Sean Fader speaks to ArtsTech Meetup about appropriation in the digital age and his pieces #wishingpelt and Backdrop for the Rebirth of the Collective Author (“There’s a Whole Lot of Authorship Going On.” - Richard Prince). Sean will be speaking with Kevin McCoy, art technologist and CEO of Monograph, and two foremost art lawyers Judith Prowda and Franklin Boyd.
I Didn’t Ask For It To Be Over, But Then Again, I Never Asked for it to Begin, 2015
From Ghost of a Dream:
We asked 20 photographers to send us photographs they have made of the sunset in order to make this piece. 16 of those photographers sent us prints that we then made this work from. The photographers are (starting left) are, Samuel Sachs Morgan, Kevin Cooley, Jeff Barnett-Winsby, Kate Johnson, Esperanza Mayobre, Rachel Barrett, Lauren Silberman, Sean Fader, Yolanda Del Amo, Ryan Frank, Michelle Leftheris, Kirk Crippens, Grant Cornet, Lisa Dahl, Coroline Burghardt, and Danny Ghitis
I'm truly excited to be showing Backdrop for the Rebirth of the Collective Author (“There’s a Whole Lot of Authorship Going On.” - Richard Prince) in SHARE THIS!: Appropriation After Cynicism at Denny Gallery.
Now in its final week, Sean Fader’s #wishingpelt is on view at Gagosian Gallery’s Madison Avenue Store in an exhibition organized by Richard Prince entitled New Portraits, September 19–Saturday, October 25, 2014.
Fader’s #wishingpelt uses the social world of Instagram as its medium, and is a forum in which to perform work. Related closely to live events, the Instagram photograph is for Fader a contract with his participants, sealing a bond and producing a shared experience across the thousands of his participants who have not yet met. The images are not documentation. They are performative and utopic commitments.
Sean Fader, an emerging and accomplished New York City-based artist, brings a contemporary photographic series to the UIS Visual Arts Gallery. As a photographer, Fader uses the uneasy agreement, seemingly implicit between sitter and photographer, to focus on the disjunction between how one appears to oneself and how one appears to others. Concentrating primarily on staged portraiture, the artist aims to critically engage his audience with deliberately structured images as a way of offering and representing their own possible identities.