Try Doing These 4 Really Cool Things at Select Fair

A card game on savvy art collectors, for instance.

Fawn Rogers with the playing card paintings from Court. Photo: Julian Wasser.

We’re still not sure if the confounding line outside last night’s Select Fair preview qualifies as performance art (see So-Called VIPs Wait In Massive Line Outside Select Fair Preview), but just in case it doesn’t, here are four other interactive adventures that fair-goers can appreciate.

Ambre Kelly, 115 Elizabeth Street 2B, NYC, 2006-2008 (2015). Photo: Courtesy Ambre Kelly.

Ambre Kelly, 115 Elizabeth Street 2B, NYC, 2006-2008 (2015).
Photo: Courtesy Ambre Kelly.

1. Ambre Kelly, “Artist is Resident”:
Ambre Kelly, along with her husband, Andrew Gori, makes up one half of the duo behind the acclaimed Spring/Break art fair (see Spring/Break Art Fair Is Bigger, Flashier, and Scrappier Than Ever). At Select, Kelly has set up studio in a booth on the first floor. Her aptly-named, Abramović-inspired project “Artist is Resident,” based on memories of different houses Kelly has lived in throughout her life, creates a micro-residency within the context of the art fair. In addition to watching Kelly paint, potential collectors are invited to sign up to meet with her for a “dream home” consultation, where they can describe a former residence of their own that she will bring to life on canvas. Clients receive a sketch from the consultation as well as the right of refusal to purchase the painting, and consultation times are available here.

Fawn Rogers, Court. Photo: Courtesy Fawn Rogers.

Fawn Rogers, Court.
Photo: Courtesy Fawn Rogers.

2. Fawn Rogers, Court:
Fawn Rogers has created a set of playing cards featuring prominent collectors chosen at random from a “Top 200” list. We were told that two “wildcard” collectors not featured on the list (but rumored to have been recommended to Rogers by Jerry Saltz) also cameo as joker cards. Inside a regal-looking, semi-enclosed environment, visitors are invited to engage in a Texas Hold ‘Em-style poker game that both lampoons and embodies the high-stakes, speculative nature of art collecting. The booth also features 54 paintings—one of each collector in the deck—which are, of course, available for purchase.

You Are Here performance on the rooftop of Select.

“You Are Here” performance on the rooftop of Select Fair. <br> Photo: Cait Munro

3. “You Are Here”:
Trans-Pecos & Terrible Records have turned the building’s spacious rooftop into a multi-sensory sound/video/performance space that will host an array of different performances every night. Former Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo made his debut last night with a performance called “Sight Unseen”, which was curated by The Sun That Never Sets, along with some spacey dance music by the Blondes. A maze constricted of men in white space suits quickly turned into a dance party that would have been right at home at Coachella. See the full list of performances here.

Sylva Dean and Me. Photo: Twitter/@sylvadean

Sylva Dean and Me.
Photo: Twitter/@sylvadean

4. Sylva Dean and Me performance:
The performance troupe Sylva Dean and Me blends nudity, creepy masks, and elaborate costumes made of old milk cartons, along with actions involving peeling clay off one another while standing in a large bucket. If it sounds weird, that’s because it is, but the eerie, avant-garde, and at times confrontational performances are definitely worth checking out. Performances will be ongoing throughout the week, at various locations within the fair.

Select Fair takes place at Center548 from May 13–17, 2015.

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