Volta NY Provides Cohesive Contemporary Experience

Satoru Tamura, an artist from Japan, showed pieces that relied on simple mechanics to create light or movement at the Tezukayama Gallery. Jennifer Landes photos

     Seeming oddly out of the way in Soho, once the nexus of the contemporary art world, Volta NY offered a mostly focused presentation at its annual satellite fair during Armory art week in New York City.
     It was also the only fair in the city this week that attracted South Fork dealers: Halsey Mckay Gallery from East Hampton and Sara Nightingale Gallery from Water Mill. The fair was invitational and restricted to solo shows. 
     The some 90 booths sprawled over two floors and were particularly cohesive on the first floor. There, Halsey Mckay showed Joseph Hart, a Brooklyn-based painter who shared works on paper built-up and constructed works on paper, embellished with thick white painted grounds with collaged found bits of paper and his own linear marks and digressions. There were also abstract works on canvas that were assertive, but thoughtful in their explorations of form and gesture.
     Ms. Nightingale's booth was devoted to Ross Watts, whom she paired with Peter Sabbeth in an exhibition last fall. The works on view in the booth were similar in theme to those in the show. His sculptural pieces reference the continuing obsolescence of books, recasting them as objects of reflection and beauty or potent talismans. In the booth he was also showing black and white paintings with serial geometric patterns.
     The fair remains on view through Sunday at 82 Mercer Street.

Two works on paper by Jonathan Hart at the Halsey Mckay booth
A Hart painting on canvas
A Ross Watts painting with sculptural works on the floor at Sara Nightingale's booth
Textural works on paper by Mr. Watts along with sculptural pieces alluding to the loss or loss of meaning of the printed word
Mr. Watts's compressed and honed bound books look like river rocks and are silky smooth to the touch.
Ms. Nightingale speaking to visitors in her booth