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.
A cafe where you can eat the art? Sign us up (photo: Edible Garden, Inês Neto dos Santos, Illustration Summer School 2017, Porto 2017)
Even the ceramics have been commissioned as part of the multi-sensory experience
Your dining chair? That’s art too (image courtesy the artist and Belmacz)
Sit at dining tables stencilled with biomorphic designs made by Coco Crampton, dine off hand sculpted ceramic crockery produced by Bea Bonafini, and eat using cutlery designed by Lindsey Mendick.
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