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ART

Christopher Chiappa's "LIVESTRONG"

Mable Yiu

Courtesy of the artist and Andres Ramirez/Kate Werble Gallery, New York

Courtesy of the artist and Andres Ramirez/Kate Werble Gallery, New York

Photos of Christopher Chiappa’s LIVESTRONG exhibition are blowing up on Instagram, and there’s a reason for it. 7,000 handmade fried egg sculptures are displayed on the walls, corners, and floors of Kate Werble’s West Soho gallery. Food and art lovers, rejoice!

From afar, the eggs look delicate and almost floral…like an abstract daisy. But looking closer, they are undeniably our favorite breakfast food.

Courtesy of the artist and Elisabeth Bernstein/Kate Werble Gallery, New York

Courtesy of the artist and Elisabeth Bernstein/Kate Werble Gallery, New York

However, what the eggs represent to the artist is more complex. Kate Werble Gallery explains that while the egg is usually seen as positive, pure, and perfect, the fried egg is broken, and more "'your brain on drugs'— the domain of the slacker and a symbolic loss of potential, but also the pleasure that might be found therein." Thus, LIVESTRONG examines this duality between perfection and failure. 

LIVESTRONG will be on view at Kate Werble Gallery (83 Vandam Street) until January 9th. 

By Mable Yiu