Smack Mellon is pleased to present a group exhibition entitled "hash brown potatoes", curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud. The artists selected show work that reveals different visions on aspects of American culture and society. 

"hash brown potatoes" is the articulation of a critical distance regarding the cultural self-imaging of the United States of America. What is meant by "self imaging" is the process by which a culture presents itself in the symbolic-not to say political-world order. 

This is the land of the image; in the age of the banal and the artificial, in its recurrent fictitious claim to authenticity. "hash brown potatoes" is a kind of reportage on the brink of that fiction; a position of distance that intends to break the omnipresent blur of cultural products. What is saved, at all costs, is a solid principle of reality, a unified sense of the word "American". 

This exhibition is part of a continuing investigation of the subject by the curator and the artists.