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HUNGER

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.

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PAWEL PIOTROWSKI 

POLAND

SANDWICH BOOK

21”h x 15”w x 2.5”d

Different kinds of paper

Photography: Artist

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.

 www.piotrowskipawel.pl

 www.piotrowskipawelart.pl

 

 

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RAQUEL AMIN

CAMPINAS ~ SAO  PAULO, BRAZIL

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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?

 raquelcamin.blogspot.com

ELIZABETH JOHNSON

BOULDER~COLORADO, USA

ABUNDANCE

3”h x 8”w x 4”d

Soda-lime glass, copper wire

Photography: Artist

 

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.

 

www.elizabethjohnson.com

 

RENEE ANJANETTE KALMAR

LOS ANGELES ~ CALIFORNIA, USA

FOOD CRIME SERIES

Renee Anjanette-photographer

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.

 

rafotostudio.com

 

 

AMBER AGUIRRE

KAILUA~KONA, HAWAII

DINNER AT THE PACHYDERM CAFE

15"h x 14"w x 12.5"d

Clay, stains, glazes, graphite/naked raku technique

Photography: Artist

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.

  www.amberaguirre.com

 

 

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CAROLINE HOLDER

BROOKLYN ~ NEW YORK, USA

THE BULIMIC EATER

17”h x 17.75”w x .5”d

White earthenware

Photography: Artist

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.

cholder.delacour@gmail.com

 

 

 

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ELIZABETH LEVINE

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA

 FINGER PLAY

(Secret Lives Series)

8-3/4"h x 9" w x 2-3/4" d

Red Earthenware

FIERCE ATTACHMENTS

(Secret Lives Series)

8"h x 8" w x 2-1/2" d

White Earthenware

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.

www.elizabethlevinestudio.com

 

 

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NAOMI S. ADAMS

POCATELLO ~ IDAHO, USA

PAIRINGS

 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.

Photography: Artist

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.

 

www.killerbeedesigns.com

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      ERIKA UZMANN

CHICAGO ~ ILLINOIS, USA

COW BROOCHES

3”h x 2.5”w x .5”d

Nickel, Steel, Acrylic, Corn, Meat, Antibiotics, Dirt, Grass

Photography: Artist

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. 

www.erikauzmann.com

 

 

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MARY KLACZA

GREENVILLE~ NORTH CAROLINA, U S A

 

 EATING TOOLS

Cutter (knife), Scooper (spoon), Stabber (fork)

Each utensil approx 3" x 3" by .25" at thickest

Sterling Silver

Photography: Artist

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.

 

SIENNA DeGOVIA

LOS ANGELES ~ CALIFORNIA, USA

EVIDENCE

8"h x 12"w x 4"d
Polymer Clay, Acrylic Paint
weapons for a rumble in candy land 

Evidence explores the contradictory nature of hunger.  
It is a base human desire that we often fulfill to excess.
In our wealthy American society food has become a terrible problem. Where once the question was how do we get enough to survive, we now ought to be asking how we can survive so much.

www.siennacake.blogspot.com

 

 

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JAMIE WEAVER

CHICAGO ~ ILLINOIS, USA

ARMISTICE LUNCH

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

Photography: Artist

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!  

 

jamiebweaver.wordpress.com

 

 

JENNIFER HALVORSON

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.

www.jenniferhalvorson.com

RICARDO CASIMIRO

LISBON ~ PORTUGAL

FOOD GRINDER

Doll pieces found in rubbish near old ceramic doll factories in Thuringia

Photography: Artist

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.

www.rcceramica.blogspot.pt

 

 

ELLEN  KNUDSON

Crooked Letter Press

MISSISSIPPI, USA

AMERICAN BREEDING STANDARDS

5.5"h x 8.25"w x 1"d (closed)

Photography: Artist

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.

www.crookedletterpress.com

 

CATHRYN MILLER

GRASSWOOD ~ SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA

A IS FOR APPLE

4”h x 4.7”w x 6”d (closed)

Photography: Artist

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.

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www.vampandtramp.com/finepress/b/byopia-press.html

LINDA SAVINEAU

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

Photography: Artist

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!

 

linda-savineau.blogspot.com

ERIN K. SCHMIDT

MICHIGAN, USA

brokenotbroke

3"h x 8 1/4"w x 1/4"d

Inkjet printed Canson 60lb, inkjet printed vellum,

embossed card, vinyl book cloth.

Photography: Artist

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.

 

 erinkschmidt.tumblr.com

AARON MORGAN

SEATTLE ~ WASHINGTON, USA

KING CHEEZ-IT

19"h x 15"w x 4 1/2 "d

Cheez-It box, acrylic, Sumi inks, & gold leaf

Photography: Artist

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.

 www.artaaronmorgan.com

LINDA FRIEDMAN SCHMIDT

USA

SEEKING LIFE'S SWEETNESS

35"h x 42"w x 1"d

Discarded clothing and plastic bags

Photography: Artist

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.

 

www.lindafriedmanschmidt.com

LIZ STEINER

NORTH  CAROLINA

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.

 

www.lizsteiner.squarespace.com

KATE TALBOT

UK

THE BIG BANG!

7”h x 20”w x 12”d

Wool

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.  

 

 www.hungdrawnquoted.co.uk

 

 

LAURA WOOD

SWEET NOTHINGS

2'h x 3'w x 2.5"d

Cotton Paper

Photography: Artist

 

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.

 

www.laurawoodstudios.com

LINDA TIEN

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.

 

 www.lindatien.com

...and a well-crafted poem

The Great Depression - 1930-40

PRAYER OF THE UNEMPLOYED

MATTIE M. DYKES

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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.)

 

If you are interested in purchasing artworks, contact artists directly.

There are no gallery commissions or fees.

 

Alice Simpson
DOLLY DIMPLES
12”h x 12”w x 12”d
Stoneware with oxide and acrylic

 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.

                  www.alicesimpson.com

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Comment by alice simpson on January 22, 2014 at 7:58pm

"When having a smackerel of something with a friend, don't eat so much that you get stuck in the doorway trying to get out."- said Winnie The Pooh

Comment by alice simpson on January 22, 2014 at 7:58pm

Roy, Why stand when you can sit, I always say! Some of us do our best work  when we sit on our behinds.

Comment by ROY on January 22, 2014 at 3:04pm

How about simply sitting on our behinds in front of the computer...this can add to obesity.

Fun show

Comment by Harriete Estel Berman on January 18, 2014 at 8:55pm

Over eating is not benign. There is amble evidence that being overweight increases your chances for many types of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, just to name a few examples.

It is absolutely astonishing that the current generation will die earlier than their parents because they are over weight.

We are killing ourselves with food.

We are self medicating emotional hunger with food.

We are eating huge quantities of food with absolutely no to limited nutritional value. It is hard to imagine that every grocery store or convenience store has whole aisles dedicated to soda, snack food, and candy.

I won't comment any further, but this is just a few comments about an issues that is costing Americans a huge amount in health care costs, lost productivity and death of family & friends. 

Comment by alice simpson on January 18, 2014 at 7:05pm

 A friend wrote:

"Don't you think the attitude of hatred toward food is far scarier than loving food too much?  Overfeeding the body to feed the soul is relatively benign and very human; hating the food that feeds the body that houses the soul is . . . Death." 

Comment by anne havel on January 15, 2014 at 7:44pm

nothing to say but excellent.

Comment by Laura Roberson on January 15, 2014 at 5:32pm

Excellent and thought provoking exhibit. My mother's family suffered deprivation during WWII and so food and the lack of it has always been in focus for us.

I love that these artists addressed both spiritual and physical hunger. Equally powerful. Thanks for bringing this together!

Comment by alice simpson on January 15, 2014 at 2:16pm

Please share the show with folks in Real Life, on Facebook and everywhere in between. Promote all these fascinating artists, their work and ideas. It always amazes me the way each of us "takes" a theme, be it Humor, Belt Buckles, Backs of Brooches and Hunger,

Comment by Amber Aguirre on January 15, 2014 at 1:09pm

Awesome exhibit!  Thank you Alice for curating such a thought provoking show.  

My 93 year old mother (still sharp as a tack) who is a survivor of Auschwitz is here visiting me and I am going to go through these pieces one at a time with her.  She knows what REAL hunger is and I am sure she is going to be fascinated by the artist's expressions of this concept.

Comment by Pat Morrow on January 15, 2014 at 11:16am

Love it!! Thank you Alice for mounting a thoughtful and entertaining exhibit. I will come back many times to see it again.

 

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016, Thomas Mann's Gallery I/O April 1 - June 25, 2016.

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