A butcher’s cleaver. It’s hard to tell at first how a series of props could warrant Nobuaki Onishi a place at Volta. Until you look closer and realize that the objects themselves aren’t real – they’re simply mockups made of transparent resin and painted to look like their originals. Household artifacts have never been so exciting.

IMAG1502Dustin Yellin, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles

Dustin Yellin‘s 3D collages scream their way through layers of glass. Miniature clippings of tigers and tidbits swim into human-like formations, a chaos that presses its hands against the glass in existential crisis. Two-headed and exponentially divided, the series presents a colorful character conundrum.

Won Choi's sculptural forms grow out of the human figure, costume and the natural landscape, often merging together to reveal spiritual meaning, something she realized through meditating on the five Natural Elements.
Won Choi
Won Choi

Won Choi's sculptural forms grow out of the human figure, costume and the natural landscape, often merging together to reveal…

Won Choi's sculptural forms grow out of the human figure, costume and the natural landscape, often merging together to reveal spiritual meaning, something she realized through meditating on the five Natural…

Won Choi's sculptural forms grow out of the human figure, costume and the natural landscape, often merging together to reveal spiritual meaning, something she realized through meditating on the five Natural Elements.…

My primary medium is paper collage. I have explored many subjects over the years creating my own distinctive materials and searching for innovative ways to express each visual theme.
Florence Weisz
Florence Weisz

My primary medium is paper collage. I have explored many subjects over the years creating my own distinctive materials and…

My primary medium is paper collage. I have explored many subjects over the years creating my own distinctive materials and searching for innovative ways to express each visual theme. …

My primary medium is paper collage. I have explored many subjects over the years creating my own distinctive materials and searching for innovative ways to express each visual theme. …

Carol Taylor-Kearney is an artist, arts educator, and curator.
Carol Taylor-Kearney (Curatorial)
Carol Taylor-Kearney (Curatorial)

Carol Taylor-Kearney is an artist, arts educator, and curator. …

Carol Taylor-Kearney is an artist, arts educator, and curator. …

Carol Taylor-Kearney is an artist, arts educator, and curator. …

Anthony explores overlooked glimpses of visual reflections. He reanimates fragments of his life through a broad palette of wood, oil, wax, paint & photographs.
Anthony DeMelas
Anthony DeMelas

Anthony explores overlooked glimpses of visual reflections. He reanimates fragments of his life through a broad palette of…

Anthony explores overlooked glimpses of visual reflections. He reanimates fragments of his life through a broad palette of wood, oil, wax, paint & photographs.…

Anthony explores overlooked glimpses of visual reflections. He reanimates fragments of his life through a broad palette of wood, oil, wax, paint & photographs.…

Jean Burdick is a painter and printmaker and lives and maintains a studio in Bucks County, PA.  She is inspired by the layering of light, pattern, texture and color in reference with the natural world.
Jean Burdick
Jean Burdick

Jean Burdick is a painter and printmaker and lives and maintains a studio in Bucks County, PA. She is inspired by the layering…

Jean Burdick is a painter and printmaker and lives and maintains a studio in Bucks County, PA. She is inspired by the layering of light, pattern, texture and color in reference with the natural world.…

Jean Burdick is a painter and printmaker and lives and maintains a studio in Bucks County, PA. She is inspired by the layering of light, pattern, texture and color in reference with the natural world. …

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