Katherine Gressel
FIGMENT "The Factory" Fundraiser at Hudson Terrace, NYC
2013
Acrylic on Canvas
24" X 36"
I donated this live event painting to the "Groundbreaking" fundraising benefit for FIGMENT, an annual interactive arts festival held on Governors Island, NYC and rapidly spreading to other cities across the US. FIGMENT's name is derived from a famous quote by Andy Warhol, and each year FIGMENT throws a Warhol-themed party appropriately titled "The Factory." I arrived about two hours before the event start time to set up and start painting the background. By the end of the event, I had the painting finished to auction off to the highest bidder in a special live auction. The winner is painted prominently in the center.

In my painting, I also aimed to capture the quirky Andy-inspired outfits and decorations, the unique historic space, and other key details like the photo booth that turned guests' faces into Warhol-esque montages. I was also able to include key FIGMENT volunteers and their guests, who loved seeing themselves appear in the painting throughout the evening.