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September 19, 2016

The Triple Carbs Society (The Built-in Kitchen Of M. Duchamp)

SMU Meadows School of the Arts
Marco Bruzzone, Study for Noodle-Doodle, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

The Pollock Gallery of the Division of Art at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents The Triple Carbs Society (The Built-In Kitchen of M. Duchamp) by Marco BruzzoneSeptember 10 through October 22, 2016.

The Built-In Kitchen of M. Duchamp was conceived as an environment in which people can reenact Marcel Duchamp’s supposedly typical meal after he moved to New York: a simple plate of pasta with butter and cheese. The exhibit will feature a built-in kitchen that will be used every day at lunchtime to cook spaghetti with butter and cheese for the public. In order to test the hardness of the pasta, each day a single strand of spaghetti will be thrown against the wall of the gallery space. A 13-foot-long, Judd-style picnic table will be laminated with noodle-doodle, a graphic conceived by Bruzzone that recreates the form of the individual strands of spaghetti thrown on the walls. The laminate covering the table boards is produced and sponsored by the historic Italian company Abet Laminati. Last year, Bruzzone presented a solo exhibition in Berlin in which he created a series of emojis based on the Bacterio laminate design pattern originally produced by Abet Laminati for E. Sottsass in 1978.

“Visitors are invited to experience this simple meal that was transformed into the artist’s body, his ideas and ultimately a sort of readymade conceptual form,” says Sofia Bastidas, 2016–17 Pollock Curatorial Fellow. “Visitors aren’t looking at the art, but are part of it—and are making art and becoming art as they eat pasta.”

According to Bruzzone, the work hopes to challenge the security and identity of a new/cheap/kitschy middle-class American dining environment with what might be its direct opposite—minimalist references that, by default, clash with the American middle-class notion of art.

Sponsors of the exhibition are Abet Laminati and Dallas-based Jimmy’s Food Store.

 

About the artist
Berlin-based artist Marco Bruzzone (Genoa, 1974) studied biology at the University of Genoa and photography and new technologies at the Bauer Institute in Milan. He runs the Beyond, a gallery in the hollow of a platanus tree in Berlin. His work is primarily conceptual, often exploring the relationship between people and food and other general elements crossing people’s bodies, often expressed through the mediums of painting, sculpture and performance. His work is represented by the Berlin gallery Gillmeier Rech and is exhibited regularly in international institutions and galleries.

About the curator
Curator and art historian Sofia Bastidas (Ecuador, 1987) graduated from Florida International University. She founded and directed Dwelling Projects (2012–15) and co-organized TVGOV, a company that aims to direct government toward preservation of territory on land and at sea. In addition, she developed Port to Port, a curatorial endeavor facilitating multi- and inter-disciplinary practices between global port cities. She is also assistant curator of the Meadows Prize-winning New Cities, Future Ruins and is developing an informal initiative, the society of something.

About the Pollock Gallery
The Pollock Gallery, part of the Division of Art at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, exhibits work by students and faculty members as well as emerging and established local, national and international artists, serving as a platform for the dissemination of ideas and discourse related to historical, modern and contemporary arts practices.

Gallery hours are 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. For more information, call T 214 768 4439 or visit the website.

 

SMU Meadows School of the Arts presents The Triple Carbs Society (The Built-in Kitchen Of M. Duchamp)

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