Friday, October 28, 2011

Rirkrit Tiravanija: Art is what you eat or Just Eating."

Now at MoMA, November 2011 - February 2012:

Rirkrit Tiravanija (b. Buenos Arias, Argentina, 1961. Studied in Bangkok, emigrated to Toronto,and now lives in NYC)

practices art - performance art, inter-active art, sculpture, and installations, harking back to the 1970s when struggling, sharing food and intellectual collegiality were normal and often fun.

As with those of us partial to or active in OWS (Occupy Wall Street) and its ideals, Tiravanija and his friends were striving to change a system: To make art in a new and different way, with new goals, free of commercialism and ownership.

At the museum, he set up a kitchen, cooked Thai-style curry and invited museum goers to have lunch. Free. And that's how he refers to his work: Untitled (Free). This year's work is a re-creation of previous performances.

Antecedents to his work can be seen in projects by Gordon Matta-Clark's Open House, 1972 (below).

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