Creating a room for art at the Turbine Art Fair 2015
The Turbine Art Fair (TAF) recently celebrated their third annual event at Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg with fresh food, coffee (the wine is a given), informative talks and approachable exhibitors.
This immense venue’s neutral finishes and ample natural light made it the ideal backdrop to feature South Africa’s rich and colourful emerging artists. Amongst the graduates and upcoming artists, works by modern masters such as Dali, Lichtenstein, Picasso and Rietveld were a particular treat. Another well-known local artist, Walter Battiss, featured repeatedly with his colourful prints. Lino and wood cuts, screen prints and etches are making a clear comeback and offer a host of possibilities in the home.
Another continuing trend is mixed media and I selected a favourite from the TAF15 to create a home décor ensemble designed to complement the piece.
Aviary III by New York born and now Cape Town based artist, Andrew Hart Adler, features a blue bird against a grey backdrop. The abstract impressionistic style works well to create the appearance of movement in the wings.
Getting Decor that compliments the art
For the largest décor objects, grey monotones blend in with the artwork’s background, while clean lines lend structure to the loose paining style.
A soft, sunny yellow, taken from the smallest colour field in the painting, can be introduced as accessories in the space. By making yellow the most prominent décor colour, the striking blue bird becomes the focal point of the room.
Finally, a touch of blue in the form of a ginger jar or coffee table plate echoes the focal point and completes the picture.
Let me know if you visit the TAF15 and if there are any artworks you'd like help creating a space for.