Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

 Scope Art Fair is quite literally on the beach.

Scope Art Fair is quite literally on the beach.

(Post transferred, original content written Friday, December 19, 2014)

It's been a really fun year. Fittingly, the last art event of 2014 was an exhibition at Scope Art Fair Miami with Hashimoto Contemporary, as part of Art Basel Miami Beach. With 29 satellite fairs and countless pop-up shows in addition to the main fair, Art Basel is always a crazy week to say the least. It was incredible to be able to participate in an event that showcases just how broad the scope of today's art world truly is.

I created four pieces for the exhibition, and while we only had room to hang two, the response from visitors was beyond invigorating.
 

 Other exhibitors at Hashimoto's booth included Shawn Huckins, Handiedan, Crystal Wagner and Scott Scheidly.

Other exhibitors at Hashimoto's booth included Shawn Huckins, Handiedan, Crystal Wagner and Scott Scheidly.

 The view from Scope's VH1 lounge could have been better.

The view from Scope's VH1 lounge could have been better.

 (L) Mommalisa (R) Yogi  |  Both works 42x94in, Charcoal & Graphite on paper

(L) Mommalisa (R) Yogi  |  Both works 42x94in, Charcoal & Graphite on paper

A huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who took the time to stop by and say hello. It was a complete blast meeting so many wonderful art lovers, patrons and aficionados. I find myself stepping into 2015 with more excitement and energy than is probably safe.

 (L) Jim Shearer featuring my and Shawn Huckin's work on VH1's top 20 countdown. (R) Swizz Beats stopped by to say hi.

(L) Jim Shearer featuring my and Shawn Huckin's work on VH1's top 20 countdown. (R) Swizz Beats stopped by to say hi.

 (L) Steve, 94x42in (R) Jack L., 94x42in

(L) Steve, 94x42in (R) Jack L., 94x42in

Joel Daniel Phillips Yogi (cropped)

ogi had a sort of shy, mischievousness to him that I was fascinated with. We talked about yoga, Austin Texas, monorails, living on hippy hill and electric lighting alternatives. If you ever run into Yogi I would highly recommend saying hello.
 

Joel Daniel Phillips Mommalisa (cropped)

Mommalisa (yes, that is her real name) might be the snarkiest, sharpest and most fearless lady I've ever met. During the course of a 5 block walk we took, she criticized fashions, met and smooched puppies, commented on at east 7 tattoos, and yelled across the street at more than several passing acquaintances. If Spaceman is the King of the Tenderloin, I've now met either his archnemesis or long-lost Queen.
 

Joel Daniel Phillips Jack L. (cropped)

Jack is Jack. No explanation necessary.

Joel Daniel Phillips Steve (cropped)

Steve and I were almost kicked out of a Starbucks together. Luckily we talked our way out of trouble. He had a nervous energy that was both a bit frightening and somehow inspiring.