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Rebecca Lu

March 28, 2018

Multidisciplinary art project opens at multiple venues throughout Baltimore

Baltimore, MD— Social Ingredients explores the significance of meal production and consumption as both a social component of everyday life and a meaningful art practice through sculpture, installation, video, performance, and public programs. The exhibition will be on view at Current Space (421 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201) from April 7 to 29 with an opening reception on April 7th from 7-10pm.

Featuring artists Nobutaka Aozaki, Christine Ferrera, Rosemary Liss, Christine Stiver and Tracie Jiggetts, and Tattfoo Tan, Social Ingredients provides an artistic viewpoint on the preparation, hosting and consumption of food, examining how people’s relationships with others are influenced by the meals they eat together, while creating a platform for diverse audiences to connect their everyday life with art.

The exhibition’s development is led by public programs, which took place at several art and non-art venues from February to March 2018. These events, workshops, and performances included: a Chinese Lunar New Year event featuring the screening of the movie, Eat Drink Man Woman alongside a Chinese potluck communal dinner at New America Diner; performances by Christine Ferrera Starbux Diary, and Christine Stiver and Tracie Jiggetts Too Damn Sincere at Showroom Café & Bar; and a pair of artmaking workshops recreating New York artist Tattfoo Tan’s project Eat Draw Play at R. House.  

In the Social Ingredients exhibition at Current Space, the documentation and research process of the project, as well as the outcomes and ephemera from the public programs, will be presented. At the opening reception on April 7th, artist Rosemary Liss will transform catering into an art piece and provide a special food experience for the audience. Christine Ferrera, Christine Stiver, and Tracie Jiggetts will also present variations of the pieces previously performed at Showroom Café in March. An updated, Baltimore version of artist Nobutaka Aozaki’s participatory work, Smiley Bag Portrait from 2013, will also be on view. This piece will be re-contextualized as part of Aozaki’s upcoming live performance on Thursday, April 12th from 6-8pm at R. House (301 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211).

Social Ingredients is curated by Rebecca Lu, an MFA candidate in the Curatorial Practice program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), as her culminating graduate thesis project.

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Stiff Peaks, Rosemary Liss, 2018

About the Artists/Participants:
Nobutaka Aozaki
is a New York-based artist born in Kagoshima, Japan. He completed his MFA at Hunter College in 2012. Aozaki has been awarded the Artist Files Grant from A Blade of Grass Foundation, the C-12 Emerging Artist Award from Hunter College, and the Artists’ Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has been shown in Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Sculpture Center, Temple Contemporary, Varmlands Museum in Sweden, SPIKE in Berlin, and Statements in Tokyo. He has participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Queens Museum Studio Program, and AIM program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. He is currently in the LMCC’s Workspace Residency program. Recent publications include Spike Art Quarterly, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, ArtAsiaPacific, and Cabinet magazine.

Christine Ferrera is a Baltimore-based performance artist and comedian. She began her artistic career as a visual artist. However, after completing several series of paintings and artist books, she discovered a narrative thread running through her work and made the leap to time-based media. Inspired by the multi-media performance of Laurie Anderson and the experimental humor of Andy Kaufman, her current practice lives at the dangerous intersection of art and comedy. Ultimately, she strives to make work that blurs the line between the two, if such a line exists. In performance, Ferrera shares the surprising and vulnerable aspects of herself in order to connect with audiences through storytelling.

Tracie Marie Jiggetts, born and raised in Baltimore, is a captivating dancer, actor, choreographer and director who believes in the power of individualism and creativity. Jiggetts began her training at the Baltimore School for the Arts and continued at Catonsville Community College, Studio 801, Morton Street Dance Studio, and Towson State. She holds a BA in Urban Arts from Coppin State University. Jiggetts has performed at numerous venues, including The Lyric, Arena Players, Center Stage, and The National Black Theatre Festival. She is the founder of The ART of TRUTH and director for the Maryland Summer Center Arts program. Most recently, Jiggetts directed Skittles and Sweet Tea and Once on This Island for Connexions and The Wiz for Spotlighters Theatre.

Rosemary Liss is a painter and textile artist who entered into the comestible realm through fermentation. In 2015, she interned at the Nordic Food Lab in Copenhagen where she continued to explore all things microbial and the relationship between disgust and deliciousness. Since this formative experience she has done site-specific projects, pop-ups, and residencies in Vermont, Pennsylvania, Copenhagen, Berlin, and Dublin that focus on the edge effect, liminal states, and the mind/body/gut connection. She is currently based in Baltimore where she leads Clavel’s Bar Lab and continues her fermentation research.

Christine Stiver’s interdisciplinary work has its beginnings in 2012 when she joined the Baltimore-based dance company Effervescent Collective. She is a founding member of Triptych: Movement Image Sound, which produces interdisciplinary, site-specific, and collaborative performance in the area. In the spring of 2015 she choreographed and produced her first full-length work, Dank, presented at the Ynot Lot in Baltimore. Her video, sculpture, and performance work have been exhibited in New York, Washington DC, and Baltimore at venues such as Baltimore Clayworks, Terrault Contemporary, St. Charles Projects, and Present Company. Stiver is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts MFA program in Art Practice, class of 2017.

Tattfoo Tan’s practice focuses on issues relating to ecology, sustainability, and healthy living. His work is project-based, ephemeral, and educational in nature. Tan has exhibited at venues including the Queens Museum of Art, Parsons the New School for Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Creative Time, and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. Tan has been widely recognized for his artistic contributions and service to the community and is the proud recipient of a proclamation from The City of New York. He is the recipient of grants from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Art Matters, Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and Staten Island Arts.

About the Curator
Rebecca Lu is a curator, food blogger, recipe writer, barista, and traveler. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but raised in Taiwan, Lu earned her BA in Arts Management from the National Taipei University of Education. In her undergraduate work, she focused on the connections between design, history, architecture, and community by renovating an old building and re-activating it through exhibitions and programming. Lu is passionate about cooking and the ways to present food. She also enjoys exploring food culture while traveling around the world. Lu’s experience as a barista and assistant coffee shop manager became the catalyst for her to further combine art, design, community, and food through her thesis work at MICA.

About the Venue
Current Space is an artist-run gallery, studio, and a headquarters for cultural production, nourishing an ongoing dialogue between artists, activists, performers, designers, curators, and thinkers. Operating since November 2004, the gallery is committed to showcasing, developing, and broadening the reach of artists locally and internationally.