Works from Andrea Bowers' #sweetjane Named 11 Best Gallery Booths at Art Basel

"See 11 Of The Best Gallery Booths at Art Basel," by Rozalia Jovanovic, artnet news

Susanne Vielmetter put on a striking show of the work of Andrea Bowers, which was previously installed at Pomona College Museum of Art last year. Enter the gallery and you'll see a tranquil setting of blue with white writing. But start reading the text and you'll soon get chills running down your spine.

The text is snippets of celebratory text messages and Twitter messages that several high school students in Steubenville, Ohio sent each other after having raped a 16-year-old girl. It's a chilling examination that you'll find yourself getting unwittingly immersed in.

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"46th Edition of Art Basel," ArtfixDaily

This year, 284 leading international galleries will present works ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to the most contemporary artists of today. Among the highlights: James Cohan Gallery (New York, Shanghai) in the Features section will show a selection of iconic works by John Cage, a leading figure of the post-war Avant Garde, including his very first visual art project, ‘Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel’, as well as later watercolours and smoke drawings. Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (Culver City) will show an installation of drawings by Andrea Bowers, entitled ‘#sweetjane’, examining an Ohio high-school rape case from 2012, its subsequent trial and the political activism that was triggered by it.

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"Basel Gallery Picks: Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, US," by Emily Steer, Elephant Magazine

The jam-packed nature of art fairs means even incredibly strong works often get little more than a moment's look in. Amidst the 10-second-wonder booths of Art Basel, we were pleased to find a single artist exhibit that held our attention for the duration, at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

From afar, Andrea Bowers #sweetjane appears to be a simple comment on modern technology and youth communication - which in some ways, it is. Large, blue rectangles are wall mounted on three walls of the booth, covered with the instantly recognisable white font of messenger conversations. The text is perfectly straight and uniform, which is a technical feat in itself as these are all produced by hand.

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