FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fountain House Gallery Will Present Artworks in Booth D11 at Outsider Art Fair
March 3 – 6, 2022
125 West 18th Street
New York City 10011
NEW YORK CITY – Fountain House Gallery, representing artists living with mental illness, today announced its participation in the 30th Anniversary Edition of the Outsider Art Fair, the only fair dedicated to showcasing self-taught art, art brut, and outsider art from around the world. The Fair will take place March 3 through March 6, 2022, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan. Fountain House Gallery, which has had a presence at the Fair for well over a decade, will be exhibiting in Booth D11. Proof of vaccination is required for all those eligible upon entry to the Fair. Guests are required to wear face masks at all times.
“At this year’s Fair, we are showcasing works made in 2020-2021, while the majority of our artists were working in extreme isolation. This presentation provides the first opportunity for these works to be viewed in person,” said Rachel Weisman, Director of Fountain House Gallery. “Creating is a critical element in each of our artists’ lives – an irreplaceable ritual they utilize to process, and relate to, the world around them. While some pieces to be presented at the Fair have been made in direct response to the pandemic, all of the works were made during the shifting circumstances of the past two years.”
The Fountain House Gallery artists whose works will be on view at the 2022 Outsider Art Fair are:
Zeus Hope: A lifelong New Yorker, Zeus’s artmaking began during her grade-school years, when she created complex doodles in the margins of daily newspapers. She holds a BS in World Gender and Women’s Studies from CUNY. Zeus’s art presents bold statements on race, class, gender, abuse and trauma, with these subject matters woven together in the same frame to striking effect. Zeus's love for her heritage strongly informs her work; her pieces highlight the history of Black people, the fierce circumstances that impacted and oppressed their existence, and their resilience and legacy of liberation. These elements also play a major role in her healing from childhood trauma. Zeus’s creativity derives in part from family members gifted in the art of creating from scratch and repurposing, practices that continue to inspire her creative expression and manifest in her
multi-dimensional collages and assemblages. Among the multitude of materials utilized in her work are acrylic, markers, rope, glass, rhinestones, paper, fabric, metals, photographs, buttons, wire and mesh.
Roger Jones: Roger’s preferred subject matter for his acrylic paintings includes scenes of New York City and its people, and representations of nature. His early work in portraiture has evolved into representations that often feature a multitude of faces inhabiting an urban environment. Primarily self-taught, he studied painting and book arts such as bookbinding via programs at the organization Community Access and cites the works of Picasso as an ongoing source of inspiration. Roger also creates jewelry pieces and offers them for sale at local bazaars. His work was showcased in a group show at White Columns.
Angela Rogers: Born in West Virginia in 1963, Angela currently resides in New York City. She is an autodidactic artist who has been a reader of Tarot cards for more than 35 years. After having brain surgery and developing a seizure disorder in 2012, she began to create three-dimensional shapes by wrapping sticks with yarn. The process was intuitive, spontaneous, and mediumistic in nature, providing comfort akin to a form of reclamation, meditation, and healing; it was as if she was trying to stitch herself back together after experiencing medical trauma, rehabilitation, and brain damage. Over time, the forms became more figurative and complex, and incorporated a variety of mediums such as yarn, clay, wire, fabric, sticks, talismans, and beads. Specific figures from the Tarot and mythology began to emerge from the shapes. Rogers refers to her sculptural creations as “poppets,” which is an Old English spelling of the word “puppets.” Used in folk magic and witchcraft, poppets were originally made from natural materials like corn husk, cloth, or sticks and used for magical purposes such as conjuring.
Alyson Vega: New York City-born Alyson is a Puerto Rican fiber artist who taught herself to sew and quilt at a young age. She holds a BA in Japanese Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University. After the effects of surgery for a benign brain tumor ended her 22-year teaching career, Alyson experienced a burst of creativity that brought her artistic ability to the fore. As a self-taught artist she creates instinctively, incorporating in her work themes of decay and loss, transience, childhood, and dreams. Alyson employs various techniques in her pieces and utilizes all types of fiber and found objects to express the beauty and order she perceives in a chaotic world. Her solo exhibition at White Columns was a rousing success with critics and collectors. Alyson was among the living artists from around the world featured in Here and Now, Phase III of Art Brut Global, the Outsider Art Fair’s digital exhibition during the pandemic.
Laura Anne Walker: A native New Yorker, Laura Anne began drawing at age three. Her preferred mediums are ink and graphite. Laura Anne’s work has been shown in more than 50 group exhibitions, and in a solo show of 60 works. A signature that appears in a number of her pieces is the presence of one or more felines – either immediately visible to the viewer or requiring closer examination to be discovered. A graduate of both Cornell University and the Bank Street College of Education, she is a permanently certified and licensed former teacher. Says Laura Anne, "For any awards or honors I have received, I thank my muses – the cats that have graced my life.”
This program is funded, in part, by generous support from the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the David Rockefeller Fund, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
About Fountain House Gallery
Fountain House Gallery and Studio provides an environment where artists living with mental illness can express their creative visions and exhibit their work. Founded by Fountain House in 2000, the Manhattan-based Gallery sells original artworks and collaborates with a wide network of artists, curators and cultural institutions. The Studio, located in Long Island City, is a collaborative workspace that furthers the professional practice of our artists. Embracing artists who are emerging or established, trained or self-taught, Fountain House Gallery cultivates artistic growth, makes a vital contribution to the New York arts community, and challenges the stigma surrounding mental illness.
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