Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Art in focus: ‘Are We There Yet?’

Piles of artfully arranged consumer goods (including these Costco-size containers of Utz Cheese Balls) fill a gallery at the Corcoran in “Are We There yet?”. (Michael O'Sullivan/The Washington Post)
Artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, an Australian married couple who often work as a team, offer a sharp, multi-pronged critique of consumerism, the U.S. space program and mass media in “Are We There Yet?” Centered ostensibly on the theme of space travel, the Corcoran Gallery of Art exhibition includes a single-gallery installation featuring enough food, booze and cigarettes to sustain an astronaut for 520 days (which by some estimates is the time it would take to travel to and from Mars). The show also includes several quasi-abstract pictures — made entirely of Lego bricks — based on television images of the Challenger space shuttle disaster.

Read my review of the show, and take a look a few more images of Healy and Cordeiro’s work after the jump.

The centerpiece of “Are We There Yet?” is the figure of an astronaut, lying face down on a bed. Surrounding him, like found-object sculptures, are 10 piles of food, drink and cigarettes. (Tony Brown)

Although “Are We There Yet?” includes enough nutritious food — such as evaporated milk — to maintain a diet of 3,800 calories for 520 days, the installation also includes boxed wine, beer and Marlboro cigarettes. (Tony Brown)

News photos of the 1986 Challenger disaster, including an iconic image of the exploding shuttle’s smoke plume, were the inspiration for several of Healy and Cordeiro’s works at the Corcoran. (Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro and Gallery Barry Keldoulis)

Brightly colored Lego bricks represent pixels in "T+79_yellow," a picture based on news footage taken 79 seconds after liftoff. (Michael O'Sullivan/The Washington Post)

The pictures in Healy and Cordeiro’s series of Challenger images are beautiful but disturbing, both for their morbid subject matter and the aestheticization of tragedy. (Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro and Gallery Barry Keldoulis)

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