Just turning a corner and seeing something exquisite can change your Frieze experience.
The two extremely satisfying hand carved scultpures entitled 'Kadeem and Kyrone', 2014 by Tomoaki Suzuki in the Corvi-Mora booth stand proudly despite being so low to the ground. The effect is much more powerful than if they were on a plinth. Instead they share our space. The two dashingly dressed men, from the tie to the tassles on the shoes and perfectly placed pin in the lapel, are intriguing.
Suzuki studied in Tokyo's Zokei University then Goldsmith's, then City & Guild's Art school. He's had a solo show in the Art Institute of Chicago.
"Mr. Suzuki, who lives in London, finds his subjects in his Hackney neighborhood. He asks them to pose for extensive sessions, and photographs them for further reference. Each lime-wood sculpture takes about two months to carve, after which it is painted."
- New York Times Review of Suzuki at Marc Jancou Contemporary in 2012.
Kadeem and Kyrone, 2014
Lime wood, acrylic paint,
55 x 11.5 x 14.5cm and 55.6 x 10.5 x 17cm
Paul Graham's photographs are stunning to stare at and appear to animate themselves the longer you look. The very large photograph on show at Frieze are an experience to look at, as cheesy as that sounds. It's true. Can't find an image of the work which is probably a good thing.
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