Seattle Art Fair 2016 Gallery Booth Guide: Circular Reasoning

Posted on August 05, 2016, 2:00 pm
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I promised myself I wouldn’t make any jokes about being a “well-rounded” collector in this post. I will do my best.

From the practiced simplicity of the Zen enso, to the glow of colored glass rondels, to the polka dot obsession of Yayoi Kusama, the appeal of a perfect circle and all its symbolic implications is truly eternal in art and design. Here are some choice works from Seattle Art Fair 2016 where circles feature prominently.

Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe (New York, NY), Booth C13


BECAUSENIGHTISNOWANDSOON epozy circles artwork by Markus Kinnebrink at Seattle Art Fair 2016

BECAUSENIGHTITISNOWANDSOON by Markus Linnenbrink. 2016, Epoxy resin and pigments on wood. 18″ x 96″. Image courtesy of Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe.

At least two galleries showed work by Markus Linnenbrink at Seattle Art Fair last year. If you’ve seen the work in person, you know why people feel confident bringing it back. It feels good to look at Linnenbrink’s work. It’s candy-colored, effervescent, glossy. A thousand little explosions, a bubbly magic potion, the inside of a unicorn’s ovary…whatever you see in it, its’ all good. Even the pedantic, shouty-caps titling on this piece can’t spoil the fun. Yes, Markus, night is coming and eventually we’re all gonna die. Thanks for making some fun stuff in the meantime, though. <3

See more from Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe.

Gallery Jones (Vancouver, BC), Booth E7

“Four Circles” by James Nizam

Four circles anamorphic photo by James Nizam at Seattle Art Fair 2016

“Four Circles” by James Nizam. 2013, Photograph. 36″ x 30″. Image courtesy of Gallery Jones and the artist.


Also returning from last year is James Nizam‘s anamorphic trompe l’oeil photography. It’s a little funny seeing the same thing two years in a row, but the somewhat recursive nature of his carefully constructed images at least makes their repeat appearance a bit meta. They are circling back, as it were.

Point is, if you haven’t seen them already, I recommend them. Anamorphic work has become a bit of a craze, from street art to viral vids, and its all fun to look at while also pondering how unreliable our eyes can be when perspective is lost or distorted. Instead of drawing his illusions, Nizam cuts them out of structures, carefully calculating his angles to produce what appear to be circles or equilateral triangles viewed head on. Against the slanted surface in which they are cut, they almost look like portals floating inside the room, not a part of it.

See more from Gallery Jones.

Diane Rosenstein Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Booth C12

“Synchronized #VII” by Julian Stanczak

Circle painting by Julian Stanczak

“Synchronized #VII” by Julian Stanczak. 1970, Acrylic on canvas 36 x 36 inches

Op Art Pioneer Julian Stanczak has been dazzling eyes for over five decades. “Synchronized #VII” is characteristic of the work he started producing in the 70s, where clearly defined shapes (and a lot of circles) started emerging from his carefully painted swirls and stacked lines. He was also starting to use more warm colors at this time—a lot of golden hues, some of which now look unmistakably of that era. (Oof. Goldenrod.) This painting’s palette is more generically sunny, shot through with pinkish rays, all of which only allows a little hint of warm grey to peer from behind. It’s the aesthetic equivalent of a Vitamin D injection. Groovy.

See more from Diane Rosenstein Gallery.

The 2016 Seattle Art Fair runs from August 4 through August 7. Learn more and buy passes on the Seattle Art Fair website, and check out all our coverage of the booths, events and the vision of the fair as a whole.

T.s. Flock is a writer and arts critic based in Seattle and co-founder of Vanguard Seattle.