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.
*all photos care of HAHA MAG