FAIR IS FAIR, 2012 San Diego Contamporary Art Fair
FAIR IS FAIR is a site-specific project curated and produced in collaboration with Kate Clark and Emily Granader, and the San Diego History Center. Blending research, installation and performance, FAIR IS FAR explores the tangential strings that form points of connection between the 1915 California-Panama Exposition and the 2012 San Diego Contemporary Art Fair.

A Fair Sign
acrylic on pine, 14x10"
FAIR IS FAIR Souvenir Postcard
6x4, digital inkjet print
contemporary visitors pose as Zoro Gardens Nudists against Zoro Gardens Nudist Colony background (1935, photography curtesy of San Diego History Center)

" Art Lab produced by the Visual Arts Department at UCSD will take attendees back to the far corners of Balboa Park’s past with the showcase Fair is Fair. Master’s degree candidates Kate Clark, Hermione Spriggs and Emily Grenader will be in era-specific costumes, reenacting historical events, conducting interviews with park experts and presenting new art works alongside objects and artifacts from expos past [...] Fair is Fair has a schedule of events taking place at the booth during ASD’s four-day run that “playfully muddles the past with the present,” Clark says. Kicking off at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, Clark, in a three-piece suit provided by SDSU’s costume department, is re-delivering a speech by John D. Spreckels, one of San Diego’s most influential founders. In his 1923 “Apologia pro vite sus: In defense of one’s life” speech at the Hotel Del Coronado, Spreckels posed questions that are still being asked today:
“Now, gentlemen, between ourselves, what is the matter with San Diego? Why is it not the metropolis and seaport that its geographical and other unique advantages entitles it to be? Why does San Diego always just miss the train, somehow? I will tell you. In three words: lack of cooperation...”

–Amy T. Granite, San Diego City Beat, Aug 29 2012
FAIR IS FAIR broadside

A publication of research and daily programming from 1915 and 2012
ink on newsprint, 30x22 3/4" double-side, edition of 1000
FAIR IS FAIR Broadside
offset lithograph and screen print, edition of 1000