FAIR is a new art fair initiative designed to be entirely online, function cooperatively, and act as a benefit for NADA’s community of galleries, nonprofits and artists.
FAIR offers an alternative profit-sharing model, structured to facilitate mutual support within the art community and provide revenue to each of its participants during a time in which galleries have temporarily closed their physical locations.
Week 1: Barnett Cohen
Barnett Cohen's paintings, performances, and mixed media works collectively serve as meditations on the space between thought and the self and between the self and the body.
Cohen's recent collage paintings are made from found stickers, a mass material most often used on our cars, laptops and objects to brand them, and ourselves, with the identity of our choosing.
Stickers like these often act as self-declarations, but in these works, the overload of content—branding, language and pop culture references—puts these declarations on shaky ground.
The deluge of images and content mirrors in these works mirrors the constant onslaught of information we experience online and through social media.
Stickers and acrylic liquid polymer on canvas
58 × 64 inches
Week 2: Athena LaTocha
Athena LaTocha's practice explores the relationship between natural and manmade landscapes.
LaTocha is inspired by her Native American heritage, her upbringing in Alaska, and Earthworks artists of the 1960s and 1970s.
The paintings are made from earth-toned inks, soil, and industrial solvents that she applies to the surface using tools such as tire shreds, scrap metal, and bricks.
The direct experience of wilderness, the untrampled landscape, and the unyielding power of nature is at the core of her practice.
Untitled No. 2, 2016
Sumi and walnut ink on paper
36 × 60 inches
Week 3: Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke's collaborative art practice focuses on the process of weaving and its relationship to visual systems.
This work is part of a new series inspired by ancient fertility figure statues, such as the Venus of Willendorf.
The bulbous shapes of the fertility statues inform the fields of color and pattern in the drawing.
Abstract motifs are are interspersed with imagery suggestive of sex, fertility, and regeneration.
Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Woman V, 2020
Colored pencil and gouache on paper
10 × 8 inches
Week 4: Lucia Love
Lucia Love's surreal paintings are packed with symbolism referencing politics, gender, history & the dynamics of power.
Love's recent paintings use the elements for their symbolic readings as well as for their relationship to ecological and manmade disasters.
A figure Love refers to as the Water Carrier recurs in many of her paintings, such as this one. The Water Carrier acts as an avatar for Love's interest in feminism and its many forms and becomes a narrative link between the paintings.
Her watery burden is a nod to traditional head-carrying practices as well as the posture-training method at Victorian finishing schools.
Lady of the Lake, 2020
Oil on panel
24 × 48 inches