After graduating from Royal College of Art’s MFA program last year,
was picked up by the Lower East Side’s HESTER gallery, who will be showing her mesmerizing large-scale paintings at the fair. The fair marks the Oslo and London-based artist’s first U.S. outing, and will serve as a preview to her forthcoming solo show at the gallery, opening later this month. The shapes that populate Bley’s canvases are defined by soft, gauzy edges and cloudy centers that at times resemble figures, landscapes, or the mysterious, churning substances that fill crystal balls. In this piece, an area of grey, blue, and black paint is punctuated by three circles that, at a glance, could be nipples and a phallus. It’s this kind of ambiguity that powers the young artist’s work, which is also slated for a solo exhibition at the Kunsthall Oslo in 2017.