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The Fine Art Adoption Network (FAAN)


Pocket Utopia
1037 Flushing Avenue, 917-400-3869
January 4 - January 27, 2008
Reception: Friday, January 4, 6 - 10 PM
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Artists selected from the online network where all of the artworks on view are available for adoption:

Matt Davis Laura Devendorf Danielle Dimston Marcy B. Freedman Ben Godward Jill Henderson Matt King Dave Krueger Jacob Rhodes Analia Segal Jason Simon Tattfoo Tan

Pocket Utopia is pleased to present an exhibition of the Fine Art Adoption Network (FAAN). FAAN is an online network that uses a gift economy to connect artists and potential collectors. Pocket Utopia will function as a clearinghouse and will facilitate the adoption process. Post-studio artist and Pocket Utopia intern Audra Wolowiec selected the works on view. The adoption of artworks between the artist and collector will be finalized through the website ( no purchases will be made.

"Ideally, the work is going to people who would not otherwise own the artwork," says Adam Simon, the Brooklyn, N.Y. artist who set up Fine Art Adoption Network (FAAN) with the support of Art in General.  Adopters might be institutions with no art budget, individuals with little disposable income, or families who haven't considered making art a priority.
One of the goals of FAAN is to help increase and diversify the population of art owners and to offer artists new means for engaging with their audience.  The artist determines who can adopt the artwork.
Adam Simon got the idea for FAAN when his mom moved from a house to an apartment, and he found himself regaining possession of two large paintings he had made years before.  That’s when the light bulb went on: Artists have more art than they can store, while plenty of people who love art have no way of owning it.  So why not use the Internet to facilitate art adoptions?

This exhibition of FAAN is the third in a series examining creative pocket utopias that began by opening a file at Pierogi (The Pierogi Show at Pocket Utopia in September 2007). Then in December 2007 with a show titled “Etsy,” Pocket Utopia ventured into the crafty commerce of the online place to buy and sell all things handmade with the same name (

There will be a salon discussion held on Wednesday, January 23rd at 6:00pm where Adam Simon and FAAN artists will talk about money and its role in the art world. Refreshments will be served. This discussion is a part of Austin Thomas’s salon series titled, “Excuse me, you have art in your teeth.”

Pocket Utopia is an away-from center, off-center, exhibition, salon and social space run by artist Austin Thomas.
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