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Art Fort Lauderdale | Art Loft 810 Segment

Art Fort Lauderdale | Art Loft 810 Segment

My name’s Evan Snow. I’m one of the co-founders and managing partners
of Art Fort Lauderdale, the art fair on the water. I’m Andrew Martineau, co-founder of Art Fort
Lauderdale, and also the curatorial director for this fair. We never had a signature four-day art fair
in Fort Lauderdale, or even in Broward County, so we decided to create a revolutionary art
fair, taking place exclusively inside luxury waterfront homes made only accessible via
boat. You’re really on a curated experience. We’re really, I’m looking at how people experience
work within an environment of a group of people that you’re with for the entire journey. We really kind of like calmed the whole experience
down, as opposed to being very hectic. One of the really unique things is having
the art in the homes versus a traditional tent or convention center. Even for a savvy art patron, most people get
art fatigue going to these art fairs. [Andrew] So within this environment, we’re
able to actually place work in the place where it will eventually live, and where people
would kind of like see it every day. We’ve kind of placed the pieces in the bathroom
above the bathtub, or in the bedroom above the bedhead. We are a primarily independent artist-driven
art fair. It’s so tough for an independent artist not
represented by a gallery to exhibit in a major fair, the barrier to entry is so high. It’s thousands of dollars, and if you’re even
represented by a gallery. So we made it inclusive, so artists of any
level, emerging, established, local, national, international or otherwise can exhibit on
our county’s largest platform. One of the main focal points with the art
fair is each home is a different exhibit. As we start selecting the works for the fair,
we kind of match the works with the homes that we’re gonna be in. So this home that we’re in right now is more
of a modern contemporary home, recently built, and we wanted to have a lot of bright light,
bright light and bright colors kind of coming through, and a lot of the work kind of represents
a lot of that, and a lot of the work’s also very modern contemporary pieces. So we have three homes this year serving us
our exhibit locations, two of which are independent artist exhibitions for artists not represented
by a gallery. We also are very excited to have added a Bahamas
Haus exhibition, benefiting the Grand Bahamas Children’s House, which was unfortunately
damaged by Hurricane Dorian, with a portion of proceeds so that they can help rebuild
and actually resume their art programs, which unfortunately, the had to put on pause as
a result of the hurricane. I’m Jennifer Nayak, I’m welcoming you to Bahamas
Haus. I am a collector, and I’m a curator, and I’m
an arts and culture writer. I know these artists personally, and I was
devastated to find out that so many of my favorite galleries that I like to go to were
closing. So the artwork in this room is Laurie Tuchel. She’s a Grand Bahamian-based artist. She uses a lot of layering effect with her
colors, and she paints a lot of day-in-the-life scenes, so these are actual moments. So this is an example of the Junkanoo pieces
that were sent over from Grand Bahama. One thing that’s interesting about the Bahamas
is that all of the materials the artists use are shipped in, so you have to use the most
basic things, and when you look and see how this artist used recycled lawn material, I
think this might even be a child’s chair, they used staples, masking tape, glue, and
paint. And if you feel the weight of this, it is
about 20 pounds, 25 pounds. Imagine dancing through the streets wearing
this on your head. These are handed down generation from generation,
year after year, because the artistry is so good, but also the engineering. Caroline Anderson’s work is really probably
my most poignant, and my most important and expressive from my post-hurricane pieces that
were given to me. These talk about the destruction and the experience
of going through the hurricane. This is what Hurricane Dorian looked like
to her. The social interaction, I think, is super-important
to get more people being able to appreciate work. [Evan] You get time to reflect and think about
the work you just saw on your boat journey as you go from home to home. It’s a really true discovery experience, where
you’re gonna find artists that you might not have found any place else.

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