Photos by G. Various Artists.
I have never liked music festivals or art fairs. The pros are that you get to see a lot of great art in a very short amount of time. The cons are that after a certain point, it’s hard to remember what you’ve seen and what you haven’t seen. For those that like to stay home and sit on the couch most of the year, perhaps these types of events are for you because you only have to invest a few hours in the real world and you can then focus the bulk of your time in front of a bag of Cheetos, watching reality TV. As I go out nightly and experience the scene, I reconfirmed my distaste of fairs last night at the Fountain Art Fair. The event was at a much smaller (and cooler) locale in 2011 and has expanded dramatically for their 2012 offering. Unfortunately, I feel the event has perhaps already gotten too big for its britches as I nearly left the event before I even set foot inside (my email to the press office is below). UPDATE: The press office wrote back and that is also posted below.
Once I was inside the festival, I did find it to be less pretentious than its competitors at the Armory Show and Volta (each in separate locations in New York); however, at each of those events, an organized protocol is in place for press check in/event entry. Drink lines were almost as long as the length of the building and a centralized stage with live music in the center of the convention center made it nearly impossible to talk to vendors unless you waited to chat in between songs. It’s really unfortunate that like in life, those of us that love the indie scene fantasize about breaking away from the mainstream and the realities of the situation prove that at least the mainstream has a bit more organization.
Will the Fountain Art Fair organizers have gotten their act together for their remaining two days (March 10 and 11, 2012)? That’s anyone’s guess. Personally, I am beyond upset to have looked forward to this event via the tons of mass emails I’ve gotten throughout the year coupled with the great time I had last year, in spite of my typical dislike of art fairs. However, I empower myself and my readers that when you have been placed in a bad situation – USE YOUR VOICE to speak up otherwise, “they” win and “you” lose. The spirit of this fair is “do it yourself,” therefore, I am keeping my end of the bargain.
As my readers know from over 5,000 posts, I tend not to shed light on the negative and choose instead to not cover events and things that leave a bad taste in my mouth, because obviously I have no problems finding a wealth of A-list people and events to cover that are life changing (for the better) experiences, but I informed the press office that I would cover their event, so I will keep my word. I live by my own advice to SPEAK UP and in that spirit, I sent their office the following email, which you can read after the jump.
The Fountain Art Fair is located at 69th Regiment Armory 68 Lexington Avenue @ 25th Street from March 9 – March 11, 2012.
Hopefully if you go, you’ll have a better experience than I did.
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Photos by G. Art by Dick Chicken.
Dick Chicken - Kool Aid
In case you missed the Fountain Art Fair in New York last week, you blew a great opportunity to see a bunch of great art including a series of new images from the mysterious street artist Dick Chicken. Don’t blow your chance to own a super limited Dick Chicken vs. Keith Haring mash-up print called “Baby Dick.” Only 40 have been made, so click here and snatch one up before it’s too late. I’m happy to report that Dick Chicken will soon be joining my legendary autograph collection.
Here are a few more images from Dick Chicken as spotted at the 2011 Fountain Art Fair.
Dick Chicken - Pinocchio
Dick Chicken - He Man
Dick Chicken - Scooby Doo
Photos by G. Art by Danni Rash.
As you are well aware, I have a very massive autograph collection. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet celebrities, rock stars, politicians, sports figures and artists in my life. I’ve gotten autographs in the sunshine, the rain, backstage, on the streets, in their living rooms (on some occasions), but I never thought in a million years I’d be saying (and meaning) the next two sentences. Artist Danni Rash made history last night when I got his autograph. It was the first time I’ve ever obtained a signature while the signer was completely naked!
Danni Rash is performing at the Fountain Art Fair located at Pier 66 (at 26th Street and 12th Avenue). The fair runs from March 3 – 6, 2011 and it should not be missed. In his installation “cruciFiction,” Danni Rash stands in front of a lit cross in the nude. Aside from being totally gorgeous and having a great body, one can only imagine what is going through his head whilst standing there for 12 hour days in New York during the winter! I spoke with Danni Rash at two separate times on March 4, 2011 and I gleaned from our conversations that he is not only willing to get dirty for his art, but he is also willing to get naked!
Last year, I performed in an art fair wearing only a crocheted body suit from the artist Olek. Though my face was entirely covered, the reactions from all the people I encountered made it not only one of the most interesting experiences I had in 2010, but it was also one of the most meaningful experiences I’ve ever had in my life. As soon as the Fountain Art Fair is over and Danni Rash has had a moment to soak it all in, I am going to pester him for an interview to get his reflections on what must be one of the most surreal experiences of his life. I witnessed strangers gawking at him, people reacting positively and negatively to his performance as well as the looks upon the faces of his friends and companions who were seeing Danni Rash in an entirely new light (pun definitely intended).
All I can say is – RESPECT!
After the jump, see Danni Rash making According2g history being the first person to ever sign an autograph for me in the nude. These picutres contain nudity, so if you have a closed mind – OPEN IT!
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Photos by G. Various Artists.
Army Of One at the Fountain Art Fair in New York. Running March 3-6, 2011 at Pier 66.
There are so many highlights at the New York Fountain Art Fair, it’s impossible to share all of my favorites (and still have time enough to sleep). So here’s what you need to know: New York’s Fountain Art Fair is located at Pier 66 (at 26th Street and 12th Avenue). The fair runs from March 3 – 6, 2011. Go see it! The photos above and below are a tiny sample of what the fair has to offer.
To Tehran With Love by Gilf!
Photos by G. Art by Gilf!
Golden Gilfs by Gilf!
I discovered the work of artist Gilf! at New York’s Fountain Art Fair located at Pier 66 (at 26th Street and 12th Avenue). The fair runs from March 3 – 6, 2011 and there you’ll see some really great stuff, including the work of Gilf! Gilf!’s work is lighthearted, politically charged and she donates a portion of all sales to charity! As she says herself, “she’s the mischevious elf that knocks upon the viewer’s subconscious seeking to breathe hope into a negative issue.” Amen!
"John McCain, Thank You" by Gilf!