A Dialogue on Value and Sustainability
From Disposable To Remarkable
November 14th – December 31st, 2023, SoHo New York
New York-based artist Fairest’s most recent art exhibition focuses on transforming discarded urban electronic 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 climate change and sustainability, Fairest opposes the epidemic of disposability that plagues ‘modern society’ by repurposing neglected urban materials and depictions into art. Indifference towards consumption and waste is opposed by sustainability, not just as an environmental imperative but also as a cultural shift in perception.
Personal Tragedy Inspires Sustainable Awakening: Fairest’s journey 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. Ironically, 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.
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.
His work underscores a crucial narrative, inviting viewers to consider the impact of their choices, to reimagine and embrace sustainability as an integral aspect of their daily lives, and to find value and meaning in the disposable.
Experience the Change: The exhibition will run from November 14th to December 31st, 2023 on Greene Street in SoHo. Explore a reality where forgotten items find new purpose and engage in a dialogue about consumption, waste, and potential rebirth. Please email us for the address and additional details: [email protected].
About Fairest: Fairest ((b. The Netherlands, 1985) showcases the resilience and beauty in the disposable, triggering a shift in societal perspectives. For more, visit StudioFairest.com or email us at [email protected].