OHWOW is pleased to announce the fifth and final edition of the annual group exhibition It Ain’t Fair (IAF), on view from December 6 through December 9, 2012 at 743 Washington Avenue. Coinciding with Art Basel Miami Beach, It Ain't Fair 2012 celebrates the history and tradition of IAF's renowned multimedia production, and closes the chapter on what came to define OHWOW’s identity as a community platform for progressive art in all media.
Since the first installment in 2008, It Ain’t Fair proved an innovative and divergent idea; an exhibition and project providing an alternate experience to the dozens of December art fairs in Miami. The exhibition continued to evolve through the years, yet always reflected its time, excelling at capturing the trends occurring in contemporary art. Over the course of IAF's history, OHWOW presented a wide range of work from artists in many disciplines: from Tauba Auerbach to Ashley Bickerton, Cyprien Gaillard to Clayton Patterson, Gang Gang Dance to The Gossip; visual arts, films, and performances coalesced into genre defining examples of the moment.
The final IAF moves from the Design District to a 6,000 square foot location on the beach to accommodate a large-scale exhibition and various projects, delivering a climactic conclusion to this definitive enterprise. It Ain‘t Fair 2012 assembles a selection of over 30 contemporary artists, many who contributed in past years, along with several new names: David Adamo, Diana Al-Hadid, Daniel Arsham, Scott Campbell, Julia Chiang, Dan Colen, Brian DeGraw, James Franco, Michael Genovese, Luis Gispert, Drew Heitzler, George Herms, KAWS, Harmony Korine, Hanna Liden, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Laurel Nakadate, Eddie Peake, Terry Richardson, Bert Rodriguez, Amanda Ross-Ho, Prem Sahib, Aurel Schmidt, Jack Siegel, Lucien Smith, Agathe Snow, Kon Trubkovich, Nick van Woert, Garth Weiser, Amy Yao, and Kim Ye, among others.
In addition, OHWOW brings its Los Angeles-based pirate station, Know Wave Radio (www.know-wave.com), to Miami Beach for a full week of live programming to include performances, DJ sets, and interviews. Part art project, part community broadcast, Know Wave has presented a rotating cast of special guests such as Mykki Blanco, Nate Lowman, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, and Cat Power, among others. IAF 2012 will also host a soup kitchen – a social project that provides free dinner to anyone wanting a meal, daily from 5 to 7 PM. Hundreds of artists and creatives make the trip to Art Basel Miami Beach every year on shoestring budgets; the soup kitchen gives back and supports a community that has helped shape the energy and success of OHWOW’s endeavors.
Established in 2008 by Al Moran and Aaron Bondaroff, OHWOW is a gallery, publisher, and special project – a creative community – with gallery and retail locations in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami. Through collaborations with various creative sectors, OHWOW produces projects and initiatives, extending its vision internationally. As a gallery, OHWOW organizes solo, collective, and group exhibitions, alongside presenting special projects and events conceived by outside curators. As a publisher, OHWOW fills a particular niche, providing books that blur the line between objects and treasures, from exhibition catalogs to specific artist pieces.