Scope New York 2018 At The Metropolitan Pavilion – March 8-11

Posted: May 17, 2018 in NYC Art Shows, Uncategorized
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Scope Art Fair is now in its 18th edition and going strong.

The fair returns again to Chelsea. Scope is known for presenting ground-breaking contemporary work that includes 60 international exhibitors. Although Scope maintains a mainstream art following, it still has tons of cutting edge work that is shown.

Here are some of the best highlights from my perspective of this year’s edition.

 

Nychos is an artist who was raised in a traditional Viennese hunting family. His style is quite unusual as he slices up animals and innocent childhood characters with graphic precision. He blends themes of morbid corporeality with colorful hyper loony aesthetic descended from comics and cartoons.
Nychos  uses color-scrapes and wild fuming lines to create his images with a paintbrush or a spray can. His unique skeleton style of graffiti-like heavy metal cartoons could be disturbing to look at, but somehow that are visually appealing and somewhat humorous. He is represented by The Mirus Gallery in San Francisco.

Haven Gallery, based in Northport, NY, resides in a historic carriage house. This gallery exhibits both emerging and established artists that transcend their medium and subjects by exploring the world around them. These are some of fine artists that were shown at Scope. Here are two of them.
Kukula is an Israeli-born artist who portrays her stylized females as women of strength and power in her series titled “Princess  of  None,” which is a play on words. Her paintings are both historical and modern day positions of gender, as male-dominated aesthetics of the past are usurped by Kukula’s women and remixed into feminizing unique exhibitions of their own expressions.Her females confidently strut and recline in historic garb traditionally worn by men of aristocracy in suggestively famous landscapes and gardens reminiscent of the great monarchs and other times painted by male artists of the period. All of her paintings are inspired by British 18th century portrait painters like Gainsborough and Reynolds. Kukula uses Creepy Chak fashions of leather and bucked design eco lingerie for a contemporary twist dating the paintings to the present day.

 

 

 

Jessica Joslin uses sculpture to create creatures that reflect both real and imagined animals. She takes fusions of bone, brass, antique hardware and other scavenged treasures infused into a Victorian era passion. She is inspired by the beauty of skeletal architecture and a passion for assemblage sculpture.

 

 

And, finally, sculptor Pim Palsgraaf, who hails from the industrial section of Rotterdam, creates works that represent his love-hate relationship to the environment. He creates deconstructed buildings seated on top of taxidermy animals. Pim’s ingenious use of decaying buildings and animal extinction are his ecology statement of the sad situation that is facing today’s world.

 

 

 

In closing, Scope Art Fair is the one art fair that mixes commercial art with cutting-edge ideals!

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