YUP, There Was More At SCOPE Art Fair Than Skulls and Guns

I’m always a bit skeptical of SCOPE NY.  If you went to SCOPE in Miami then I’d probably tell you to skip SCOPE NY and go check out a fresher fair.  Chances are pretty high that at least 70 percent of what you saw in Miami got hauled to New York.  I confess, this was not the case last week. This year, SCOPE was relocated closer to the Armory Show; the new location left me without a decent excuse for skipping it – honestly, I’m glad I didn’t.

Every fair has an unofficial theme – I like to refer to it as a resonating recurrence. ‘Guns and Skulls’ held court this year. Particularly popular was the Uzi: Magnus Joen’s blue Jesus double fisted uzi’s, OG Slick had Mickey Mouse thug his one-handed, Gronquist gold plated the Uzi while Nando constructed his out of typewriter parts.  I resisted the urge to snaps pictures or add them to this list…come on, you’ll see plenty pictures of them on Instagram.

Also absent from this list is the Hubert Kretzschmar, pigment print,  Björk (2015), its placement at the fair felt like a play for attention based on the freshly minted Bjork exhibit at MoMA.  I suppose its unfair of me to assume that, however, it the first thing I thought of when encountering it, so I won’t revoke the thought.

I guess it’s time to get on with it – here are my non-skull, non-gun, non-Bjork favorites from SCOPE NY.

Erik Jones, Joseph Gross Gallery

Erik Jones, Joseph Gross Gallery

Sandra Chevrier, La Cage Maintenant, Mixed Media

Sandra Chevrier, La Cage Maintenant, Mixed Media

Juliane Hundertmark,Kitchen - Galerie Juliane Hundertmark

Juliane Hundertmark,Kitchen – Galerie Juliane Hundertmark

Christine Wu, Showed You How to Love, 2015  - oil, acrylic, toner, paper, and glitter on wood panel

Christine Wu Showed You How to Love, 2015 – oil, acrylic, toner, paper, and glitter on wood panel

Andrew Hem, Flipper 2015 - Thinkspace Gallery

Andrew Hem, Flipper, 2015 – acrylic on wood panel, Thinkspace Gallery

Russ Noto, Untitled Venus - Concrete, latex, tennis balls, wood and oil on canvas

Russ Noto, Untitled Venus –
Concrete, latex, tennis balls, wood and oil on canvas

Vicodin Lover - Ritalin Kids, Ben Frost - acrylic, crayon on canvas

Vicodin Lover – Ritalin Kids, Ben Frost – acrylic, crayon on canvas

Erin Riley, Loot, Soze Gallery

Erin Riley, Loot, Soze Gallery

Hiroko Shiina, Forever, 2015 - wooden panel, paper, ink, acrylic, coffee

Hiroko Shiina, Forever, 2015 – wooden panel, paper, ink, acrylic, coffee

*all photos care of HAHA MAG

Erin M Riley’s ‘Crimson Landslide’ @ Space 1026

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Artist, Erin M Riley’s weaved portraits of Selfies are generally a window into a newer expression of female identity – grappling with issues on how women perceive themselves and how we want others to see us.  Her new solo show Crimson Landslide at Philadelphia Gallery, Space 1026 definitely shows off the continued mastery of her craft – the detailing on her pieces always becoming more complex. Though Crimson’s imagery might make some uncomfortable, peering into a more personal dialogue on the habits, objects of regimen, necessities and stresses of women’s everyday lives – it’s a truer sense of the things we can’t control via our smartphone cameras.

 

Crimson Landslide / February 7th – 21st, 2014

Space 1026
1026 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA

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Check out our past article on Erin Riley.