Hungry for Art?
Gallery openings are famous for their free wine. If you are lucky, there might even be a cheese plate too. But there seems to be an emerging Melbourne trend for the food to BE the exhibition.
Last night Mr Kitly gallery in Brunswick hosted the launch for Issue 3 of Melbourne’s own magazine, “Condiment- Adventures in Food and Form.” Condiment is about food, creativity and community; and issue 3 focuses on dining outdoors.
To accompany the launch, Condiment curated the “Tenterfoot” exhibition with photographic works by Kasanw Nogawa, Ye Rin Mok, Nich Hance McElroy, Peter Sutherland and Jessica Brent. These artists captured moments of communal eating around campfires and on hilltops. Burning marshmallows and boiling billy’s. Patrons sipped wine from tin mugs, and walked across the campfire rug with built in holders for bowls of scroggin. Were the pistachios part of an installation, or nibbles for the guests??
While snacking was uncertain at the Condiment launch, the line between artwork and edible is completely demolished in the upcoming “Play with your Food” event.
Curtated by Drew Pettifer and Nella Themelios, and present by BUS Projects, “Play with Your Food” is a dinner, where guests are present with a digestible degustation of art! It is the second in a series of BUS Project innitiatives which explore food in relation to politics, consumption and art.
The 2012 event includes art/dinner by Christo Crocker, Declan Greene, Drew Pettifer, Ilia Rosli, Nic Tammens, Danae Valenza and Theodore Wohng. The artists cite Marinetti’s Futurist cookbook and the work of Gordon Matta-Clark as inspiration for the meeting of appetite and aesthetics.
If this whets your appetite, tickets to “Play with Your Food” are still available through www.busprojects.com.au. Dinner, wine, coffee and art costs $35, and is held at Meyers Place Bar on Feb 12.
If you want to ketch-up with Condiment -sorry, it’s the best pun we could muster(d)-, “Tenterfoot” is showing at Mr Kitly until the February 5. Level 1, 381 Sydney Road, Brunswick.