Artscope New England by Susan Schwalb (excerpt)

Diary of 5 days at Art Basel Miami 2007

My favorite hotel fair (beside INK) is Aqua. It not only has a wonderful ambience with an outdoor courtyard surrounded by two floors of rooms, but it has some of the best art. My first stop is Rhys Gallery where I happily encounter several Boston artists. There is a lively selection of drawings and paintings by Evelyn Rydz, Judith Larsen, Todd White and Steve Locke. I see an unusual art work by Noelle Mason entitled “Ground Central”, a wool rug, 6’x8’ almost covering the floor of the Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago. The piece is not only beautiful but also has a political component. The rug was woven in Mexico by José Antonio Flores and Jonathan Samaniego in exchange for the amount of money it would cost a family of four to be illegally transported across the US/Mexico border ($6,000.00), the image is an aerial view of the terrain used by the immigrants. The selling price of this rug is $20,000. At Lounge Gallery, London, Adam King constructed an elaborate wall installation of objects, plastic flowers, bits of wire and ribbons that incorporated the TV (which is mounted at the ceiling). Finally at Ingalls Associates, a Miami gallery, I saw the reductive and elegant paintings on plywood by Ivan Toth Depeña as well as some of his light sculptures.

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