Paradigm Gallery is pleased to present Second Shift, a solo exhibition of new work by Philadelphia artist Lauren Rinaldi. Self-constructed “Fashion Plates” inspired by the popular Takara Tomy brand 80s/90s-era toy serve as the basis for Rinaldi’s updated compositions of everyday women. Societal expectations, impossible aspirations, and the never-ending laundry heap of women’s labor in the home and workplace come together in Second Shift. Rinaldi modifies the idealistic scenes of her childhood fashion plates to reflect the complex reality behind the archetype of “having it all.” Interchangeable, handmade stencils of heads, torsos, and legs offer 261 possible combinations for a range of diverse composites that only begin to approximate the wide breadth of women’s experiences. Visitors to the gallery will be invited to make their own designs using Rinaldi’s fashion plates as a framework to construct their unique visions. Second Shift will open on Friday, September 23, with an opening reception from 5:30-8:00 PM, and will be on view through Sunday, October 23.
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Lauren Rinaldi (b. 1983, Brooklyn, NY) is an American artist living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She studied painting and drawing at Tyler School of Art, where she earned her BFA in 2006. Since then, her solo shows have included Representative (2020); Still Standing (2018); Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters (2015); At Arm’s Length (2014); and An Accidental Masterpiece (2011), all at Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia and she has exhibited her work extensively in group shows throughout the United States. In 2012, Rinaldi completed The City of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program's Training Program and she then apprenticed under muralist Cesar Viveros. She has since worked on a number of public and private murals in the city. In addition to her active studio practice, Lauren is a mother and is involved in local political organizing and volunteering.
Paradigm Gallery + Studio was established in 2010 by co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston. The gallery exhibits meaningful, process-intense contemporary artwork from around the world. Paradigm Gallery is globally recognized and known as a tastemaker within the greater Philadelphia arts community. As the gallery grows, it maintains its original mission to keep art accessible. Through monthly donations, free public art installations, and initiatives like Insider Picks, Paradigm Gallery continues to be a champion of small businesses and emerging and mid-career artists.