Scope Miami Beach – pure ARTphrodisiac

The 17th edition of SCOPE MIAMI BEACH returned to the sands of the Ocean Drive and Berkeley Bespoke is delighted to share the highlights of the show. 

Miami, December 2017

 

 
Featuring 140 International Exhibitors from 25 countries and 60 cities, gathering over 450 million social media impressions, SCOPE Miami Beach is once again poised to lead the charge for emerging contemporary art market.
Guido Argentini 
 It is the final collection of Guido Argentini’s silver photographs. Evoking the luminous polished planes of the work of Brancusi and the verve of Degas’ ballet sketches, these photographs endow the human body with both the solidity of sculpture and the vivid energy of dance. Using geometrical props Guido Argentini created a contrast between the human body and the archetypal forms of geometry: triangles, circles and squares.

“Ego” Unknown

 “Dust” by James Bullough
 

“Between the light” by  Sophie Derrick 

 Sophie’s work incorporates the two mediums of painting and photography. She has a great interest in the materiality and substance of paint, and executes this interest through photography, creating a juxtaposition of the two mediums. She photographs the act of painting on to her skin and then paints on top of the photographs, creating a layering of image of paint and painted image. Her body becomes the canvas for the paint, questioning the traditional concept of painting and portraiture, and the barriers between painting and photography. The body becomes both object and subject in the work.
 
Hunter & Gatti
 
“Fuel me up tag” by Philippe Shangti
Alone together” by Aristotle Roufanis 
 Alone Together, the photographer’s most recent series, includes images taken in Paris, London, Miami and Athens, where he was born. “I’m always looking for big cities to go to because I think the message I’m trying to convey is stronger there,” he says. Yet Roufanis prefers keeping the specific indications of each setting as vague as possible, omitting locations from his image titles. “It doesn’t matter which city you are in – that feeling of solitude is always the same.”
Gabriel Wickbold

Gabriel Wickbold is a young Brazilian photographer, that has worked in numerous artists genres including music, poetry and he studied television broadcasting. He believes that what truly makes a great photograph is not the technique but the emotion and composition.

 
“Symmetricat” Dag Knudsen
 
Dag Knudsen started exploring symmetry as an effect in his photographic works a decade ago. The first “symmetricat” was photographed five years on in 2012 and in 2016, Knudsen shot a editorial for a magazine based in New York city where he used a Sphynx cat as a collaborative model. In the wake of this series, he went on to shoot various different takes with other hairless felines on colorful backdrops. Adding a different perspective, albeit by obscuring, Knudsen seeks to reveal a subjective experience of the divine heralding to the ancients who also worshiped feline animal as a divine being.

“Drifting” by James Bullough

“Marilyn Monroe” by Nemo Jantzen 

“Dalai Lama” by Will Kurtz 

“I create realistic life-size figures and animals out of newspaper with an internal structure made of wood and wire. The newspaper forms have a collage of words and colorful advertising that is applied in a spontaneous painterly fashion to reflect the mood and life of the individual.

My subjects are real, everyday people who are often undistinguished and living on the margins of society. I select and create uncommon characters that have a distinct emotive quality. I use photography to capture a moment of their daily lives. They are often comic in character, dress or body type. The posture, gestures, facial expressions and clothing bring the figures to life. They have a familiarity of someone you might know or have passed on the street. I capture their resilience and vulnerability to embody a true empathy for the hardships we all share. The animals are selected to show their unique breed, size, shape or type of hair. Through them I am able express their innocence and humor that has a universal appeal.” – Will Kurtz

 

 

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