We are glad to announce that, NURTUREart took part in Bushwick Basel, 2012, at Starr Space (108 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY), together with neighborhood galleries Momenta Art, Airplane, Studio 10, Valentine, Interstate, Norte Maar, Storefront Bushwick, Parallel Art Space, Regina Rex and English Kills. Organized by artist Jules DeBalincourt, this little gem of a fair coincided with Bushwick Open Studios, and stayed open on June 2 and 3, from 12 to 7pm with an opening reception that took place on Saturday, June 2, from 7 to 9pm.
In this occasion, NURTUREart presented new works by Daniel Bejar, whose work was featured in the exhibition Systemic Risk. Bejar presented Stretchin’ a Dollar, a work created during the global financial collapse of 2007, consisting of one hundred U.S. cent coins, flattened under the wheels of a freight train: an act of destruction that effectively takes currency out of circulation by symbolically addressing the “weight” and tangible consequences of capitalism.
Alongside with this striking sculpture, Bejar presented Rec-elections, the first installment of a project that will take the form of a campaign of site-specific interventions, to take place at multiple sites in New York City and the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL during the 2012 Presidential Election. Utilizing advertising strategies similar to those used by conservative political parties, which effectively exploit nostalgia as a political tool, Bejar appropriates campaign signs and posters of the Reagan, Nixon, McCarthy, and Roosevelt Presidential campaigns, and re-inserts these posters and signs back into the context and dialogue of the 2012 Presidential election. The project culminated in a series of guerilla performances in which Bejar will perform in campaign rallies while holding the campaign signs from past elections. Posters from this series were also be wheat pasted around New York City and Tampa, FL. The project existed as photographic documentation of the site-specific performances, the site-specific wheat pasted posters, and the original campaign posters.
Daniel Bejar is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Bejar’s practice utilizes intervention, sculpture, performance and photography to appropriate historical and cultural residue as strategy to evoke the past into the present, which provides an opportunity to explore unresolved histories while posing critical questions. Bejar received his BFA from the Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL and an MFA from the State University of New York, New Paltz in 2007. Bejar is currently an 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program, in 2011 was selected to Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY Hot Picks program, and recently completed a residency at SOMA, Mexico City D.F.. Bejar has also participated in residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Program, and the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum of Art, NY. His work has been exhibited internationally, with recent venues including El Museo Del Barrio, NY sixth Bienal “The (S) Files Bienal 2011”, SITE Santa Fe, NM; University of New Haven, CT; Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany; and Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY as well as NURTUREart.