A TAVOLA: A PERFORMANCE Plays Judson Church Tonight
A TAVOLA: A PERFORMANCE was conceived to explore the multiplicity of everyday transactions which occur around the dining table - private, social, economic and cultural. With the A Tavola (to the table) series, Elke Solomon continues to pursue her interest in the intersection of the cultures of food and art. The event takes place tonight, October 23, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, NYC.
Her first endeavor with this issue resulted in A TAVOLA: AN INSTALLATION, where the gallery space was transformed into the familiar domestic space of a full scale hall and dining room. It functioned as both real and imagined place. The installation was dressed in a variety of crafted objects that she made including furniture, chandeliers, wallpaper, tablecloths, and additionally a collection of food related pictures and literature. The crafted objects, "mashed up" with ready-mades creates a context for the exchange and manipulation of meaning, inviting the participant to make the habitual strange.
In A TAVOLA: A PERFORMANCE, Elke Solomon invites us into her personal space to continue the conversation about the history, culture and production of food. The work explores the parallels in the development of the discipline of food history and of her journey as an artist. Of particular interest has been the modern advent of globalization and the rise of "fusion" food. We can get anything we want anytime we want - divorcing food from not only place, but climate and time. The comparisons between the food world connoisseurship and art connoisseurship are both striking and disturbing - and in the end have provided Ms. Solomon with much food for thought.
A TAVOLA: A PERFORMANCE continues a relationship between Elke Solomon and Thom Fogarty that began in the early 80's, when they performed their legendary performance piece, TUNA FISH TALES at venues like the Mudd Club.