So far, so inspiring. Despite our early start to the day (6:30am train from DC) we arrived and conquered the first leg of our NYC art fair weekend. After visiting SCOPE NYC, VOLTA NY, and Salon Zucher, many themes were visible through the showcased works and my interest and curiosity was exceedingly met.
SCOPE presented a managable fair with loads of outstanding contemporary artists. Our early arrival allowed for us to dive into each boot with intensity. I found an overwhelming amount of artists were distinctly influenced by pop art, using text and pop culture imagery in alternative fashions and stepping away from neon light text. This was refreshing yet reminiscent in a way. I also found myself drawn to collage work, a medium I've always been impressed with but it really stood out to me yesterday. But, the work that we found ourselves drawn to most was a piece by Nick Gentry with the Robert Fontaine Gallery. The work was a "traditional portrait" with a twist, the canvas was a collage of repurposed floppy disks.
As we ventured over to VOLTA, after devouring lunch at my old favorite NoHo Star, we were greeted with a packed venue of galleries showcasing individual artists works. A few artists immediately stood out to us using familiar objects and repurposing them into contemporary sculptural pieces, a prevelant theme at SCOPE as well. VOLTA proved to be facinating to me because unlike SCOPE, the galleries highlighted individuals, instead of a group show. We were lucky to catch up with the artist Cynthia Ona Innis at Walter Maciel. Her work has transformers recently to include more purples and brighter neons. It's in my newly appreciated collage style using fabrics too.
Our last stop of the day was over at Salon Zurcher where our friends Elizabeth and Margaret from Heiner Contemporary in DC had set up a pop up gallery along with seven other galleries from around the world. It was the perfect end to the day visiting their space and viewing familiar artists through a personal, manageable setting. While we were thrilled to see the great work Heiner brought, our take home piece from the show came from artist Christoph Roßner from Romer Young in San Francisco. His application and color were captivating and his narrative unclear.
Overall, my thoughts on Day 1 in NYC are simple. Lots of repurposing, lots of pop art, not a lot of neon, and apparently I'm obsessed with collage. Bring it on Armory!
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