MICHAEL ANDREW BOOKER | Future Fair NYC | Booth R2 B

 

FUTURE FAIR

May 5 -7, 2022

Chelsea Industrial

535 W 28th St

New York City

 

VIP PREVIEW

Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 4-8pm

 

PUBLIC DAYS

Thursday, May 5, 2022 12-7pm

Friday, May 6, 2022, 12-7pm

Saturday, May 7, 2022, 12-6pm

Closed Sunday

 

Future Fair's second in person edition of the exhibition will take place at Chelsea Industrial, located in the gallery district at 535 W 28th Street. Offering the space for growth, the fair will host around 50 exhibitors in the ground floor venue. Accentuated by glass frontage, polished concrete floors and 18’ high ceilings the new location offers ample room for exhibition space. The fair, known for cross gallery collaboration, will continue to work with partnered exhibitors in shared exhibition spaces.

 

About MICHAEL ANDREW BOOKER:

 

In  Michael Andrew Booker’s compositions, portraits are partially shielded by swaths of color, and views are intercepted by lush organic forms. Joining geometric designs with figuration, Booker’s large-scale drawings are rich in dynamism and detail, the artist acting as a conductor of a broad symphony of colors and tones. Owing to the drawing practice itself as a healing mechanism, Booker documents the emotional terrains crossed by the artist amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and concurrent instances of social injustice. His artwork gestures towards the strategies of emotional self-protection harnessed by the artist during periods of vulnerability and contemplation, barriers made visible in the layered effects captured by the drawings themselves.

Despite the complexity of Booker’s compositions, each line and brushstroke remains visible, the artist using a wide range of materials and instruments, including fine liner pen, colored pencil, watercolor, and alcohol ink. Booker’s mastery of his tools is evidenced by his ability to create dense fields of light, shadow, and texture through the careful application of fine lines, resulting in superimposed tableaus reminiscent of collage or digital manipulation. Reverberating with the work’s themes, the meticulous process by which such depth and emotion is rendered echoes the strained experiences of self-reflection, growth, and reconciliation experienced by the artist during the course of these drawings’ creations.

“These drawings chronicle a personal and emotional journey caused by the effects of a prolonged pandemic and moments of social injustice,” said artist Michael Booker. “Volatile social interactions became commonplace in both media and amongst friends. Over time, a realization of resiliency set in, as these drawings became a form of cathartic therapy to search for a nuanced visual reflection of the turmoil that lingered within.” 

Though invested with fraught emotions, the cohesion and harmony of the resulting works ultimately foreground hope and optimism. Capturing individuals immersed in solitary contemplation as well as in embrace, Booker’s drawings suggest resilience and reconciliation amidst societal and interpersonal volatility, demonstrating a multiplicity of pathways toward new light.

 

 

 



 

 


 

 


 

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