'FOOD SEX ART,' which opens at the Ryan Lee Gallery this week, dispels the idea of artistic penury with this survey of artistic indulgence from the late 1980's.
On view through August 10th at Ryan Lee Galley is FOOD SEX ART: the Starving Artists’ Cookbook—an exhibition of the dual video and book project developed between 1986 and 1991 by transdisciplinary artists Paul Lamarre and Melissa Wolf. The duo collaborate and exhibit under the pseudonym EIDIA (“Everything I Do is Art”) with a mission of using art as a means of affecting social change. For FOOD SEX ART, EIDIA worked in New York and across Europe amassing recipes, art, and cooking videos from over 160 artists as a means of engaging with the artist’s personas and philosophies by looking at the most primal of habits: their appetites. The exhibition consists of 32 selected photographs, artworks, and stills, and continues the central engagements of the original undertaking: the common yet diverging sensuousness of the titular themes, the socioeconomic connotations of consumption, and the mythology of the namesake “starving artist.” Seemingly contradictory threads of self-denial and self-indulgence, capitalistic consumption-based value systems and the socialist dream of freedom from consumer culture color these interwoven discourses to form an uncanny vision of everyday ritual and the implications of these practices on individual and collective artistic processes.