The Other Art Fair returned to Greenpoint this past weekend to show works from over 130 emerging masterpiece-makers. The fair wants to draw in a new generation of art-buyers by exhibiting a wide variety of works (those bland still-life paintings just aren’t doing it for people anymore). The fair served as an active, immersive experience—some creators drew or painted or even tattooed during the open hours. Over the course of the weekend, Bedford + Bowery found seven of the most out-of-the-box and interactive collections at The Other Art Fair.
La Loteria Viva by Cuevawolf
An immigrant from Monterrey, Mexico, artist Cuevawolf was inspired by Donald Trump’s election to create her Mexican-focused collection of art entitled La Loteria Viva. “When Trump got elected, I really felt the need to defend my country and elevate it,” she said. Every photo features either Mexican models, art or props and serves as a vehicle to share Mexican culture.
Each of Cuevawolf’s 54 vibrant photographs has a counterpart in the Latin American bingo game Loteria, although Cuevawolf’s are much more sophisticated and have a modern-day context. “Most of the characters that are male in the game are women in my version because I wanted to give a voice to women since that’s today’s generation,” she said. She also put modern twists on each character’s clothing, updating many of the women with more sensual outfits.
Through La Loteria Viva, Cuevawolf wants to extend the popular perception of Mexicans beyond the stereotypes that have arisen in the media through discussions on immigration.
Get Nude, Get Drawn by Mike Perry Studio
From the studio of the Emmy Award-winning artist Mike Perry comes the eighth edition of Get Nude, Get Drawn. The project, co-created by Perry and Josh Cochran, creates a barter system for the public and the artist. Each model signs up for a 30- minute session to strip down and does 10 poses for three minutes each. At the end of the session, the model gets to take one portrait from each artist home with them.
The Other Art Fair edition of Get Nude, Get Drawn featured 10 artists, 47 models and over 1,200 drawings. Each nude on display was created during the art fair and were available for sale for $20. “It’s like a version of a photo-booth, and you come out and get your strip of drawings,” Perry said. “Except other people can buy them too,” Cochran added.
For those who might be nervous about baring their souls (and their skin) to the artists, Perry and Cochran said they try their best to create a comfortable environment for the models. “We try to create this really academic, safe space for people to get onstage and and sort of perform for us,” he said. As for the popularity of the project, there has been no shortage of models. “People want to have this moment of intimacy with a bunch of artists,” said Cochran. “It’s incredible.”
Brandalism by Antonio Brasko
Brasko’s custom collection of custom spray paint cans, entitled Brandalism brings together the cultures of branding and vandalism. “The whole idea basically is to comment on the culture of luxury, street and graffiti and how luxury brands have re-appropriated graffiti, tapped into that culture and benefited off of it,” said Brasko.
Each can has 18 ounces of paint in it and features the logo of a different contemporary brand. Brasko painstakingly color matched each can to its respective brand, so that the Tiffany blue and Gucci Green are almost exactly the same as the colors the luxury brands use. The lids for each can are original New York fat caps, which are no longer made (the mold was destroyed in the ’90’s). Brasko sourced these caps from a collector to include an authentic piece of graffiti culture in the collection.
Remnant of the Kitchen by Stephanie Eti Hadad
Hadad is a first generation American-Israeli who looks to her childhood and her position in Jewish culture to create art that comments on matriarchal responsibilities of women, especially in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean contexts. Hadad’s work Remnant of the Kitchen was influenced by a photo of her grandmother in the 1960’s. Remnant of the Kitchen contains photos of people transferred onto rolling pins, made during a live-art installation, which invites the viewer into the installation through their photo. The end result is an account of women’s history and seeks to give recognition for domestic labor.
Handpoked Tattoos by Bluestone Babe
Brooklyn-based tattoo artist Rosa Bluestone Perr created her signature delicate tattoos in a live art demonstration based on an appointment sign-up sheet (which filled up within ten minutes every day of the fair). The name of the studio comes from her mother’s maiden name and represents the feminism she grew up with. Perr created a flash tattoo sheet (prices varied between $100 and $200) with designs ranging from animals and moons to naked women and words like “GRL PWR” and “BOSS.” As a former painter and visual artist, Perr says it’s been a natural progression from holding a paintbrush to holding a handpoke needle. “I like that it’s all me, I have more control and it takes less time to heal and is less painful than a machine tattoo,” Perr said. “Handpoke looks more like a drawing on skin, it’s more natural and organic.”
Gowanus Print Lab brought their mobile open-studio style lab to The Other Art Fair to create screen-printed items, foster community and offer education around silkscreening. Among the items available for customization were t-shirts, tote bags, stickers, posters and bingo cards. All designs offered for screen-printing were created by exhibiting artists, with a different artist featured each day.
Modular Units and Emotions by Walter Brown
Environmental pathologist Walter Brown creates his environmentally-conscious melted sculptures and light- box pieces with his personal plastic waste. Brown uses his own water bottles, floss containers and other items in a portrait of his own plastic use. “I’m showing that I’m complicit in the crisis that we’re having with plastic,” he said. “I’m not going to preach and say ‘Don’t use plastic,’ because it’s everywhere and I’m just as guilty as the next person.” Brown hopes that his art will spark conversations that look at the full complexity of the plastic problem.