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Chicken Soup is Not Good for Your Soul

Jun 05 | Sat |
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Throughout his career, Sam Tufnell has tried to resolve the issue between monumentality and sculpture. Over the years, his subject matter has devolved more and more into a kind of anti-monumentality until with this exhibition, he tears down the monumentality of our chicken soup mystic. The video installation, “CHICKEN SOUP IS NOT GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL,” is comprised of a series of disintegrating phases and objects that the artist has sculpted. Made from real chicken soup, the letters slide down into mush, only to come up again, ready for the next collapse, transforming into a different phrase or object such as the artist’s own head or an appearing still life of a bottle and rubber duckies.

The FiveMyles Plus/Space, where the video is installed, has the advantage of opening up onto the sidewalk. A latticed steel gate keeps it safely locked but lets the video/exhibition to be seen for 24 hours a day.

Sam Tufnell has previously shown his work in solo exhibitions at FiveMyles, Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, and IV Gallery in Los Angeles. Currently, his public installation Gnome Mountain is on display in High Falls, NY and he has participated in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs including Volta in 2020, Cornell Art Museum in Florida and Cube Art Fair’s New York edition earlier this month. 

Directions: Take the 2, 3, 4 or 5 trains to Franklin Ave. in Brooklyn. Walk two blocks against the traffic on Franklin, turn left into St. Johns Place. Walk ½ block to FiveMyles.

Gallery Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Or by appointment: 718-783-4438

For further information, please contact Hanne Tierney ([email protected]) or Breanna Suden ([email protected]).

Venue: FiveMyles

558 St Johns Place Map