This year as I decided which Art Fairs would be best for me to visit during Armory Week in New York, I battle with the one thing we cannot control: Mother Nature. Here I begin with a brief on Scope NYC 2015. Joyful as I was to get out of the cave-like rut of this winter’s frequent hibernation, I quickly realized the weather was below comfortable. For me at least, the frigid temperature was practically intolerable. On we trekked, my friend and I, to give Scope a good scoping. It’s one of the favorite activities we can enjoy as New Yorkers and one we so enjoy together. Visiting the plethora of galleries we have within proximity of one another is a huge privilege! Being able to visit the largest Art Fairs to be found in major cities is icing on that cake. Speaking of icing, Pulse was going to have to wait as it turned out too much chill for me to bare in one outing. As Visual Artists we both work hard all year long to produce what we love through creativity. We also do anything we can to bring our individual visions to the public through marketing, networking and mutual support, among other efforts. All of these things are time consuming, no doubt. but to miss the Fairs when they come around, wherever we may be, is to waste time and effort. You may be wondering who this friend is which I refer to. Allow me to introduce to you, my best friend since childhood, Martin Rolon. His artwork is created through hand crafted patience, tireless effort and unmatched determination. The medium he uses is re-purposed leather. A major moment in Martin Rolon’s career took place last year while exhibiting his visual artworks in “Gender,” a Solo exhibition held at Secret City here in New York. Among his many artistic talents, Martin enjoys being a performance singer as part of the Secret City singers’ regular programming. Stay tuned for more on Martin’s unique art and style as you may find, he is one to watch.
Part of our love for the Arts involve a strong connection to fellow artists and artisans. Both Martin and I support and encourage other Artists of any stripe with sincere encouragement and attend their events whenever possible. Just as people are all unique individuals, we as artists are distinct in the ways we create the art which moves us. The point is, there should never be a sense of competition because we are all different and supply a demand for different tastes. Cheering on fellow artists is a joyful experience where we can appreciate the benefits of learning, as well. Just imagine if none of the works of the greatest masters were in existence. even those less prolific or known remain part of our rich cultures worldwide. Of course, imagination is part of creation. Yet, without these historical references, the arts wouldn’t be the profound institution it is. it is also a good time to remind everyone that the spoken word amongst our closest is so important. Passing down stories, insight, information (and visual examples) through generations is old as time. No matter what may succumb to deterioration or outright destruction, can also be cemented in this way for all time. Now think of some current work you may have viewed which could have taken your breath away. Isn’t it such a pleasant wondering to think it can someday be part of history, as well? Okay, so you think none of this is important perhaps. As an artist in today’s age, you can very well be taking part in the future entries of Art History without even knowing it- just by showing up. I leave you all with that thought as you enjoy some images I was able to capture while at Scope Art Fair New York 2015. Scope Art Fair runs through this Sunday, March 8th. 11 am-8 pm. I hope you will enjoy it as much. My very short overall thought on this entire show: I was impressed from the start! P.S.: Huge thanks to Scope Art Fair organizers for the awesome goodie-filled bags!
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