Earlier this month London’s Frieze Art Fair – which is currently implementing a project for London Festival 2012 – opened in New York.
Amanda Sharp, at home in New York since 2000, and Matthew Stopover, the directors of the fair, have chosen Randall’s Island for its location,an island on the east side of Harlem, where the final scene of The French Connection ’71 was filmed and today is a place of sports training; they connected the city with the island using school buses and the final structure recalls the London venue.
For us, as we deal with food lifestyle and the work suggested by food, the place was incredibly interesting. Not just because of the refreshment choices with Fat Radish, Sant’Ambreus and Roberta’s (the restaurant in Bushwick famous for attracting people even from Manhattan), but mostly for the food-dedicated works, or those works which included food and everything around it, which is more precisely food and human being.
Jennifer Rubell, perhaps the most famous food artist in the world, has been working for years with food performances, often using huge amounts of edible matter. Here she took Lea I, the woman who cracks walnuts with her thighs. It is a sculpture that reminds of the Real Doll, designed in 1996 and still in production, on sale at 8000 usd.
Gallery owner Gavin Brown, who represented the artist Rirkrit Tiravanija and his work Untitled 2012 (Kramer and Newman make sausage), cooked come real sausages together with the actor Mark Ruffalo. Antifracking sausages to draw attention against Dick Cheney’s bill on the extraction of natural gas – dangerous for food.
Jim Lambie, a Scottish artist – and also musician: Teenage funclub – has created Beautiful Future: metal teapots on a giant poster of Quantin Crisp. Jim was awarded in 2005 with Turner Prize for his Metal Oyster.
The gut of food, in which a raw egg yolk stands out, is a 1989 work by Cindy Sherman, in exhibition at Moma until June.
The almost painting by Wolfgang Tillmanns is a night representation of the consumed. Dead life charged with previous life time.
Dan Finsel’s debut goes back to 2009, with the exhibition I could be anybody, I could be somebody. He comes from Los Angeles and usually works with videos, objects and installations. Here there are two photographs composing the work. The space between you and me: centerpiece.
Ambach & Rise is the Los Angeles gallery which guided Ellen Lesperance’s work. The pieces are textures, patterns that compose always the same image but with different shades as if they where photographs of a passage. The artist was inspired by Pippa Bacca’s work, the Milanese artist passed away during a performance in 2008, a cause of reflection about the self and the other and activism actions. In compendium to the exhibited work, a pamphlet entitled Hawk and Doves and the Animals That Eat Them, which tells seven thoughts / discourses about the relationship with the stranger, talking to Marina Abramovic, reporting the words by Emmanuel Levinas and Plato’s writings.
Inspired by a cup of steaming coffee, the work by Karl Holmqvist, artst and poet, has drawed the statue of this drink using black magic letters attached to a wall, as he did in March on the walls of Gaga Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City (in that case, associating words which began with the letter C and substances that can alter mood and perception, such as coffee, candy, codeine…). John Baldessari proposes a three-dimensional print entitled Hands and/or Feet: Piglet Hands (One Green).