Miami Art Week 2015: The Ten Most Bizarre Works of Art at Scope

Matthew Lapenta's Emoji Series brings your text conversations to life.EXPAND
Matthew Lapenta's Emoji Series brings your text conversations to life.
Kat Bein

Choosing anything as the best piece of work at Scope Art Fair is a dubious errand. As soon as you enter the beach-based tent, you're smacked in the face with color, texture, witty wordplays, strange ocular tricks, and post-Warhol attitude. You might as well vigorously shake a bottle of pop culture and spray it into your eyeballs.

Most of the art in the space sells for less than $5,000, which gives us humble folks the illusion that we can buy it all. Instead, we'll just stick with gawking over these ten most bizarre pieces we found at Scope. 

Felipe Pantone's Opticormius installation at the Mirus Gallery from San Francisco.EXPAND
Felipe Pantone's Opticormius installation at the Mirus Gallery from San Francisco.
Kat Bein

If we could live in this room, we would never leave. It's a vaporwave internet junkie's wet dream. If you're a fan of the La Roux "Bulletproof" music video, you'd find everything San Francisco's Mirus Gallery had on display to be utterly jaw-dropping. 

For a Minute I Thought the Wall Was Leaning, by Sergio Garcia.EXPAND
For a Minute I Thought the Wall Was Leaning, by Sergio Garcia.
Kat Bein

This ghostly pimp-hand-and-purple-drank piece goes for just $2,500, which means you should own it immediately. Note the double cup and the flick of da wrist. Pinkies up!

These steampunk sculptures are incredibly intricate. Each is like a stage where a play is just about to begin. You can almost hear the story they tell in your mind as soon as you walk up. These worlds must be quite heavy, though, because none of the minds their weighing on look very pleased with the experience.

In this piece, Terry Rodgers explores "an imaginary leisure life [that] stands as an iconic vision of the tensions and confusions endemic to today's society."EXPAND
In this piece, Terry Rodgers explores "an imaginary leisure life [that] stands as an iconic vision of the tensions and confusions endemic to today's society."
Kat Bein

Watch a Miley Cyrus music video, and you'll get the impression that commercialized sex is a superhappy fun-time extravaganza. I love how this piece captures the frantic hedonism of our modern era, colorful and exciting as it may be, while also paying homage to the general empty feeling it can leave in the pit of your stomach. #KeepItReal.

Scott Listfield's The Cave: SignsEXPAND
Scott Listfield's The Cave: Signs
Kat Bein

An astronaut discovers ancient ruins of fast food. Signs of intelligent life? There's a whole wall of these dudes by Scott Listfield, and, again, it's selling for only $2,500.

Social Security Camera, by Fidia FalaschettiEXPAND
Social Security Camera, by Fidia Falaschetti
Kat Bein

This one is self-explanatory and pretty damn genius. You've got to love that rainbow puke stream!

Frida Kahlo, by Kazuhiro TsujiEXPAND
Frida Kahlo, by Kazuhiro Tsuji
Kat Bein

Kazuhiro Tsuji's more-lifelike-than-life sculptural portraits have become a Scope staple. Three fairs ago, I caught up with the Japanese artist and learned how he creates these giant fleshy faces. That year, he had Andy Warhol, the pop god himself, on display.

Laurie Hassold's Mickey Dies at Dismaland and moreEXPAND
Laurie Hassold's Mickey Dies at Dismaland and more
Kat Bein

Southern California artist Laurie Hassold was invited to partake in Banksy's elaborate troll "Dismaland" in London this summer. I don't know about you, but I was unable to drop my life and hop across the pond to check that out in person, so you can imagine my joy when I happened upon this awesome Dismaland display. That mouse in a jar in the middle is a Mickey skeleton that says, "IAMANIMBECILE."

Matthew Lapenta's Emoji Series brings your text conversations to life.EXPAND
Matthew Lapenta's Emoji Series brings your text conversations to life.
Kat Bein

This is what it looks like when I talk to my teenage cousin. I'm not sure why some of these emoji sculptures are shiny, but it doesn't really matter. Maybe there's a new update in the works? But don't you just want to hug them?

This is me being totally awed by the optical illusion that is the protruding, ultra-realistic face created by artist Evan Penny.EXPAND
This is me being totally awed by the optical illusion that is the protruding, ultra-realistic face created by artist Evan Penny.
Kat Bein

I appear in the picture merely to give you a sense of the size. The image doesn't even really do it justice. Walking around this three-dimensional creature is a mind-bending experience. 

Scope Art Fair
801 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Sunday, December 6. Tickets cost $35 for general admission and $25 for students. Visit scope-art.com.


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