Deborah Oropallo + Andy Rappaport: Reckoning
Rivalry Projects is delighted to present Deborah Oropallo + Andy Rappaport: Reckoning as our first exhibition of 2023. This exhibition centers a suite of composite video works by Oropallo and Rappaport, along with photomontages. Oropallo has collaborated on video works with Andy Rappaport since 2017; her photomontages layer visual sources producing dense interplay between time, place, form, and content. This exhibition is on view January 13-February 24, 2023. Join us for an Opening Reception for this exhibit on Friday, January 13, 2023 from 5:00-9:00 PM.
Rivalry Projects will be open with amended hours from 2:00-7:00 PM Wednesday-Friday, and 11:00-5:00pm Saturday through the run of the exhibit to optimize the screening experience for Oropallo and Rappaport’s videos.
Join us for an artist talk and screening of additional video works by Oropallo + Rappaport on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 7:00 PM. The talk will be held in person with the artists joining virtually. For more information on this exhibit and additional programming contact Gallery Director, Ryan Arthurs at email@example.com.
Upon entering the gallery, viewers encounter a cycle of three videos by Oropallo and Rappaport with MELTDOWN (2018), CRUDE (2018), and RECKONING (2020), each of which are a single channel video with 2-channel sound. Set against an unsettled sky, Oropallo and Rappaport’s RECKONING depicts over 200 felled and defaced monuments to America’s Confederacy, white supremacy, and global colonialism. Sourced from online reportage and news sites, RECKONING reimagines these historical statues as monuments that reflect the present moment: toppled and splattered with paint, a corrective gesture that the artists note “references the blood that stains the hands of a white hegemony that has used these statues as visual weapons that glorify the subjugation and discrimination of BIPOC populations worldwide.”
Rivalry Projects is a commercial art gallery and arts production space located at 106 College Street in Buffalo’s historic Allentown neighborhood. Rivalry is founded on the competing motivations of artist and curator, Ryan Arthurs, to create an arts space that can function as both a site of exhibition and production of contemporary art. Rivalry exhibits emerging, mid-career and underrepresented artists working in all media.