Art in our Food, Our Food as Art

It’s almost here- marathon day! My hands are getting clammy just thinking about it. I can’t focus at work… Matt is home with the dog, texts are flying in from Meghan and Laura about finally reuniting tonight in Philly, and there’s no shot of me being productive at work. Sorry Art, you’ll have to wait until next week. The thing I’m amazed at is the support I’ve receiving from friends I haven’t touched base with in years, family, friends, and co-workers. I really want to write more about this but I’ll save the screenshots of awesome texts and emails I’ve been receiving until tomorrow. I’m bringing my laptop to Philly… Something tells me I’ll be nervous blogging tomorrow night.

For now, I want to cover an event we had at work last night. It was a two-part educational public program at the Samek Art Gallery. Artist Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Jessie Horning, and photographer Sanh Tran created the installation, “Excito! Excito” : A Veritable Feast. Prior to unveiling their collaborative install, we had a panel discussion with Bucknell professors of Economics and Chemical Engineering, along with Hung. Food for Thought: How Our Palates Have Become Political approached the topics of food manufacturing and consumption from three very different perspectives, one of which came from an artist.

Hearing from each speaker laid the groundwork for how GMO/chemically engineered foods effect all facets of our lives. Some panelists argued again Prop 37s labeling of GMO policy… others argued that everything is technically artificial- it was really insightful and gave me a lot to think about. The main point that each of them presented in their conclusions was that whether or not we believe sugar is really additives, or GMOs should be banned… the biggest injustice is choosing to not educate ourselves on our bodies and food. Relying on a box to give you want you need is freedom. Electing to feed your body in a conscious, educated way is.

“Excito! Excito!” recreated Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom to Want,” a scene that depicts the whole-some American, home cooked Thanksgiving feast. Our gallery staff was used to recreate the Rockwell piece, and can be found on the “Excito! Excito!” website. Hung at Postmasters Gallery, where he is represented, in NYC, will use these. Hung and Horning created a menu that featured fare from Thanksgiving “past” (homemade and natural ingredients), “present” (half organic veggies mixed with chemically processed boxed stuffing, potatoes, etc.) and “future” (a gelatin turkey with artificial flavoring). You can see the “turkey” on the bottom left of the table-shot… and that’s Matt’s plate! He arrived to town just in time for the events last night. What a sport- he tried some gelatin turkey… and washed it down with homemade stuffing!

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