FOOLSGOLD ARTS is pleased to present Fr**K Off, an exhibition and auction featuring over fifty contemporary artists which will benefit the nonprofit organization Frack Action. This is Foolsgold Arts’ seventh exhibition in support of the natural environment and its inhabitants. On November 6th, a cocktail reception and silent auction of over 50 artworks by a selected group of prominent contemporary artists will be held at RH Gallery. The proceeds from the auction will go directly to Frack Action.
Fracking is a hot topic issue for New York State right now as Governor Andrew Cuomo decides whether or not to allow fracking in the state. Fracking, or high volume horizontal hydraulic-fracturing, is a gas drilling process that involves pumping millions of gallons of water, chemicals and sand underground to extract natural gas by blasting and breaking apart shale bedrock. Many of the chemicals that are used in this process are known cancer-causing carcinogens that leak into the aquifers and can pollute the earth and our drinking water.
The Sky is Pink, a new anti-fracking film directed by Josh Fox, the Academy Award nominated director of the feature documentary Gasland , will be screened at the opening. I AM PICTURES will also be showing a special PSA featuring testimonials from Adrian Grenier, Leighton Meester, Zoe Kravitz, and Sandra Bernhard among others. In addition, acclaimed folk singer Elvis Perkins will perform a special acoustic set accompanied by Cornelia Livingston.
Artists in the exhibition include; Sean Lennon, who has hand painted a guitar from his personal collection; British text artist Simon Evans, Bergdorf Goodman window designer John Gordon Gauld, contemporary embroiderer and Opening Ceremony collaborator Richard Saja, lauded printmaker Trenton Doyle Hancock, and Vanity Fair photographer Patrick Fraser. Other noteworthy artists include Micah Ganske, Colette Robbins, Lisa Lebofsky, Eric White, Alison Blickle, Rachel Rossin, Rosalie Stone Morris, Jason Bereswil, Michael Kagan, Jonathan Beer, John O’Reilly, Paola Andrea Ochoa, Joel Dugan, and Coke Wisdom O’Neal.
About FOOLSGOLD ARTS Founded by Brooklyn-based artists Shanan Campanaro and Maria Kozak, FOOLSGOLD curates and produces exhibitions that celebrate the natural environment and its inhabitants. The artwork is sold through silent auction and raises funds to support various charitable organizations committed to protecting the natural environment and wildlife.
Frack Off is Foolsgold Arts’ seventh benefit exhibition. Previous exhibitions have taken place in New York City and Reykjavik, Iceland. www.foolsgoldarts.org
Shanan Campanaro is the founder and creative director of Eskayel, a Brooklyn based design studio focused on applying a uniquely artistic and environmentally responsible approach to interior surface design. Her collections of textiles wallpaper and other locally produced home products have been featured in New York Magazine, the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, and Daily Candy to name a few. www.eskayel.com
Maria Kozak is a painter and performance artist who recently completed her MFA at the New York Academy of Art. Her work is represented in numerous collections nationally and abroad. The Maypole, her last performance, was written up in The Art Newspaper and Paper Magazine. www.mariakozak.com
About Frack Action Frack Action is a New York based organization working to protect our water, air, and public health from the dangerous practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. They are engaged in a legislative advocacy, grassroots organization, and public awareness campaigns aimed at exposing the truth on fracking and building the critical mass necessary to stop it. To learn more, please visit www.frackaction.com or contact Betta Broad, [email protected]
About RH Gallery Founded in 2010 by Adam Taki and Rebecca Heidenberg, RH Gallery is located in the heart of TriBeCa, housed in a 3,500 square foot space over two floors featuring three exhibition spaces. Driven by Heidenberg’s curatorial practice and Taki’s business expertise, the gallery presents contemporary art, with a focus on process-driven craft, within a rigorous conceptual framework. www.rhgallery.com