Other than the art, of course, one of the things Alex Goldstein likes best about his new gallery, the Fridge, is the potential for some catchy sayings. “You know, ‘Chillin’ at the Fridge,’ ‘Heating Up,’ ‘Leftovers,’” he says. “The gallery is meant to be an incubator for new talent.” So named because the former photography studio off of an Eastern Market area alleyway looked like a refrigerator that had toppled over, Goldstein aims to make 8th Street SE a new art destination. The Fridge will be an art school for underprivileged local kids by day (run by local nonprofit Albus Cavus), and a gallery and performance space by night. Indeed, some raucous opening nights are in the Fridge’s immediate future: The space features a towering DJ booth that dominates the bright, sky-lit space. First on Gold’s roster: street artist and Pink Line Project favorite Decoy, née Alicia Cosnahan, whose feminine, wheatpasted portraits can be found across D.C. Decoy most recently collaborated on the giant, block-long Edgewood mural; she told the Washington Post that her painting was intended to “represent the good times.” So, too, is her autobiographical and iconographic show at the Fridge, where Decoy will look back on a lifetime of Catholic schooling with fond memories (yes, really).
The Exhibition is on view 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. Monday to Friday and noon to 6 P.M. Saturday and Sunday, from Sept. 19 to Oct. 10 at the Fridge, 516 8th St. SE, Rear Alley. Free. 202-664-4151.