Somewhere between the denial phase, the panic phase, and the complacency phase(s) of the yet-to-be-resolved COVID-19 pandemic, was a distinct and frenzied hoarding phase. After the thrill of posting apocalyptic photos of bare aisles and empty freezers wore off, we realized we were out of toilet paper. And now, we have a new appreciation sacks of flour, Clorox wipes and paper towel.
The backdrop of these market deficiencies, where this run on staples was on full, shameless display, was The Supermarket. Minnesota-based artist Patricio de Lara grapples with the role supermarkets play in our lives in a multi-media art exhibition called Supermarket. KFAI’s Sheila Regan spoke with DeLara about the exhibit and about how his work reveals juxtapositions in consumerism, food marketing and the grocery supply chain. Listen here:
In the exhibition, De Lara creates the feeling of a supermarket, both with his paintings, but also with grocery products, like bananas, peppers, toilet paper, bottled water, and an assortment of junk food placed in proximity of the paintings, creating a feeling that the exhibition takes place in an actual grocery store.
“So while it is about food and health and nourishing ourselves, and how we’re being nourished, it’s also about the systems that we’re unaware of that really control and dictate a lot of our lives,” said DeLara.
The exhibit runs three nights only in 2020, on October 22nd, November 5th and 19th, and December 3rd, from 5-7 pm, at the John and Denise Graves Foundation, located at 2929 Chicago Ave, Ste 100 in Minneapolis. Register at the exhibit’s Eventbrite link here.
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