Curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud and Organized by Mauricio Laffitte-Soler
Adam Ames, Adriana Ilian, Francois Bucher, Linda Cummings, Hilda Daniels. Peter Dudek, Amy Eschoo, Douglas Gillock, Anthony Goicolea, Peter Gould, Christopher K. Ho, Anna Sew Hoy, Timothy Hutchings, Nick Kline, Larry Krone, Jason Middlebrook, Lucas Monaco, Jonathon Podwill, Anton Vidokle, Micki Watanabe, and Mark Williams
June 15 to July 21, 2002
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.