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Dallas Contemporary presents Borna Sammak: “America, Nice Place” opening day

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Dallas Contemporary presents Borna Sammak: America, Nice Place

Borna Sammak, Powermad Dude, 2015. Television, rubber, drywall mounts, extension cords, power strip, video
Photo courtesy of Borna Sammak, JTT, New York, and Sadie Coles HQ, London

Since his first exhibition at a Best Buy in Downtown Manhattan in 2009, the New York-based artist Borna Sammak has quickly distinguished himself as one of the most innovative and culturally critical artists of his generation.

Sammak looks closely to pop culture as a source of inspiration, and his work frequently draws on the urban fabric of his everyday surroundings and from the realms of film, television, YouTube and digital advertising. Sammak frequently riffs on distinctly American themes and motifs – whether in his trash-culture take on modernist collage (in which he layers readymade t-shirt decals on canvas) or his improbable sculptural appropriations of the New York deli vernacular, transforming awnings and other signage into monuments of consumer culture.

Curated by acclaimed curator and writer Alison M. Gingeras, Sammak’s Dallas Contemporary exhibition surveys his wildly heterogeneous practice to date, including emblematic examples of each aspect of his practice, from sculpture, heat-press paintings and embroideries to video animations, furniture assemblages and installation. The show marks Sammak’s first exhibition in Texas, as well as his first solo presentation at a museum.

Following the opening day, the exhibit will be on view through August 21.

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