"An exhibition is idea-driven thesis and a curator's job is to find art to prove it."
- Ted Decker, curator at Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art.
After participating in almost 100 art exhibitions in the past 5 years I feel confident curating my 1st art exhibition under the given circumstances, and with the amazing world wide web at my fingertips research has led me to the following 10 steps:
CONCEPT: an illustration of a variety of ideas about America’s relationship with food, featuring artists in Portland, Oregon.
The obvious reason of location for featuring Portland artists is subsidiary to the food mecca Portland has become. Touted as a foodie destination, with more than 80 brewpubs and microbreweries, over 400 food carts, and renowned eateries such as Voodoo Doughnuts, Stumptown Coffee, Le Pigeon and many more, Portland artists have plenty of inspiration for gathering ideas.
An intriguing juxtaposition between artworks, artists, and ideas will be exhibited.
2. Reserve Art Exhibition Space and Dates – CHECK!
The exhibition will be in The Denizen Gallery at Milepost 5, a community for creatives in Portland, OR where I reside part-time. The exhibition will run from April 1st – April 30th with an opening reception on 1st Friday April 5th at 6:00 PM.
3. Procure Funding and Allot Budget – CHECK!
Milepost 5 will be providing funding for printing costs.
Food Not Bombs will be donating homemade vegan food for the opening reception.
Gigantic Brewing will be donating beer for the opening reception.
4. Recruit Artists and Choose Pieces – IN PROCESS
I am currently seeking artists to participate in the exhibition. I have a number of excellent participants already lined up, and I have several calls for art posted. Join or share the call for art on Facebook here.
CALL FOR ART Details:
Title: EPICURIOUS: America's Relationship with Food
This will be a group exhibition featuring Portland artist's. Each artwork must relate to America's relationship
with food. Artist may exhibit 1-5 artworks.
Each artist will be required to post an artist's statement with their artwork. All work must be gallery ready.
All media will be accepted.
1. Artwork -- quality and creativity
2. Statement -- how well developed it is and how well it relates to the theme
Submit image(s) and artist's statement along with contact information by February 28th for consideration.
On March 1st I will finalize my selection of artists and artworks and begin the next steps in the curating process, which I will blog about post-execution:
5. Write & Send Press Releases
6. Advertise & Send Invitations
7. Write Essay & Publish Catalog
8. Site Installation
9. Grand Opening
10. Take Down Exhibit
Sweet Potato Head Muffins, 11x14 inch digital print
Potato Head Fries, 20x20 inch digital print
Potato Head Salad, 11x14 inch digital print
"Epicurious Potato Heads is an exploration of American culture and the relationship we have with food.
I anthropomorphize food by cooking potato heads and then memorialize them by photographing them. By ascribing human form and attributes to food we can more easily identify with it. Our anthropomorphic perceptions and ideas influence how we interact with the food. An emotional bond is created, and a personal relationship evolves between us and what we eat.
Our relationship with food is not only the longest standing relationship in our life, but also the most complex. Food is much more than a simple fuel. It can be a sin, an escape, a reward, a comfort, or all of these at different times, making a balanced attitude toward food difficult to maintain. In addition to psychological influences, cultural attitudes, religious beliefs, and social expectations also shape the way we feel about what, how, why, when, where, and how much we eat. When we understand what precisely shapes our eating behaviors, we can cultivate a more harmonious relationship with our food.
I invite viewers to become more aware of and actively cultivate a harmonious relationship with the foods they choose to consume."
Below are 3 sneak peeks of artworks that will be in the exhibit:
Title: RAISING THEM RIGHT in the U S of A
Artist: Keith Dillion
Medium: Stretched Canvas Print
From Keith's Statement:
"My work in one word, questions. ...The viewer is drawn in, and then it starts a questioning of what is real. The hook brings you in, and then a story begins to develops..."
Title: "The End of Food"
Artist: Kally Kahn
Medium: mixed media installation
From Kally's Statement:
"...The earth has become a desert, dry and unable to support life. The importance of sustainable practices are expressed in the piece without which we might someday find ourselves at the last supper."
From Celestrya's Statement:
"... My paintings are thus my desire for these wondrous treats. I am only able to indulge with my eyes rather than my taste buds. ... Please feast your eyes on my catalog of desires..."
If you have questions or comments I would love to hear them.
Much love to you all!