Tory Fair, Portable Archive

Tory Fair, Portable Archive
2019, plywood, archival photographic prints, felt, 7' x 7' x 2"

Tory Fair, Research Drawings exchanged with Mary Miss

Tory Fair, Research Drawings exchanged with Mary Miss
2018, graphite on paper, 17x14"

current project

Tory Fair: Portable Archive

Tory Fair

Opening Reception:

Saturday, June 1, 4-6 pm




Drive-By Projects, 81 Spring Street, Watertown, MA


Thursdays 12-4pm and by appointment:
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Tory Fair: Portable Archive is an exhibition of drawings and sculpture that document the artist's ongoing research into More than Minimal: Feminism and Abstraction in the '70'S, the 1996 landmark exhibition at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University. Funded by a Provost Research Grant from Brandeis and inspired by her close association with exhibition curator Susan Stoops, Fair began a quest to connect with these pioneering artists. She eventually established a relationship with Mary Miss and came to focus on Miss's early works as her guide to understanding the relationship between minimalism, abstraction, humanity and feminism.

Portable Archive
This piece is a result from conversations and the exchange of drawings with Mary Miss. I made Portable Archive in dialogue with her sculpture from 1968, Portable Window. Rather than framing site with a cut out rectangle that could be rolled around and looked through, I altered the original sculpture by adding felt corners to frame a photograph of my sculpture, Heap, thereby creating a way that I can roll around my archive. The playfulness to frame my work with Miss's sculpture speaks towards a cross generational dialogue.

Research Drawings exchanged with Mary Miss
These are drawings that I shared with Mary Miss.  All are based on and inspired by her early discreet sculptural ideas that challenged the space of engagement. Clipped to the drawing are references of Mary Miss's work with my own. In Portable Archive, images are stacked and the viewer is able to exchange out and sequence different images on top to view.  Pictured in the drawing is Mary's Battery Park Landfill installation from 1973, and my installation of Heapin Concord from 2017.

Tory Fair

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Tory Fair

Art Review

Boston Art Review
Process, Practice, and Presence: Looking Back with Tory Fair
by Jameson Johnson, August 7, 2019
Read the review.

DeCordova Biennial 2019

Current Show

deCordova Biennial 2019:
Eva Lundsager and Carl D’Alvia
deCordova Museum
April 5 - September 15, 2019
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