Images from the Degenerate Craft Fair

Posted by on Dec 17, 2010 in Events, Images, Press, VCS Students | No Comments

On Wednesday, SVA’s Visual Arts Briefs site posted a piece about last weekend’s Degenerate Craft Fair, with comments from organizer and VCS student Shannon Broder. The post features several photos from the Fair, and I’ve included a few more here. You can see even more at the DCF’s Flickr page.

A view of the DCF from the front door. VCS faculty member Peter Hristoff and Department Chair Tom Huhn are at the right, talking to the woman in the pink jacket.

In addition to running the fair, Broder had a table where she sold slikscreened animal pillows, ornaments, and cards; she was assisted by VCS student Berny Tam, who acted as her intern. Several other people from VCS also participated in the fair as vendors. Recent alumna Alyse Anderson and faculty member Amy Wilson each had tables where they sold a variety of craft-based items, including digitally embroidered pillows based on the chemical elements (from Anderson) and records with handmade, needle-felted sleeves (from Wilson). Faculty member Peter Hristoff sold prints that were originally created as proofs for a large wall installation. Department Chair Tom Huhn offered certified secret-keeping for a dollar per secret, with the information delivered to his care via the venerable technology of two cans on the ends of a string.

Amy Wilson sets up her table; artist Danica Phelps is to the right.

The Fair went really well. The ground floor space at the DCTV Firehouse was a perfect setting, just funky enough to create the sort of anti-art fair ambience that was so important to last year’s DCF. The hall’s wall murals and mostly raw space are reminiscent of Silent Barn in Ridgewood, where the opening night party for last year’s DCF was held, but DCTV is in a prime location in Tribeca, just north of City Hall and south of Chinatown. There was a steady stream of visitors when I was there on Saturday, and it sounds like a lot of people showed up on Sunday too, despite the pouring rain and high winds.

Shannon plans to include documentation from this year’s DCF in Ground Control, the VCS senior thesis show set to run in January. I’ll be covering that soon, with a couple posts featuring images from the exhibition and its reception.

Mood lighting.

A visitor looks over some of Shannon's cards.

A group of people in the vestibule, waiting for the doors to open on Sunday morning.

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