MAR 14TH 2014
HENRIK EIBEN AND PIUS FOX WELL RECEIVED AT VOLTA
PABLO'S BIRTHDAY ARTISTS GET RECOGNITION AT VOLTA FROM THE NEW CRITERION WRITER BRIAN P. KELLY
"Moving beyond Brooklyn, Pablo’s Birthday, in the Lower East Side, and Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, in London, shared a booth, curating a fantastic selection of works by Henrik Eiben and Pius Fox, respectively. Eiben’s wall-mounted sculptures bring together a variety of materials—from leather and acrylic glass to popsicle sticks and watercolors—to create dramatic experiments in light and dimension. Ell, a series of three diamonds, and Gilead, a pair of large, rectangular pieces, are built of acrylic glass set at varying positions that react to changing light. Thanks to differences in the angles at which the glass is set, the pieces are hung, and the light positioned, different colors are produced by the same piece of glass. The result of this unique construction is a faux-kinetic piece that is rich in luminescence and is an ever-changing treat for the eye. The abstractions of Pius Fox are, in a word, sublime. Worked quickly and with very little pre-planning, these paintings are incredibly energetic. Their surfaces are rich in detail, the speed of Fox’s work leaving a readable puzzle that tells the story of each piece’s creation. A young artist (born in 1983, he graduated from the University of the Arts in Berlin in 2010), he is brimming with talent and holds great promise for the future."