Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SCOPE NY 2014





     Scope was a solid fair much like Volta. Lots of different materials and styles, and quite a bit of pseudo life-like sculpture. And like Armory, several text pieces.

    

Copro Gallery from California, a gallery that focuses on pop surrealism, street, graffiti, etc had several interesting works, but they really needed 2 booths. It was really jammed up, and the Warhol heads and boxes piece would have been enough for one booth, they needed room to breathe. They were hyper-realistic, I assume a latex based material, mounted on pedestals with faux Brillo boxes in between. On the wall behind them were some fine paintings by Dan Quintana (below is "Cozen Den" 4x8') which unfortunately got lost and a bit over-shadowed. There was barely enough room to get between the Warhol heads and the wall, so viewing his pieces had to be done from the side or right up on them.




     Converge Gallery from Williamsport, PA had Russian artist Ekaterina Panikanova's mixed media pieces consisting of books that are painted and drawn upon, mounted on wooden boards. Not a new concept by any means, but these go beyond the common practice of merely using the books as "canvas". The books are quite old and are mainly informational in nature, and the drawings and paintings on them are integrated in scattered, and somehow slightly disturbing way.

Ekaterina Panikanova, "Birthday" - 47x53
     Mark Jenkins had these two sculptures at Fabien Castanier Gallery (LA). The one on the floor with the hoodie is "Time Out."



Craig Skibs Baker showed "I Say Good-bye and It's Hello Again" 18x24" at Thinkspace (LA).



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