[NetBehaviour] Bureau of Curatorial Affairs @ SCOPE MIAMI

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Bureau of Curatorial Affairs @ SCOPE MIAMI

A Turn of the Card, A Roll of the Dice, A Spin of the Wheel…
Presented by Bureau of Curatorial Affairs

Booth G04 - The Scope Miami Pavilion - The Miami Midtown Arts District
NE 1st Avenue between NE 30th & NE 31st Street
Miami, FL

BTA, dNASAb, Erik Pye, Gregory de la Haba, Lee Wells
The Bureau of Curatorial Affairs presents “A Turn of the Card, A Spin of 
the Wheel, A Roll of the Dice” featuring a diverse collective of 
mixed-media art works by Gregory de la Haba, BTA, [dNASAb], Erik Pye, 
and Lee Wells for the Scope Miami 2010 annual exhibition, described as 
one of the most progressive forces of the 20+ contemporary art fairs 
surrounding Art Basel Miami Beach, and sited in the Miami Midtown Arts 
District from November 30 through December 5, 2010.

Unlike the conventional art fair booth mounted by commercial galleries, 
Bureau of Curatorial Affairs’ presentation, curated by Raul Zamudio, 
will be a visually poetic mash up of art exhibition and casino. The 
exhibition consists of an eclectic group of New York-based artists who 
work in diverse media including painting, sculpture, video, media art, 
and photography and will be set within a gambling environment with a 
craps table manned by professional dealers and set for play on opening 
night. All of the artists are featured in a new Michael Knowles 
documentary titled “Gambling in Art, A Story of Six New York Artists 
Who’ve Gone All In”, which follows the group of art colleagues as they 
pursue their art in today’s New York art scene. A trailer for the 
upcoming film will be revealed to the public for the first time at Scope 
Miami 2010.

“These artists are, in one sense, gamblers of sorts who wager, bluff and 
fold their way through the treacherous New York art world filled with 
dealer hucksters, curatorial con men, and art critic carpetbaggers of 
all stripes,” states Raul Zamudio, curator & founder of The Bureau of 
Curatorial Affairs. “Dedicated to their work to the very end, the stakes 
for these artists are very high as they ante up their all for nothing 
less than total success.” The exhibition also uses the trope of gambling 
as a point of thematic departure in addressing other types of high 
stakes living faced in daily life including geo-political wars where 
combatants often feel like cards shuffled by politicians for their own 
power games; and rampant global environmental calamity where we all end 
up as losers.

Billy The Artist is an international artist whose projects and clients 
have taken him all over the world. From galleries such as the 
prestigious Forbes Gallery in New York, openings in London, Chicago, 
Austin, Orlando, New Orleans, Curacao to epic live paint performances 
for Swatch in front of 30,000 people at Piazza San Marco during the 
Venice Biennale, BTA has been embraced by both the fine and commercial 
art worlds. He has been published in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vogue, 
Elle, Juxtapoz, The New York Times, Washington Post and has been 
featured on Fox, MTV, Discovery, CNN, and 60 Minutes to name a few. 
Billy's work has also been auctioned at Christies and Sothebys.

Gregory de la Haba
Apart from being an exceptionally skilled painter with a pedagogical 
lineage that stretches back to the great Neoclassicist Jacques-Louis 
David, de la Haba is a gambler in more ways than one. Hosting casino 
nights in his loft where a 14' craps table takes center stage the artist 
spent more than 10 years at Belmont and Saratoga racetracks handicapping 
the ponies-and winning, to the point where he became horse owner, 
stepping into the winner's circle on more than one occasion (hence the 
horse iconography in his work). Selected solo and group exhibitions by 
de la Haba include: “Equus Maximus” Jack the Pelican Presents “Queens 
International 4” Queens Museum, Pool art fair 2010, Gershwin Hotel. 
Trash Art Museum, Munich. Salzburg arts festival, Austria. Bridge art 
fair, Miami “Surfboards and Skateboards” World Erotic Art Museum of Art.”

[dNASAb] is known for creating new media video work, utilizing consumer 
electronics and complex sculptural systems. Humans have incorporated 
these bourgeoning technologies, such as LCD screens, in all aspects of 
our daily existence. They are embedded in our homes, automobiles, and 
public spaces. [dNASAb] sees these technologies as raw materials for the 
creation of cutting edge artworks. Passionate about the space between 
the information displayed on the screen and the ideas spawned in the 
mind of the viewer, [dNASAb] creates work in this underutilized site for 
contemporary sculpture. His works have a distinct aesthetic, capturing 
velocity, direction, and evolutionary motion. He exhibits frequently in 
the United States, and his work has been exhibited internationally in 
various locations including galleries in Paris, Basel Switzerland, 
Austria, South Korea, Moscow and Istanbul. [dNASAb]’s work is included 
in numerous private and corporate collections, including having a suite 
of works acquired by the Microsoft Permanent collection. [dNASAb] has 
been awarded an Artist in Residence to the “Institute for Electronic 
Arts”, at Alfred University, “Experimental Television Center”, and 
recently received an Educational Scholarship from “Harvestworks”. 
[dNASAb] also lectures and presents work extensively, including “Art 
Basel, Montclair State University, University of Tennessee at 
Chattanooga, and Pace University Digital Gallery “Tele-culture”. 
[dNASAb] is primarily represented by the Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New 
York City.

Erik Pye
Erik Pye grew up in the hill country around Austin Texas. He dropped out 
of school early after finishing the 8th grade. After being homeless of 
and on for some years, Erik got his GED and joined the Army as a cannon 
fire direction specialist. After the Army he spent two years at 
community college in Syracuse New York. He then received a full tuition 
scholarship from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 
in New York City where he graduated in 2005 with a BFA. He still lives 
and shows in New York.

Lee Wells
Lee Wells is an artist, independent curator and US Army Veteran 
currently living and working New York. His artwork and projects 
primarily question systems of power and control and have been exhibited 
internationally for over 15 years, including the 51 st La Biennale Di 
Venezia, National Center for Contemporary Art Moscow, Kimpo/Seoul 
International Airport, WRO07 XII Media Biennial, PS1/MoMA, Cincinnati 
Contemporary Arts Center, and The State Hermitage Museum, in addition to 
numerous art fairs, festivals and galleries. He is a co-founder and 
director of IFAC-arts, an alternative nomadic curitorial program and a 
co-founder of [PAM] the Perpetual Art Machine. His projects and 
exhibitions have been written about by various national and 
international art and news publications to include: The New York Times, 
Kommersant, Art Newspaper, The Washington Post, Art in America, 
Artchronika, and Art Net. Most recently, Wells was invited by the 
Guggenheim Museum as a contributing writer to The Take Blog as part of 
the YouTube Play Biennial of Creative Video. Upcoming in february Wells 
has solo exhibition at Rooster Contemporary Gallery in New York and in 
April will be leading a workshop on video and new media at New Zero 
Gallery in Rangoon Burma.

The Bureau of Curatorial Affairs is a global, nomadic curatorial project 
organized by Raul Zamudio with a rotating roster of operatives whom are 
diverse in their thinking and curatorial practice and work in all forms 
of media. Zamudio is New York-based independent curator and writer. He 
has curated more than 70 exhibitions in the Americas, Europe, and Asia 
including co-curator, “City Without Walls”, 2010 Liverpool Biennial; 
co-curator, 2009 Beijing 798 Biennial; co-curator, 2008 Seoul 
International Media Art Biennial. He has authored, co-authored, or 
contributed to more than 40 books and catalogs.

The group exhibition will be open for viewing at Booth G04, at The Scope 
Miami Pavilion - The Miami Midtown Arts District located at Midtown 
Boulevard (NE 1st Avenue) between NE 30th & NE 31st Street beginning on 
Tuesday, November 30 - 3pm - 9pm.

For more information on artists, direct queries to Bureau of Curatorial 
Affairs Operative Paola Omboni at p.omboni at gmail.com

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