This is an installation currently showing in our living room. We call it "Refrigerator, circa 2006." The refrigerator, of course, is much older. But see how its ironic placement in the living room of a contemporary dwelling calls attention to its status as a practical rather than an aesthetic object. Look for further objects in this series, including "Garbage Can with Cantaloupe and Shell Sink" and "Bathroom Storage: An Inquiry."
This is the object that shall henceforth be referred to as "The Thousand Dollar Fridge" as in (imagine this in Middlebrow's voice), "Hey honey, would you grab me a light beer from The Thousand Dollar Fridge?"
See, at first MB didn't understand the allure of the adjustable shelves. Not just adjustable, but adjustable half shelves. And the door that can store, like, five jars of unnecessary olives and pickles. And, as you can see, chocolate syrup, three bottle of sesame oil (??), and so many different kinds of salad dressing it boggles the mind.
MB now understands the allure of this particular fridge. "Hey!" he said. "You could fit a whole case of beer in here." Of course. When one wants to convince the husband to buy an overly expensive appliance, think of your audience. Shouldn't I know this? Don't I teach this to my students?
Here, then, is how we spent the afternoon: moving the acceptable food items from the old, sad, white fridge to the new, gleaming stainless steel fridge.
We've almost joined the world of grown ups. Almost.