Trivial Pursuit is the coolest fashion fair in NYC…
“Trivial Pursuit is a group show featuring artists who have worked in various roles within the fashion system – as collaborators, content creators, photographers, designers and models – as a means of funding their artistic practice. Nobody escapes fashion. We are all participants whether we want to or not.”
The fashion-related artists are seven women with different multimedia backgrounds. Fashion photographer Alessia Gunawan has shot for brands including the super sexy ATXV and outdoor company Vibram. Visual artist Iris Luz’s work is often informed by her cultural oddities – mostly the weird underbelly of the internet – and works on fashion editorials that fuse aliens with kitschy sunsets and Windows XP hair patterns. And Iniz Valentine, who runs clothing brand Aircrush, sprays slogans like “heart attack”, “Angels love me” and “I miss you” on t-shirts, hoodies and briefs.
“These are all younger artists my age – me [was born in] 1998 and the offer in the exhibition is ‘98 to ‘94 – with limited to no exhibition history in a gallery,” says Sanchez. “Her backgrounds and interests span a variety of different directions, but merge in her rigorous engagement with the social outflow generated by the fashion system.
Sounds like a nice riot. According to Sanchez, the entire exhibition was inspired by conversations she had with artists working in the fashion industry ““rising opportunities” that it offered “and feelings of systemic alienation and exploitation”. As well as, Trivial Pursuit also addresses the economic pressures of being an artist and the anxiety that comes with it.
Alongside those conversations, Sanchez has been influenced by the very artists who dominate her Instagram feed every day — you know, since she’s an art historian. “[There was] a drawing by Julie Becker where she scribbled ‘I have to create a masterpiece to pay the rent’, a quip by Robert Rauschenberg on ideas other than real estate, Isabelle Graw, Julian Stallabrass and Adam Greczy’s writings on the relationship between art, fashion and commerce,” she says.
“To quote Lippard again: ‘If I ever had a methodology or anesthesia, you could define it like this “one thing leads to another’…”