Spinello Projects presents Cathedrals of Consumption, a curated group exhibition opening during Maison&Objet Americas international design fair. Exhibition will include works by Gabriele Beveridge, Andy Coolquitt, Kalup Linzy, Ad Minoliti, Bert Rodriguez, Amanda Ross-Ho, and Mika Rottenberg.
Cathedrals of Consumption transforms Spinello Projects’ main exhibition space into a quasi-home design showroom. The exhibition presents playful, yet considered works that use or transform found domestic articles into useless, occasionally absurdist, and sharply ironic permutations. These objects test and probe ideas of mass production, industrial design, consumerism and domestic ideology, straddling the border between applied design and contemporary art, but with a sense of self-awareness.
By recreating the spatial arrangements of a modern home, the exhibition identifies the politics and cultural economics of domesticity, but further highlights the constructed idea of the home according to corporate and capitalist design paradigms. Cathedrals of Consumption, a term coined by sociologist George Ritzer, are places (the home, the mall, cyberspace) that enchant and entice us to stay longer and consume further. While recreating forms of display, Cathedrals of Consumption addresses the commodification and branding of the artist, alongside prescribed aesthetics of exhibition design funneled into mainstream methods of visual merchandising.
Gabriele Beveridge was born in Hong Kong in 1985. She received her BA in Photography at Falmouth College of Arts, and graduated with an MA in Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2010. Recent solo exhibitions include at MOT International, Brussels, BE (2015), La Salle de bains, Lyons, France (2014), Elizabeth Dee, New York (2014), and Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK (2014). She lives and works in London.
Andy Coolquitt was born in Texas in 1964, and currently lives in Austin. He has had solo exhibitions at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, Oregon (2015); Lisa Cooley, New York (2014, 2012, 2010, 2008); Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna Austria (2014); 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria (2013); and the Blaffer Museum, University of Houston, Houston, Texas (2012). He has been an artist in residence at Artpace, San Antonio, Texas (Summer 2016); Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, Oregon (2015); and the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas (2013). His work is included in the collections of the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma; the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria; the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; and the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York.
Kalup Linzyis a video and performance artist born in Stuckey, Florida in 1977. Linzy received his MFA from the University of South Florida and also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been included in exhibitions Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Prospect.1 New Orleans, 30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, MoMA PS1 Greater New York, At Home/Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College. Linzy’s work is held in the public collections at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation grant, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, an Art Matters Grant, and The Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni Awards Residency. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Ad Minoliti has exhibited internationally at Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Bienale del Mercosur Mensajes de una Nueva America, Brazil, La Maison Rouge, Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, and the Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires. In 2013, Minoliti was awarded the Latin American Painting prize, selected from among six artists at ArteBA by Guggenheim curator of Latin American Art, Pablo León de la Barra, and has held artist residencies with RHIZOME.org, R.A.T (Mexico City), Quebracho, Inc. (New York), and The Artistic Research Center of Buenos Aires (EL CENTRO de Investigaciones Artísticas). Minoliti lives and works in Buenos Aires, where she is co-founder of PintorAs, a feminist collective of Argentinean artists.
Bert Rodriguez (born in 1975 and raised in Miami, FL) is an artist and composer who works with a wide range of media, and genres, including installation, performance, photography, sculpture, film, video, sound and tenderness. He uses various methods to translate his ideas, which explore the relationship existing between art and audience. He received a BFA in Painting from New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL, and also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. Bert Rodriguez’s work has been shown widely nationally and abroad, including exhibitions at several prestigious institutions, such as in New Work Miami 2010, at the Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL; IN YOUR OWN IMAGE: The Best of Bert Rodriguez Greatest Hits Vol. I at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; Whitney Biennial (2008), at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; At This Time (2005), at the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL; and Becoming Father, Becoming Infant (2004), at the Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Amanda Ross-Ho was born in Chicago in 1975. She received her MFA from University of Southern California, Los Angeles and a BFA from School for the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent solo exhibitions include at Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France (2015), Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, OH (2015), Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2013). Her work has been included in exhibitions at Kadist Foundation, François Ghebaly Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Brand New Gallery, Roberts & Tilton, Blum and Poe, Cherry and Martin, Hammer Museum, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Whitney Museum of American Art for the 2008 Whitney Biennial. She is currently featured in No Man’s Land at the Rubell Family Collection. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Mika Rottenberg was born in Buenos Aires in 1976. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2004. Recent solo exhibitions include Shishang Art Musuem, Beijing, China; Jupiter Artland Foundation, Edinburgh, UK; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel. She has exhibited at institutions including Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMOMA, Museum Leuven, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, ICA Boston, Boston, MA, Moderna Museet Malmo, Malmo, Sweden, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Rottenberg has participated in the Whitney Biennial 2008, 13th Istanbul Biennial (curated by Fulya Erdemci ), Taipei Biennial 2014 (curated by Nicolas Bourriaud), and the Venice Biennial 2015 (curated by Okwui Enwezor). She lives and works in New York City.
- Amanda Ross-Ho, Untitled Textile Arrangement (TOWEL RACK XL #2), 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Spinello Projects
- Installation view of The "living room" in “Cathedrals of Consumption”, with works by Kalup Linzy, left, Andy Coolquitt and Ad Minliti. Courtesy of the artists and Spinello Projects