Vik Muniz Retrospective at High Museum

By guest contributor Karen Rothstein.

Now on exhibit until August 21, 2016 at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, is a retrospective including more than 100 photographs by the Brazilian born mixed media artist Vik Muniz.

He has such a warm and enthusiastic manner. At the media preview, he expressed his overwhelming joy at seeing museum-goers actually taking close-up notice of all the unorthodox materials he used to create his artworks. Even the youngest child can find something in his work that brings them pleasure and perhaps engages them into taking an interest in the world of Art.

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The writer, Karen Rothstein with artist Muniz in front of his Self-Portrait: “I Am Too Sad to Tell You”, after Bas Jan Ader, from the “Rebus” series.

Muniz is known for trying to create a sense of wonder and intrigue within his photography. The way he creates each piece is unique, adding a plethora of unconventional items in the process of making each finished photograph. These things that you might be familiar with in their proper place, will all come as a surprise in his art. Things such as: tiny childhood toys, garbage, torn pieces of magazines, diamonds, food of all sorts, etc…. It is easy to see the artist has a playful sense of humor. The different textures and sizes of his working canvasses make each finished photograph very unique. For example, one project included large-scale drawings made by bulldozers on a construction site, while other images were made by assembling small pieces of garbage or tiny toys and then photographing them from above, to reveal the intended scene that he pictured in his head before it all started. Be sure to watch the video in the gallery, showing how he created “Mother and Child” from the “Pictures of Garbage” series.

Vik Muniz – Mother and Child  (Suellen)  from “Pictures of Garbage” series.

Muniz often makes several works in a series, using similar materials to explore a common theme, materials that often trigger the viewer’s memory, recalling another time and place.

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Vik Muniz – “Double Mona Lisa” (Peanut Butter and Jelly) from “After Warhol” series.

Vik Muniz – “Saturn devouring one of his sons” after Goya, from “Pictures of Junk Series.”

Vik Muniz – “Vik, 2 Years Old,”  from Pictures of Album series (representing one of the few pictures from his childhood)

Before moving to New York as a young man, Muniz was brought up in a working class family in Brazil while the country was under a strong military regime. People couldn’t speak their mind and times were hard. To this day he stands up for the underdog and addresses issues of social justice, and several of the works on display express the depth of his feelings.

 

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Vik Muniz – “George Stinney, Jr.” from “Pictures of Album” series  (Stinney was convicted at a flawed trial in 1944 at the age of 14 in South Carolina.)

 

Vik Muniz – Six children from the “Sugar Children” series (Children from sugar plantation workers who played in the sand on the Island of St. Kitts).

Muniz really loves to use all different textures and is intrigued with color pigmentation as seen in his wonderful rendering of Gauguin’s “Day of the Gods”. Look close, the colors and textures comes to life.

Vik Muniz – “Mahana No Atua” (Day of the Gods), after Gauguin, from “Pictures of Pigment” series.

Muniz is primarily working in series these days, but he started out in the 80’s doing sculpture. A fine example is on display, be sure to few his Mnemonic Vehicle (Ferrari Berlinetta) a composite of polyurethane, plexiglass and aluminum, portraying a nearly life-size Ferrari automobile as a massive matchbox car.

The Artist is a true master of creativity and composition, his work has been on display the world over. He currently works in  New York City and Rio de Janeiro.

This exhibit is a wonderful one and will make for great discussion with family and friends in days to follow.

Vik Muniz – A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series.

The Vik Muniz exhibition runs through August 21, 2016 at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Visit www.high.org for more info.


On the street in: Key West

On a recent trip to Key West, Florida, (in November 2015) I documented what I came across during my touristic wanderings. Plenty of stickers and little tags, but not many large pieces or murals. Here’s what I found…

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Here’s a decent sticker bomb site including The London Police, buenowun, INFOE, YU 246, CYNE and more.

CYNE was up absolutely EVERYWHERE in Key West. Here’s just a sample of what I came across by this “SouthernmostWanted” graffiti, paste-up & sticker artist…

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These CYNE wheatpastes are really artful.

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CYNE & TWICE

 

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Here’s CYNE with SiD, and UTAH & ETHER – VISAH TATER – SODUH

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CYNE – INFOE – YU 246

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Here’s a lovely tag on a utility box. I can’t tell if it’s “Ambrose”, “Aimlose” or what… Anyone know this one?

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I love this WILZA blue skull paste-up. Good Style!

 

Here are two paste-ups with “Relax, Dude” using Batman & James Bond” I saw another Bond one that was even more torn off.

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Here’s a nice little hand-drawn USPS Priority sticker. Anyone know who this is?

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Here’s another really awesome sticker. I can’t decipher it. Any guesses?

 

 

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Icon face with glasses USPS Priority sticker.

 

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OK face multicolor sticker.

 

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Sorria (or Soffia) sticker. Is this NASCK???

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SICK double priority sticker.

 

Here are two cool skulls with hats. Reminiscent of dia de los muertos.

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Skull with sunglasses & hat (dia de los muertos) and little p-nut.

 

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nice white on black peat (or peal?) sticker. Anyone know this one?

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Very cool little painted wooden wheel screwed onto a telephone pole. 

 

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d1NYC – #duelris – Adventures of Rainbow Bush & cool green stripey spray dude with his tongue out.

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INFOE & SiD w/ Gnarles Jr. (band)

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INFOE & SHOWDRAWN.com

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heres a very cool little tag sticker. Anyone know??

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UTAH ETHER & VISAH TATER with a nifty little GRILL sticker.

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Another one of thole little grill stickers, UTAH ETHER & VISAH TATER

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INFOE stickers.

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This was a very cool little photograph, framed in wood and bolted to a street sign post.

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sticker quote from @byoungz

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CYNE & PawnWorks

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and to finish it off, here’s an unknown “Hello my name is” hand drawn sticker.

This was a quick trip to Key West, my first time there. I put up some of my RayJohnsonFanClub collage work and also a couple of my Picturecrossing Polaroids. I’ll be posting them up here a bit later…

Ciao


Introducing – [kromiəm] 500 – a High Speed Color Slide Film from Labeauratoire!!

Introducing – [kromiəm] 500 – a High Speed Color Slide Film from Labeauratoire!!

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There’s just nothing like chrome film, and that’s why I’m excited to announce that the newest addition to our Labeauratoire lineup is [kromiəm] 500. It’s a high speed color slide film that fits most lighting situations. Put it in your 35mm camera and feel confident that you can be ready for just about anything that comes your way. You can set the ISO/ASA to 400 and shoot normally or underexpose slightly for better saturation.

Originally manufactured for industrial purposes, this film will work perfectly in your still 35mm camera. Notice it does not have any frame numbers or edge printing so it’s perfect for shooting “sprockets!”

This film expired several years ago, but it’s still giving some nice results as you can see. It is balanced for daylight but also gives an interesting blend of hues in mixed lighting as well. 

  

My panoramic shots were made in the late afternoon, with the Lomography Spinner 360º set on the bright sun mode.

  You can also see more pictures shot with this, and other unique films in the: LABEAURATOIRE FLICKR GROUP. 

My non-panoramic examples were shot with my Canon EOS Elan 7ne and its Canon EF 40mm ƒ2.8 Pancake lens. – All photos on this page developed in E6 chemistry at The Darkroom

Here’s your chance to try out this exciting film! I’m making some rolls available for your experimenting pleasure. 

I don’t put direct commerce links on WordPress, but you know how to find “Labeauratoire”.

Happy Shooting folks!

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Big BOGO Film Sale This Weekend

Big BOGO Film Sale This Weekend

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Hello film lovers! As you may know, I’ve just relocated to Clearwater, Florida.
And I’m finally ready to get back to full capacity.
I have at least three new 35mm films I’ll be introducing in the coming months, but this weekend, I’m offering ONE FREE ROLL of FILM with every item purchased!!
So: Order a three pack, get one roll free.
Order a two pack, get one roll free.
Order one roll, get one roll free!!!
Order one packet of our Caffenol Concoction Natural Alternative Developer, get one roll of film free!

We have some of the most intriguing films available including :

Labeauratoire’s BLACKOUT, Kodak High Contrast HCP 5369, Hawkeye Surveillance Film, VariCath Cineradiography Film, ORWO Color NC3, ORWO PC7, Eastman Plus-X 5231 Cinematic, Lucky 200 Aerial Chinese Spy Film, Polypan F 50 Professional, Ilford Mark V, ORWO NP55, ORWOPAN , Velvia RVM 8540, Eastman Ektachrome 7239,  Labeauratoire’s Phoenix Red-Scale, Eastman Double-X 5222 , Kodak Kodalith, Eastman High Contrast SO-331, Tura Pan Line Film (AKA Bluefire Police), Svema MZ-3, Eastman 5360DMP, Kodak Rapid Process Copy Film, ORWO UN54, Ferrania FG200, Ferrania, Perutz Perpantic, AGFA Agfachrome CRD, ORWO NP 7 400, Eastman FGSR5375 Fine Grain, Kodak Aerecon II 3404, Kodak REPRO 2566, MACO UP 400 plus, Imation Scotch Color HP 100, VALCA grano fino Cine, Polaroid HD 200 Def 1, Cinerad FT419X, Kodak Ektachrome 64T EPY, Kodak Ektacolor Pro Gold 160, Gevaert Copex Pan Rapid, Kodak Holographic SO-253
And More to come soon!!!
I’ll be selecting the free rolls based on what I have available.
They will be either 12 or 20 exposure rolls. (depending on how much you order)
Offer expires Monday Morning, so get your orders in soon and I’ll get to rolling and packing them. You might even be able to save a bit on combined shipping if you simply eMail me with your order and I can send you the PayPal invoice.
Mention code: BOGO215 with your order.
I don’t put direct commerce links on WordPress, but you know how to find “Labeauratoire”.
Hope you have a good weekend, and as always…
Happy Shooting!
~ Lance


Butcher Brings Majestic Everglades to Coconut Grove

Acclaimed large-format nature photographer Clyde Butcher will be opening a new gallery in Coconut Grove, Miami this February.

The prolific photographer is set to attend the grand opening of his new “Everglades Gallery,” located at 2994 McFarlane Road on Friday, February, 13, (a great Valentine’s Day date.) Butcher will also be on hand at an invitation-only V.I.P. event on Tuesday evening, January 13, to give a keynote presentation at 8pm.

The new gallery apparently opened its doors for a while during the holidays, as reported in this Coconut Grove Grapevine Article:

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The Clyde Butcher Facebook Page also posted some pictures of the gallery set-up in progress:

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Butcher’s majestic black and white photographs are surely among the most moving representations of Florida’s vanishing wilderness you’ll ever see.  As I stated before in my review of his “Preserving Eden” exhibition, Butcher is one of the greatest American landscape photographers and clearly one of the hardest-working men in the business.

This Coconut Grove “Everglades Gallery” joins Butcher’s other two venues, the “Big Cypress Gallery” in Ochopee, and “The Venice Gallery & Studio” just south of Sarasota, which also houses his 2000 sq. ft. darkroom.

So take note Miami, you now have no excuse not to go see the work of this living legend for yourself.


Labeauratoire Film Shop is Back in Business! … in Florida :-) (+secret discount code)

After a one month hiatus, the Labeauratoire (pronounced La-bow-ra-twar) online film shop is back online and ready for orders.

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Our Labeauratoire is all about “Beautiful Experimentation,” and we have more than FORTY different rare and unique film stocks for you to experiment with, including two different Bulk Films now available!  (read through to the end to get a secret discount code.) We also have our own Caffenol Concoction, an all natural alternative black & white film and print developer.

Film and prints developed with our Caffenol Concoction.

check out our

CAFFENOL CONCOCTION FLICKR SET

Here’s a quick and dirty list with just some of the new films we have available:

Valca Grano Fino Positiva: A very rare cinematic B&W film manufactured in Spain! See my full report on this intriguing film here.

Valca developed in Caffenol Concoction.

Kodak Aerecon II – 35mm Aerial Reconnaissance Film With extended red sensitivity!

Kodak Aerecon II developed in Caffenol Concoction.

Imation Scotch Color HP 100 – A wonderful film from the old Ferrania / Imation factory in Weatherford, Oklahoma.

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Kodak Holographic SO-253: A rare and unique B&W, high contrast scientific film with an odd spectral sensitivity. Also available in 100ft bulk rolls!

Holographic SO-253 developed in Caffenol Concoction.

Kodak Ektachrome 64T: A Fine Grain E6 Color Slide film balanced for tungsten lighting. Makes cool images in daylight! Also try cross-processing or using a filter.

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FT419X Pan Cinerad Film: A mysterious ISO 40 B&W Cine-Radiography Film giving great results!

Pan Cinerad FT419X developed in our Caffenol Concoction.

Ektacolor Pro Gold 160 GPX : A rarely seen 35mm C-41 Professional Color Print Film with a vibrant color palate.

Kodak Ektacolor Gold Pro 160 color print film.

MACO UP 400 plus: A cool German Import available in 12 exposure rolls. Perfect for B&W experimentation!

MACO UP 400 plus developed in our Caffenol Concoction.

Kodak REPRO 2566: An Orthochromatic B&W Reproduction Negative Film. Ultra-High Contrast / Estar Thin Base.

Kodak Repro 2566 developed in our Caffenol Concoction.

Gevaert Copex Pan Rapid Tri 13:  The original Belgian 35mm B&W Perforated Microfilm.

Gevaert Copex Pan Rapid Tri 13 developed in our Caffenol Concoction.

Polaroid High Definition 200 Def 1: Your favorite brand in a different flavor! A great color film for your 35mm camera.

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Agfachrome CRD: An E6 color daylight duplicating film with an ISO of 12.

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And here are some old favorites we have Back in Stock!

Kodalith! An original and popular, high contrast, orthographic film.  Great for Fashion shoots and fun to experiment with.

Kodalith developed in our Caffenol Concoction.

Lucky 200 Aerial Chinese Spy Film: A vintage, distressed, aerial B&W film from Chinese military surplus.

Lucky 200 Aerial Chinese Spy Film

and finally….

Kodak RPC: The Rapid Process Copy Film that produces Black & White Transparencies with high concentrate B&W developer.

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You know where to find us! Just look up “Labeauratoire” for all this new and exciting film! (Since WordPress isn’t the place for direct commerce.) But if you send me an eMail with the code (HOLIDAY14) I’ll give you a 10% discount in the form of a PayPal refund! Offer good through January 1, 2015!

Hope you enjoyed this quick look at our new films. There’s plenty more info and examples on our Labeauratoire site.

You may not know that I was one of the very first to be gathering old stocks of vintage film to preserve and make available for your experimenting pleasure. Many have joined the bandwagon since I opened my little online store in early 2010, and I know you now have other places you can shop. So I thank you for your continued support.

PS: If you haven’t already, please join our Flickr group where people are posting their exciting results from our Caffenol Concoction and from our vintage films: www.flickr.com/groups/labeauratoire/


SCOPE Art Miami 2014 Radiant with the Urban and Urbane.

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Thalassa by SWOON presented by The Dean Collection greets visitors inside the SCOPE main entrance.

The 14th SCOPE International Contemporary Art Show on Miami Beach expected nearly 40,000 visitors over the six day period, (ending 8pm Sunday Dec.7.)  Those visitors were treated to a kaleidoscope of works from more than 100 exhibitors, showing art from recent masters and groundbreaking upstarts alike.

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Detail of a piece by D*Face presented by The Dean Collection.

~ MIAMI BEACH ~ The increasing popularity of “street art” and its indelible impact on the contemporary art market was inherent in the prevalence of street-inspired work shown at SCOPE this year. While “street art” can’t really be considered as one particular style, the artwork by those who have chosen to “get up” on the streets has clearly made a permanent and pervasive mark on many artists working today. Some artists being exhibited did indeed start out working on the streets and later made the transition to gallery work. Others have adopted and adapted those various methods and used them in new and intriguing ways.

The Dean Collection presented works not for sale, curated by collector, hip-hop recording artist and producer Swizz Beatz. Artists included D*Face and SWOON (both shown above), who got their starts on the streets of London and New York respectively. And other, more traditional artists such as photographer and filmmaker Lyle Owerko were also shown. Masterful works from his Boom Box series proved popular with the Hip-Hop Set. Even Diddy & Busta Rhymes made appearances at the display.

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Metaphysics by Anne Deleporte 2014

L’Inlassable Galerie from Paris titled their exhibition Fake Idols, which contained some really unique work by Anne Deleporte who uses black gesso to obliterate works on paper. This results in a strong graphic presence that draws the viewer in to examine what she’s chosen to leave visible. Fans of metaphysical master Giorgio de Chirico will instantly recognize the remnants of his painting in Deleporte’s piece titled Metaphysical (above). Also in this booth were James Rielly, Edgar Sarin, Morten Viskum and Reinhard Voss.

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Skull with rabbit 2014 Jan Fabre

MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art gallery based in, Austria, attracted visitors with work by acclaimed Belgian artist Jan Fabre (above). His pieces using Thai Jewel Beetle wing casings and other animal parts were a certain draw. Fabre has recently been invited to make a massive installation at the Russian State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg in 2016. You can read more in our report here.

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MAM also presented Disaster by Spanish artist Carlos Aires using a series of laser-cut banknotes from around the world to form interesting juxtapositions which were sometimes brutal, and sometimes sarcastic, but always meaningful.

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California based Thinkspace Gallery featured mini-solo shows from Glenn Barr and Andy Kehoe.  Their Twitter account posted that they “sent 60 works to new homes” during the fair.  They also displayed a large wall grid of 60 – 12″x 12″ (30 x 30 cm) works by different artists.

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Among those was a dynamic collage by Florida artist Derek Gores.

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Depth Perfection – collage on canvas by Derek Gores

Thinkspace also presented two environmentally poignant pieces by San Francisco artist Jeremy Fish.

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Tough Talking Turtles Telling Tales – acrylic on hand-cut wood panel by Jeremy Fish

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Fowl Friends of the Fox – acrylic on hand-cut wood panel by Jeremy Fish

Stolenspace Gallery‘s space was chock-full of art by well-established street artists.  The London gallery appropriately carried work by The London Police.

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Bork & The Minions Save the Day ~ by The London Police

A shadow box by Belgian artist ROA was channeling the spirit of Joseph Cornell with his characteristically zoological inspired work.

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Mural Study Box I – by ROA

Next to the shadow box was a small portrait of Camille Claudel by renown street artist C215.

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Camille Claudel ~ mixed media on canvas by C215.

In addition to the medium-sized, mixed media collage on wooden panel by D*Face

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Wall Hugger I – by D*Face

There was a nifty little promotion from Stolenspace where visitors could pick a key from a pile, and check to see if it unlocked the chains surrounding a smaller D*Face work called Who’s Bad, with a sticker value of  $8000.

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Who’s Bad ~ mixed media on canvas by D*Face

Miami residents Gregory Jackson and Natalie Santiago (below) took their chances on the lock, but it wasn’t their lucky day.

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There was a lucky winner though and she was featured in the official D*Face Instagram Feed:

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Hashimoto Contemporary, out of San Francisco, had a very dynamic display. One wall that drew much attention held a trio of satirical paintings by Scott Scheidly portraying anti-gay, authoritarian leaders in fancy outfits of pink and lavender.

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Putin ~ acrylic on masonite by Scott Scheidly

By Thursday morning, each of the gaudy pink frames had a nice little red sticker beside their $3,500 price card.

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Castro, Kim Jong Un & Castro ~ acrylic on masonite by Scott Scheidly

Hashimoto also presented works by Shawn Huckins, Crystal Wagner, Handiedan, Joel Daniel Phillips, and Casey Weldon.

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Homebooster ~2014  spray paint on cardboard by EVOL

One of the most original and exciting artists on display this year was EVOL. Represented by the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, this Berlin street artist has gained wide acclaim recently for his innovative, urban, architectural illustrations, creating miniature buildings out of utility boxes and other surfaces in public spaces. His studio work often employs this same method on used cardboard boxes and the effect is mesmerizing.

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Low Reflection Area ~ 2014 spray paint on cardboard by EVOL

Altogether, this year’s SCOPE fair was very enthralling. There’s really too much to see in one day. With so many new artists, and as many different styles, it’s difficult to pinpoint any current trends without neglecting the outsiders.  And while the urban and street art influence is certainly an undeniable force, it seems more and more that “getting your artwork up and out on the streets” has become less of a circumvention of the traditional art market, and more of a pathway to gallery representation.

Stay tuned for further highlights from SCOPE, as well as reports from the ArtBasel and CONTEXT fairs.

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TEXT AND PHOTOS BY LANCE ARAM ROTHSTEIN