Category: My Artwork

Resonance: Reflections on “Conduit” and Residency at @myGatewayArts Center

In reflecting upon my residency at Gateway Arts Center, I am deeply honored and thankful to have received such constructive feedback. Open feedback is a gift given my work’s focus on dark themes, to receive positive and negative responses. Simone at Busboys and Poets says visual artists aren’t used to getting immediate feedback and applause like performing artists do. As such, please be vocal and encouraging! I work in both mediums, and have had to both wait and immediately hear my audience’s responses. Since I seek feedback, the most rewarding is to hear reflections days after and be asked questions. I have to read between critics’ words and lines to guide my work so that I can find a stimulating place that bridges both mediums as well as connects with the audience.

Since I have performed Conduit, I have been asked if I would perform it again. I am happy to say I am not interested in revising anytime soon. The work evolved from an initial purpose, to an interpretive dance chronicling a process of purging and regaining stength, to two separate adaptions created to flesh out two movement styles. (more…)

What Justin’s up to this March (Next Thurs 3/8’s RAW:DC STIMULUS at 8pm!)

March News

A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended my Artist’s Talk at Gateway Arts Center as exiting Artist In Residence last Saturday. Thanks to all who sent break-a-leg wishes; I’ll try to avoid the stairs again this Thursday, March 8th at 8pm at RAW: DC’s STIMULUS Showcase, where I’ll be performing and exhibiting artwork.

Please join me for the March showcase of DC artists collaborative, RAW: natural born artists. “RAW’s mission is to provide up-and-coming artists of all creative realms with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity so that they might be seen, heard and loved. RAW educates, connects and exposes emerging artists in 22 artistic communities nationwide through monthly showcase events.” There will be live performances, artwork on display, jewelry and other crafts for sale, a fashion show, and more. Advance tickets are available online NOW for $10 ($15 at the door). Be sure to click the drop-down menu that says “General Admission” and select my name, Justin Fair, to indicate the artist you are supporting. If you’re driving there and pay online, make sure you click the widget “Central Parking” for a $9 flat rate coupon! If you can’t come, I ask that you donate or purchase a ticket that I can giveaway.This event is being held at Café Asia, a hip and vibrant restaurant and lounge that supports the Arts!

In addition to RAW, I am thrilled to announce that Mount Rainier’s Urban Eats Café will host my next Artist’s Talk on Wednesday, March 21st, at 6:30pm. If you were unable to attend my last event, want an excuse to get a fresh cup of french-pressed coffee, or have a craving for a tasty burger, mark your calendar for this event. The day before marks the start of the 100th Cherry Blossom Festival. In commemoration, my Cherry Blossom Festival prints are now on sale for $30. These prints will be on exhibit during this talk!


Upcoming Events and Projects

1) RAW:DC’s STIMULUS at Café Asia 

–> Thursday, March 8th, at 8:00pm

At RAW, in addition to selling artwork, I will perform from Series, a collective body of visual and performing pieces that includes adaptations of Love Myself, Demons, Lights, as well as my other works. In addition, remaining works from my Catharsis & Crucial Steps series, as well as select paintings, including the first of my Rejuvenation series will be for sale. Note the closest metro is Farragut West! Please try to arrive by 8pm! RAW:DC's Stimulus, March 8 @ 8pm @ Café Asia

2) Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival, on sale for only $30!

Until the end of April, Cherry Blossom Festival, is on sale 25% off for only $30. Please visit my portfolio at www.soulstrong.com/justinfair/portfolio to view the piece and purchase it in advance! Visit the festival’s website to read about one of our nation’s gems, the famous Cherry Blossoms!! Cherry Blossom Festival, 2010

3) Artist’s Talk at Urban Eats Arts and Music Café 

–> Wednesday, March 21st, at 6:30pm 

This will be a casual, intimate gathering of friends. I’ll have new works from Rejuvenation, my new series of mixed media (paint/charcoal/pastel/crayon), available. The event is open to all and free. Make an event of it and stay for Urban Eats‘s weekly poetry night that starts at 8pm!

 


Thanks for reading!

Hope to see you on the 8th!

Next Thu, 3/8 at 8pm, @RAWArtistsWDC’s “Stimulus” Arts Showcase at Cafe Asia in DC

Please join me for the March showcase of DC artists collaborative, RAW: natural born artists. "RAW's mission is to provide up-and-coming artists of all creative realms with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity so that they might be seen, heard and loved. RAW educates, connects and exposes emerging artists in 22 artistic communities nationwide through monthly showcase events." There will be live performances, artwork on display, jewelry and other crafts for sale, a fashion show, and more. Advance tickets are available online NOW for $10 ($15 at the door). Be sure to click the drop-down menu that says "General Admission" and select my name, Justin Fair, to indicate the artist you are supporting. If you're driving there and pay online, make sure you click the widget "Central Parking" for a $9 flat rate coupon! If you can't come, I ask that you donate or purchase a ticket that I can giveaway.This event is being held at Café Asia, a hip and vibrant restaurant and lounge that supports the Arts!

Greetings DC’s Local Press, Media, Bloggers & 
Supporters of the Arts Communities! 

MEDIA ALERT
RAW:natural born artists – Washington DC presents “STIMULUS” 
If you missed the first event, it was a record breaking event…
You are cordially invited to attend…
Thursday, March 8th 2011 @ 8PM

Talking Beyond Development

Talking Beyond Development

Discussion examines social, economic factors informing development debates in the Route 1 corridor.

Clarification: Justin Fair writes in to clarify the role under which he attended the event. He currently works as the artist in residence at the Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood.

“I finish my residency at the end of this month, and while I am also the Content Manager for the MyGatewayArts.org website, I aimed to attend the get-together on my own and my arts blog’s behalf (Soulstrong Arts Blog). It just seemed that my work with the Hyattsville & Gateway CDC’s MyGatewayArts.org website was of interest.”

Justin Fair Live Performance of “Conduit” @HillyerArtSpace’s “Soapbox” Thu 1/19, starts at 7pm @soulstrong

My friends, please join me next Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at the Hillyer Art Space for their January Soapbox performance art series. Please join me as I perform one of my newest performance art pieces live, called Conduit, at the Hillyer Art Space. I am very fortunate and honored to be invited to perform alongside two fellow performance artists (Carolyn Becker and Celeste Merie Welch) in the first of Hillyer Art Space’s 2012 Soapbox series. The Soaphox series is a monthly performance art series at Hillyer Art Space, which seeks to bolster and expand performance art in and around Washington, D.C. $5 suggested donation. For more information, please click here. The Hillyer Art Space is located at International Arts & Artists (get directions). Please RSVP on the Facebook event page to let us know if you’re coming!

 

January Soapbox at Hillyer Art Space

–> Thursday, January 19th, at 7:00pm  

Conduit is a performance piece crafted to allow the performer to communicate melody and raw emotion through his movement and sound alone. By suggesting steady rhythm through dance, the sound of human breath and the beats made by hitting the ground are emphasized to exalt the power of being “in the moment.” Conduit‘s concept illustrates the mantra, “If I can do it, You can do it: If I am a conduit, you are a conduit.” The purpose of the piece, while autobiographical, has an easy to grasp universality. Its symbolic gestures become its tool so its live audience can easily grasp that message. Many of my pieces speak about the growth-process after emotional strain, yet unlike the rest, Conduit does not address reflection, instead it reinterprets the ‘from bad comes good’ by focusing on the good: specifically, why being a messenger of good is so important.

Conduit is the fifth in my Series body of works, chronicling my visual and performance artworks based on specific mantras/terms that develop into multiple versions of each piece.


Next Friday Jan 6th at 5:30pm: Justin Fair Artist Talk at #Hyattsvill​e @BusboysandPoets First Fridays @soulstrong

First Fridays at Busboys & Poets Hyattsville

–> Artist Talk: Friday, January 6th, 5:30-7:30pm 
New year, new mindset, new goals: Celebrate the New Year with me at the new Busboys and Poets. Not only will I have the opportunity to speak about my artwork and my process, I will also join three amazing artists to speak as well. Please visit here for more information! I hope to see you! Lets toast to the new year with good people, amazing art, and tasty hummus, fruit, veggies, and wine!
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