ELSÄSSERSTRASSE 215, 4056 BASEL | Stand A25 11 - 16 June 2018
MARS GALLERY TO REPRESENT AUSTRALIA AT VOLTA14, BASEL
MARS Gallery announce they will be exhibiting for the first time at VOLTA14, Basel in June 2018. The announcement comes after a successful group exhibition at Art Central Hong Kong where our artist’s works were sold to collectors both nationally and internationally.
MARS will present a solo installation by sculptor Daniel Agdag at VOLTA14. The installation titled Sample of no value will be comprised almost entirely from cardboard. VOLTA14 will mark the first time Agdag has exhibited his work in Europe, following on from a recent solo exhibition at Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York. Agdag has exhibited with MARS previously at Art Central Hong Kong in 2017 and 2018, as well as consecutive years at Sydney Contemporary and the Melbourne Art Fair and two successful solo exhibitions at MARS.
“Sample of no value, is a phrase used to ascribe the idea of no value to goods on a customs declaration, so as not to be quantified by an assessor, and thus have no value. “This allows the item to pass freely between political borders without having to assert value and give compensation for the pleasure of doing so. It is as abstract a concept as infinity. Everything has a value until it doesn’t. I am valued by the sum of my output, commodities are valued by the economy, people are valued by their ability to contribute to the value system.” explains Agdag
Agdag’s intricate sculptures made from cardboard, trace paper and PVA glue often examine complex machines and the over-engineering of simple tasks with convoluted technologies. Sample of no value is an arrangement of such machines that perform various functions concerning the ingesting, assessing, measuring and broadcasting of value.
"I very much look forward to an international discourse on sculpture and introducing Europe
to Daniel’s work. Daniel caught the eye of the fair curators with his incredibly intricate,
beautifully implemented sculptures. His sculptures have always been met with wonder and
awe by our clients and I can’t wait to see how the European audiences will react to his new
body of work”.
The 15th Basel edition of Volta will take place at Elsässerstrasse 215. The new site is a former COOP distribution center, and it is adjacent to Novartis Campus. “Volta’s journey started 14 years ago at Voltaplatz in Basel, right around the corner from our latest venue,” Amanda Coulson, the artistic director of Volta, said in a statement. “Throughout the years, Volta consistently claimed new territory through content and location”. Elsässerstrasse 215’s 2,500 square meters will accommodate approximately 75 galleries from around the world.
Volta’s preview will be held on June 11, several days before Art Basel opens to the public in the Swiss city, and it will run through June 16.
MARS Gallery will be the only Australian gallery exhibiting at VOLTA14.