Guarded Opinions 9


“Kids and adults all have a strong reaction to this piece. A lot of them are just amazed. They ask questions about the logistics, like “Do they cook?” or “Who empties the toilet?” and they wonder out loud about whether they could manage it themselves. Aldrich is in Ridgefield, which has some big, lavish homes, so the questions that this piece pose are about how can you make do with less, and how you cooperate in a domestic setting. Some visitors say they just couldn’t do it.”—Ryan Scails

For the 9th installment of our long-running series edited by Paul VanDeCarr, we invited Ryan Scails and Tessa Rosenstein, two attendants from the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, to provide commentary on works from two recent exhibitions. 

Tessa Rosenstein, who received an M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh, is a Curatorial Associate and Project Coordinator at Cynthia Byrnes Contemporary Art. She has been a gallery assistant at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Castor Gallery, and Joshua Linder Gallery. She is based in Pawling, NY.

Hailing from Bethel, Connecticut, artist Ryan Scails is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia, PA. He is an M.F.A. Candidate in Fibers and Material Studies at Temple University. He received a B.F.A. from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. His exhibitions include ForGround at Peer to Peer, Los Angeles, CA; High Beams at TSA LA, Los Angeles, CA; Touching Down Lightly at Moonmist, Houston, TX; and a solo show titled Another Now at SARDINE, Brooklyn, NY. Ryan has attended residencies at MASSMoCA, Textile Arts Center, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry program.

Paul VanDeCarr is a writer, editor, and trainer for UN agencies and other leading NGOs. He received his M.P.A. from Harvard Kennedy School. He lives and works in New York City.