An Art Cafe Where You Can Eat the Artwork is Headed for London | The Resident

An ‘art cafe’ where you can eat the artwork will launch in south east London this spring in a bid to draw attention to sustainable food practices

Lead image: Jello by Pixy Liao (2015)

‘It looks too good to eat’ is a mantra mumbled by many an Instagrammer as the poached eggs and avo carefully positioned in front of the smartphone camera goes tragically cold… (we’ve all been there).

But if your food really is a work of art, then one simply must do it for the ‘gram, right?

Off to Peckham, then, for Tender Touches, an ‘art cafe’ where everything from the food to the furniture and the tableware is both a functional object and an artwork. That’s right, even the crockery is profound.

Taking place at AMP Gallery from 17 May until 30 June 2019, the exhibition blurs the lines between the gallery, the studio and the dining room, creating a multi-sensory experience where visitors are encouraged to see food as they might view art.

Bespoke wallpaper created by Marco Palmieri and paintings using corn, clay and diverse exotic fruits by Magda Skupinska will decorate the walls.

The waiters will carry mirrored trays printed with photographs by Pixy Liao, while wearing hand embroidered aprons created by Cecilia Charlton and Goia Mujalli.

Tender Touches, co-curated by Huma Kabakci and Inês Neto dos Santos, forms part of arts organisation Open Space’s new annually recurring exhibition series, Edible Goods, that will explore food as a medium in contemporary art.

A series of accompanying talks, supper clubs and performances will be announced shortly.

AMP Gallery, 1 Acorn Parade, Peckham SE15 2TZ; openspacecontemporary.com

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Random sensory quotes

Smell is so powerful, you know. My grannies would both bake things like shortbreads and cookies. I think whenever I smell those kinds of things it really takes me back to my childhood.

— Curtis Stone