For HUNGER IS THE BEST SAUCE, Isaac Brest has constructed two independent, sitespecific installations. Structural components are revealed, presenting utilitarian realities as formal relationships. Preparatory labor is commissioned, unaware of its ultimate contribution.
In recognizing that which is normally overshadowed by the objects it supports, a selfless surface has been given its due reverence. Set amongst a bright yellow backdrop of fiberglass sheathing, a harbinger of contemporary urban development and forward progression, three framed segments of gallery wall remain unencumbered, devoid of branding and design, relinquished from their predetermined duty —to bear the art object. This emancipation helps disclose histories of exhibition programming, as doctored drywall and spackled screw holes peer through coat after coat of Benjamin Moore Regal®Select Super White Flat paint.
An arrangement of paintings are forged by the decision to abstain from painting. Five works expose the honest details entombed behind the gallery wall, extracting a functional composition never intended to be viewed by the general public. Sheets of drywall, precolored by factory specification, are prepared for painting by professional laborers, only to be preserved before their irrevocable concealment.
*In a side room, four types of specialty drywall, some American, some European, are framed in their original state.
Contribution by Domenico de Chirico.
Isaac Brest - Hunger is the best sauce
Howard St, June 18 - July 17