Frieze New York
Viewing Room 2021
7 - 14 May 2021
VIP Preview: 5 & 6 May
talk with Steffanie Ling:
Saturday 8 May 12pm PST / 3pm EST / 9pm CET
Meeting ID: 393 543 9835
For the 2021 edition of Frieze Viewing Room, New York edition, Unit 17 is thrilled to present Exophonic, a never before seen body of paintings by geetha thurairajah, along with a purely digital artwork minted as a unique NFT (non-fungible token) and a single ceramic sculpture. This is a historic moment for NFTs, enabling artists to authenticate digital artworks for the first time in history by using blockchain technology. With materiality in mind, the Viewing Room context allows thurairajah to investigate the narrowing of boundaries between physical & digital artworks.
thurairajah (b. 1986) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her practice relies on allegory gleaned from art history, personal narrative and observations of modern culture to recreate spaces that defy hierarchies of genre. thurairajah studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design and Wilfrid Laurier University. Recent exhibitions include Soothsay, Unit 17, Vancouver (2020); Migration is more momentous than ancient invasions, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery; No body to talk to, Invisible Exports, New York; Downward Flower, Fourteen30, Portland (all 2019); An Assembly of Shapes, Oakville Galleries (2018); Mingling with flowers panthers’ eyes, The New Gallery, Calgary; Here’s Looking at You, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm (both 2017) and Goodbye here no matter where, 8eleven, Toronto (2016). thurairajah will present her large scale work Migration is more momentous than ancient invasions at Arsenal Contemporary , Toronto, in June 2021.
geetha thurairajah, Rites of Passage, 2021, watercolour on linen, 122 x 89cm
geetha thurairajah, Overtures, 2021, watercolour on linen, 127 x 102cm
geetha thurairajah, Sunday Best, 2021, watercolour on linen, 102 x 82cm
geetha thurairajah, Unromantic Jestures, 2021, watercolor on linen, 107 x 82cm