disorder: eating

disorder: eating, DoN Brewer, Feast Your Eyes, Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Franks

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The Eighth Annual Community Art Show at Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Franks is titled Feast Your Eyes, a themed group art show ostensibly related to food. DoN‘s entry is a QR code that links to a YouTube video called disorder: eating that was produced in 2002 and uploaded to YouTube in 2006. When DoN made this video food had become an annoying, painful need that all the joy had seeped out of.

The video uses found video footage from early food porn TV shows that was recorded on a VCR then transferred to a computer. The clips of people eating food are played in reverse, repeated, slowed down and zoomed in creating a disorienting, revolting vision of the opposite of eating. What if food came out of your mouth instead of going in? When DoN heard that two of the judges were so grossed out they couldn’t look he knew he had struck a nerve. Art should scare the kids.

The video is a comment on the culture of food in mass media and how not all people appreciate the fact of life of the necessity of eating. The ugly/beautiful aspect of the imagery reflects the disconnect many people feel towards the importance of food. Super-model Kate Moss famously said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”

Thank you so much to Off the Wall Gallery for awarding disorder: eating the Most Bio-Engineered Award, the prize is a book titled Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook (P.S.) by Anthony Bourdain, the famous TV chef who visited Dirty Franks and introduced the art bar to the world. The Summer show is winding down, go buy some art to feed your mind and spirit. And continue your support of the Philadelphia art community and Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Franks by collecting art by local contemporary artists. A framed print of the disorder: eating QR code is only $20.00.

Read DoN‘s food wordplay blog about Feast Your Eyes on DoNArTNeWs Philadelphia Art News Blog.

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