Jennifer Rubell has combined her B.A. in Fine Arts from Harvard and her education at the Culinary Institute of America into a career that is so astonishingly clever that it made me want to blog again.
Her website states, "Jennifer Rubell creates participatory artwork that is a hybrid of performance art, installation, and happenings. The pieces are often staggering in scale and sensually arresting, frequently employing food and drink as media: one ton of ribs with honey dripping on them from the ceiling; 2,000 hard-boiled eggs with a pile of latex gloves nearby to pick them up; 1,521 doughnuts hanging on a free-standing wall; a room-sized cell padded with 1,800 cones of pink cotton candy.
Viewers are encouraged to partake in the work, violating the traditional boundaries of art institutions and engaging senses usually forbidden in or absent from museum and gallery contexts. Rubell’s work explores the intersection of the monumental and the ephemeral, and serves as a counterpoint to the virtual nature of much of contemporary life."
My favorite exhibit/party is called Icons. Rubell has cast her head in Fontina cheese and suspended it above a table of crackers. Hairdryers work their magic and gently drip the cheese down as guests catch it with their crackers. How could anyone not love that?
In this exhibit also are taps straight out of the wall with little placards stating what it is like Dirty Martini or Gin and Tonic. I wish I had this at home.
Then, to top that, there is a mound of potato chips and paint tube of dips.
There are so many clever ideas that Jennifer has designed that it makes the rest of us losers (who think chicken satay on a bamboo stick is genius) look like novices and we should never have a party again because it will all pale compared to this.
Go to her website to see more and to read about the thought process behind each exhibit.