ATM Cigarettes Flowers Lottery God Bless Deli 2
ATM Cigarettes Flowers Lottery / God Bless Deli 2 explores the dynamic of the bodega aesthetically and theoretically. Bodegas feed addiction and desire, providing sustenance in the form of Philly Cheesesteaks, honey buns, lottery tickets, pantyhose, condoms, and ramen. Their accessibility and uniformity allows for consistency and shelter and camaraderie- 24 hours a day. Each bodega takes on the unique form and identity of its owners, employees, customers, and surrounding neighborhoods, resulting in a bodega is as rich and culturally diverse as it's visitors. In contrast with large, sterile supermarkets that supply us with necessities, the bodega- often intimate and quaint- houses many of our guilty pleasures and nostalgic inclinations. The artists involved take a variety of approaches to the theme; some consider the formal and tactile relationships with the bodega itself, while others look at the changing socio-economic landscapes of New York City, and the shift that that gentrification implies for locally-owned bodegas.
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