The Fisher Parrish Gallery's Nice Economy

in collaboration with Tunica Magazine

Located on the border of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant, the Fisher Parrish Gallery serves the “in-the-know” community of resident artists as well as recent 20-something transplants who want to break into the “in-the-know” community. Lucky for them, the gallerists Patrick Parrish and Zoe Alexander Fisher operate within the Nice Economy. “Always work with the nice people,” Fisher said, “It’s never worth putting up with the bullshit.”

The space was most recently the 99 Cent Plus Gallery, an artist-run space operating as a storefront and studio space, beneath a humble awning with the prior tenant's name. When Fisher’s founding partners and fellow artists moved on to new endeavors, Parrish didn’t hesitate to join forces and add his TriBeCa-bred design expertise to Brooklyn.

“We are interested in blurring and bending the line between art and design, or perhaps just ignoring it all together." Fisher said. "Fisher Parrish Gallery will exhibit some ‘design’ works… but will be more focused on young, emerging contemporary artists.”

The inaugural show earlier this year was a clearinghouse of these artists, showcasing 100 paperweights made by a diverse selection of makers, from conceptual artists to furniture designers. “The Paperweight Show brought both artists and designers together to contemplate a simple function: the paperweight, once functional but now mostly not needed. Now really just a small sculpture."

The curatorial concept harked back to a 99 cent novelty of an exhibition, The Lamp Show, in which various artists created or recreated unique lamps. It was also inspired by a book Parrish co-authored, about notable designers Enzo Mari and Carl Aubock (too little recognized for their paperweights).

“I think it’s important that galleries get creative -- diversify in order to survive,” said Fisher. “The art world lives on the internet now, and at art fairs (maybe an unfortunate thing)... So I think it matters less and less where you are.”

Far from the art world establishment of Manhattan, Fisher marks a changing of the guard -- not just a world away from the Chelsea art scene, but a space of inclusiveness that begs to be witnessed in real life.

Text by Janelle Anne. Interview by Vere Van Gool.

Original contribution from TUNICA magazine. TUNICA is a member at the A/D/O Workspace.