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artMRKT Hamptons

July 24, 2012

artMRKT Hamptons is a relatively new branch of the art fair world. artMRKT Productions currently produces four art fairs in San Francisco, Bridgehampton, Houston and Miami.

Historically I like small art fairs better than bigger ones because they tend to contain more edgy modern art and a little more personable. artMRKT did not disappoint. Of course a lot of the art was targeted towards someone decorating a beach house but there were still interesting pieces.

I found Liu Bolin’s Hiding in the City No. 96 – Supermarket No. 3 quite wonderful. This sort of camouflage art I can only imagine is unbelievably time consuming.

I always enjoy seeing what is shown at Dean Projects. Tim Berg & Rebekah Myers work is one I always enjoy. I thought this one called, So the tree is inclined was particularly fun for summer.

Niall McClelland Stains – Landscape 1- I thought this piece was really interesting because of the process in which it was made. Niall leaks printer cartridges onto to paper which is folded- Almost like dyeing clothes.

I also liked another piece by Niall (which I didnt realize until I was going through the photos) which was called Tapestry Web. It was on folded carbon paper.

There were 3 of William Sweetlove‘s Cloned Zoo animal sculptures (made out of polyurethane, resin) placed through the fair. The labrador and the penguin were quite large while the dachshund was the real life size. I thought they were definitely a fun sculpture to have in your yard or house.

Ryan Humphrey – Black Hole
I loved the graphic style of this piece. BMX and skateboarding is a huge influence on Ryan and it shows right away. Overall I thought this was a very strong and striking piece.

Trying to find the name for the piece above, I found and fell in love with the quote below on the Ryan Humphrey website.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”
– Calvin Coolidge

Greg Haberny – Look Mickey…
I really liked the rugged finish of this painting. I do not know if his commentary on the financial world went over well though.

Irfan önürmen
One of the themes of the fair were multi-layered pieces. I loved this portait which looked like it was made out of some kind of mesh metal netting.

Peter Bynum
Out of all the art that I saw, these pieces were the most perfect for a beach house. These nature-inspired acrylic paintings were made on 3 sheets of tempered glass with L.E.D.s shining behind them. You could not help being enchanted by them seeing the pieces in person.

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