March 3–6, 2011
Pier 66 Maritime @ 26th Street & 12th Avenue in Hudson River Park, aka The Frying Pan
Thursday, March 3, 12pm–5pm – VIP & Press Preview
Friday, March 4, 7pm–12am – Opening Night Public Reception, performances by GORDON VOIDWELL, TECLA, and GENERIC
Saturday, March 5, 7pm–12am – Lomography Picture Party with performances by NINJASONIK and NSR
General Hours: March 4–March 6, 12pm–7pm
Tickets are $10 at the door
(New York, NY – February 22, 2011): Fountain Art Fair, an alternative exhibition of avant-garde galleries and art collectives, returns for its 6th successful year part of New York’s Armory Arts Week. Opening with a VIP & Press Preview on Thursday, March 3rd, Fountain will feature more than 20 innovative exhibitors and art projects. This year Fountain is thrilled to announce that Grace Exhibition Space will host 30–40 world-renowned performance artists in a series of never-before-seen live action works on-site at Fountain Art Fair.
On deck, below deck, and at the hull of Fountain’s unique venue, Pier 66 Maritime, Grace Exhibition Space will present INFILTRATE!, a 4-day curated program of performance art featuring the works of Boston’s Mobius Collective. Artists from Mobius Collective—whose mission is to generate, shape and test experimental art—will perform roaming and sited pieces throughout the weekend, in a splash of live action aimed to throw overboard all preconceived notions of art fairs. Sound and video performances, net-making, livewire sculpture, and ritual offerings are planned, all on board the boat.
Fountain’s Friday night public opening reception (March 4th) will feature live musical performances by breakout pop/funk force Gordon Voidwell, electro-pop sensation Tecla, and Generic. Fountain is pleased to announce it’s partnership with Lomography for an event of document-worthy proportion: Saturday night’s PICTURE PARTY(March 5), an evening celebrating the unique imagery of analogue photographyand creative visual expression. Headlining Saturday’s Lomography Picture Party will be hip hop/punk trio Ninjasonik and NSR. Lomography, a cultural institution and global community dedicated to experimental analogue film photography,will offer a variety of specialty cameras for Fountain attendees—including the Fisheye, Diana Mini, and Colorsplash—to capture the evening’s art, crowds, and performances.
Adding to Fountain’s signature overwhelming visual and sensory experience, visitors entering Fountain Art Fair will encounter a 100-foot long street art installation stretching along the entrance and exit—a massive collaborative installation by more than ten of the country’s up-and-coming, notorious street artists. The installation wall will feature work by notable artists Chris Stain, Dickchicken!, Faro, Gaia,Shark Toof, Clown Soldier, Love Me, Ellis G, Allesandro Echevarria, Lee Trice, Imminent Disaster, Elle, Hellbent, Joe Iurato, and Anthony Sneed. ”From the first Fountain show in 2006 with McCaig-Welles, to working with Ad Hoc Art in Miami and New York in 2008 and 2009, to the street art install in Miami 2010, the medium and movement referred to as Street Art has played an integral role in Fountain Art Fair’s development,” said David Kesting, Fountain Art Fair Co-Founder.
Lomography joins partners 101.9 RXP FM, The Village Voice, Gawker Artists, Flavorpill, The Onion,The L Magazine, Hedley’s Inc., Downing Frames, NY Art Beat, Brooklyn Street Art, and Artnfo in recognizing and supporting Fountain’s commitment to up-and-coming, culturally resonant artwork.
Fountain Exhibitors: Camel Art Space, Brooklyn * Cheap & Plastique, Brooklyn * Christina Ray Gallery, New York * G-Spotpresents: Cronin-Smith-Rose, Brooklyn * Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn *Lambert Arts, New York * Leo Kesting Gallery, New York * The Marketplace Gallery, Albany * Marianne Nems Gallery, New York * McCaig-Welles, San Francisco * Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn * Mighty Tanaka, Brooklyn * Murder Lounge, Boston/New York * Temporary States, Brooklyn * TincaArt, New York * Thaddeus Kwiat Projects, New York * What It Is, Chicago
Independent Artist Projects: Allison Berkoy, Brooklyn * Danni Rash & GILF!, New York * Evo Love, Miami * Greg Haberny, New York * Marni Kotakand Jason Robert Bell, Brooklyn * Mark Demos,New York
About FOUNTAIN ART FAIR:
“The artists displaying their multimedia wares here are true avant-garde upstarts… Saturating your eyeballs with new imagery while listing on a rusty boat? Priceless.” —NBC New York
“Possessed of a scrappy, youthful verve lacking in its more prestigious neighbors… Fountain was distinguished by a vintage street/self-taught aesthetic…” —ArtForum
“The way an art fair should be.” —The Economist
“Fountain draws the type of unruly installations and unsettling performances that make it an unpredictable must-see… It’s perfect for jaded art lovers wondering where they can stumble across fresh, anti-corporate, stick-it-to-the-man hijinks in a laid back environment reminiscent of Burning Man” —Miami New Times
Fountain Art Fair was founded in 2006 as an attempt to leverage support for smaller independent galleries to gain access to larger collectors and critics. Since its inception, Fountain has held five exhibitions in Miami, one in Chicago, and is now celebrating its sixth exhibition in New York. From its roots deep within the independent Williamsburg art scene, Fountain has grown to represent over 20 international avant-garde galleries and projects, showcasing progressive primary-market works. Fountain’s venue, Pier 66 Maritime, is a 10,000 square-foot complex (including salvaged lightship The Frying Pan) that provides a raw, singularly resonant environment for experiencing Fountain’s distinct mixture of progressive art, installations, and live performances. It is adjacent to all the major New York exhibitions such as The Armory Show and Pulse New York.