Cordeiro & Healy exhibit in Washington - Art Collector

Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, T+85_blue, 2010, Lego, 113 x 160cm. Photo: Ryuchi Maruo. Courtesy: the artists

28 November 2011 | This week Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy’s first United States solo exhibition opens in Washington DC.

The project has been commissioned by the Corcoran Art Gallery, America’s largest privately funded art museum.

Occupying two spaces at the Corcoran, Cordeiro and Healy’s project consists of a site-specific installation called
Are we there yet? and a number of wall works built with Lego that continue the series Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going, Why.

The central installation is built out of everyday food supplies like cereal and soft drinks. The artists chose the most popular grocery items in America and calculated how much food an everyman astronaut would need to make the 520-day journey to Mars – at 3,800 calories per day, a total of 1,976,000 calories.

Beatrice Gralton, the curator and organiser of the exhibition notes: “This particular project explores the symbolism of space travel alongside the reality of consumerism.

“Healy and Cordeiro create art that examines the human experience, and it is layered with references to film, art history, literature, and pop culture.”

The exhibition runs from 3 December 2011 to 11 March 2012 at the Corcoran Art Gallery and College of Art & Design in Washington DC.

Jane O'Sullivan

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