Kulapat Yantrasast has designed his share of exhibition spaces—from Perry Rubenstein’s Los Angeles gallery to an under-construction expansion of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville—but a show at New York’s R 20th Century gallery marks his first turn as a curator. To navigate this new territory, he approached the project through the lens of a more familiar discipline: not architecture, but cooking.
“Sometimes I think questions about design can best be answered by food,” said Yantrasast on a recent visit to the show. “In architecture and design, ideas frequently overwhelm material, but with cooking, if the idea is strong, the individual ingredients can stand out but also be transformed into something completely beyond what they are. When I started to put the exhibition together, I liked the idea of highlighting ingredients and process.”