Torkwase Dyson, Proximities, Whispers of Love are Built in the Water Deep (Water Futures and Architecture Series), 2020, acrylic and graphite on canvas,80" × 96" (203.2 cm × 243.8 cm) © Torkwase Dyson


Frieze New York


May 5 – 15, 2020

Perspectives presents leading artists from Pace’s global program who have pushed the boundaries of their chosen media to make work for the current moment.

With new works by Nigel Cooke, Mary Corse, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Torkwase Dyson, Loie Hollowell, Nina Katchadourian, Kohei Nawa, Trevor Paglen, Adam Pendleton, Song Dong, Leo Villareal, and Brent Wadden, Pace’s presentation affirms the vital role of artists in responding to a vast and unpredictable world. As thought leaders and visionary makers, the artists included reconsider and redefine the genres of painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and video to contemplate complex shared histories and shifting realities. Trevor Paglen investigates artificial intelligence systems to expose the often-invisible realities of today’s public landscape, disclosing the underlying data that structures vision and systems of perception. Also exploring the technological mediation of vision, Leo Villareal’s rhythmic compositions of light use custom code to evoke the abstract and emergent behavior in organic systems. Kohei Nawa pixelates animals and everyday objects using synthetic compounds to mediate and distort the perception of what would otherwise be familiar.

Expanding Figure by Loie Hollowell

Loie Hollowell, Expanding Figure, 2019, oil paint, acrylic medium, and high density foam on linen over panel, 72" × 54" × 3" (182.9 cm × 137.2 cm × 7.6 cm) © Loie Hollowell

Hollowell’s luminous, sculpted paintings transform bodily forms into abstract planes and radiant compositions. Exploring the dualities of light, volume, and scale, her paintings blur the line between the illusory and the real. Similarly, Mary Corse’s luminous paintings explore the limits of perception using glass microspheres that invite phenomenological response.

An Independent Woman from the series Wood Street Library, 2019 ("Sorted Books" project, 1993- ongoing) by Nina Katchadourian

Nina Katchadourian, An Independent Woman from the series Wood Street Library ("Sorted Books" project, 1993-ongoing), 2019, C-print, 12-1/2" × 19" (31.8 cm × 48.3 cm), print 13-1/2" × 20" (34.3 cm × 50.8 cm), framed, Edition of 8 + 2 APs © Nina Katchadourian

Nina Katchadourian’s ongoing Sorted Books project considers the possibilities that exist within constrained systems. The resulting photographs become thematic portraits, the spines of selected books reading as commentary on a particular concept or the politics of a built archive. Conceptual gestures executed through the organization of everyday objects continues in the practice of Song Dong, who reimagines the embedded memory and alternative values of debris in his sculptures comprised of architectural remnants from destroyed homes.

Untitled by Brent Wadden

Brent Wadden, Untitled, 2019, hand woven fibers, wool, cotton and acrylic on canvas, 37" × 36" (94 cm × 91.4 cm) © Bent Wadden

Mounting his handwoven textiles on canvas, Brent Wadden complicates notions of medium by transposing craft techniques into the realm of painting. Nathalie Du Pasquier similarly bridges traditions—of design with high art—expanding her practice from its early roots in the Memphis Group. Continuously experimenting with complex arrangements of forms, Du Pasquier creates paintings that move easily between the representational and non-representational, reality and imagination, and the two- and three-dimensional.

Torkwase Dyson, a painter who works across multiple mediums, explores the continuity between ecology, infrastructure, and architecture. Examining environmental racism as well as the history and future of black spatial liberation strategies, Dyson’s abstract works grapple with the ways in which space is perceived and negotiated, particularly by black and brown bodies. Adam Pendleton uses historical and aesthetic content from texts and visual culture to critically examine the resonance of ideas from varied cultural perspectives, including social resistance movements and Dada, Minimalism, and Conceptualism.