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Christy Rupp

Tandem Pursuits: Armor and Ichthyology 
Glyndor Gallery | September 15–December 1, 2013

Cardboard Bottom Fishes: Himantolophus groenlandicus, Photocorynus spiniceps, Lasiognathus saccostoma, Linophryne arborifera and Melanocetus niger, 1983
Cardboard and paint
Each fish approximately 18” x 24” x 6”
Courtesy of the artist

Christy Rupp creates work in a variety of media that brings awareness to environmental issues, including bioengineering, wasteful consumption and pollution. Her pieces often co-opt the advertising and mass-messaging techniques of the corporations and institutions she is critiquing. In this work, Rupp draws a connection between environmental degradation and the politicians behind the detrimental policies enacted under President Ronald Reagan. The snarled and unsightly bottom fishes are caricatures or stand-ins for these public figures. Rupp’s environmental commentary is heightened by the accuracy of the fish depicted, a reflection of the artist’s own interest and affection for the natural world.

Rupp’s work has been shown widely in the New York area, including at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; Elizabeth Foundation Gallery, New York, NY; Exit Art, New York, NY; ABC No Rio, New York, NY; and the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. She previously showed work at Wave Hill as part of the exhibition Insecta Magnifica (2002). Rupp received a BA from Colgate University and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Cardboard Bottom Fishes: Himantolophus groenlandicus, Photocorynus spiniceps, Lasiognathus saccostoma, Linophryne arborifera and Melanocetus niger, 1983
Cardboard and paint
Each fish approximately 18” x 24” x 6”
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Ken Goebel

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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