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Junk Food Brunch

Installation view, food nostalgia. Graphic: Cey Adams; photo: Jeanette May

Installation view, food nostalgia. Graphic: Cey Adams; photo: Jeanette May

Installation view. Cey Adams, CREAM; Disorientalism, Two Sides to Every Coin. Photo: Jeanette May

Installation view. Cey Adams, CREAM; Disorientalism, Two Sides to Every Coin. Photo: Jeanette May

Installation view, Disorientalism, Two Sides to Every Coin. Photo: Jeanette May

Installation view, Disorientalism, Two Sides to Every Coin. Photo: Jeanette May

Sunday February 28, 2015. 12:00 – 2:00

Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, New York
10-61 Jackson Ave, LIC, NY 11106

Radiator Gallery hosts a Junk Food Brunch, where curator Amanda McDonald Crowley will give a walk through of our current exhibition food nostalgia, and talk about the underlying themes of the exhibition. Exhibiting artists Cey Adams, and Katherine Behar will also talk about influences and inspirations in their work in the exhibition.

In addition to serving up delectable and surprising nostalgic packaged foods Amanda, and artist Stefani Bardin, will be serving deliciously reverse engineered versions of Gatorade and Gummy Bears.

Come expecting to have your taste buds tickled by a range of nostalgic taste sensations, and stay for the conversation. And please feel free to bring along your favorite versions of Junk Food, from around the world.

food nostalgia is an exhibition of works exploring food in contemporary America through a lens of fast food iconography and industrial food production. The exhibition runs at Radiator Gallery through March 13.

Cey Adams dismantles contemporary cultural imagery to build multiple layers of color, texture, shadow, and light. From his roots in the NYC graffiti movement and hip hop culture, his artwork draws inspiration from 60’s pop art, sign painting, comic books, and popular culture; he focuses on themes including race and gender relations, pop culture, and community issues.

Katherine Behar‘s videos, performances, and interactive installations explore issues in contemporary digital culture. Disorientalism (whose work is included in the exhibition), is an artistic collaboration between Katherine and Marianne M. Kim, in which the duo study the disorienting effects of technologized labor, junk culture, and consumerism. Disorientalism explores how these forces mediate race, gender, and bodies. In character, the Disorientals expose our hapless submersion in junk culture, and our failed attempts to rationalize it by mistakenly resorting to industriousness and work.

Stefani Bardin explores the influences of corporate culture and industrial food production on our food system and the environment. She works with neuroscientists, biologists and gastroenterologists to ground her research in the scientific world.

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Food For Thought – Review of food nostalgia at Radiator Gallery

Qboro_articleThoughtful article – Food for Thought – posted by Kelly Marie Mancuso in the Queens Chronicle on Thursday, February 4, 2016 about the food nostalgia exhibition I have organized at Radiator Gallery. Read the full article here.

 

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NY Observer: food nostagia included in 10 Things to Do in New York’s Art World

Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 2.15.26 PMWeekend Edition: 10 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before February 8
By Paul Laster • 02/04/16 4:20pm

Opening: “Food Nostalgia” at Radiator Gallery

A group exhibition of paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and installations, this delightful exhibition features five emerging artists and a collaborative duo that have a fascination with food. Organized by independent curator Amanda McDonald Crowley (the director of Eyebeam from 2005 to 2011), the show includes Cey Adams ironic portrait of the smiling black chef from the packaging for Cream of Wheat, Emilie Baltz’ yummy-looking color photos of junk food and Kira Nam Greene’s luscious watercolors of open cans of Chef Boyardee and packages of Ding Dongs and Ring Dings, which are realistically rendered over brightly patterned fields.
Radiator Gallery, 10-61 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens 6-9 p.m.

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PointB Brooklyn | Closing Ceremony

pointb_panoramaic_10Join us on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00pm

Follow the White Rabbit. Saying Goodbye to the PointB Brooklyn Building.

Tomorrow there will be a full moon and a blizzard in NYC, so come out tonight before you’re stuck indoors for the weekend 😉

Guests will be invited to experience a virtual tour on an iPad or iPhone, as they navigate through the remaining and empty physical space. This augmented reality presents an opportunity to transcend time and preserve the memories held by the PointB Brooklyn location.

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Sag Harbor Express interview

IMG_2537In anticipation of my ArtFoodTech talk at the Parrish Museum on November 6, 2015, Mara Certic interviewed me in The Sag Harbor Express (full interview at the link).

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ArtFoodTech talk at Parrish Art Museum

Parrish Art Museum, Mildred C. Brinn Terrace, © Hufton + Crow

Parrish Art Museum, Mildred C. Brinn Terrace,
© Hufton + Crow

ArtFoodTech

I will be presenting at the Parrish Art Museum, in Watermill, Long Island on Friday, November 6, 2015- 6:00pm, as part of their Friday Nights Talks series.

Technology is changing the way we think, approach, and eat food at an unprecedented rate. These changes are already popping up along the food chain–from smart tractors and irrigation-monitoring drones, from grocery delivery to connected kitchens, from wearable nutrition monitors and robot bartenders. I will be leading a discussion on how artists are interrogating the future of our food systems.

A press release, issued by Parrish Art Museum is available here: Parrish Art Museum, ArtFoodTech Press Release.

 

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FERMENT YOURSELF, with Ferment Lab

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As part of STWST48, I will be co-hosting a Sunday Brunch with artist Agnieszka Pokrywka of Ferment Lab, local farmers and food activists aboard the Eleonore in Linz Harbour.

During the Ferment lab’s august residency at Station Messschiff Eleonore, artist Agnieszka Pokrywka seeks local farm produces for fermentation and holds workshop with Linz locals to observe the process of fermentation.  She notes the information hidden in micro life of bacterias and further reapplies the fermentative process to consider the macro culture of our societies.

During her two weeks’ residency, 14 raw vegetables are jarred and matured over time.  The Sunday brunch serving the fermented vegetables brings together the artist with cultural worker/curator Amanda McDonald Crowley, local farmers, food activists and pubic members to engage in dialogues about food, tech, bacteria and cultures. In the program are also: fortunetelling based on study of personal bacterias, changing the taste of bread by the thoughts thought during kneading the dough, and possibly other oddities. All of these in the surrounding of balloons pumped up by yeast feed on sugar.

BIO: 
Agnieszka Pokrywka (PL/FI) is a multimedia explorer interested in participatory, collaborative and open source practices while digging into topics of fiction, unconventional storytelling and interactive, networked narratives. Her current activities are conducted mostly in connection with Pixelache, a transdisciplinary platform for experimental art, design, research and activism in Helsinki where she embodies different roles too.

STWST48 Curation: Shu Lea Cheang and Franz Xaver

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Spring 2015: SFAI 140

DurinSFAI140g my residency at Santa Fe Art Institute I will be participating in the Spring 2015 SFAI 140. SFAI presents these evenings as a combination of resident artists and thinkers, alongside a compelling group of local presenters. 1 evening; 20 speakers, 140 seconds each: a marquee event for Santa Fe’s creative community.

Talks from the evening are now available on the SFAI vimeo feed.

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SFAI residency

In March 2015, I am participating in Santa Fe Art Institute‘s food justice residency cycle. This is SFAI’s inaugural theme for residencies and programing.  From July 2014 through June 2015, SFAI is encouraging “creative minds to come together and examine the territory of food justice. Together, we will ask how can we use diverse creative practices to confront inherent social, cultural and economic problems in our food system?  Further, how can we bring together insights from creative fields, environmental sciences, sustainable agriculture, critical theory, and food studies to have local, national, and international impact?”

I will be further developing my ArtTechFood research which I had also worked on during curatorial residencies with HIAP,  New Media Scotland, and as a Bogliasco Fellow.

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TEDxManhattan 2015

TEDxManhattan: Changing the way we eat, 2015.

Watching the live stream from Santa Fe Art Institute, with the Food Justice residency thematic cohort.

 

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