expanding the definition [of avant garde]

so i jumped and i have now landed here. in this world of food art. i am interested in the idea of using photography as documentation and continuing with this challenge of transcending the visual. seriously though, its bugging mee!  so, essentially i want to make visual art that requires more than our eyes to understand it and requires more than looking to really SEE it.

the beginning. my inspiration– artist jennifer rubell. see her here.


in this episode of the avant garde diaries, performance/installation/food based artist Jennifer Rubell talks about expanding the definition of avant garde.

her work can be seen by following the blue-letter-link bee-low.


what came before..

gordon matta-clark’s Food (1972),

as told by  http://www.ubu.com/film/gmc_food.html, “This film documents the legendary SoHo restaurant and artists’ cooperative Food, which opened in 1971. Owned and operated by Caroline Goodden, Food was designed and built largely by Matta-Clark, who also organized art events and performances there. As a social space, meeting ground and ongoing art project for the emergent downtown artists’ community, Food was a landmark that still resonates in the history and mythology of SoHo in the 1970s.

Rirkrit Tiravanija, and his exhibition entitled Untitled (Free) (video below).  In this performance and interactive exhibition Tiravanija “…invites the visitor to interact with contemporary art in a more sociable way, and blurs the distance between artist and viewer. You aren’t looking at the art, but are part of itand are, in fact, making the art as you eat curry and talk with friends or new acquaintances.” (as posted by rebecca stokes for momas inside/out blog)


In one more example of these gatherings centered around food and muddy-ing the line between entertaining and performance , artists Anne Apparu and Agathe Snow continue to hold dinner parties, which they call chop shop, that have a conceptual story connected to the food.