Fine Arts Gallery
SEPTEMBER 8 – NOVEMBER 22
GALLERY TALK WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 11 am – 1 pm
RECEPTION THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Combining two bodies of work, one sculptural and one photographic, and referencing a minimalist and modernist aesthetic, Organizational Forms questions contemporary notions of progress and failure while interrogating expectations of the hand-made and the mass-produced and attendant notions of permanence and ephemerality—encouraging viewers to explore and reexamine familiar associations with everyday spaces and objects.
In the Reciprocal Ladder series, the sculptural body of work, the utilitarian function and visual form of a ladder has been subverted for aesthetic and metaphorical purposes, while also serving as proxies for collective and individual identities—raising questions around other forms a “ladder of success” might embody, if it no longer had a familiar starting and ending point.
The Sidewalk Alchemy project, which involves using photography to document random patterns created by chewing gum on heavily trafficked sidewalks, seeks to re-examine familiar and overlooked relationships between social interactions and physical spaces. Gold leaf has been applied by hand to each photographic print, bringing attention to subtle but visible chewing gum remnants—memorializing these varied and complex examples of collective mark-making.
While the Reciprocal Ladders render the utilitarian dysfunctional and the Sidewalk Alchemy project seeks to monumentalize the overlooked, diverse surfaces, spaces, intentions, and histories are brought together to explore value and worth in contemporary culture while perhaps reacquainting us with the monumental mysteries of everyday life.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaina, Steve Rossi received his BFA from Pratt Institute and his MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz. His work has been exhibited at Dorsky Curatorial Projects, Eco Art Space, the Queens Museum Open Engagement Conference, Bronx Art Space, the Wassaic Project, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center among many others. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Arts Department at Westchester Community College as well as in the Sculpture Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Monday – Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm