It is with great anticipation that ART 101 announces the opening of the next exhibition, “42 REFRIGERATORS” a photographic installation by Steven Samet.
The opening reception is on Friday May 16 from 6 to 9 pm and the show runs through June 15th. Steven Samet has been photographing refrigerators for eight years; the works in this exhibition are selected from images made in the past year.
Mr. Samet, a native New Yorker, took drawing and painting classes through high school, went on to The Pratt Institute, the Art Students League, and L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. His work has been exhibited at the Musee du Columbier, in Ales, France, as well as museums, universities, and galleries in the U.S.
This body of work provokes discussion from myriad points of view: the purely sociological, the conceptual, the use of single images; the eye of the photographer, the revelation of the open door, to list but a few.
In response to the question, “Why refrigerators?” Samet’s off-the-cuff response momentarily transcends our earthbound scrutiny.
“Although there is one unique Refrigerator in each of my pictures, that seemingly overpowering fact is quite irrelevant to the truth that my work is really about Fire and Ice…and what I wish to present are great historical tableaux; here the afterglow of a battle on the Thames, there the wounded ironclad nearly obscured in the vapors of battle…sometimes the pictures portray an Aristocracy, cloaked in velvet and trimmed in gold and silver…and here find the Cherubim’s chubby arms, smooth as Cheese-Whiz…there a Chapel, surfaces all of Fresco, Heaven is open, and Angels are ascending…and now here is the Vanitas-Still-Life, and there a Later Breakfast –Piece and there a take out Banquet-Piece…and it is all the Japanese Print…and then we find One Simple Vessel, made of Styrofoam, perfectly rendered, as if it wants to be in the corner of the background of a painting by Chardin.”