The Other Art Fair Los Angeles invited Gary Baseman to be the featured Guest Artist in October 2018. Rather than a traditional painting and drawing exhibition, Baseman decided to share the healing power of his pet cat Blackie’s purr through an experiential art installation. A response to the chaos and noise of the world and daily news, Baseman asked attendees to pause and think about who they love unconditionally, what a hug feels like, and to draw a favorite pet. After this orientation, a single person or small group entered The Purr Room to listen and feel the “power of purr.”
Gary Baseman worked with a dynamic creative team: Money Mark (recording and mixing of Blackie’s purr), Stacie B. London (design and building), Yukari Fujimoto of Flat Bonnie (design and fabrication of Blackie head, bed, and pillows), David Bradshaw (sound), Aliona Kononova (Baseman’swardrobe), and Denise A. Gray (project management).