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A Life-Size Model of a Fast-Food Joint, Made Entirely of Wood

•, By Kyle VanHemert
For Apparatus, a recent exhibition at the Kavi Gupta gallery in Chicago, the New York-based artist created two striking dioramas–one of a space race-era control room, the other of a fast food restaurant–both made entirely of birch and maple.
Set into the gallery’s walls, the pieces call to mind the scenes of prehistoric flora and fauna you’d find at a natural history museum. And they’re no less detailed. In Carcass, we see all the familiar trappings of the fast food industry. There are hanging monitors, straw dispensers, and a delicate wooden deep fry basket. On the walls, wooden sheets of paper are held up by wooden push pins. There’s even a carefully curled wooden Post-It note.
Control Room is a sort of dreamlike distillation of all different sorts of knob-strewn command centers, borrowing elements from air-traffic control rooms, power plants, and recording studios. Paine calls it a “catalog of different operating and monitoring mechanisms,” a “library of control, or semblance of control.”

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