"Spring" at Fair Folks CaféCurated by Casa de Costa Feb 19 - April 14, 2013
Written & Photographed by Kyle Hockaday
Aurora Stokowski, of Fair Folks & a Goat, talking with a show patron.
Anthony Mazzei, of Fair Folks & a Goat, serving guests.
Suited, Jason Costa, of Casa de Costa, and friends.
My favorite Greenwich Village-based design collective Fair Folks & a Goat has partnered with a cool downtown art gallery for a photography show that screams SPRING. Casa de Costa and Fair Folks & a Goat have come together to usher us out of the cold. The 96 West Houston Street coffee shop is playing host to original photographic works by some of Casa de Costa's brightest emerging artists. A special selection of images by Kevin Amato, Susanna Corniani, and Josh McNey invoked spring for winter-wrapped guests, as they sipped some of Fair Folks' best, on opening night. The framed works will be exhibited and available for purchase at the coffee house from February 19th through April 14th.
"Casa de Costa is the ideal gallery for us to partner with. The work they sell is the highest quality and they are one of the breakout art success stories of Downtown New York," said Aurora Stokowski, co-founder and creative director of Fair Folks & a Goat. "The exhibition is a chance for us to provide something truly unique and special for our customers."
Similarly, Casa de Costa sees the exhibition as a fun and creative way to show work. "Fair Folks & a Goat isn't your average shop. They have a thoughtfully designed space and an innovative membership-based business model. They attract very sophisticated, taste-conscious clients and they're growing like wildfire," said Casa de Costa founder Jason Costa. "Their creativity and palpable enthusiasm for art made the decision to work together a no-brainer."
Jason describes Casa de Costa as "a non-traditional gallery, more like a studio or salon, rather than a traditional white box. The space promotes real life interactions." For the show Casa de Costa curated at Fair Folks, he simply wanted to bring together creatives. He wanted it to be "fun." "We didn't approach it through art theory, we just wanted to invoke SPRING," said Costa.
On March 7th, Casa de Costa will be opening another great photo show, Service, at their gallery - 11 Stone Street, 6th Fl. Service will feature strong, etherial portraits captured during fleet week by Paul Solberg. "The images were created using an vintage instant camera," explained Costa. During the development process, some of the images were lost, and others came out looking like veteran portraits from years past. Check Casa de Costa's site for images from both shows.
Visit Fair Folks & a Goat online for more info.