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The Dufala Brothers created a waste transfer station in the Edward Bok Vocational School in South Philadelphia. The station was conceived to recycle aluminum from local scrappers, to be repurposed by the artists to make art.
Steven and Billy Dufala practice in a variety of media, approaching sculpture, theater, performance, music, digital media, and drawing with equal passion and zeal. Their 2009 solo exhibition, Trophy, at Philadelphia’s Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, explored concepts of use-value, sentimentality, exaggeration, and shelf-life through an absurd and trash-picked lens. For the 2005 FringeArts Festival, they organized a now infamous race through the streets of Philadelphia, for which they built 14 tricycles made out of repurposed toilets. In 2004, they rode a cardboard tank across Philadelphia on city streets during rush hour, amazing pedestrians, puzzling motorists, and providing their audience a dose of dark, dark humor. In 2009, the Dufala Brothers were awarded the West Grand Prize, an international juried prize in its inaugural year. Both Dufala Brothers graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and they live and work in Philadelphia.
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Open House Pour, The Dufala Brothers. Photos by Steve Weinik
Funeral for a Home © 2014, The Dufala Brothers. Photo by Jeffrey Stockbridge. Courtesy of The Dufala Brothers.