September 4th, 2011 | Staff Blog

The fun of flea markets has always been about the art of the unexpected—and starting Sunday, September 4th with Albert Reyes, shoppers at Fairfax High’s Melrose Trading Post will also be getting unexpected art into the bargain. Reyes, known for his pop-culture-damaged yet highly political works on paper and his annual Halloween haunted art maze, will create a habitat for himself, and then use the habitat as a studio to create new works and interact with the public.

As part of an expansion adding a food court and live music to the weekly event, nonprofit organization Greenway Arts Alliance, who created the Melrose Trading Post as a fundraiser for Fairfax High, have brought in local art gallery Mastodon Mesa to provide a 10’x10’ pop-up tent full of its trademark installation- and performance-based art antics. The 12-month show called “Zōo” is a series of artist residencies, with each artist working in their constructed habitat for a weekly 8-hour event.

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