Contemporary art welcomed 3500 visitors to the ScopeHamptons Art Fair, a laid-back meeting place for emerging artists, up-and-coming dealers, collectors and art-lovers in general.
Fresh, vibrant and engaging, in addition to the 40 gallery exhibits in Hampton Hall, ScopeHamptons featured interactive art experiences, performance art, and a late night Culture on the Verge party with live music from Brute Force.
The ScopeHamptons weekend events coincided with a series of ARTspotting exhibits in shops around town and the annual Artist Alliance studio tour.
The unique centerpiece of the exhibition was a collaboration between Jaguar and a dozen cutting-edge American artists. Jaguar invited the artists to create a new work on an unusual blank canvas - a 1/18th scale model of a Jaguar X-type automobile.
ThreeAsFour, a collective of designers known only as Abi, Ange and Gabi, is best known for its circle bags of "Sex and the City" fame. Their mylar-clad car reflects the elegant style of the original high-performance automobile that was parked outside Hampton Hall.
Jim Wright's dynamic big-cat car rendition leaps out of a jungle palm. The dimensionality is created by applying acrylic color to paper templates of each leaf and tuft of fur. The paint pieces are then peeled away and assembled. Wright uses this same technique in the large rock-and-roll-themed paintings for which he is best known.
Brendan Murphy's intense poured-color Jaguar looks to be the perfect vehicle for the lady waiting in his canvas "Emotional Rescue," on view at ScopeHamptons. As in many of his paintings, Murphy's starting point for the work was the image of a person he knows.
The Guerra de la Paz glitter car is a bold counterpoint to the fanciful surrealism of the Miami-based duos' other recent work. Currently collaborators Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz are creating a series of organic three-dimensional constructions fabricated entirely from unwanted clothing.
The compositions range in size from the intimate tabletop tree shown at ScopeHamptons to a larger-than-life installations that transport the viewer into a surreal forest world.
Photographer Thomas Wrede based his version on an actual full-sized Jaguar. Wrede uses a special photographic lens to place a super realistic central image within a painterly landscape. At first glance his large-scale photographs appear to be watercolors.
The one-of-a-kind model cars were donated to a silent auction which raised money to benefit The Retreat, the only domestic violence agency on Long Island's East End. Jaguar underwrote the fair in Southhampton with PLI Brokerage, a leading insurer of fine art collections. ScopeHamptons featured 40 exhibitions representing galleries as nearby as East Hampton and Shelter Island and as distant as Miami and Berlin.
Scope's Michael Sellinger produced the Hamptons event. Future Scope Art Fairs on the schedule: scopeParis and scopeLondon in October 2005, scopeMiami in December 2005 and scopeNewYork in March 2006
Published on Dec 31, 1969