The Futility of Making Salad
Mandarin Plaza, Chinatown, Los Angeles
Joseph Kosuth, in "Art and Its Public" defined an artist community as "...a community of artists who collectively, through individual effort, define what is meaningful at a particular historical moment concretely within the practice of their activity." And comedian Stephen Fry, while viciously ripping into a head of lettuce, asks why making a salad (with no other motive other than love!) (and a decent desire!) is so frustratingly futile. We have invited a number of artists to address the question: is there such a thing as an artist community? Do they feel a part of one? What constitutes it? What would it mean to be able to collectively define meaning today, in a diverse and ever-changing art world?
Along with the panel discussion, MATERIAL PRESS, in collaboration with Insert Press, (and designed by Daniel Lucas) put together a small book/zine for the event, also titled "The Futility of Making Salad". The book features writing from both panel members as well as other working artists from Los Angeles to London and beyond.
Mathew Timmons / Marcus Civin / Elana Mann / Adam Overton / Dorit Cypis / Julie Orser / Melanie Nakaue / Ginny Cook & Kim Schoen
Harold Abramowitz / Stan Apps / Marcus Civin / Ginny Cook / Dorit Cypis / Robin Dicker / Bradney Evans / Nicholas Grider / Dan Hockenson / Peter Kirby / Elana Mann / Melanie Nakaue / Julie Orser / Adam Overton / Putting On / Declan Rooney / Kim Schoen / Charlotte Smith / Jesper List Thompsen / Mathew Timmons / Jason Underhill