Here Are 10 Innovative Artists Slated for PULSE

Preview mandalas, martini glass chandeliers, and more from the upcoming PULSE Contemporary Art Fair in New York.

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Feb 26 2015, 10:00pm

Ye Hongxing, detail of Prajñāpāramitā. All images courtesy of PULSE. 

The vast, wooden halls of the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea will soon be brimming with artworks from over 100 international creators for the 10th anniversary of the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair. At the exhibition's Miami Beach edition last December, we explored Alexandra Gorczynski’s $5,000 art website and virtual wallpapers by Nicolas Sassoon, Sara Ludy, and Sylvain Sailly, among others. The New York show, which runs from March 5-8, promises even more paintings, sculptures, and new media artworks in order to cultivate "a supportive environment for its international community of galleries and provides a platform for their growth and expansion in the contemporary art market," according to its website. 

The fair offers “an environment that encourages interaction and we take pride in showcasing a microcosm of the contemporary art market in which artists can be discovered, acquired and supported,” says PULSE Director Helen Toomer in a press release. From surreal photography to sticker mandalas, here are 10 innovative artists at the upcoming exhibition:

1. Ye Hongxing 

Ye Hongxing, Prajñāpāramitā, 2014, Stickers, toys and glass beads, 80 x 300 x300 cm. 

The Chinese artist creates mandalas, fairytale story scenes, and landscapes using a collage of brightly-colored childrens stickers. She'll be exhibiting her work with the gallery ART LEXING.

2. Jim Osman

Jim Osman, Pink Lintel, 2014, wood, paint, paper, 19 x12 x 3.5 inches (Front)

Jim Osman sculpts playful geometric structures, "re-contextualizing objects" to form new shapes. His work is part of Lesley Heller's exhibition. 

3. Michael Marra

Michael Marra, Chandelini

New York-based Michael Marra clustered six dozen martini glasses into one shimmering chandelier for his piece Chandelini. The hanging sculpture is lit with candelabra-based bulbs in the center, according to Voltz Clarke, where the work currently resides.

4. Charlie Engman

Charlie Engman, Melon (2015) 40 inches x 30 inches

Uprise Art will present the work of Charlie Engman, whose past pieces have been featured in high fashion magazines and advertisements. 

5. Maia Naveriani

Maia Naveriani, Future Wolfs and Chicks So Far, 2012, colorpencil on paper, 151 x 110 cm.

Maia Naveriani, who will be represented by Project Artbeat, uses colored pencils to transform memories into visuals that resemble collages. "As a woman artist I have an unavoidable instinctive tendency to first of all address the queries about female identity and consciousness, and its relevance and impact in a contemporary context of dissolved values and ideologies..." she said at Galerie Voss in 2012. 

6. Ruud van Empel

Ruud van Empel, World #34, 2008, 59,5 x 84 cm, Cibachrome.

This Dutch artist uses cibachrome, an analog developing technique, to give his photographs the aura of surrealist paintings. His works will be exhibited by WAGNER + PARTNER.

7. Conner Green

Conner Green, Ambium

The artist describes his Imperia series as a "typological architectural survey," to Pictura Gallery: "Each piece is a densely layered and abstracted composition that depicts an iconic architectural form. The structures themselves are not intended to represent any specific existing structures, but to portray an abstracted composite of different built forms throughout history." To create his works, Green compiles hundreds of architectural buleprints with his own drawings and photographs, and layers them all together.

8. Osamu Yokonami

Osamu Yokonami, Assembly D-3

Presented by the De Soto Gallery, Osamu Yokonami explores "collective identity through group portraiture," according to PULSE.

9. Rachel M. Weiss

Rachel Mica Weiss, Woven Panel Maple & tencel thread 40 x 60 x 2 inches

Uprise Art will be representing the textile artist, who explores tension and structure with her forms.

10. David Magnusson

David Magnusson, JamieDavidClampitt

Represented by Pictura Gallery, the Swedish photographer "invites you to compare the gestures of each family pair, like the specific position of the father's embrace or whether the girl's eyes are open or closed."

Click here to visit the official website of the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair.

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