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EAT LOVE – A Book of Food Concepts by Eating Designer Marije Vogelzang

EAT LOVE – A Book of Food Concepts by Eating Designer Marije Vogelzang

Since 2000 Marije Vogelzang has been designing eating concept, and exploring the verb ‘to eat’.   Her work explores everything that surrounds the act of eating including atmosphere, the people involved, and the stories behind the ingredients.  The work will often explore the taste and texture, sound, smell and color of food and the way it is prepared and served.

Some of her work has explored the process of design of the travel of food to your body including “the journey of food from seed all the way to poop.”  Her work is developed in her studio and restaurant, and has evolved in the last ten years.

A new book called EAT LOVE, has won the award for Best Designed Cookbook of the Netherlands, and presents some of the research and projects of Vogelzang.  The book which has 160 pages  has images, personal stories, sketches, and designs.

I took a peek at the book website, and found there were some interesting projects featured in the book.

Some of pages include:

Cupcakes With a Lack of Attention (With pictures of cupcakes labeled with “no!,” “take me,” “come here,” “eat me,” “you can resist me,” and other messages.)
Cressware, Gardenware for the body (The designs include a watercress hat and cape.)
Funeral Dinner  (The phrase white food is suitable as “solace food,” is on the page with an image of white food on a table.)
The Binding Strength of Food (A large sculptural sausage structure, with a description about the artists’ process.)

I recommend getting a snack from the fridge, and checking out the book webpage, or ordering on Amazon.


Images and Links:

EAT LOVE – www.marijevogelzang.nl 

EAT Love – on www.amazon.com



Yeastograms:  Art and Science Imagery

Yeastograms: Art and Science Imagery

In recent years art and science have continued to merge, with more imagery and art made with science  and art processes. This year, artist Lucas Czizek created a “printing process” using yeast, where Yeastograms are live images created out of yeast cells, and produced in a process similar to classic photography printing methods.   The images are created with UV radiation.  Areas that are not touched by the UV radiation are able to grow the white yeast His piece ANIMA was developed as part of bioart club pavilion_35, a close interdisciplinary collaborative series of projects between artists and scientists based out of Vienna, Austria.

This month, Czizek is giving a 3 day bioart workshop, where he will share the method of cultivating baker’s yeast, and then shaping the cultivation according to aesthetic and artistic decisions.  The workshop is being offered by the bioart club pavilion_35 and Pixelache.  For more information, you can read more and sign up on the Pixelache website.

You can see a vimeo video of ANIMA, Czizek’s piece in action, which gives a great overview of the yeastogram process.


Imags and Links:

www.pixelache.ac- Yeastogram Workshop

ANIMA – Yeastogram Video 


Sonia Rentsch – Images of Guns made from Natural Materials

Sonia Rentsch – Images of Guns made from Natural Materials

Artist and illustrator  Sonia Rentsch often works with objects and photography to make images that exist somewhere between realism and abstraction.  Earlier this year, she created a series of objects made of natural materials like seed pods, leaves, and sticks to represent the form of guns, grenades, bullets and other weapons.   The series of images were titled “Harm Less,” and present both beauty, violence, as well as man and nature.

The objects were photographed for the magazine January Biannual by Albert Comper and are printed in an edition of 25. The images are simple but present big questions about the relationship of violence, nature, and man.

You can see more of the images on the Harm-Less area of Rentsch’s website.  Rentsch also works as part of the creative group Moth Design, which does exhibition and product design.
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Jimmy Kuenhle – Inflatable Wonderland Labyrinth of Joy

Jimmy Kuenhle – Inflatable Wonderland Labyrinth of Joy

I recently was able to check out Jimmy Kuehnle’s piece, Inflatable Wonderland Labyrinth of Joy at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, OH.  Jimmy is an artist known for making inflatable wearable forms that he wears in public spaces, and I was interested to see what inflatable setup he had created for the Sculpture Center show.

When you find the space, which is in the Euclid Avenue Gallery, you are greeted by a sign that has both a warnings and welcome tone.  “Beware of claustrophia.  Watch your step.  No horseplay.  This product was made in a factory containing nylon.  Have a great time.”  I read this as “Have fun but not too much.  This might be a tight and difficult space to get through.  If you have a problem with nylon, do not enter.  But maybe you should try it.”

Past the sign, the space is completely filled with an inflatable brightly colored “bouncy house” style structure that is made of what looks like puffy marshmallow cube shapes.  You hear the loud noise of a blower, and if you dare – you can enter into a single crack between two of the cubes, to enter the work.

I pushed my way in, and found myself surrounded by color, the sound of a blower, and fabric that was quite some work to move to get through. As I continued to push my way through yellow, blue, and pink structures I became focused on finding the walls, and getting to the other side.  The space was a bit tight at times, and the structure is not polite to let you by – you have to push.

I got through the piece, and reached the front of the gallery. I took a break, and pushed my way through again, this time going on the outer edge near the walls, which was harder to get through.

The piece is an interesting investigation of interaction, space, and perception.   The scale, color, and labyrinth of shapes provide an interesting experience that when I think back – I mostly remember the bright color of the fabric, since at times that was all that I could see.

You can read more about his work, and also what he is up to this Winter at Spaces Gallery in the Spaces World Artist Program on his blog and website.






Cloud: A Fragrant Sculpture/Performance Project

Cloud: A Fragrant Sculpture/Performance Project

Diane Borsato is a visual artist working in performance, intervention, video, installation, and photography.   One of her recent projects that caught my eye recently was Cloud, a performance/sculpture project  done in Fall 2012 where she invited  24 participants to wear a highly fragrant gardenia boutonniere to the opening reception of a new commercial gallery.   During the opening, the volunteers mingled throughout the party, and the extravagant scent quickly overwhelmed the space.

The “cloud” of fragrance hung in the air for approximately one hour, after which time the performers and their flowers left the building.

Diane Borsato is currently Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studio at the University of Guelph, and lives in Toronto.  Images and a list of participants of the performance can be seen on her artist website.

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