Eat Your Art Out at “The Burger Show”

The Laundromat Gallery in Bushwick launches its 2009 season with a grill-off featuring conceptual burgers by nine local artists.

poster for The Burger Group Show

The Burger Group Show

at The Laundromat
in the Bushwick area
This event has ended - (2009-08-08)

In Oddly Enough by Teri Duerr 2009-08-07 print

Sarah McDougald Kohn, ''The Rachel Harrison.'' Image courtesy of The Laundromat Gallery.

If you’re around Saturday August 8th, head over to Kevin Curran and Amy Lincoln’s underground art space, The Laundromat Gallery, for an art history/concept BBQ that promises to be the tastiest show of the summer. The grill masters include a mix of Laundromat artists from the gallery’s inaugural 2008 season and the coming fall lineup. Each will be competing to take home the top burger prize.

Diners will be able to order such delicacies as The Robert Smithson Burger, a classic example of the “burgerworks” genre, and The Dudes Green Chile Cheese Super Burrito, which may, or may not, earn presentation points for being served inside of a beer can. All “pieces” from the group show menu range between $5-$20, and are recommended for pairing with canned beer and chips. Guests will each receive a copy of the menu, which The Laundromat shared in advance with NY Art Beat.

The Burger Group Show Menu

THE ATZ BURGER $10
In this burger, fashioned by artist Liz Atzberger, concentric rings of red onions are both embedded within and encompass the finest ground beef. The allium rings not only infuse their distinctive flavor into the burger as it cooks, they also call to mind the classic description of infinite nature of the universe as an infinite onion, with its center everywhere and circumference nowhere. Being thusly combined with the meat of the bovine, the twain bring to mind the evanescence of the flesh in the context of the infinite. This culinary “memento mori” is placed upon a pedestal of focaccia and served with a soothing balm of caper and mustard aioli. It is garnished with nasturtium leaves and flowers as well as tomatoes grown in a community garden in fair Bushwick*; a reminder that although life is fleeting, the resplendent beauty of the natural world and the good genius of companionship make life worth living. *Trees not Trash garden, corner of McKibbin and Bogart.

THE MOTHERWELL – ANOTHER ELEGY $7
From Chris Deo: Two thick slabs of dense bread, brushed with olive oil and spice, encasing a juicy slice of beafsteak tomato, a grilled portobello mushroom cap stuffed with garlic and topped with a divine chunk of sharp cheddar.

THE RACHEL HARRISON $12
From Sarah McDougald Kohn: A deliciously juicy burger made from ground buffalo and pork with hints of garlic sits on a brioche bun bottom. Stacked on top is bacon, a fried green tomato and lettuce. The whole stack is then speared with stacked pickle slices, cheddar cheese cubes, olives and a plastic soldier. Deeeelish.

AN HOMAGE $TBA
From Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, to Dali…. Joe Protheroe offers this Spanish masterpiece to thee: finely minced beef, seasoned with cumin, cinnamon, olive oil, garlic, and cilantro. Situated on a dinner plate next to the crisped potatoes, and way over yonder, a cold beer…. The bun pleaded to the tomato… Do what you must, but lay off of my ground steer! After being grilled to perfection, the seasoned patty is topped with smoked piquillo pepper, shaved shallot, sliced tomato, chopped parsley and fierce Valdeon blue cheese. Served on a baguette, accompanied with shoestring potatoes. Don’t mess with the bull, young man. You’ll get the horns.

THE CHEESY BURGER $20
From Maria Walker: Pure American cheese tops a bulbous face of a rabbit-monkey burger in tribute to the great, cheesy American artist, Jeff Koons. With a saccharine smile made of crinkled pickles, mustard, and ketchup, what more could a true American want from the classic hamburger? A fluffy bun fit with a cottontail tops off the burger, to make for a lite and fun! eating experience.

THE ROBERT SMITHSON BURGER $TBA
From Jonathan Allmaier: The Robert Smithson burger is a classic example of the “burgerworks” genre, using raw materials (meat) found in nature, but arranged in a spiral shape, investigating the relationship between the natural and the man-made. The spiral burger is situated in its natural habitat, the bun, but this bun is broken up by the insertion of highly reflective mirror-pickles, which serve to both disrupt and further the continuity of the inhabited bun-scape. In Smithson’s own words, “The best sites for ‘burger art’ are sites that have been disrupted by industry, reckless urbanization, or nature’s own devastation.” Thus, the Bushwick rooftop the artist has chosen for this sited work cannot be separated from the burger itself. Finally, the artist’s interest in the temporal is highlighted by the fact that the burgerwork will, in fact, be eaten.

THE BURGER BOAT $9
From Ianthe Jackson: Come sail away to imaginary landscapes on Ianthe Jackson’s burger boat ride. A deliciously seasoned burger filling a portside/starboard side pita with condiment ropes, vegetable sails and seats. The burger boat sails on a blue vinyl river toward your most fantastical daydream.

THE DUDES GREEN CHILE CHEESE SUPER BURRITO BURGER $9
From Ben Godward: This Burger is compressed inside of a beer or Coke can stuffed with green chiles and a blend of fine cheeses. Thrown on the grill until time, drenched in a special recipe sauce that is HOT, then the tube of meat is wrapped lovingly in lettuce and a tortilla. Served with ice cold contents of the can. Specify Coke or Tecate.

THE BERNINI BURGER (not for sale)
Crafted in honor of the 17th-century Italian Baroque sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini, this burger conveys a sense of motion, the suppleness of its materials and a dramatic flair. A beef patty, fleshy and rounded, surmounted by flowing draperies of prosciutto, a cloud of goat cheese, and a splash of the finest extra virgin olive oil. St. Teresa herself never felt such an ecstasy as this burger will provide.

Teri Duerr

Teri Duerr. Teri lives in Brooklyn where she co-runs Horse+Dragon NYC, a boutique agency that puts creative talents to work on publicity, editing, design, and events/exhibitions for artists, writers and nonprofit friends. She has spent much of the last year launching publicity campaigns for films at Tribeca, Sundance, SXSW, MoMA, and for television broadcast. In addition to being a contributing editor for the highly dubious culture publication Chief Magazine, and a book reviews editor for Mystery Scene, she spent four years as director and editorial mentor for the Minneapolis teen girls’ magazine Chicas in the Mix, followed In 2000 by editor in chief posts at events & culture magazines Tokyo Scene and Kansai Scene in Japan. Her editorial and photo production work has appeared in places like Best Life, The Source, Men’s Health, Organic Style, Vogue Korea, Vogue China, and most recently Tom Tom Magazine and CODE. » See other writings

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