New Work by the Dufala Brothers

Exhibit Dates: 
Feb 10, 2012 - May 13, 2012
Constance S. and Robert J. Hennessy Project Space

New Work by the Dufala Brothers

Curated by Maiza Hixson


The Dufala Brothers design and fabricate wildly awkward and absurd versions of domestic spaces and consumer goods using recycled materials. Some of their prior constructions include a house made out of chainlink fencing and a fiberglass furniture suite. In these and other works, the artists take efficiency to an extreme level, suggesting highly contradictory designs for survival and comfort.

For the DCCA, the Dufalas construct an original, site-specific sculptural installation that responds to the existing ventilation system of the gallery. A vertical tower made of ductwork normally used in heating and cooling systems, the sculpture is crafted from salvaged materials found at Revolution Recovery, a Philadelphia-based recycling company. According to the artists, the ductwork arrived at the recycling center as an agglutination of miscellaneous and demolished HVAC systems that they then collected and repurposed. 

Part dollhouse, part shantytown, the structure suggests both a domestic and industrial space configured with multiple parts with openings that allow viewers to peer into a seemingly cramped living area. Emphasizing infrastructure over livability, the Dufala Brothers’ puzzle of interconnected conduit would seem inhospitable to any tenant. A wry commentary on our desire for technological progress at the expense of true convenience and efficiency, the artists reframe familiar HVAC ventilation as a strangely suffocating system.

-Maiza Hixson 

Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art

The Dufala Brothers are represented by Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.