Studio Fairest

We create transformative mixed media art from discarded items, challenging societal perceptions of value and worth. By highlighting the beauty and potential in the overlooked and abandoned, we aim to provoke thought, inspire change, and foster a deeper appreciation for sustainability and human resilience. Through our art, we seek to tell compelling stories of redemption, transformation, and the interconnectedness of humanity.

Greene Street
SoHo, New York City
United States



The Artist

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Dirk Fairest, born in the Netherlands in 1985, resides in Soho, NYC. – 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.

 

Fairest by Oaki


Selected Works



Blueprint of Resilience artwork - Studio Fairest - 2023, Soho, New York

469 Broome

“469 Broome”, encapsulates the perpetual motion and inherent paradox of New York City. Marked by its square alignment, symbolizes the unchanging structure amidst the city’s ceaseless dynamism. Fairest portrays a city where everyone is constantly on the move, hustling, and striving, yet paradoxically staying in the same place. The juxtaposition of movement and stasis highlights the unique rhythm of New York—an ever-evolving metropolis that remains fundamentally unchanged. This piece invites viewers to reflect on their own journeys, prompting a deeper appreciation of the city’s vibrant yet unvarying heartbeat.

Art Medium: Mixed Media (OSB Wood, circuit boards, paints)
Size: 48 x 48 x 4 inch (122 x 122 x 10 cm



Blueprint of Resilience artwork - Studio Fairest - 2023, Soho, New York

Blueprint of Resilience

“Blueprint of Resilience” is an mixed media art installation that reflects a minimalist yet intricate vision, reminiscent of the urban fabric of New York City. Assembled from a collection of discarded circuit boards, the artwork is unified by a monochromatic color palette that echoes the stoic and timeless beauty of SoHo’s cast-iron buildings. The intricate complexity of the circuitry is brought into a harmonious balance, achieving a sense of order and simplicity. This piece captures the essence of resilience through its reuse of technological components, representing the city’s continuous evolution and its seamless merger of past, present, and future.

Art Medium: Mixed Media (Discarded Circuit Boards, Wood, Paint)
Size: 52.5 x 38.5 x 2.25 inch (133.35 x 97.8 x 5.7 cm)



April 2022 - Studio Fairest

Blue Greene

“Blue Greene” is a commentary on the metamorphosis of Soho’s cultural and communal landscape, particularly highlighting the displacement of artistic life with the technological and financial invasion. This artwork captures the essence of displacement as the traditionally bohemian streets pulsate with new rhythms of technology and capital. The color blue overwhelms the piece, perhaps symbolic of the melancholy that shadows progress, the quiet lament for spaces that once cradled raw creativity and unrestrained expression. The starkness of computer parts in the backdrop serves as a powerful metaphor for the digitization of human interactions and the efficiency that now threads the neighborhood, a far cry from the warm chaos of its artistic past.

Art Medium: Mixed Media (Wood, recycled circuit boards, various paints, Epoxy)
Dimensions: 60 x 40 x 4 inch (152.4 x 101.6 x 10.2 cm)



Blueprint of Resilience artwork - Studio Fairest - 2023, Soho, New York

Blackout

Blackout is a powerful work of art that pays homage to Soho’s resilience during challenging times. Through its use of recycled materials and topographical design, it serves as a reminder that even in the darkest of times, beauty can still be found. The piece captures the unique energy and vibrancy of New York, even during a difficult period. The use of recycled PCBs also highlights the importance of sustainability and finding creative solutions to the waste created by technology.

Art Medium: Mixed Media (Discarded Circuit Boards, Wood, Paint)
Size: 51.6 x 38 x 2.16 inch (131 x 96.5 x 5.5 cm)



Keys to Dusk, artwork by Fairest

Keys to Dusk

“Keys to Dusk” is a poignant and evocative art piece that embodies the bittersweet relationship between urban evolution and human resilience. The artwork captures the essence of twilight in Washington Square Park, featuring a pianist playing against the backdrop of a sun settling into the horizon. The colors – an unusual juxtaposition of turquoise green and vibrant orange – infuse the scene with an electric energy that is both melancholic and hopeful, an anticipation of possibilities yet to be explored.

Art Medium: Mixed Media (Wood, recycled printers, various paints, Epoxy)
Size: 32 x 48 x 4 inch (81.3 x 121.9 x 10.2 cm)



Blueprint of Resilience artwork - Studio Fairest - 2023, Soho, New York

Object Two

A piece that speaks to the hidden beauty in everyday objects. This work of art was once the heart of a treadmill, an essential motor that powered countless journeys, yet remained unseen and unrecognized. By bringing this internal component to the forefront, challenges the observer to find elegance in the mundane. Painted in a serene matte blue, the color choice imparts a tranquil yet enigmatic presence, reflective of the motor’s past life. The uniform color accentuates the smooth contours and mechanical intricacies of the design, transforming a once purely functional device into an object of contemplation and beauty. The piece stands as a testament to design and utility, repurposed with an eye for aesthetic appreciation, and encourages a dialogue about the unnoticed beauty that surrounds us.

Art Medium: Repurposed Electrical Motor
Size: tbd



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Contact

For business, studio visits, opportunities, collaboration or press inquiries, please contact: info@studiofairest.com

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