Top 5 Installations to See At 4Heads Governors Island Art Fair

Top 5 GIAF 2015
(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca)

The 8th Annual Governors Island Art Fair will open to the public this Saturday, Sept. 5 and will be open every weekend through the end of the month.

The Governors Island Art Fair is New York's largest independent exhibition and is organized by 4Heads, a nonprofit ran by artists in support of continuing the city's creative community. This year, nearly 100 individual artists have been chosen to participate in showcasing their work within and outside of the historic homes on the islands of Colonel Row.

The art fair offers a refreshing experience with the blending of contemporary works juxtaposed with such a historical environment. With so many participants at this year's fair, it was quite the challenge to choose our favorites.

This week's Top 5 highlights five talented artists whose work made the most impact on us, as well as mentioning six other installations of which we felt very strongly about.

For more information on visiting the Governors Island Art Fair, visit here. Enjoy our editor's picks and be sure not to miss them at the fair!


1. Jillian Rose


(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca / "Two Arrowheads, A String of Beads and A Handful of Nails" x Jillian Rose)


Jillian Rose is a multi-media artist based in Brooklyn. Rose is best known for her work with wood sculptures, exploring her interests with natural environments. This particular installation titled, "Two Arrowheads, a String of Beads and a Handful of Nails," displays the unique relationship between indoor and outdoor settings. She experiments with surface and textures, resulting in a juxtaposed interior of deterioration and development. 


(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca / "Two Arrowheads, A String of Beads and A Handful of Nails" x Jillian Rose)



2. Maureen Nollette


Maureen Nollette's signature work combines unique materials with a variety of mediums, such as installations, drawings and sculptures, to shift individuals social concepts. Nolette aims to work with material, space and form to deconstruct societal norms and generate questions and renew philosophies.

Her work has been featured internationally and is held in public collections including Detroit Institute of Art Museum, Yves Saint Laurent and MGM Mirage Hotel, to name a few.

Her work presented at this year's GIAF is titled "Ruffle." 


(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca / "Ruffle" x Maureen Nollette)


3. Sam Horowitz


(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca / Sam Horowitz)


A growing influencer in wood work, Sam Horowitz, showcases his intimate relationship with natural materials to reconstruct and influence our environments. With the use of wood varieties, newspaper and other found objects, Horowitz experiments with sculptural designs that take on unique shape and form. 


(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca / Sam Horowitz)


Horowitz's installation represents his talent in working in both small and large scales. You can also find smaller designs of his in the fairs ArtShop!


(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca)

4. Bernice Sokol Kramer


(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca / Bernice Sokol Kramer)


Bernice Sokol Kramer has been exhibiting her work throughout New York for nearly four decades. Kramer's sculptural pieces examine the human form and the objects that occupy our daily surroundings. Pieces are hung from the ceiling while others rest on the floor, resulting in an installation which forces your eye to move and observe. 


(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca / Bernice Sokol Kramer)


5. Blair Martin Cahill


The multi-layered artist, Blair Cahill, combines traditional craftsmanship with modern elements. Recently she has discovered a love for textiles and embroidery and aims to explore these facets in three dimensional form.


(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca / Blair Martin Cahill)


Her works are precisely executed, juxtaposing contemporary shapes while representing these designs on a fragile textile, such as silk. Her installation is beautifully presented, each of her works show uniquely with the spaces natural sunlight, and the deterioration of the room generates a level of quality that is strikingly cool.  

Other favorites include the work from Jaynie Crimmins, Sanam Samanian and Hoda Zarbaf, Mónica Torrejón, Hannah Hill, Amber Heaton and Shannon McBride


(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca / Jaynie Crimmins)

(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca / "Transmutation" x Sanam Samanian and Hoda Zarfbaf)

(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca / "There's No One Here But Overselves" x Monica Torrejon)

(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca / "Sunrise on Fanore Beach (the morning they found my neighbor's body)" x Hannah Hill)


(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca / Amber Heaton)

(Photo : Design & Trend - Meg Busacca / Shannon McBride)


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