FROM Dominique ToutanT, DIVISION GALLERY Director:
What should we expect?
The booth will present work by three contemporary Canadian artists, all of whom question the way that information and objects assume value based on their visual presentation. Jillian Kay Ross mines photo-aggregate websites for images lost amid this pool of information and reduces them to paintings in economical line. Working in collage, Paul Butler’s work consists of doctored Artforum pages, carefully layered, cut, and pasted into abstracted images. Chloe Wise’s sculptures—including urethane-painted baked goods adorned with high-end accoutrements and designer branded sex swings—explore networks of desires, conflating biological and commercial consumption.
What is special about the pieces?
For NADA, Chloe Wise has a created a white Chanel sex swing. It will be her first time presenting work from this series outside of Canada and we’re looking forward to showcasing this work to a New York audience that has become familiar with Wise’s urethane painted bread bags.
Paul Butler’s collage fits well in an art-fair context, as these manipulated Artforum ads lay bare the mechanisms of art-world consumption and marketing—only to reenter their network. For NADA, Butler is presenting larger, blown-up versions of these original ads printed on plexi. Their skewed size and novel material underscore the transmutability of circulated images in the digital age.