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Technophiles welcome at Pulse Miami

New media works abound at the Ice Palace Studio

At London’s Fine Art Society Contemporary, Rob and Nick Carter digitally animate Old Master paintings and then frame the iPads and televisions that display the new works

Most dealers tend to bring their most sellable inventory to art fairs—usually meaning painting, drawing and photography. But at this year’s Pulse Miami (until 8 December), held at the Ice Palace Studio on North Miami Avenue and NW 14th Street, light-boxes, neon tubes, video-embedded sculpture and other varieties of new media abounded.

New York’s C24 Gallery showed Katja Loher’s two-channel video encased within two glass bubbles; sculptures of entangled snake-lamps by Matthew McCaslin were on view at New Art Projects, London, as was one of Anand Zenz’s video-embedded mirrors; and neon-based signage and abstract sculpture seemed to be everywhere.

“It drives a crowd and captures people’s attention,” says Robert Owen of London’s Fine Art Society Contemporary, which had hung a series of new works by Rob and Nick Carter, an artist-couple who digitally animate Old Master paintings and then frame the iPads and televisions that display the new works. “We had crowds around this earlier because people are so obsessed with technology.”

Owen says that the works have proved saleable as well. The gallery, which also offers more traditional works on paper and painting, opted to bring the Carter’s work to the fair after it sold well at Pulse New York and last year’s edition in Miami.


Neon-based signage and abstract sculpture seemed to be everywhere at Pulse Miami
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