Brooklyn-based artist Jacob Krupnick had the opportunity to spend the day after the Art Basel Miami Beach fair closed inside the convention center dodging forklifts and documenting the breakdown of the fair. “It’s that rare moment when lots of valuables are at risk and in motion,” he told me over email. “The amazing piles of crates and packing materials make it hard to pin down what, exactly, an art piece is. (One forklift operator pointed at a stack of shipping containers he’d arranged, and said without sarcasm: ‘This is my art.’)”
Krupnick’s work explores the human tendency to conquer the natural environment with a built one, and the way people move in public space. Having produced a few large-scale video installations, Jacob has recently been making short documentaries about modern craftspeople: a Brooklyn ice-cream maker, a hyper-prolific street artist, a paper-cutter who works in the subways. He also runs the self-professed “most awesome photobooth in town,” shootbooth.
You can find the whole series here.