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Ethan Breckenridge and Christopher Chiappa, Long Time, First Time and Swiss Cheese

Kate Werble Gallery
83 Vandam Street, 212-352-9700
October 4 - November 8, 2008
Reception: Saturday, October 4, 6 - 8 PM
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In Long Time, First Time, Ethan Breckenridge ’s sculpture takes the proverbial elephant out of the room and into the office. Using glass, dust, plants, shelving units, florescent lights, mirrors, and office carpet, he constructs a hermetic world within the gallery. The material is easily identifiable but the space in his architectural structures is displaced. Within an 8-foot sealed glass cube, plants continue to grow under florescent lights and they overwhelm one standard size folding office chair. Text written in dust fixed to a glass windowpane is an invitation that desires no response.

Christopher Chiappa’s new project using Swiss cheese is deceptively simple. Over the past several years he has collected slices of Swiss cheese in delis throughout the U.S. These slices of varying shapes and sizes are converted into computer files and blown up, then water jet cut out of aluminum. Finally, they are painted at an autobody shop to replicate the color and finish of real pieces of Swiss cheese. The end result is a system of sculpture with a strange mixture of reverence and skepticism.

Kate Werble Gallery opened in July 2008 with a group exhibition, Show 1. This exhibition will be the gallery’s third exhibition and the first in a series of 2-person shows extending into 2009.
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