Fiumano Clase - formerly Fiumano Projects and Orion Contemporary - will be exhibiting at London Art Fair for the fair’s 30th edition, 17th-21st January 2018. In recent years Andrés Clase, of Orion Contemporary, and Francesca Fiumano, of Fiumano Projects, have collaborated on numerous exhibitions and projects, including sharing a stand at London Art Fair in 2014. The success of these collaborations, pooling over thirty years of combined knowledge and experience, resulted in the decision to form Fiumano Clase. Though Orion Contemporary and Fiumano Projects have a long-standing history at London Art Fair, next year will be Fiumano Clase’s debut UK fair. The two comment: “We are very excited to return to the Fair that is so instrumental to our gallery history.”
Fiumano Clase will bring works by some of the most exciting emerging contemporary artists worldwide: Denes Maroti, Takefumi Hori, Herman Lohe, Joakim Allgulander, Roger Holtom, Sam Burford, and Nicole Wassall. These artists have been carefully selected as they represent the direction and taste of the gallery; a number of countries will be represented, with artists from Australia, Hungary, Japan, Sweden and England. Artworks available for purchase range from £500-£12,000.
Denes Maroti is a master printmaker and painter, whose work centres around the traditions of the pictorial idiom. References to classical imagery can be seen throughout his works, alongside a controlled application of colour and a very fine drawing technique.
Takefumi Hori is a Japanese artist whose practice is rich and varied in its execution. Working onto a base coat of gold acrylic paint, Hori layers clear gel mixed with pigment followed by 18, 22, and 24 karat gold leaf. These balanced and harmonious paintings can be best described as ‘Miyabi’, one of the traditional Japanese aesthetic ideals. In modern Japanese, the word is usually translated as elegance or refinement.
Herman Lohe is a Swedish artist whose work is “really about conveying emotions. It can be a landscape painting or a video installation but it is about how to touch upon the eternal questions of joy, sorrow, life and death.” He has worked for approximately twenty-five years, exploring the tension between ‘classical’ painting and ‘contemporary’ video art.
Joakim Allgulander is a Swedish artist whose oeuvre is characterised by a conceptual base, combined with the skill of craft and a passion for the process of creating. His work demonstrates a curiosity and desire to explore different media and techniques. Paintings of mountains and natural landscapes are modelled on details from photographs of snow-capped spruce trees. During the creation of these works a transformation occurs “whereby that which was snowy branches transform into something akin to an abstract surface.”
Roger Holtom is a British artist, and former professional cellist. He describes the principles of composition, tonality, texture, colour, rhythm and nuance as being common to both disciplines: “I was able to take my knowledge of these fundamentals and apply them to an ongoing investigation into the art of improvisation – from the perspective of a visual artist.” Through a range of techniques, from rust inhibitors to wood stains, Holtom creates a wealth of unusual effects and unique surfaces.
Sam Burford is a British artist whose fascination with film and the way our eye ‘reads’ the moving image forms the basis of his artistic practice. Burford’s starting point is the production of time-lapse photographs of cinematic time using specially constructed cameras. From these Burford employs a number of techniques to generate physical forms. In one series, the frozen temporal traces are translated into a series of individually crafted paint brushes and used to transform the original cinematic sequences into a linear series of painted marks - a visual language of gestures that reference a time before the mechanical and electronic technologies of modernity. There is a sense of doubling back in order to move forwards.
Nicole Wassall is a London based artist whose work spans across media, including video, sculpture, photography and installation. Wassall describes her process as using “an understanding of neuroscience to push open the swing doors of hunches and blur the dotted lines between senses and perception.” She sees neuroscience as particularly exciting in its potential to push the boundaries of contemporary art.