‘156 variations’ bread baked in the same tin, 2013. Shown at Palletical at WOLKE. Each artist received a pallet to work on, and a pallet lifter was provided to visitors to reshuffle the works within the exhibition space.
The paper mache forms I have been working on during my residency at WOLKE are starting to be resolved, as you can see the surface has progressed to a bone like finish. There are probably about 10 layers of Gesso on these now and they are sanded smooth. Now I am experimenting with ways of arranging and photographing the forms.
The breads are for an exhibition on wooden pallets at WOLKE, I am making a bread surface for my pallet – ‘144 variations’ is the title, so far I have 62 breads finished, a few more than in the picture below.
Chloe Langford and I have been making ongoing notes from our microresidency at foAM ‘Obstinate lump’ at:http://libarynth.org/obstinate_lump
Tonight (15th July) at 6PM we have a research gathering to show our bread dough and wild yeast experiments, all welcome! foAM is on the 4th floor, Quai des Charbonnages 30, 1080 Brussels, Belgium, walk through the courtyard.
The Day of Experiments – Things of interest: – Skin that forms on dough, both as a sponge and as a kneaded lump – Wet dough breaking through the skin – Contrast between smooth areas and rough, expanded or broken surfaces. – Smooth areas can be made through contact with a smooth surface (silicone, metal) or made through wetting the surface and smoothing out. – Cutting the dough. Cutting the baked bread or cutting the dough though with
From Chloe Langford on Bread:
From Wednesday the 10th of July, Chloe Langford and I will be doing a micro-residency at foAM here in Brussels. We will be blogging about the residency at the foAM website: HERE
MOREAlso we have a public response session, Research Gathering – All Welcome!!
on Monday 15 July 2013 @ 18h00
Koolmijnenkaai 30-34Here is some writing from our proposal:“There is something about how it’s kind of ugly and sticky and
misshapen and almost banal and obtuse. Or obstinate – it doesn’t care
what I want, it is just a lump. Obstinate Lump.”
Dough resists neatness and control, an aesthetic of the unmade, lumpen
and formless. It is an unwieldy mass that provides a physical
confrontation with intractable matter. This stuff is not fluid, it is
a sticking point for the mind to flow around, and as such acts as a
provocative anchor to the
Too late, I have only just found this beautiful poster designed for International women’s day 2012 by Emily Johns. It commemorates the hundredth anniversary of the 1912 ‘Bread and Roses’ Strike by female textile workers during January–March 1912, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, now often known as the “Bread and Roses strike”. The imagery of bread and roses has been used to as a metaphor for the struggle for pleasures and non-tangible needs as well as basic rights of food and shelter.
As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!&MORE