ARMORY WEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Derek Fordjour at Volta
I guess it is a sign of not getting art fairs, but for this critic the high spots are invariably solo artist booths. These abounded at the Amory and the Piers, and at the latter, as always, special sections were set aside for regional focus and emerging galleries where solo presentations are a stipulation. But from the solophile’s perspective, VOLTA is the prince of fairs, as the whole event is one spotlight after another. Medium to well-established and mid-career artists were nicely represented, but there was an especial joy in discovering a new talent in Derek Fordjour, care of Papillion Gallery of Los Angeles. A good old-fashioned modernist painter with throwbacks to Stuart Davis and Edward Hopper, with sport and gaming imagery evoking the painterly play of his brush, Fordjour – like his historic mentors – taps the innocent awkwardness of sign painting. The bursting-point masculinity that pervades his Clubhouse hints at other forms of play.