The Essential Goods Show

June 26 - August 30, 2020

Online Only


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

Abby Lloyd

Adrianne Rubenstein

Alicia Adamerovich

Amanda Friedman

Amy Brener & Patrick Carlin Mohundro

Anders Hamilton

Andy and Dave

Aria McManus

B. Thom Stevenson

Bella Foster

Brendan Timmins

Brian Thoreen

Caitlin MacBride

Carlos Irijalba

Chloe Wise

Chris Beeston

Chris Wolston

Christopher Kurtz

Cody Hoyt

Corey Presha

Cosima Rey & Michael Rey

Dan McCarthy

Derek Paul Jack Boyle

Doug Johnston

Eamon Wagner

Elisabeth Kley

Elise McMahon

Ellen Van Dusen

Emma Kohlmann

Emmett Moore

Eric Oglander

Eric Timothy Carlson

Garrett Gould

Gustav Hamilton

Guy Corriero

Hannah Whitaker

Henry Gunderson

Ian McDonald

Isabel Rower

Jaye Kim

Jim Drain

Joanne Burke

Jolie Ngo

Julian Watts

Katie Coughlin

Katie Stout

Kevin McNamee-Tweed

Kristen Jensen

Kristen Wentrcek / Andrew Zebulon

Kylie White

Linda Lopez

Matt Merkel Hess

Matt Paweski

Matthew Ronay

Maureen St. Vincent

Misha Kahn

Nick DeMarco

OOIEE (Matt Olson)

Paul Wackers

Rainen Knecht

Rebecca Morgan

Rico Gatson

Riley Strom

Rose Nestler

Sahar Khoury

Sam Crow

Serban Ionescu

Sharif Farrag

Sophie Stone

Stephanie Temma Hier

Stewart Sam

Thaddeus Wolfe

Thomas Barger

Tricia Keightley

Tron Meyer

Tyler Healy

Various Projects, Inc.

Woody De Othello

Zach Martin

238 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

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