Nathan Sulfaro


July 2014

Nathan Sulfaro, 22 undergrad at UT Knoxville, shows drawings and sculpture in his exploration of the psyche and consumer culture through appropriation, icons, and obsessiveness. For the drawings, Nathan fictionally waited for Kobe Bryant to meet up with him in a 24-­hour Starbucks for 24 hours and documented every hour of his psychological and physical state. In BreadMobile/Starbucks Approved Gluten Mystification, he uses the symbol of the car and bread to show how vehicles and food can reflect the obsessions and the absurdity in consumer culture, as well as bringing together the iconic with the mundane and giving them equal weight. That being said, Nathan’s work embraces the audiences' role in bringing meaning where the images or objects may have little relation to one another.