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Offal

ABXY is pleased to announce Offal a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist, Arden Surdam. Opening June 27th, the photographs in Offal (denoting entrails or internal organs of a recently slaughtered animal) explore the gendered, classified, racially dissonant myths historically coded into our ideas about food.

Through Surdam’s lens, the absurd tension between gastronomical truth and tradition comes into focus. In her images, the artist stages raw ingredients like liver, ray fish, oysters, and dead birds in scenes, which recall the still life paintings of canonical masters like Chardin, Soutine, and Bacon. Set within the glorified compositions of traditional genre paintings, Surdam’s photographic still lifes playfully tempt and offend our appetites, inviting the viewer to consider the overarching cultural narratives responsible for our preposterously sugarcoated notions of taste.

In addition to food materials, the artist often interjects pages torn from vintage American cookbooks into her unruly table-scapes, posing the active decay of organic matter in conversation with the saccharine vernacular of culinary pop-culture. By juxtaposing conventional representations of food with the grotesque realities of the kitchen, Surdam reveals the ever-growing distance between farm and table, while exposing tropes deeply embedded into our concepts of class and cuisine.

For Offal, the artist will also present a site-specific installation, which includes a donut shaped algae tank, filled with the trending cyanobacteria, spirulina. Today used as a dietary supplement for both humans and livestock, the growth will mutate continuously throughout the duration of the show, reflecting the volatility of our collective tastes.

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Date

Jun 27 - Aug 30, 2019

Contact

lucy@abxy.co / aleigh@abxy.co / Instagram: @abxyles >

Photos

Installation view of Offal

ABXY, New York

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Installation view of Offal

ABXY, New York

Artworks

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Donut Tank

Animal Locomotion: Cape Lobster (your lobster is an athlete of no small pretensions)

Black Pudding

The Buffet

Caviar

Charcuterie

Chicken Hanging Before Red Wall

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Descending Fish

Liver Ii

Liver I

Picnic

Still Life with Duck

Still Life with Rayfish

Arden Surdam > <

Donut Tank

Animal Locomotion: Cape Lobster (your lobster is an athlete of no small pretensions)

Black Pudding

The Buffet

Caviar

Charcuterie

Chicken Hanging Before Red Wall

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Descending Fish

Liver Ii

Liver I

Picnic

Still Life with Duck

Still Life with Rayfish

Artists