MFA presents Michael Andrew Booker | Future Fair NYC | Booth R2 B

27 Apr
Future Fair’s second in person edition of the exhibition will take place at Chelsea Industrial, located in the gallery district at 535 W 28th Street.
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Morton Fine Art’s booth is R2B featuring a solo presentation of drawings by MICHAEL ANDREW BOOKER.

FUTURE FAIR
May 5-7, 2022
Chelsea Industrial
535 W 28th St.
New York City

VIP PREVIEW
Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 4-8PM

PUBLIC DAYS
Thursday, May 5, 2022, 12-7PM
Friday, May 6, 2022, 12-7PM
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 12-6PM
Closed Sunday

Future Fair, known for cross gallery collaboration, will continue to work with partnered exhibitors in shared exhibition spaces.

Available Artwork by MICHAEL ANDREW BOOKER

About Future Fair
I am Not Complaining, Nor am I Protesting Either. It is Sometimes Advantageous to Be Unseen, 2022, 30″x22″, fineliner pen and fabric on paper
In Michael Andrew Booker’s compositions, portraits are partially shielded by swaths of color, and views are intercepted by lush organic forms. Joining geometric designs with figuration, Booker’s drawings are rich in dynamism and detail, the artist acting as a conductor of a broad symphony of colors and tones. Owing to the drawing practice itself as a healing mechanism, Booker documents the emotional terrains crossed by the artist amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and concurrent instances of social injustice. His artwork gestures towards the strategies of emotional self-protection harnessed by the artist during periods of vulnerability and contemplation, barriers made visible in the layered effects captured by the drawings themselves.

Black Ice, 2022, 20″x14″, fineliner pen on paper
Despite the complexity of Booker’s compositions, each line and brushstroke remains visible, the artist using a wide range of materials and instruments, including fine liner pen, colored pencil, watercolor, and alcohol ink. Booker’s mastery of his tools is evidenced by his ability to create dense fields of light, shadow, and texture through the careful application of fine lines, resulting in superimposed tableaus reminiscent of collage or digital manipulation. Reverberating with the work’s themes, the meticulous process by which such depth and emotion is rendered echoes the strained experiences of self-reflection, growth, and reconciliation experienced by the artist during the course of these drawings’ creations.

“These drawings chronicle a personal and emotional journey caused by the effects of a prolonged pandemic and moments of social injustice,” said artist Michael Booker. “Volatile social interactions became commonplace in both media and amongst friends. Over time, a realization of resiliency set in, as these drawings became a form of cathartic therapy to search for a nuanced visual reflection of the turmoil that lingered within.” 
Strike Twice, 2022, 48″x28″,fineliner pen, color pencil, ink, chiffon fabric, doily, paper, and yupo
Though invested with fraught emotions, the cohesion and harmony of the resulting works ultimately foreground hope and optimism. Capturing individuals immersed in solitary contemplation as well as in embrace, Booker’s drawings suggest resilience and reconciliation amidst societal and interpersonal volatility, demonstrating a multiplicity of pathways toward new light.
Retrograde, 2021, 26″x22″, fineliner pen, watercolor on paper and yupo
Available artwork by MICHAEL ANDREW BOOKER
About MICHAEL ANDREW BOOKER
Michael Booker is a mixed media artist originally from Jackson, Mississippi who currently resides in Maryland. He received his BFA in Studio Art – Painting from Mississippi State University in 2008, and received his MFA in Studio Art from University of Maryland in 2012. He has exhibited in various galleries across Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, Maine, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. His work has been acquired by the David C. Driskell Center in College Park, MD. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Art at Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring.  

Booker has been represented by Morton Fine Art in Washington, DC since 2019.
About Morton Fine Art
Founded in 2010 in Washington, DC by curator Amy Morton, Morton Fine Art (MFA) is a fine art gallery and curatorial group that collaborates with art collectors and visual artists to inspire fresh ways of acquiring contemporary art. Firmly committed to the belief that art collecting can be cultivated through an educational stance, MFA’s mission is to provide accessibility to museum-quality contemporary art through a combination of substantive exhibitions and a welcoming platform for dialogue and exchange of original voice. Morton Fine Art specializes in a stellar roster of nationally and internationally renowned artists as well as has an additional focus on artwork of the African Diaspora.

Morton Fine Art founded the trademark *a pop-up project in 2010. *a pop-up project is MFA’s mobile gallery component which hosts temporary curated exhibitions nationally.

Gallery hours:
By appointment only. Mask required.

Morton Fine Art
52 O St NW #302
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 628-2787
info@mortonfineart.com
www.mortonfineart.com

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