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Mike Bouchet

Maccarone | 630 Greenwich Street

The press release for Mike Bouchet’s The New York Dirty Room (all works 2005) mimics the information sheet for Walter De Maria’s The New York Earth Room, 1977, that the Dia Foundation, which maintains it, makes available. It’s a brief tract that intones, in the same font, layout, and stately manner, the title of the work and its dimensions, provenance, and pedigree. Of course, with Bouchet’s brand-new work as its subject, much of this information feels cheekily presumptuous, but this is entirely in keeping with the spirit of the project.

Dirty Room was a rank installation made entirely of dirt: fifty thousand pounds of topsoil from Home Depot and twenty-five thousand pounds of compost from Rikers Island. At Maccarone, the dirt was piled into a waist-high container that filled most of the gallery’s first-floor space. A narrow pathway allowed visitors to walk alongside the work and examine

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