A Series of Striking Installations Are Taking Center Stage at Scope Art Show

Lucy Sparrow, BK Adams, Jeremy Pope, and Connor Tingley will be highlighted with monumental projects.

Courtesy of Connor Tingley Studio. Photo: Quinn Matthews.

This week, Scope Art Show returns to Miami from December 5 to December 10, 2023, featuring a curated roster of 110 participants hailing from across 23 countries—with 70 galleries presenting at the fair for the first time. Over the past two decades, Scope has defined itself as a platform for innovative art, gaining a reputation for crafting thought-provoking experiences via panels, activations, and performances. The forthcoming edition is no exception.

A highlight of this year’s comprehensive programming is a dynamic range of large-scale exhibitions within the New Contemporary, ranging from immersive installations to monumental sculptures. Looking through the overarching theme and lens of “Artifacts of Experience,” the culmination of these large-scale art moments, Scope promises visitors a diverse and wide-ranging look at the cutting edge of contemporary art and the art world from multiple perspectives.

Jeremy Pope, FLEX(bitch) (2023). Courtesy of the artist.

Each artist featured in the New Contemporary brings their own unique and signature approach to the fair program. Among the many big-name participants is Jeremy Pope, artist and two-time Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominee will be in conversation with Tarell Alvin McCraney, Oscar winner and playwright of Moonlight (2016) fame. The discussion will center on the latter’s photojournalism series “FLEX(bitch),” installated within an art installation comprised of imagery from the photo series.

BK Adams, The Messenger, Time, A Blue (Collar) Horse (2023). Courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery.

Elsewhere, American visual artist and sculptor BK Adams’ 25-foot-tall, 20-foot-long The Messenger, Time, A Blue (collar) Horse (2023) will tower within the venue. An interpretation of the legendary Trojan Horse, the sculpture is comprised of more than 7,000 running feet of welds, and is painted in blue industrial car paint, and adorned with a “blanket” made from 130 clocks—a reference to the passing of time and humans’ relationship with it.

And those who missed the New York iteration of artist Lucy Sparrow’s Feltz Bagels pop up shop will have the opportunity to revisit at Scope. An homage to not just the pervasive and popular bread product, but the bagel culture of New York, Sparrow has created a complete replica of a bagel shop replete with thirteen varieties of bagels all constructed out of hand stitched felt, and with options to add a variety of felted toppings.

Lucy Sparrow, Feltz Bagels (2023). Courtesy of the artist.

In collaboration with Curren Caples, Connor Tingley will contribute an installation that synthesizes painting with skateboarding, skate culture, and music. Leveraging the unstable, changeable, and mutable natures of each of the genres allows the artists to engage with ideas around the Anthropocene and human’s relationship to nature on both a personal and collective scale.

With further projects by artists like Tomislav Topic, Tearoom, and Aaron T. Stephan, the New Contemporary large-scale installations are not to be missed this Miami Art Week, and create and unparalleled environment for the other presentations and events that make up Scope Art Show.

Scope Art Show will take place December 6–10, with a VIP Preview December 5, 2023.

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