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Tory Fair
updated: 10/11/2013
website: www.toryfair.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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This Picture Loves You
Study
Study
A Good Appetite
Installation, LaMontagne Gallery 2013
TVs and Full Length Mirror
Full Length Mirror
detail of Full Length Mirror
Study
Study
Windshield
Mitts
Mitts
Trying to Talk Rainbow
Hand Mirror
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, meditative, architecture, text, urban, conceptual, landscape, narrative, dreams, surreal
 
 
This Picture Loves You by Tory Fair
This Picture Loves You
cast resin
2013
12 " x  9 "  x 1 " 
Study by Tory Fair
Study
cast resin
2013
6 " x  4 "  x 1 " 
Study by Tory Fair
Study
cast resin
2013
6 " x  4 "  x 1 " 
A Good Appetite by Tory Fair
A Good Appetite
cast aluminum and quartz crystals
2013
14 " x  10 "  x 40 " 
Installation, LaMontagne Gallery 2013 by Tory Fair
Installation, LaMontagne Gallery 2013
various materials
2013
Dimensions variable
TVs and Full Length Mirror by Tory Fair
TVs and Full Length Mirror
cast aluminum and resin
2013
Dimensions variable
Full Length Mirror by Tory Fair
Full Length Mirror
cast resin
2013
44 " x  27 "  x 4 " 
detail of Full Length Mirror by Tory Fair
detail of Full Length Mirror
cast resin
2013
Dimensions variable
Study by Tory Fair
Study
resin
2013
11" x  8"  x 1/2" 
Study by Tory Fair
Study
resin
2013
11" x  8"  x 1/2" 
Windshield by Tory Fair
Windshield
cast fiberglass
2013
Dimensions variable
Mitts by Tory Fair
Mitts
cast resin
2013
48 " x  80 "  x 60 " 
Mitts by Tory Fair
Mitts
cast rubber
2013
Dimensions variable
Trying to Talk Rainbow by Tory Fair
Trying to Talk Rainbow
cast resin
2013
10 " x  12 "  x 10 " 
Hand Mirror by Tory Fair
Hand Mirror
cast aluminum
2013
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

My sculpture uses its physicality to explore things that are not physical at all.  I want to give an uncanny sense of the ordinary so that we may see, again and again, the potential in the everyday to transform.

 

The casting process offers a surface fidelity, but my approach is to encourage and then deny easy familiarity.  Altering an object by changing its material make up begins to open up deeper interrogation.  Surface becomes a way to go below the surface.  I welcome confusion between what is real and what is imagined; what is physical and what is felt, or sensed. 

 

Current works in the studio use the transparency of resin or the reflective finish of aluminum to invite the gaze past the recognizable form to discover an interior and less accessible world of the object.  These embedded facts (flowers, crystals, and text) are cast simultaneously with the entirety of the sculpture.  Obscured by the surface, these inside parts are slow to appear and reach out to a more intangible narrative for the viewer.

 

My practice is sourced in common interactions with my surroundings: reading a book, gazing into a mirror, and even watching TV.  I am using crystals and sage (and colors of the rainbow) as a way to sustain positive energy both in the process and in myself.  To me the crystals convey a sense of desired transformation and they help turn the mundane identity of the object into a more mystical presence of a portal or a vortex. 

Artist Bio / CV

Solo Exhibitions
2013 New Work, Tory Fair, LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, MA
2011 Blossoming: Works By Tory Fair, Hermitage Museum and Gardens, Norfolk, VA
Testing A World View, Again, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
2010 Tory Fair, In The Wall, LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, MA
2008 Tory Fair, Block Bloom, LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, MA
2007 Ready, Set, Bloom I and II, Cambridge Arts Council Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2006 Sideline Bloom, Artists Foundation, Main Gallery, Boston, 2005 Hopscotch, Cambridge Public Art Commission,Cambridge.2004 Gametime Series, Mills Gallery, Project Room, Boston, MA
Tetherball, Art Space, Project Room Installation, New Haven, CT
2002 Skyball, Fosdick Nelson Gallery at ArtSite, Wellesville, NY
1994 Fair, Art Trek, Flagstaff