Sharon Butler blogs a selection of paintings on view at VOLTA New York art fair, on view March 5-8, 2015.
Butler comments: "This year plenty of good paintings are on view, though some of the figurative work seems out of synch with the most compelling contemporary work in that vein. Although well painted, many of the pictures come off as too earnest and overwrought, perhaps reflecting the difficulty of finding a new subject amenable to traditional painting techniques. The most impressive work in the show considers the relationship between physical and digital space. Artists continue to be fascinated by the distinction between what's real, what's on our screens, and how we make sense of the two worlds in our heads."