Around The Table: Works by Robin Lasser and Christopher Reynolds

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Nov. 9 - Dec. 21, 2013
The Lounge at the ICA

Opening Reception
Friday, November 15, 2013
6pm-8pm


Invitation to Opening Reception
Around The Table Exhibition
San Jose Museum of Art
Friday, November 8th, 2013

Presented in partnership with the San Jose Museum of Art

The ICA is pleased to participate as a presenting partner with the San Jose Museum of Art in a multidisciplinary exhibition, Around the Table: food, creativity, community.

The ICA will present two projects: Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture, by Robin Lasser, a video project exploring the personal, cultural and historical dimensions of eating disorders; and The Schauss Kitchen by Christopher Reynolds, an installation piece that investigates how consumers are both consciously and subconsciously conditioned to indulge in (or refrain from) gastronomic pleasures.

Robin Lasser: Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture
Video project filmed and produced by Simon Kerr

Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture provides a visual expression of the experience of eating disorders by combining textual narratives with powerful visual imagery in order to convey both the personal experience and the cultural pervasiveness of eating disorders. Designed to be interactive, Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture includes a website , which displays the imagery from the project. It also contains a resource guide and provides a place for people to contribute their own stories about their experiences with eating disorders. Of the 350 plus stories currently on the website, 300 have been contributed by visitors to the site. These personal narratives have been sent from as far away as Sweden and Australia and from across the United States.

The project was first included in an exhibition at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aries, Argentina. There have been over 14 gallery and museum exhibitions of Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture in the United States.  The project has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers throughout the U.S. and also published in several books. The hope is that it will again generate an increased awareness of eating disorders and an increased sensitivity to those people experiencing them.

Robin Lasser exhibits her work nationally and internationally. She often works in a collaborative mode with other artists, writers, students, public agencies, community organizations, and international coalitions to produce public art and promote public dialogue. One such collaborative project is Dress Tents with Adrienne Pao, Nomadic Wearable Architecture that conflates public art, fashion, performance art, and photography. The most recent public art commission, Edible Dress Tent, is currently on display at the Montalvo Art Center.  

Lasser has presented solo shows at The Metenkov Museum of Photography, Yekaterinburg, Russia, The Recoleta Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and The Caixa Cultural Center in Rio De Janeiro. Her work has been published in numerous books and periodicals including among others The New York Times, New York Post, Time Out New York, Los Angeles Times, and the SF Chronicle. Lasser’s work has also been included in books such as “Made in California, Art Image and Identity, 1900-2000, LACMA”, University of California Press, “Facing Eden 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco,” University of California Press, and “Overlay Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory,” Lucy R. Lippard, Pantheon Books.

Christopher Reynolds: The Schauss Kitchen

Christopher Reynolds’ work investigates how consumers are both consciously and subconsciously conditioned to indulge in (or refrain from) gastronomic pleasures. Advertising, package design, and food additives play a part in influencing such indulgence, as is the suggestive power of color.

The Schauss Kitchen is an interactive body of work that addresses the psychological and physiological responses to the specific color Baker-Miller Pink. The series is comprised of found objects, sculpture, video, and a performance piece, which explore visceral awareness in relation to this specific pink, a color scientifically proven to suppress aggression and appetite.

Initially demonstrated in the 1978 Dr. Alexander Schauss study, a subject exposed to this color for 15 minutes will eventually become calm, physically weaker in strength, and experience a loss of appetite. With the piece Cookbook, Reynolds addresses the Schauss study with a book bound with 800-pages entirely in Baker-Miller Pink. By slowly turning each page, it is an attempt to curb hunger instead of whet one’s appetite.

Christopher Reynolds received his BA with an emphasis in Photography from University of Southern California, and in 2012 earned his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. Reynolds’ work was included in the 2013 Mexicali Biennial, which received reviews in the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Monster.net, and on KPCC Radio 89.3. His work has been exhibited at institutions such as Museum of Contemporary Art LA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Skirball Cultural Center, Vincent Price Museum, and LAXART. Reynolds lives and works in Los Angeles, where he is a Visiting Professor of Art History at Woodbury University.

Around the Table: food, culture and creativity is organized by the San Jose Museum of Art. More than 30 partnering organizations are participating in this community-wide festival of food, arts, and ideas.  The initiative consists of a coordinated series of thought-provoking programs that investigate and stimulate dialogue around a broad range of topics related to food. Presenting projects by local farmers, artists, designers, architects, performers, and activists, the collaboration both celebrates food and examines critical issues such as health and nutrition, food justice, food as cultural identity and community, local agricultural history, and the environment. Highlights include visits to farms, performance art and theater, and edible plantings downtown.  Visit www.sjma.org for complete exhibition and program information.

 

 

 





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