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I laughed, I cried…well, not exactly, but I had over 24 square feet of fun as the RefrigeCurator for photographer and boutique gallerist Yorgos Efthymiadis’ brainchild The Curated Fridge this month! As it turned out, our frequent urgings netted a bounty of submissions, making my job not only fun but tough. If you’re interested in how I made my choices, read on! And if you’re just curious to see some of the wonderful imagery that made it onto the Fridge this turn, read on! Here are some of the 51 photographs on view through January 2017 at the famed Curated Fridge in Somerville, Massachusetts and, more conveniently, at http://www.thecuratedfridge.com/Fridge-Shows-1/Dec-2016-Jan-2017
In my perennial search for the meaning of life, I dreamt my version of The Curated Fridge would resonate with stunning eloquence and deep significance, an entirely irrational goal for an open call. So I relied instead on a practical approach, trying my best to create a mellifluous display of images, reading the panels from top to bottom and left to right. The top of the left refrigerator panel begins with a series of B&W portraits and continues with an exploration of adornments and disguises that alter the way we see and are seen by others.
The top of the right refrigerator panel features colorful images containing humor and/or irony, transitioning into more abstract imagery with an accentuated interplay of colors and patterns.
The bottom refrigerator panel has an even greater emphasis on related forms and palettes in photographs that range from the human figure to landscape. In addition to comprising an appealing ensemble, each photograph on The Curated Fridge succeeds individually in conveying a clear idea with strong graphic design.
But wait, there’s more! During a fundraiser at the Photographic Resource Center in Boston last winter, Susan Lapides won the drawing for a solo exhibit on one side of this month’s Curated Fridge. It features a special display of nine photographs excerpted from Lapides’s Western Isles of the Bay of Fundy solo exhibit at the Saint John Arts Center in New Brunswick, Canada during the summer of 2016. That show featured 35 photographs taken over the past 18 years depicting the stark natural splendor and changing way of life for the fishing communities of New Brunswick. Susan and I co-curated this distillation of her project to reflect both the glory and serenity of this pristine maritime location and the spirited lives of its hardy residents.
My sincere gratitude to every photographer who submitted work to The Curated Fridge this go-round and many congratulations to the artists whose work appears on the Fridge in December and January: Susan Lapides, Silke Hase, Susan Lirakis, Norman Borden, Gary Beeber, Leah Frances, Shelley Doss, Ralph Mercer, Bill Clark Greg Heins, Annette Grant, Becky Ramotowski, Dale Niles, Carole Glauber, David Neff, Deborah Saul, Nikki Gardner, Frank Armstrong, Francis Crisafio, Jerry Takigawa Greg Jundanian, Joel Rhymer, Jiayi Liu, Nick Pacino, Nicola Jayne Maskrey, Patricia Christakos, Penelope Stone, Sage Brousseau, Samantha Johnson, Sally Chapman, Sheri Lynn Behr, Suzanne Révy, Stella Hermanovska, Tara Wray, Vangelis Tzertzinis and Zia Ayub.
For more information about The Curated Fridge, including how to submit your work, go to: http://www.thecuratedfridge.com/Fridge-Shows-1/About
Feature Image: Creator and Director of The Curated Fridge, Yorgos Efthmiadis, catches me in the act of RefrigeCurating this month’s exhibit (photo by Susan Lapides).