Process and Progress: Mary Mattingly and Michael Cataldi

Process and Progress: Mary Mattingly and Michael Cataldi

On View from March 29, 2013 – April 27, 2013

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March 29 - April 27, 2013


Location: 305 E. 140th Street, #1A, Bronx, NY 10454

Reception: Friday, March 29, 6-8pm

Music Performance: Refuse Music Collective, Friday, March 29, 8-9pm


Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) is proud to announce Process and Progress: Mary Mattingly & Michael Cataldi, the fourth in the series of five exhibitions that invites artists and architects to engage with systems of urban development in the Bronx and beyond. Process and Progress is presented in BRAC's temporary gallery space at 305 East 140th Street, #1A, Bronx, while our permanent facility in West Farms is undergoing renovation.((The exhibition series, Process and Progress: Engaging in Community Change, highlights the Bronx River Art Center's development during a time of significant structural and cultural change in the borough. BRAC's major building renovation project, now underway, is leading the way for more environmentally sustainable and technologically advanced designs within the West Farms Community. At the same time, the surrounding area has become home to new and imminent urban development projects that plan to dramatically alter the landscape and its residential makeup. A proposed real estate development located across the street from BRAC's facility will be the largest housing complex initiative in the Bronx since Co-op City, one of the largest cooperative housing developments in the world. In addition, the West Farms Rapids section of the Bronx River Greenway, slated to open alongside our facility in the near future, will allow direct access to the river and will link BRAC with the Bronx Zoo and other important sites in the borough along a new corridor of green space. These developments will inevitably transform the social fabric and cultural composition of our community.

Artist and architect Mary Mattingly and Michael Cataldi have individually researched these and other urban development projects in the West Farms area during a focused one-month period. For the fourth exhibition in the series Process and Progress, the artists created new works that are directly informed by their time engaged with the neighborhood.


As metaphor for the current cycle of rebuilding in this part of the Bronx, Mary Mattingly is collecting objects around West Farms and the Bronx River Art Center to build a new artistic form, narrating a not-so-distant future when resources largely exist in landfills and preexisting objects are repurposed to build our surroundings. Objects discarded around the neighborhood may

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imply stories about the individuals who once owned them, but say more about the framework of production, distribution, human wants, human needs, and the larger advertising apparatus. How are our exteriors, tools, and relationships reflected by daily commerce? While each object carries its own narrative of identification, travel, and traumas with it, individual stories merge along the route of production and can reach a communal understanding about a place when accumulated.

Michael Cataldi’s project, Disposition, explores the provenance of place and image. The works center around a site, 1525 West Farms Road, an address without a building, a thin slice of land, a natural rock wall overgrown with weeds and bearing the chisel marks of forgotten labors. Disposition –the legal act of transferring property– takes as its subject the transfer of this site from state property to private property where it will be incorporated into the largest housing development built in the city since 1968.

Music Performance

After the reception on Friday March 29th, the Refuse Music Collective will perform original music on self-invented musical contraptions made from recycled objects. The performance will begin at 8pm. Musician/instrument inventor Terry Dame will be joined by fellow inventor performers Daniel Jodacy and William McIntyre to perform a live set on their original musical creations such as the Sitello, Spokarp, Rubarp, Birano, Balloon Basoon Organ, Tape Drum and more. Expect the unexpected as this promises to be a feast for the ears and eyes.

 

 

This project is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council on the Arts, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation's Art and Technology Program, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Majority Leader Joel Rivera, and the Bronx Delegation of the New York City Council.