(Andy Paiko, Optic Twist Screen #2, 2013; blown glass, steel, walnut; Wexler Gallery)Admittedly, fine art fairs can be hit or miss. But with two decades' worth of experience under its belt, the 20th annual Sculptural Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) fair—which starts tomorrow with an opening-night preview at Chicago's Navy Pier—is one we eagerly await.
(John Galvin, The Manolo Lounger, 2011; brass and American black walnut; Craft Scotland. Photo credit: Richard Crawford)More than 800 artists from nearly 70 galleries in the U.S. and abroad are being represented at the fair, with works that range from whimsical to minimal, lush to restrained. I can't get enough of the piece below from Antwerp- and Netherlands-based Studio Job: a humorous and contemporary twist on traditional decorative arts.

(Studio Job - Makkum, Pyramids of Makkum; earthenware, faience technique, gold gilding; Joanna Bird Contemporary Ceramics)And I can't decide whether I'd rather look at or sit on the piece below by East Coast sculptor Vivian Beer. Looking good, SOFA CHICAGO—let the visual feast begin.
(Vivian Beer, Low Rider, 2013; steel, patina and ferrocement (concrete); Wexler Gallery. Source: SOFA CHICAGO) 

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