Radical Plastic: Artist Conversation

Image: Carson Fisk-Vittori, detail from Weather pollination techniques: out of human visible range (2016); 78 x 36 x 36 inches; UV prints on aluminum, aluminum poles, bamboo, hand-formed plastic, lichen covered branch, lotus seed pod, digital camera, flexible tripod, negative ion showerhead, metal and plastic hardware and fixtures, velcro, water. Courtesy the artist.

Radical Plastic: Artist Conversation
Presented by Rachel Reese, Carson Fisk-Vittori, and Ria Roberts
Wednesday, July 13
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

Curatorial Intensive alumna Rachel Reese will present on Radical Plastic – on view this summer at CUE Art Foundation – together with artists Carson Fisk-Vittori and Ria Roberts, whose works are included in the exhibition. As a prelude to the exhibition, they will discuss some of the themes that underpin it and the strategies they use as curators and artists to navigate legacies of feminism and gender politics.

Radical Plastic features Becca Albee, Carolyn Carr, Catherine Czacki, Rachel Debuque, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Mia Goyette, Michelle Grabner, Ria Roberts, and Carolyn Salas—artists who employ formal visual languages to address human contexts including the problematics of bodies and gender-based constructs. Radical Plastic is an opportunity to reflect on the idea of “in-between-ness” through the work of artists who explore fluid and liminal areas.

Radical Plastic is presented by the CUE Art Foundation, New York and on view from July 16–August 20, 2016​. For more information about the exhibition and public programs:

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July 13, 2016

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Rachel Reese

Since 2020, Rachel Jobe Reese is Director and Curator of the Cress Gallery of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). From 2015-2019, Reese served as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Telfair Museums where she stewarded the permanent collection of modern and contemporary art, including the Kirk Varnedoe Collection, as well as organized 20 special exhibitions in the Jepson Center—including the retrospective and accompanying catalogue for Suzanne Jackson: Five Decades (Telfair Books, 2019), and solo exhibitions with Erin Johnson, Ken Ueno, Carrie Mae Weems, Paul Stephen Benjamin, William Wegman, Triple Candie, Nick Cave, and KCHUNG Radio, among others. Reese held prior positions at Atlanta Contemporary in Atlanta where she curated the 2015 exhibition Pratfall Tramps; Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia; and Deitch Projects, Petzel Gallery and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York. Reese is a 2014 ICI alumni; was a former editor of Burnaway magazine and responsible for the organization’s first print issue, and her writing and artist interviews have appeared in BOMB Daily, Temporary Art Review, TWELV Magazine, and Art Papers; she also published a free newsprint of artists’ writings called Possible Press from 2010–15. Reese has taught Critical Issues contemporary art courses at PAFA in Philadelphia and Georgia State University in Atlanta. She frequently guest curates, juries and lectures for nonprofit arts organizations nationally, and holds an MFA from City College in New York and a BFA from the University of Georgia.

Carson Fisk-Vittori

Carson Fisk-Vittori (b. Austin, TX) holds a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Fisk-Vittori currently lives and works in New York. Her constructed environments integrate images, artifacts and flora to analyze the complex interactions between humans and the dynamic landscape. Fisk-Vittori reveals the devices through which we experience and manipulate our environment, and analyzes our attempts to commodify the natural world. Her recent solo exhibition “Disturbance Ecology”, at Mon Cheri, Brussels, displayed an ecosystem of hypothetical weather machines, landscaping scenarios, and animal repellants. Fisk-Vittori has been included in exhibitions at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles; Galerie Valentin, Paris; Composing Rooms, Berlin; Rod Barton, London; Bodega, Philadelphia; Future Gallery, Berlin; NO Space, Mexico City, and Roots & Culture, Chicago. She has had solo exhibitions at Mon Cheri, Brussels; Important Projects, Oakland, and Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago. She is also part of the collective “Contemporary Floral Arrangement”.

Ria Roberts

Ria Roberts (b. Chicago, IL) holds a BFA in new media from University of Illinois Champaign Urbana and an MFA in graphic design from Yale University. Roberts currently lives and works in New York. Her work is about pleasures and anxieties at the intersections of intimacy, domesticity and material culture. Ongoing projects include Medium Cool, a holiday gift shop in Chicago, Oikos, a lifestyle magazine for realists, and Methods, a speculative contraceptive catalog, co-founded with Erin Knutson. Roberts is the founder of Leisure Press, a publishing group concerned with the relationships between leisure, labor and creative production. She has worked with The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Atlanta Contemporary, The Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, and Summer Forum, among others. She is currently a graphic designer for exhibitions at the Met and has taught at SUNY Purchase.

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