Dinner at The Loft Project, a London based experimental chef residency program which looks amazing.
I have thought more about food in the past two years than I have in my entire life. My friends started blogging about food, Ladycakes and eat food more often, I lived on an organic farm with goats, chickens, and bees, I started reading about relational aesthetics and Rirkrit Tiravanija, many of my friends are craftspeople that make art to heighten food consumption to an artistic experience, and close friends started hosting magnificent soirees. Farming/gardening, health, cooking, making art, eating, and showing art seem to have become all entwined in the lifestyle of the so called artist. Just today I heard about an upcoming opening at gallery Eye Level BQE in Brooklyn around food. WHAT IS HAPPENING!? I don't get it.
I am totally on the fence about food and art. I love good food, and I love good art, but I am totally unsure about combining the two into an art piece/performance. Recalling Crafting a Moment on Art21blog, I proposed to a friend last night that we have Bed-Stuy Soiree Night once a month, yet I called it a soiree not a performance. I hope begin to have these fantastic dinner/dress up parties, yet I am hesitant to call it an art piece and I cannot say why. Maybe I am falling into the traditional belief that art cannot serve a function... but I don't agree with that definition at all...
I hope that you, I MEAN YOU, comment thoughtfully on this tornado of art + food links, to give me thoughts on this topic.
Rirkrit Tiravanija. Untitled (Pad Thai) 1990.