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17th Apr 2008

Scope Art Fair — NYC 2008

For the sixth year Scope exhibited during the art fair season in NYC, from March 26-30, 2008. Their spot was in the Lincoln Center area, and since this fair cleverly opened earlier than the others, this was my first stop.

This year, according to their press release, Scope steps forward as an art-world leader of environmental awareness. This visually began at the entrance to the fair with a work by Guerra de la Paz, The Green Zone: Under the Banyan Tree (Daneyal Mahmood Gallery). Eco friendliness extended through other artists projects using recycled materials, to hybrid ZipCars that shuttled VIP patrons to using recycles papers and soy inks.

Scope is a lively friendly fair, exhibiting exciting new and emerging art cheek to jowl with more established work. It is fun to renew acquaintance with out of town – or country – galleries as well as visit in booths of NY based galleries to see what is newly featured. Galleries tend to be able to give artists a solo shows about every two years, but at fairs are likely to show the work of several artists.

Due to my own concerns with programming and coding the new blog software on the UnGraven Image site, I only selected one work from each fair to include as an image. I stumbled into my first pick of the fairs almost immediately near the entrance when I found the booth of Mendes Bahia. Artist Sidney Philocreon uses permanent markers on glass writing streams of small words to create an image. Unlike my own work in UnGraven Image theory, these letters and words are meant to be read. Philocrean twists Word Art and micrography by using layers of glass creating three dimensional shades in the imagery.

Sidney Philocreon

Untitled: from the series On the Good Faith of Treaties


Permanent marker on glass

34 x 44 cm

Remaining with tiny strokes creating imagery, at Magical, I appreciated the work of Miyako Masaki who conjures up imagery and depth from tiny colorful dot-strokes of oil paint..

At Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery Sang-Kyoon Noh’s sculptures of Buddha heads stood out, especially, For the Worshippers, a sequined bust measuring 36 x 27 x 28 inches. The work raises many contemporary questions about art and religion. I enjoyed meeting Amanda and look forward to seeing more work at this gallery and by this artist.

I enjoyed chatting with about the work of Peter Fox, who creates large acrylic paintings thick with sumptuous ribbons of paint. Andrea heads up the curators’s office in Washington, D.C. , and sends me email that entices me to visit the capital to see her shows as I appreciate the artistic sensibility and wit of this gallery.

Previously, I have given good mentions to the work of artist Yigal Ozeri who I was happy bump into in Scope’s corridors and then again later at the Armory fair. Yigal is not only a good artist, he bubbles with enthusiasm and warmth.

Yigal is represented by the Mike Weiss Gallery, always a most welcoming gallery. This Chelsea gallery would be included in my ongoing the series on the friendly and helpful receptionists in NYC, except that here anyone and everyone may be on hand to say hello and knowledgeably answer questions about the gallery’s artists. At Scope, Mike Weiss himself warmly greeted me and introduced me to his new artist, Christian Vincent.

Colin Rhys was occupied with collectors and sales, and according to the red dots on the wall, for the works of Judith Larsen. [Note: see Scope Hamptons 2007 pt 1] I circled back twice hoping to say hello again, but not interrupt a possible sale. I stopped by again as I began to make my way to the exit, but Colin had stepped away, so I had the opportunity to meet Lydia Ruby, the Rhys Gallery’s delightful director.

The Krampf Gallery’s booth had a display of the work of Bahk Soon Ghi. This artist creates sculptural work by suspending pieces of charcoal on clear nylon threads. I especially noted one work that appeared to be a fragile staircase fully created of suspended charcoal. Given Scope’s ecological emphasis, this piece posed relevant questions.

The recent move of the UnGraven Image web site and blog to new hosts and blogging software meant a time delay from when I viewed the fairs to when the articles were written and posted. Thus this article references what most stands out in memory and notes. Also, as the website transition was in process, only one image was requested for each fair as a learning curve for formatting the blogs was expected.

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