The Essential Goods Show
June 26 - August 30, 2020
Fisher Parrish Gallery is incredibly proud to present The Essential Goods Show. When we asked 80 artists at the start of lockdown to make an object they deemed to be essential - a word that had become so common and such a determining factor in our productivity, our businesses and the way we conducted our everyday lives - we were feeling fear, isolation, anxiety, sickness and a desire to promote personal well being. Within these three months we have grown furious, frustrated, discontent, tired, and are now taking up action together like never before. Some objects here are beautifully simple meditations on form and function, some are personal and sentimental, and others are powerfully political. All of them, in one way or another, are fascinating artifacts of a bizarre and unprecedented time.
20% of the proceeds of this exhibition will go to the the NAACP Legal Defense Fund - an organization we feel can make actionable change towards defunding the police and ending racism and police brutality.
In an effort to not contribute to the spread of COVID-19, the exhibition is available for viewing and sale online only. Artworks will be packed and shipped to their buyer once sold.
A few notes on documentation - each artwork was documented by the artist. These images illustrate the urgency and informality of this project. They offer tangible and intimate insight into the way in which these objects might fulfill their essentiality in our daily lives during this time of isolation. Many of these images show a glimpse into the artist’s own studio/home and some even include their own children putting them to good use!
About Fisher Parrish Gallerys Object Exhibition Series
This series of exhibitions began in 2016 with The Lamp Show and has continued on to include The Plant Show, The Paperweight Show, The Ashtray Show, and now The Essential Goods Show. These exhibitions aim to engage both established as well as emerging artists and designers in a dialogue about objecthood - pushing the artist’s disciplinary boundaries, introducing new ways of making and allowing for a deeper understanding of how objects play a role in our daily lives.
About the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is Americas premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.
Participating artists include:
Aaron Elvis Jupin
Amy Brener & Patrick Carlin Mohundro
Andy and Dave
B. Thom Stevenson
Cosima Rey & Michael Rey
Derek Paul Jack Boyle
Ellen Van Dusen
Eric Timothy Carlson
Kristen Wentrcek / Andrew Zebulon
Matt Merkel Hess
Maureen St. Vincent
OOIEE (Matt Olson)
Stephanie Temma Hier
Various Projects, Inc.
Woody De Othello