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Nancy Lupo, Super Realistic Deluxe Salmon, 2015, Bumbo baby floor seats, Soylent (open-source formula 1.0), Magic-Smooth, imitation sushi, 10 × 42 × 15".

Nancy Lupo

Wallspace

Nancy Lupo, Super Realistic Deluxe Salmon, 2015, Bumbo baby floor seats, Soylent (open-source formula 1.0), Magic-Smooth, imitation sushi, 10 × 42 × 15".

Arresting, disconcerting, and nominally childproof, the centerpiece of Nancy Lupo’s debut exhibition at Wallspace was a suite of sculptures composed of Bumbo-brand baby floor seats (all works 2015). These small, ergonomic plastic chairs were arranged on the floor in short chains of three, four, and five, and sat variously upside down or right-side up. They also looked unnervingly sticky: Lupo covered the seats in Soylent 1.0, the beige, mineral-rich meal-replacement paste invented by a group of impoverished tech entrepreneurs in San Francisco, who released it as an open-source recipe. Each chain is topped off with a particular type of plastic imitation sushi (hence the sculptures’ titles, e.g., Super Realistic Deluxe Tuna or Snapper). The chains were positioned so that they created a broken ring on the floor, their vaguely molar-like forms and arrangement suggesting a set of teeth.

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