Frieze Viewing Room – New York Edition

May 8 – 15, 2020  |  Preview: May 6 & 7




Altman Siegel is pleased to participate in Frieze Viewing Room, New York Edition. Our presentation will include new paintings by gallery artists Liam Everett, Koak and Alex Olson as well as brand new photographs from Trevor Paglen and never before exhibited sculptures and drawings from Zarouhie Abdalian.

Immediately following her first solo exhibition with the gallery, Koak has created new paintings and drawings specifically for the fair. Never before exhibited, the works will continue the artist’s investigation into the phenomenon and consequence of human touch. The exquisite technique Koak is known for allows her mark-making to appear beautifully effortless but is in fact the result of a rare type of generous and hand-made master craftsmanship.

Zarouhie Abdalian’s new drawings are composed of forms derived from the process of rubbing various tools beneath the surface of paper. Departing from the surrealist technique of frottage, Abdalian’s method conjures the outlines of the objects below by subjecting the paper to the percussions of a motor. In a new series of sculptures, the artist casts impressions of often overlooked handmade details from the built environment of her home city, New Orleans. Each object described by the sculptures bears the marks of an anonymous maker. In evidence is the work of forging, hammering, chiseling, plastering and more. Each sculpture is presented as a suite of casts excerpted from Abdalian’s dérives through the city.

Trevor Paglen’s new photographic works, presented at Frieze concurrent to his fifth solo exhibition at the gallery, position the origins of computer vision, facial recognition, and artificial intelligence in the tradition of landscape photography of the American West. Examining histories of seeing in relation to technological advancements, Paglen reveals underlying structures of power and the changing role of the image.



Images: Koak, To The Core, 2020; Liam Everett, Untitled (knossos hives), 2019; Alex Olson, John, 2019; Zarouhie Abdalian, linen is corn is coal is sugar, 2020