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At Untapped Cities, we love getting to know established and emerging artists who are creating interesting, thought-provoking work. This is why we love art fairs, where you can wander from booth to booth and see what’s happening in the art world now. PULSE has gathered together some of the best and the brightest at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea for a four-day fair that started yesterday and will run until Sunday. According to Director Cornell DeWitt, what sets PULSE apart is the Impulse initiative for emerging artists—the upper level of the fair is devoted entirely to them, with more established artists on the ground floor. They are also one of the few art fairs that includes performance art. I’m presenting here my picks for the most promising artists at PULSE.

Hyper-photo by Jean François Rauzier, represented by Waterhouse & Dodd. I first saw Rauzier's hyper-photos at SCOPE, where he exhibited an amazing image from Pantin, the graffiti mecca outside Paris.

Hyper-photo by French artist Jean François Rauzier, represented by London-based gallery Waterhouse & Dodd. I first saw Rauzier’s hyper-photos at SCOPE, where he exhibited an amazing image from Pantin, the graffiti mecca outside Paris. This image is a composite of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Library of Congress, paintings from various museums and other elements.

Eric Firestone Gallery (located in East Hampton) has a collection of amazing photographs by Tseng Kwong Chi of some of our favorite artists taken in their homes and studios: Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat.

Eric Firestone Gallery (located in East Hampton) has a collection of amazing photographs by Tseng Kwong Chi of some of our favorite artists taken in their homes and studios: Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat.

I couldn't help admiring this collage by artist duo Ghost of a Dream, who we interviewed in connection with their work at No Longer Empty.

I couldn’t help admiring this collage by artist duo Ghost of a Dream, whom we interviewed in connection with their work in No Longer Empty’s ‘How Much Do I Owe You?’ exhibition. Ghost of a Dream uses found materials like lottery tickets and the covers of romance novels to explore people’s dreams and fantasies. This collage is showing at Davidson Contemporary‘s booth.

Upstairs, in the Impulse section, Montreal-based gallery Art Mûr is showing a collection of little architectural sculptures by Guillaume Lachapelle.

Upstairs, in the Impulse section, Montreal-based gallery Art Mûr is showing a collection of little architectural sculptures by Guillaume Lachapelle. Lachapelle first draws models and then creates them using a 3D printer. They seem to question the limits of space, by showing bookcases that curve inwards and disappear into a mysterious abyss, or else by presenting a house that seems to be floating in the air, supported only by thin pipes. They remind me a bit of Daniel Arsham‘s sculptures, which seem to defy the laws of physics.

Upstairs, in the Impulse section, Taylor de Cordoba Gallery from Culver City, CA exhibited photographs by Danielle Nelson Mourning. Mourning has a series in which she returned to the places of her ancestors--here Mississippi, also Ireland--and photographed herself in the guise of her ancestors.

Also in the Impulse section, Taylor de Cordoba Gallery from Culver City, CA exhibited photographs by Danielle Nelson Mourning. Mourning has a series in which she returned to the places of her ancestors—here Mississippi, Ireland in other photos—and photographed herself dressed up as them, trying to imagine what their lives were really like. Her photographs are voyeuristic and spark the viewer’s curiosity, as we wonder what the story is that inspired them.

Check out the editor’s picks for SCOPE. Get in touch with the author @lauraitzkowitz.

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