The Fridge Show
A group show curated by The Rule of Three
August 14 - Septemeber 12, 2021
The Fridge Show, a group show curated by The Rule of Three and featuring eight female artists: Melissa Capasso, Abby Cheney, Yen Yen Chou, Rina AC Dweck, Ana Maria Farina, Marianna Peragallo, Hanna Washburn, and Charlotte Woolf. The exhibition will be on view at the Riverside Galleries from August 14 through September 12. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 14, 5-7pm.
The refrigerator is an object that represents both thing and space. Featured in the kitchen, arguably the most domestic space in the home, the fridge serves as a beacon of reliability, fruitfulness, and frigidity. In the 1950s, when refrigerators became common in most American households, they were advertised as a device to make life easier for housewives. Its novelty as an appliance is closely linked to femininity and the role of women in the household. Curators Abby Cheney, Rina AC Dweck, & Hannah Washburn, collectively known as “The Rule of Three”, have encouraged five additional artists to use the refrigerator as an inspirational starting point for the works that will fill this exhibition. The curators write: “For many of us, the fridge is tied to a maternal or nurturing presence in our lives. The opening of the fridge door signals the preparation of a meal. We anthropomorphize the fridge, finding the consistent hum and interior light a source of comfort. Although the refrigerator is a staple in contemporary life, we take its existence for granted, relying on its presence in every house, office, hotel room, or establishment we enter. It is an appliance we depend on for storage, preservation, and longevity. What we find inside, however, is less of a guarantee. The specific contents, or lack of contents, signify another array of meaning behind the fridge and its presence as a symbol of stability or instability within the home.”
The Fridge Show explores how eight artists offering diversity of media, opinion, and representation, respond to the concept of the fridge, and its multitude of meanings in their lives, cultures, and memories. While this curatorial vision was generated before the pandemic, the meaning of the fridge has changed for all of us over the past year, and this exhibition has taken on new meaning and urgency for us. The participating artists consider a range of questions in their practices that relate to the role of the refrigerator, such as emotional labor, death and decay, material preservation, and female identity.
Transitional Spaces, sculpture
August 14 - Septemeber 12, 2021
Transitional Spaces, a solo exhibition of waterjet cut aluminum works and sculpture by Steve Rossi. The exhibition will be on view at the Riverside Galleries from August 14 through September 12. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 14, 5-7pm.
Steve Rossi is led by curiosity of materiality. Pattern, geometric abstraction, and the impact of color in space are overarching organizing principles as the artist explores intersections between sculpture, drawing, painting and photography.
Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and surrounded by family members involved in the building trades, as well as the empty hulking shells of former steel mills, Rossi was led to think about labor and social hierarchies from a particular vantage point. Hearing the stories from those affected, and seeing the impacts on whole neighborhoods as industrialized labor moved elsewhere, Rossi discovered early-on that there is an enormous amount of struggle coupled with beauty in the utilitarian world. He has always found sources of inspiration in materials and processes that serve practical functions.
Continuing to explore aesthetic interest in the utilitarian, as well as symbolic gestures through material choices, the Transitional Spaces series takes inspiration from the circular patterns created in the landscape by pivot irrigation practices utilized in the Great Plains region of the United States. When flying over this region, the marks of human intervention are on stark view and can be seen and experienced in ways not noticeable from the ground. The sheer scale is awe inspiring and unsettling.
Waterjet cut aluminum not only references these circular patterns, but also serves as a reference to this industrial nature of our food supply. Through the process of pivot irrigation, the demands of industrial agriculture are draining the Ogallala Aquifer more quickly than it can be naturally replenished. Through a mix of industrial and hand-made processes, this body of work raises questions around sustainability and the industrial nature of our food production, while also functioning as a tribute to the unseen manual labor in our food supply.
Water is also integrated as medium in a large central sculpture. Incorporating a physical water pump which viscerally makes the connection to water management issues surrounding industrial agriculture, the size of this work in the gallery space suggests the scale of irrigated fields when seen from above, such as from an airplane or satellite view. The use of aluminum as well as packing blankets in the work symbolize the transition of industrial, social, and economic development that this region has experienced. Actual soil from this region is incorporated as a visual element with the exposed earth suggesting a freshly plowed field, recently harvested, or ready for planting.
Steve Rossi received his BFA from Pratt Institute in 2000 and his MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2006. His work has been exhibited at Dorsky Curatorial Projects, Eco Art Space, NURTUREart, the Open Engagement Conference at the Queens Museum, Bronx Art Space, the Wassaic Project, the John Michael Kohler Art Center, and the Jules Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts among others. As a part-time faculty member, he has taught in the First Year Program at Parsons School of Design, the Sculpture Program and Art Education Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and in the Art Department at Westchester Community College. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Sculpture Program at St. Joseph’s University, and splits his time between Beacon, NY, and Philadelphia, PA.