STAMFORD, CT -- The Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery is proud to announce its participation in the upcoming CONTEXT New York Art Fair, running from May 3rd through 8th.
The gallery will exhibit three of its represented artists at the fair: John J. Bedoya, a Colombian contemporary painter who uses organic material in his large format works that retaliate against deforestation, Shelby Head, a minimalist whose structural pieces use predominantly paper materials to convey the effects of time and aging, and Jena Thomas, a young Miami-based painter whose subject matter focuses on abandoned spaces and will be featured in the April/May issue of New American Paintings. By utilizing these three artists in their booth space, the gallery showcases three emerging talents that each explore their own narratives of abandonment and change.
The gallery will also present a rotation of installations, by three different artists, each being presented for only 2 days of the 6-day fair:
“Art Fair Crib: Death of a Salesman” Influenced in form and shape by Tracy Emin's chaotic My Bed, unravels the reality of the gallerist's experience in the art fairs. This installation, a bed, consisting of a crate and key variables is symbolic to the life and struggle of galleries. Representative of the labor, imagination, elation, stress, and hope that comes from the selection and curation of a fair, these objects represent both the possibility and the empty promise of success.
The detritus of the crate is made of packing materials, hanging supplies, tools, beer caps, and artwork that failed to be curated in the booth. This presentation belies the short-lived participation in what is essentially a trade show: an industry gathering for actors in the art world. These fairs are full of promises that transfer a high-like sensation to galleries and their staff: the promise of sales, recognition, prestige and discovery. In this way, each art fair is, in and of itself, a sort of orgy of intellect, of unrecognized talent, of seasoned veterans making the rounds and of young rogues attempting to stand out from the pack and "change the game."
The second installation that will be rotated in (occurring on days 3 and 4 of the fair) is Dialogue by Shelby Head, a series of towers made from plywood and paper and illuminated by lights from the bottom. These pillars represent the sound waves from the exuberance of Head’s young students, but the fragility of the paper contrasts her own age and station in life with their youth and futures.
The final installation, erected for the last two days of the fair, is John J. Bedoya’s Cultivo. Bedoya uses organic media on man-made tools (in this case, shovels) to convey the effect humans have on the environment. With a particular study on genetically modified crops, Cultivo conveys the agricultural history of Colombia in juxtaposition with its more industrialized agricultural future.
CONTEXT will be held in Pier 94 in New York City from May 3 – 8. For more information, please contact Rebecca Hansen, Communications Director, at email@example.com or at 888-861-6791.
About the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery
The Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery opened in December 2009 in Stamford, Connecticut. Since then, it has revolutionized the landscape of contemporary art in the state. Young and innovative, the gallery has built artists’ careers from the doors in and community from the doors out. It recently became the official sponsor of important conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth’s exhibition at the Louvre. The Gallery recently launched a new non-profit, Clementina Arts Foundation, to build on its community mission. The Gallery also acquires and represents prominent estate collections including most recently acquiring the estate of Valerie Furth, Holocaust survivor turned important collector, painter and author. The collection includes Valerie's work, her book depicting her experience in the Holocaust and her important collection including artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Sean Scully, Robert Longo, Frank Stella, Louise Fishman, James Rosenquist, Helen Frankentheler and many other important artists. Other artists in the gallery’s stable include Arturo Di Modica, Nathan Lewis, James Gortner, Jena Thomas, John J. Bedoya, Rex Prescott Walden, Kirsten Reynolds, and the late Damla T. Faro.