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10 Picks from Art Brussels

Recycle Goup, Battle of Likes. Instagramm, 2015. Thermoshaped plastic mesh. 250 x 500 x 30 cm. Photo: Courtesy of Galerie Suzanna Tarasieve, Paris.

In this piece, Russian artist duo Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov (known by the moniker Recycle Group) further expands upon their established reputation of questioning modern technology through art historical and archeological references. "This is about everyone seeing everything through a smartphone," Gallery Director Guillaume Lointier, says, referring to the two groups of people, incessantly taking photos, "battling for likes on Instagram."

Marlo Pascual, Untitled, 2015. 60 x 23 in. Photo mounted to plexi with sinter backing. On view at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen's booth.

Resting amongst works by the likes of Sam Moyer and Dan McCarthy, Brooklyn-based artist Marlo Pascual's photograph sits on the floor and appears as though it's been torn down the middle. Using a found photograph, as she does in many works, the artist draws attention to the sexualized ideal of women, the idea that women are nothing more than mere objects.

Kim MyeongBeom, Edison, 2004. Branch, fish, and mixed media. 38 x 38 x 76 cm. Photo: ©Kim MyeongBeom, courtesy of Galerie Paris-Beijing. On view at Galerie Paris-Beijing's booth.

Hanging next to a work aptly titled Birdie, which features a taxidermied bird head atop the tail of a white badminton birdie, is this oversized lightbulb filled with twigs, water, and living goldfish. "He transforms everyday objects to have new meaning," Gallery Director Geoffrey Dubois explains. "[Edison
s a metaphor for energy...energy creates electricity." 

Honoré d'O, Untitled, 2015. Interactive mixed media. 43 x 65 x 133 cm. On view at Kristof De Clercq's booth.

Works made by Honoré d'O, co-winner of the fair's solo show award, fill Kristof De Clercq's booth. The mixed media artist presents two-dimensional and three-dimensional malleable pieces that elicit audience participation. "It's about the complexity of life, understanding life—creating a good feeling with the impossible question," the artist says. 

Sadaharu Horio, Art Vending Machine, 2015. Performance and discarded material. On view at Axel Vervoordt's booth.

During the fair, Sadaharu Horio sits behind the wooden booth, painting images on the spot for anyone who pays the low price of 1 Euro. Participants can choose from 10 specific types of painting (bordered, sound, whipping, proper, mocking, imitation, etc.), a translator conveys the category, and the artist then creates an image in one minute or less. This installation and performance serves as a continuation of his series from the 1960s and early 200s, "100 Yen Paintings."

Nadia Naveau, Magic Mama, 2015. Ceramics and mixed media. 80 x 70 x 150 cm. Photo: Courtesy of the artist, We Document Art, and Base-Alpha Gallery. On view at Base-Alpha Gallery's booth.

Although the Belgian artist Nadia Naveau typically works with clay, the works on view at Art Brussels are made from plaster, ceramic, and mixed media. The reasoning behind this diversion lies in the fact that she wanted to evoke notions of classical baroque sculpture. "She has to mold it and decide what material to use to tell her story," Gallery Director Bart Vanderbiesen explains. Naveau always mixes art history with pop culture, often referencing characters, such as Mickey Mouse, and modern technology.

Jeff Sonhouse, Papi, 2013. Oil, steel wool, and charcoal on fiberboard. 135 x 125 x 5 cm. On view at Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery's booth.

Known as a social and politically driven mixed media artist, Jeff Sonhouse often plays with the idea of African Americans' roles within contemporary society. He combines dirty household items, such as coal and steel wool, with oil paint and evocative subject matter, because "it's about power," the gallery's co-owner, Audrey Bossuyt-Mahy, explains. "It's about symbols of this Black-American society."

Joris Van de Moortel, White light paint it white, the loop station (to station), 2014. Wood, acrylic paint, neon, clothes, shoe, mic-stand, speaker front, microphone and its cable. 240 x 118 x 20 cm. Photo: © We Document Art, courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels. On view at Galerie Nathalie Obadia's booth.

After giving live, energetic musical performances, Joris Van de Moortel destroys everything used and turns the materials into tangible works of art. "Music is always part of his work," Ilaria Tortora, representative from Galerie Nathalie Obadia, explains. "He tries to reconnect with the memories of the performances. The neon reminds him of the night."

Jacob Hashimoto, Straight to the Heart of Tomorrow, 2013. Acrylic, paper, Dacron, and wood. 122 x 122 cm. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Ronchini Gallery. On view at Ronchini Gallery's booth.

Drawing inspiration from his Japanese roots, American artist Jacob Hashimoto often creates works made of bamboo, rice paper, and thin fishing wire. The works appear to be made of hundreds of miniature kites, as the artist reflects upon flying kites with his father (who is Japanese) as a child. Referring to his practice as a whole, Roxanna Farboud, a representative from the gallery, explains, "he's very influenced by abstract expressionism and landscape, even though you also see eastern influences."

Hiwa-K, My Father's Color Peroids, 2014. Video installation of 16 old black-and-white TV sets and cellophane sheets. On view at Prometeo Gallery's booth.

In this series of videos, Hiwa-K reflects upon his childhood experience in Kurdistan, where black-and-white television screens were often covered with colored pieces of transparent film in oder to watch "color" TV. Each video depicts political, economic, or social circumstances within the country, combining (and drawing attention toward) difficult subject matter through personal memory.