In Project #12, Michael Ruglio-Misurell (born 1982) transforms Gallery 400 into a total environment evocative of a shopping mall food court that has endured an undetermined event, possibly a disaster, abandonment, or human havoc. Built from found, painted, and handmade objects, Project #12 fluctuates between disorder and artifice. Evidence of human activity—from pieces of used clothing to burrows within piles to glory holes—is scattered within the installation. In a conflation of the public and private, Ruglio-Misurell builds parts of the public food court from shower doors and transplants urinals into the eating area.
Ruglio-Misurell is an installation artist who has created and shown works in Chicago, Boston, and New Jersey. He is a recipient of a 2009–10 Fulbright award to create a series of sculptural projects that explore monuments and ruins through the architecture of Berlin. He received an MFA in 2008 from School of the Art Institute of Chicago.