Blue Greene, 2022
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Blueprint of Resilience, 2023
“Blueprint of Resilience” by Fairest is a captivating mixed media composition that illustrates a compelling top-view narrative of New York City, merging history with futurism and urban sprawl with digital connectivity. Composed of discarded circuit boards and wood and painted in the nuanced colors of a cast-iron building on Mercer Street in Soho, this piece synthesizes the raw and the refined, the temporal and the enduring.
Each intricate circuit board comes from a piece of electronics found on the streets of Soho or donated by a neighbor. The circuit boards serve as an emblem of the city’s ever-changing makeup, hinting at the continuous ebb and flow of technology, culture, and human life. The patterns they form mimic the city’s intricate grid system, reflecting the interconnectedness of its inhabitants and the neighborhood’s evolving infrastructure that separates the inhabitants by their devices. It’s an homage to the metropolis’s ceaseless transformation, harking to Soho’s mutable spirit.
The color palette is inspired by the rich architectural heritage of Soho, its hues reflecting the cultural depth of the neighborhood, casting an image of a city that is both robust and resilient. The harmonic interplay of shades illuminates the piece, setting it aglow with the unique patina of age and endurance that characterizes Soho’s distinct cast-iron architecture.
Every line and every shade in “Blueprint of Resilience” resonates with Fairest’s deeply personal journey as an artist. His cardiac arrest on the Manhattan Bridge, and subsequent rescue by a homeless stranger, forever altered his perception of urban life and human connection. This seminal event underpins his artistic philosophy, underlining the beauty in everyday life that often goes overlooked amidst the city’s ceaseless hustle.
With clear nods to Soho’s vibrant art history, Fairest draws inspiration from a rich artistic heritage. The result is a strikingly contemporary piece rooted in tradition, much like the neighborhood it celebrates.
“Blueprint of Resilience” is a poignant reflection of New York’s character, its ever-adapting form, and its refusal to stand still. It’s a love letter to Soho, a tribute to the beauty of the unexpected, and a testament to Fairest’s resilient spirit. His work stands as a bold reminder that the city’s lifeblood flows in unexpected places, and in the end, we are all interwoven parts of a larger, beautiful whole.
Blueprint Study, 2023
As a testament to the tonal metamorphosis of color, the pieces adopt a chiaroscuro progression from left to right. The leftmost piece is immersed in a nocturnal profundity, a deep abyss echoing the silent serenade of the night. Its companion in the center embraces the ambiguity of twilight, balancing the scales between darkness and illumination with a medium hue. The triptych is concluded with a radiant light-filled canvas, an embodiment of dawn’s first light, ushering a new awakening, a whispering promise of hope and renewal.¬
The triptych study culminated in the piece “Blueprint of Resilience”.
Keys to Dusk, 2023
“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.
At the heart of the piece stands the pianist, a familiar figure in the Park’s tapestry for almost two decades. His figure is striking against the fading light of the day, embodying the spirit of persistence and the will to survive against all odds. His silhouette against the sunset tells a story of resilience, one of an artist seeking solace in his music amidst the tumultuous chapters of his life.
The surroundings are an artistic marvel in themselves, painstakingly crafted from recycled printer gears and electrical wires to form the trees. They serve as a stark representation of the relentless march of technology and its encroachment upon the natural world. This choice of materials pays homage to the city’s relentless innovation while simultaneously posing a question about the cost of such progress.
The pavement, a mosaic of keyboard keys, further extends the theme of urban transformation. It offers an unsettling yet intriguing commentary on the city’s transition and the displacement of its most vulnerable inhabitants. It underlines the pianist’s story and his connection with the keys. Highlighting the delicate balance between the past and the future, tradition and modernity, creating a unique urban symphony that resounds with optimism and resilience.
“Keys to Dusk” is a heartrending tribute to an artist’s spirit in the face of personal and societal transformations. Each note played by the pianist rings out as a beacon of hope and perseverance, piercing the quietude of dusk with melodies that resonate with life’s profound beauty and complexity. This art piece serves as a testament to the enduring power of music and the human spirit in the face of change, celebrating the vibrant, ever-evolving symphony of city life. A testament that within each sunset, there is the promise of a new dawn, a new melody, a new story to tell.
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The name Blackout also ties into the piece’s significance, as it was created right after a period of darkness for the neighborhood. Soho suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many stores closing and leaving empty storefronts in their wake. As a result, the once-bustling streets became eerily quiet, and the community had to adapt to a new reality. In addition, the neighborhood was also affected by the June 2000 looting and riots that swept through the city, leading to a neighborhood curfew in response.
The artwork is made of recycled PCBs, shaped like a top view of New York City. The PCBs were sourced from discarded electronics in and around the Soho neighborhood and donated by residents, adding to the piece’s significance. The work is characterized by its flat black paint, representing the “dark times” that Soho went through.
Blackout Study, 2023
Echo One, 2023
“Echo One” evolves around a vintage audio speaker gifted to Fairest by his neighbor and fellow artist Natvar Bhavsar. The speaker itself is a circa 1963 University 6201 Series 200 speaker. Bhavsar used the speaker to listen to music over the years while creating his masterpieces. The speaker is surrounded by an intricate and unique arrangement of discarded computer parts and other materials that Fairest has gathered from the streets of Soho, New York.
The audio speaker used in “Echo One” serves as a nod to the deep artistic roots that run through the neighborhood. Natvar Bhavsar, the artist who gifted the speaker to Fairest, is a well-known figure in the Soho art world. Bhavsar is one of the pioneers of the Abstract Expressionist movement, which significantly impacted the development of the neighborhood’s art scene in the mid-twentieth century.
The materials used in “Echo One” represent the contemporary side of Soho, with the discarded computer parts symbolizing the current focus on technology and innovation. By combining these modern materials with the vintage audio speaker and by using the original colors of the Soho buildings, Fairest creates a bridge between the past and present, bringing together different eras of Soho’s artistic history.
” Echo One” is a powerful and visually striking piece that reflects the artistic spirit of the neighborhood. It serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving and celebrating the history and culture of Soho, while also embracing its evolution and growth. As viewers gaze upon this unique creation, they are transported into the heart of Soho and can almost hear the echoes of the neighborhood’s artistic legacy.
Fairest, known for his ability to transform discarded materials into stunning works of art, is a prominent figure in the Soho art scene. He has made a name for himself by creating pieces that celebrate the history and culture of the neighborhood, often incorporating found objects and materials into his work. Fairest’s artistic approach reflects the vibrant and dynamic energy of Soho and its ever-changing landscape.
Greene New York, 2018
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Raw New York, 2018
Dimensions: 59.4 x 39.8 x 3.9 inch (151 x 101 x 10 cm)
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Only New York Revised, 2017
Dimensions: 48.4 x 35.4 x 3.7 inch (123 x 90 x 9.5 cm)
Digital New York, 2017
Dimensions: 47.2 x 35.4 x 3.3 inch (120 x 90 x 8.5 cm)
Winter New York, 2017
Dimensions: 51.8 x 38 x 4.5 inch (131.5 x 96.5 x 11.5 cm)