GET YOUR CRAFT ON
Hunger, in all its metaphorical forms, is part of our personal and public conversation. Many of us struggle with HUNGERS, and yearn for the pleasure of food, love, possessions, control, sex or P O W E R.
The works selected for this exhibition offer a wide range of ideas and images which go beyond food.
Latest Activity: May 28
21”h x 15”w x 2.5”d
Different kinds of paper
In 2010, as I was studying at the Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw,I was given the task to create an unusual book. For a long time I thought about how to create something interesting, but no idea was good enough.
I remember the moment when I thought of a Sandwich Book for the first time: it was breakfast time with my girlfriend Irmina. We were making sandwiches and talking about how strange the form of a book can be. That's how it all started.
CAMPINAS ~ SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
CAREFUL NOT TO SWALLOW: ALL THIS FOOD
Square box: 1"h x 2.5" w x 2.5"
Tape: 14' length
Acrylic box, plastic box, plastic tape, ballpoint pen.
Video Editor: Gustavo Carvalho
Photographer and Film Editor: Paula Amin
What do you eat? Do you eat to live? Do you eat to follow a pattern?
Eat because you are hungry? You are what you eat…
Who are you, anyway?
3”h x 8”w x 4”d
Soda-lime glass, copper wire
Today almost every food available to us is somehow a ticking time bomb. Organic berries are one of the few truly tempting foods we can still feel good about eating.
RENEE ANJANETTE KALMAR
LOS ANGELES ~ CALIFORNIA, USA
FOOD CRIME SERIES
Sienna DeGovia-food stylist
Hunger implies a deficit, a lack of fulfillment, a desire to be satiated.
Food Crime Series explores that desire to the point of excess, gluttony.
DINNER AT THE PACHYDERM CAFE
15"h x 14"w x 12.5"d
Clay, stains, glazes, graphite/naked raku technique
The fat man is eating an extinct fish, the Colecanth, that is filled with an oil derrick, polar bear and other implements related to a gluttonous nature that disregards the consequences.
BROOKLYN ~ NEW YORK, USA
THE BULIMIC EATER
17”h x 17.75”w x .5”d
The hunger for control drives this dance between kitchen and bathroom. At 3 am, the fridge shelf extends seductively into the silent room;
the bathroom waits, unjudging, for the inevitable conclusion.
(Secret Lives Series)
8-3/4"h x 9" w x 2-3/4" d
(Secret Lives Series)
8"h x 8" w x 2-1/2" d
Photography: Alan Wiener
Secret Lives is figurative in nature, but somewhat abstract,
as it deals with obsession and arousal. Hyper consumption has led to
an obesity epidemic, an unending desire to have everything
physical and emotional. Plastic surgeries, eating disorders, Internet porn, and media reports about the indiscretions of celebrities
and politicians feed our ceaseless appetites. Using a limited palette, textures, and a language of anatomic forms,
Secret Lives is about touch and desire.
NAOMI S. ADAMS
POCATELLO ~ IDAHO, USA
9.75"h x 5.875"w x 1"d
Lanaquarelle paper, letterpress ink, watercolor, decorative papers, thread, glue
Vandercook print press letterpress, artist hand drawn ink illustrations, Retchoso hard cover sewn and glued binding.
Pairings explores several of my favorite moments and pairings of wine
and cheese. The text presents common sayings about couples,
posing similarities regarding hunger for relationships and food.
CHICAGO ~ ILLINOIS, USA
3”h x 2.5”w x .5”d
Nickel, Steel, Acrylic, Corn, Meat, Antibiotics, Dirt, Grass
Discussing factory farming, Cow Brooches draw attention to e-coli,
growth hormones and the use of antibiotics in corn-fed cows.
Only 1% of farms in the US raise grass-fed beef.
GREENVILLE~ NORTH CAROLINA, U S A
Cutter (knife), Scooper (spoon), Stabber (fork)
Each utensil approx 3" x 3" by .25" at thickest
Many people eat too much, too fast. By altering the utensils
and motions for eating, the user is encouraged to slow down
and enjoy the process of nourishment.
LOS ANGELES ~ CALIFORNIA, USA
8"h x 12"w x 4"d
Polymer Clay, Acrylic Paint
weapons for a rumble in candy land
CHICAGO ~ ILLINOIS, USA
Number 1 of an edition of 10
4” h x 4”w x 4”d
Metal and plastic lunch pail with weapons cut from seed paper
Armistice Lunch humorously comments on the serious problem of world hunger. According to Eisenhower, increasing resources for weapons production means decreasing resources for healthy food production.
Make lunch, not war!
MUNCIE ~ INDIANA, USA
WASTE NOT WANT NOT
8.75"h x 16.25"w x 9"d
Canning jars, cutlery, stainless steel cooling rack
Photography: Elizabeth Torgerson-Lamark
I manipulate nostalgic objects, in order to represent emotional connections between people, as well as the desires of the individual.
It is the emotional hunger that I am interested in expressing.
LISBON ~ PORTUGAL
Doll pieces found in rubbish near old ceramic doll factories in Thuringia
Food Grinder was imagined to depict the fact that sometimes
we have no idea what we are eating. My love for antique dolls and food grinders gave me the idea for this piece. So, I used broken porcelain legs and arms as the raw material to feed the food grinder and the result is a nice round piece, hamburger like, done with nice perfect little doll bodies.The legs and arms are assembled on a piece of stoneware
and fired together at 1180ºC.
Crooked Letter Press
AMERICAN BREEDING STANDARDS
5.5"h x 8.25"w x 1"d (closed)
Letterpress printed on Zerkall Book. Images and text printed from photo-polymer plates and handset metal types.
The binding structure is an exposed spine sewn on Cave Paper tapes and attached to paste paper covered boards. Produced in 2012–2013 and printed by the artist in Gainesville, Florida. Text excerpted from American Horses and Horse Breeding (John Dimon, 1895) and Canine Breeding Standards of the German Shepherd (American Kennel Club, 2012). Other text and illustrations by the artist. The cover of the book has a hinged "pop-up mouth" that folds out. The interior of the book contains three foldout pages.
American Breeding Standards explores the systemized and poisonous rules of achieving the human breed standard through surgery, starvation, or other physical editing of the body.
GRASSWOOD ~ SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA
A IS FOR APPLE
4”h x 4.7”w x 6”d (closed)
Dictionary pages: the apple is covered in pages from a copy of a 1961 edition of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English, ‘excelsior’ packing includes parts of almost 3 full ‘A’ pages from an 1897 Funk and Wagnalls "A Standard Dictionary of the English Language" listing existing apple varieties; Styrofoam; coated wire; recycled spruce lumber; brass tacks; 100% cotton rag paper; archival pigment inkjet printing;
starch paste/PVA mix. Crate constructed by David G. Miller,
designed by Cathryn Miller.
The apple is a potent symbol in mythology and Christian iconography. In the latter, it is eaten by Eve out of curiosity, and a hunger for the power that knowledge can bring. There are other resonance with the concept of “hunger” in the piece: the 1897 dictionary had three pages listing apple varieties. Most of them no longer exist, in part due to the industrialization of agriculture — a process driven by a hunger for profit.
AARTSELAAR ~ ANTWERP, BELGIUM
NO SUGAR, NO FAT, NO CARBS, … !
1”h x 18.5” w x 14.5”d
Repurposed heirloom silver tray, linen, embroidery
No Sugar, No Fat, No Carbs...! pokes fun at all the so-called ‘scientific’ studies and articles that tell us what to eat or not eat and make us feel guilty. A reflection of real life experience (diet, eat, guilt, repeat...), my objects offer a quirky twist to a traditional shape.
So shrug off the guilt, and eat, drink, laugh, love and live a little.
Life is too short for anything else!
ERIN K. SCHMIDT
3"h x 8 1/4"w x 1/4"d
Inkjet printed Canson 60lb, inkjet printed vellum,
embossed card, vinyl book cloth.
On July 18, 2013 the city of Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history resulting from the hunger and greed of a corrupt political past lasting more than 80 years.
In the book brokenotbroke, images of Detroit landmarks representing the city’s rich history, strength and endurance are each overlaid with a vellum leaf bearing the image of a blank bank check from the city of Detroit.
The vellum allows the image from the page beneath to be visible at the same time as viewing the check. The financial crisis of the city’s government bears will be overcome as the city of Detroit continues to thrive and grow.
SEATTLE ~ WASHINGTON, USA
19"h x 15"w x 4 1/2 "d
Cheez-It box, acrylic, Sumi inks, & gold leaf
Drawing inspiration from Holbein's Dance of Death, King Cheez-It speaks to the abundance of modern processed foods that have no nutritional value and will eventually kill us.
LINDA FRIEDMAN SCHMIDT
SEEKING LIFE'S SWEETNESS
35"h x 42"w x 1"d
Discarded clothing and plastic bags
Stuffing oneself with cake, cupcakes, donuts, and pasta cannot sate a hungry soul. I am a child of Holocaust survivors whose bodies were starved, but whose souls sustained them.
SALT IN THE SOUL
Copper, Enamel, Salt
16”l x 3”w x 1.25"d
Photography: Ken Bova
Sometimes hunger is not of a physical nature, but of a spiritual one. We hunger for spiritual nourishment and healing. Salt is used for its antiseptic and healing properties.
THE BIG BANG!
7”h x 20”w x 12”d
Photography: Neil Padgett
The Big Bang! calls into question the impending obesity crisis and its relation to the fact that we no longer create or cater for ourselves.
2'h x 3'w x 2.5"d
Sweet Nothings investigates how the meaning of these objects shift with the change of hands and analyzes both the deliberate activity of acquiring objects to develop a sense of identity, and the intuitive collecting that an individual does throughout life.
The desire to collect is a hunger that feeds the soul.
BLOOMINGTON ~ INDIANA, USA
RECONSTRUCTIVE ADIPOSE CORSET
6.5" x 5.5" x 4.5"
Plastic, monofilament, eyelets, boning
Photography: Robly Glover
Reconstructive Adipose Corset is commentary on the need to modify our bodies using extreme measures. Sometimes these extreme measures are the only way to satisfy our hunger or desire to look and feel a certain way. This corset is a physical manifestation of plastic surgeries that are now available to us as a cosmetic choice.
...and a well-crafted poem
The Great Depression - 1930-40
PRAYER OF THE UNEMPLOYED
MATTIE M. DYKES
In 1932, millions of Americans had lost their jobs in the Great Depression. The unemployment rate reached a staggering 24 percent. Jobless, nearly hopeless, and unable to provide food and necessities for their families, some Americans took desperate measures . . . including theft.
This reality inspired the poem, Prayer for the Unemployed, written in 1932 by Northwest Missouri State University professor and journalist Mattie M. Dykes. It was published that same year in The Christian Century, a progressive Chicago-based magazine still in print today.
Prayer for the Unemployed, and hundreds more, were discovered by Miss Dykes’ grandniece, Susan Alderson Hoffmann (CA) after the author's death. They have inspired a group of personal essays Hoffmann is preparing for a book entitled "Writing with Aunt Mattie".
(Permission has been granted for this poem to be published in the HUNGER exhibition.)
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Alice Simpson, curator
Alice Simpson’s colorful and lively works on paper and in clay are inspired by performance, music, dance, and the human expression. With a successful career as a graphic designer, and illustrator, Simpson also taught at F.I.T. (NY), School of Visual Arts (NY) and Otis-Parsons (LA). In her sculpture series of Circus Fat Ladies, “Abundant Beauty,” featured at ceramicstoday.com Simpson has explored the provocative subject of HUNGER. Internationally collected and exhibited, Simpson’s works are in private and Special Collections such as The Victoria & Albert Museum, Yale, Harvard, UCLA, and Stanford Universities, and The Lincoln Center Library for Performing Arts. Alice Simpson has curated numerous exhibitions at The New York Public Library.
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