From Disposable to Remarkable
Fairest’s most recent art exhibition focuses on transforming discarded urban waste into a powerful commentary on consumerism. He presents alternative interpretations and possibilities, recognizing the intrinsic value of materials, people, nature, and history.
Amidst growing concerns over sustainability, the collection critiques the disposable nature of modern society by repurposing neglected urban materials and scenes into art. The collection confronts society’s indifference towards consumption and waste, positioning sustainability not just as an environmental imperative but also as a cultural shift in perception.
It’s about reevaluating our life’s choices, understanding the impact of our habits, and actively participating in the preservation of our environment, history, and values. The collection invites viewers to consider the longevity of their choices and to embrace sustainability as an integral aspect of their daily lives, encouraging people to find value and meaning in the disposable.
Fairest’s journey into art was triggered by a life-changing event in a crowded Manhattan subway station. While on his knees experiencing cardiac arrest, ignored by passersby, his life was saved by a “homeless” man. One “perceived” disposable member of society, illuminated society’s indifference to another disposable member. Breaking through the urban detachment, this man took Fairest’s phone and called 911.
Though he survived this life-altering incident Fairest sustained permanent heart damage, warranting the implantation of an S-ICD device, an electronic medical device that helps prevent sudden cardiac death. Ironically poetic for someone who worked in the tech sector and now works with disposed electronics.
This experience formed the foundation for his reexamination of the nature of disposability. He became more and more affected by the pervasive throwaway culture. Perfectly usable items were wastefully discarded, reflecting the disregard for material items, and illustrating the diminishing respect for people, values, historical legacy, and the planet’s future. His art symbolizes both a rebirth of discarded objects and a renewed appreciation for overlooked value in the disposed and the discarded.