Featured Artist: Tory Fair

Tory Fair outdoors, windswept, with a large plywood wheel with a rectangle cut out of the centerPortable Window at Middle of Nowhere 2019 in NJ Pine Barrens with RAIR, 2019. Courtesy of Tory Fair.

Tory Fair’s ongoing video, photography and sculpture project Portable Window continues her exploration of landscape on a human scale and an ongoing dialogue with minimalist sculpture, particularly with the work of Mary Miss and other women artists exhibited in the groundbreaking 1997 exhibition "More Than Minimal" at the Rose Art Museum.

For the Festival of the Arts, Tory invites the public to become part of the Portable Window. When you see one of Tory's wheel sculptures on campus, use the instructions on the wheel and use your phone to record a video of what the wheel "sees." Email your video to portablewindow@brandeis.edu and it will be uploaded to the Portable Window at Brandeis website for a collaborative, subjective look at our campus landscape.

“While our digital culture has made it incredibly easy to frame and take pictures without restraint,” says Tory, “Portable Window slows down and makes framing our surroundings a more physical act in sync with our bodies. Incrementally jumpstarting ways to interact and frame our surroundings with the public emphasizes an open exchange to learn and listen from our present condition, which is in a state of crisis. Sculpture has agency both to heal and engage our collective body.”

Tory Fair is an associate professor of sculpture at Brandeis. Recent solo exhibitions and projects include ICA at MECA, Portland, ME; AreaCode Art Fair, Boston; RAIR, Philly; VoCA Talks; Drive-By, Watertown; Paperweight, gallery VERY, Boston: Heap, Proof Gallery, Boston; "Fortitude and Fragility," The LeRoy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University. 

Her work has been included in several group exhibitions, including You are Here, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA; The Intuitionists, The Drawing Center, NY; and Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City. Her work has been reviewed in publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Sculpture Magazine, and Boston Art Review, among others. 

Tory is the recipient of a Provost Research Grant as well as national and local awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, LEF Foundation and the Mass Cultural Council. She received a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston.