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After four successful years in Paris, Cutlog art fair is welcomed to New York's Lower East Side to become yet another satellite fair to accompany the British Import, Frieze, alongside NADA, Pulse, Seven and others.    Strategically positioned in the budding gallery district, the fair hopes to bring a dense cross section of emerging artists from across the globe, housed in the expansive Clemente Soto Velez, a striking Dutch Neo Gothic building located on Suffolk street. Over 45 participant galleries are exhibiting in the high-ceilinged 19th century schoolhouse, where booths are densely nested into former classrooms, and teacher lounges, giving the fair an oddly DIY aesthetic.    One will find the galleries and artists at cutlog approachable, and eager to discuss their work with the public. While programming, such as an artist talk by the beloved John Lurie on painting, and a marathon weight-loss performance by Marni Kotak, who works out obsessively on a stair master machine in an attempt to burn off "baby fat" from a recent pregnancy give the fair an eccentric appeal.    In a brief exchange with Kotak (conducted while she continued to exercise relentlessly), I asked her about her ongoing artist project to render her entire life an artwork.    Kotak, who recently gained public attention for giving birth to her son, Ajax, publicly in a small Brooklyn gallery as an artwork, spoke candidly about her search for sincere experience through her art.   Kotak stated her intention to transform the life of her 18 month old son, Ajax into a work of art by having him wear a camera and document his entire life for the purpose of her work. I asked if she expected a conflict to arise between them in the future over this matter, to which she casually replied, that this would of course happen, "—naturally." 

 

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