07 Dec 2020

The Christmas Edit

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The Christmas Edit

Our suggestions for artworks to gift and collect this festive season – something to suit everyone

With the festive season upon us, this is an ideal time to buy art, whether as a gift for someone you love, or even for yourself. We at UNFRAME have selected a few works of art that we would be thrilled to see under the tree this year.

Whether you are a novice collector or an established collector, the long lasting act of collecting art is, above all, deeply rewarding and timeless. Importantly, it gives collectors and art lovers a chance to have a more profound and long-lasting interaction with the artwork.

If you are looking for a unique present for someone you love, nothing gives more lasting pleasure than an artwork. Here are our suggestions…

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Alicja Dobrucka

Untitled #1, Nico series, 2016/2020


Alicja Dobrucka’s ‘Nico’ series of photographs capture the city at rest and the beauty of Tokyo at night. Taken during the artist’s 2016 Tokyo Wondersite Residency, the works offer an intimate view of Tokyo, through both portraits of its inhabitants and the abandoned streets at night. Alicia was influenced by the writings of Jun’ichiro Tanizaki when making these works, particularly his essay on aesthetics, ‘In Praise of Shadows’. In this example, Tanizaki declared that there is ‘no beauty without shadows’. Importantly, in her photographs of these Tokyo nights, Alicja creates a visual treatise demonstrating this. The glowing buildings in this work, illustrate a city not abandoned but lethargic in the evening’s dusk light, with the possibility of the streets coming alive with ethereality and mystery.

London-based Polish artist Alicja Dobrucka has exhibited at the Tate and the Photographer’s Gallery, amongst others, and her work is in numerous collections including the Krakow Museum of Photography, Poland; Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan and Space 118 Collection, Mumbai, India.

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Judith Stenneken

Untitled #48, 2012


Judith Stenneken often uses metaphors of transitory spaces, such as hotel rooms or airports, to depict the concept of transition as the sole constant in life, and ‘in-betweenness’ as the only state of being. In the words of Henry Miller, “all is creation, all is change, all is flux, all is metamorphosis.” In this photograph, part of her series ‘illuminate naturally in darkness’ (2013-2017), the artist depicts herself in a Las Vegas hotel room. Additionally, the layers within the image blur, so city, room and time fuse, dissolving into each other, showing our state of constant flux and transition. To conclude, this work seems a particularly poignant one at the end of this turbulent year.

Born and raised in Germany, today Judith bases herself in New York City and Berlin. She holds a MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, New York and was named as one of PDN’s 30 – New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. As well as this, she was also the recipient of the International Young Talent Award, F/Stop 3rd International Photography Festival.

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Emily Lazerwitz

Nibbles for Tea, 2014


The seemingly abstract image of this artwork is in fact a binary translation of the 7th chapter of ‘Alice in Wonderland – A Mad Hatter’s Tea’. Most of all, code is constantly a central theme in the work of Emily Lazerwitz. Likewise, photography pieces such as ‘Nibbles for Tea’ reflect this. In this piece, the artist creates a visual representation of the Lewis Carrol book.

London-based US artist and mathematician Emily Lazerwitz primarily explores the intersection of art, craft, technology and language in her work. Importantly, she creates intriguing pieces where language is broken down and transcribed, with the legibility present, yet seemingly abstract. In her work, moreover, Lazerwitz is concerned with the way technology shapes the direction in which language develops.

London-based US artist Emily Lazerwitz’s practice is complex and mutli-layered. Art, craft and science come together in her intricate works. Emily has exhibited extensively, including  the  Science Museum, London; the Jewish Museum London, London; Tate Britain, and the Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY.

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Rachel Duckhouse

Terraced Nacre i, 2016


This striking print is inspired by the structural layering of nacre platelets (mother of pearl). The work, above all, reflects Rachel’s ongoing engagement with the underlying patterns and structures of life, and how they fit together. It subsequently takes as its starting point the concept of chaos and order within aesthetic, topographical and biochemical patterning. Importantly, this artwork depicts the layered patterns within the organic print structure of the shell. 

Rachel’s work is in major collections including The British Museum, London and her work is included in their canonical drawing exhibition ‘Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing 1970 to now’. Equally important, she has been selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, which opens in London in the new year.

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Yuxin Su

Seats for Guests, 2014


Taiwanese artist Yuxin Su’s paintings are jewels. Most of all, her work is concerned with the understanding of time within the static media. In particular, she puts emphasis on the way images hold time. The artist importantly sees the painting as an act of remembrance; a fragment of another longer time-based or bigger narrative. The works study how different rhythms and the fluidity of human experience can operate and be stored inside a still imagery. Landscapes, such as ‘Seats for Guests’, is seen as an in-between place, allowing the artist to switch between figuration and abstraction, investigating the concept of new landscape – a mixture of still-life and fragments of memory. 

Yuxin Su’s body of work develops across different media from paintings, collages, photography and experimental hand-made artist books. Her solo exhibitions include KuanDu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung and Long March Space, Beijing.

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Jaanika Peerna

Big Melt, 2016


New York-based Estonian artist Jaanika Peerna’s work has always been fueled by the forces of nature. However, since 2016 the artist has taken on a more specific approach to address the climate breakdown we are all surrounded with in her performance drawing in ‘Glacier Elegy Projects‘. These projects consist of exhibition-size installations and live drawing performances, with the central piece being a large drawing, made with audience participation during her performance and subsequently melted with blocks of ice. This earlier studio-based piece, ‘The Big Melt’, shares these concerns. The artist draws onto the mylar, in a performative act, before eroding the piece with ice.

Jaanika Peerna makes performances, sculpture and drawings that engage in the climate emergency. Solo exhibitions include: Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Artdepoo Gallery and Vana-Wõromaa Cultural Center, Estonia. Her work is in key collections, including The Bennetton Collection, Italy; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales.

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Benedetta Panisson

People Do Water I, 2013


In her alluring photo series ‘People do water’ (2013- 2019), Italian artist Benedetta Panisson, above all, creates a visual archive of interactions between people and the sea. Together with this, Panisson depicts her observations of these moments through a partially voyeuristic lens. ‘People do water’ portrays the sea, most of the time, as a metaphor. Equally important, it is here that the artist assigns aesthetics of sexuality to each image. She therefore produces a photographic analysis on human bodies. As well as this, she examines the physical relation to water through this seascape photographic work. In addition to this, she highlights the union between photography and the aesthetics of sexuality, she concentrates on the sea as a ‘sexual metaphor’ in her seascape series.

Venice born artist Benedetta Panisson works with photography, video installation, live performance and drawing in her varied art practice. Exhibited in solo and group shows including GetxoPhoto, Festival Internacional de Imagen, Kolima Contemporary Culture, Milan, 2011; Also, she was the recipient of the International Prize for Performance (Marina Abramovic/Centrale di Fies), Civic Gallery of Contemporary Art (Trento).

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Caro Halford

Perpendicular Size!, 2015-2016


Caro Halford’s playful collage ‘Perpendicular size!’, 2015/6 is part of a series of larger collages that all engage with feminism. In this case, the artist uses the combination of seemingly disparate objects to suggest the female. Crucially, much of her work examines social and political concerns of women and their sexuality. Furthermore, the gaze is key within the work. The visual experience and the objects are communicating with the observer to tell them, that they, themselves are also being observed. Equally as important, being on display, the uncomfortableness of this leads to the ambiguity of the work.

Artist Caro Halford​ creates work that spans from performance, video, sculpture to collage and photography. Exhibitions include ‘If you have got that feeling’ showing at ALIVE IN THE UNIVERSE, Venice Biennale (2019), ‘I have at Meeting with Mary Moser!’, Blyth Gallery, ‘A Day in the Life of a 1950’s Housewife’ (2019); Royal Academy, London. Her performances include Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery, amongst other venues.

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Andy Cross

One Afternoon (Catherine), 2015


This colourful painting depicts a friend of the New York based artist Andy Cross, named simply Catherine. Cross’s use of light, above all, plays with our sense of depth. Similarly, the painting evokes optimism in his use of ‘sunshine yellow’ in amongst bright and contrasting hues. In spite of the elated certainty of the image, loose gestural brushstrokes portray an underlying emotive, stream-of-consciousness.

Above all, Cross layers sundry stylistic approaches and wide-ranging narrative themes in vibrant, zippy paintings that often defy categorisation. Generally, a self-proclaimed wanderer, Cross culls memories, objects and impressions from travels around the world. As Cross plumbs the depths of his memory for meaningful experiences, figures and symbols, he builds a body of work that is at once highly personal and broadly universal. In particular, Andy Cross’s 2013 solo exhibition ‘House Painter‘ at Collezione Maramotti displayed an array of paintings that became a narrative of the artist’s experimentation with pictorial language. Each painting was made independently of each other, finally, Cross assembles them to become part of a more pervasive and comprehensive experience.

Andy Cross is an American visual artist based in New York. Exhibitions include ZieherSmith Gallery, New York, NY (2018), Memorial Sloan Kettering, Star Pupil, New York, NY (2018), Mindy Solomon Gallery, Weekend, Miami, Fl (2017), and equally important, Painting as Radical Form’, Maramotti Collection.

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Janet Currier

Untitled, 2020


Janet Currier‘s delicately fluid work, most of all, hovers on the intersection between abstraction and representation, narrative and non-narrative, thought and feeling. Above all, she uses found or imagined pattern to explore everyday experiences and emotions. Shown here in “Untitled”, 2020, where similarly the organic forms are reminiscent of the body and nature, with the detail in the foreground, with the looser shapes behind.

The confident repeated mark making also relates to deeper processes. In the same way, like stitching, sometimes it’s a mesmerising gesture that enables feelings to float up the surface. Also importantly, a self-soothing performative action, in this example, that anchors the subject, usually in times of trauma. However, the body is never far away: represented by abject leaking drips, or stains, or expanses of raw sore skin. In conclusion, the artist is equally deeply engaged with the theme of the maternal subject across her practice and research.

Janet Currier’ is a mutli-media artist, based in London. Her practice includes painting, sculpture and installation. Janet completed an MFA at Goldsmiths College in 2017, also winning the coveted Warden’s Art Prize. Equally important, solo and group exhibitions include Bruton Arts Factory, Somerset; ‘Entitled’ At Spike Island Arts, Bristol; Deptford X and ‘Fuzzy Objects’, San Mei Gallery (2020).

Please feel free to contact us for more information on any of these work or to discuss collecting works of art