Sunday, November 20, 2005

Playing with your food

So this week I was working on a proposal for the Site92 show at Smack Mellon. Kept me in my brain for the first part of the week, and then busy mocking up miniatures and working on the computer for the last half. And I went right down to the wire...
The premise is pretty simple. As you may know I am a big fan of flora that re-takes architecture (think of the old roller coaster at coney island covered in vines), and with this project I wanted to create very small and intimate pieces to sort of counteract the hugeness of the space.
I did a little research on the area and found out about all these different companies that were creating down in the Dumbo area, coffee, corrugated cardboard (invented in Dumbo), pasta, spices, bottlecaps, licorice, etc. I wanted to use these materials for the project, so here's what I came up with (don't know how well it will translate in small images, the big ones looked awesome to me!)

These are the coffee beans, growing like little mushrooms on the window sill.

My tree fungus made of cardboard. Shown installed on one of their beautiful rusted metal columns.

Bottlecap reeds (I only had three in the house to work with, thank goodness for photoshop eh?)

Fungus of different spices (incl. curry, cumin, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg) won't that smell great in the dank space!

Pasta weeds.

I had also planned to do licorice stalactites, but ran out of time, will try and get those included if and when...

So theres more art that I have made that doesn't exist. I think I have done about a dozen or so proposals that have not come to fruition. Maybe I will figure out a way to post those. Anyone have any thoughts on whether or not to include images from proposals in slide submissions?


Anonymous said...

hey eve! great blog. i can't wait to see your stalactites. :)

Anonymous said...

hi, eve:

i came across your work, website, and blogspot on 'neoimages' as i have a portfolio on there as well. i love your recent work, and i love your comment about 'flora re-taking architecture'. i am a seed dispersal, windscape, and textile fanatic myself.

i wanted to just say that i feel that proposals in conjunction with slide submissions should NOT be frowned upon. it is a no-no in some purist circles (i know) - but i just do not understand why we must continue to work within the confines of linearly prescribed slide sheets and suffocating formats like arrays of 20 images. i think that a well-edited kit shows committment to the dissemination of one's ideas and ongoing narrative. the problem most likely lies with folks who cannot edit their own work, but if this is not a problem, well then, support materials like previous proposals should be welcomed. it is a heck of a lot of work to put such materials together. i think that it shows integrity not hubris.

all best, abi

esm said...

Abigail -
Thanks for leaving the note. I have come across your work on neoimages as well and was very taken with the fluidity and gracefulness of your work. After this note I went back and was pleased to see the expanded portfolio. I really enjoy your work and we have some very obvious interests in common. I couldn't find a way to email you directly through neoimages, so if you see this, would you please include me on your mailing list?
Also, I had the proposal images for the coffee bean fungus and bottlecap reeds made into slides and have started submitting them, so we will see what happens when I include unrealized work in the portfolio. That's what Zaha Hadid probably had to do for a while!